Lester will start Tuesday's National League wild-card game against the Dodgers or Rockies, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports. Lester will get the ball for Tuesday's win-or-go-home wild-card contest after the Brewers beat the Cubs on Monday for the NL Central title. The veteran southpaw will face the loser of Monday's NL West division tiebreaker between the Rockies and Dodgers. Lester owns a 1.52 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 30:8 K:BB in his last five starts (29.2 innings).
Lester (18-6) pitched six scoreless innings to pick up the win Thursday against the Pirates. He allowed three hits and four walks, while striking out three. Lester stymied Pittsburgh's lineup all night, and if he didn't run his pitch count up to 108, he likely would have gone a bit deeper into the game. The veteran lefty finishes the regular season with 149 strikeouts and a 3.32 ERA across 178.2 innings, along with the 18 wins. Despite the dip in strikeouts from the 180 he had in 2017, Lester had a successful year, and he'll now turn his attention to the playoffs.
Lester (17-6) picked up the win in Saturday's 8-3 victory over the White Sox, giving up three runs (two earned) on eight hits over five innings while striking out four. The veteran southpaw is putting together an impressive finish to the regular season, going 5-1 with a 1.96 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 41:8 K:BB through 41.1 innings over his last seven starts. Lester will make one more trip to the mound before the playoffs when he takes on the Pirates at Wrigley Field on Thursday.
Lester (16-6) picked up the win Saturday against the Reds, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out nine across seven scoreless innings. Lester was dialed in Saturday, going seven innings for the first time since June 20, which should ease any concerns that the back tightness that forced him from his last start would linger. The veteran southpaw racked up a season-high nine strikeouts en route to his team-best 16th win of the year. He's off to an impressive start to September, posting a 2-1 record, 1.45 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 23:4 K:BB across three starts (18.2 innings). Lester will look to keep things rolling, with a road start against the White Sox next on the docket.
Lester (back) is listed as Chicago's starting pitcher for Saturday's game against the Reds, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. As expected, it looks like Lester will be capable of making his upcoming start after leaving Monday's outing with lower-back tightness. During that game, he allowed three earned runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out seven in 5.2 innings versus Milwaukee. On the year, Lester has logged a 3.57 ERA and 1.34 WHIP with a 7.3 K/9 across 29 starts.