Cubs not planning on starting Jon Lester in Game 4 of the NLCS
Jon Lester started for the Cubs in game one of the National League Championship Series and allowed four runs in 6 2/3 innings to drop game one to the Mets.
Heading into game three, the Mets find themselves in command of the NLCS with a 2-0 lead, with play resuming on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.
No matter what, the Cubs will go into game four trailing the Mets in the series, but for now, Cubs manager Joe Maddon is not planning on starting Lester on three-days rest opposite Steven Matz.
“We’re just going to play it straight as of right now,” Maddon explained at Wrigley Field on Monday. “We haven’t thought about changing any of that. You have to win X number of games to get there, and two, to push Jon to that point, I don’t think we want to do that. We refrained from doing that in the previous round and it played out pretty well. We’re going to do it again.
“Again, we can always change our methods, but as of right now we’re not thinking about that at all,” Maddon concluded.
Instead, Jason Hammel is scheduled to start game four for the Cubs.
Lester has only made two starts in his career on three-days rest, allowing six runs, six walks and 13 hits in only 11 combined innings.
He made 20 of his 32 starts at Wrigley Field in 2015, going 7-9 with a 3.60 ERA in 125 innings in his home ballpark.