#Cubs Lester faces Dodgers

Jon Lester starts Saturday night as the Cubs face the Dodgers in the second game of their three-game series in Los Angeles. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Schwarber LF

Coghlan RF

Rizzo 1B

Bryant 3B

Montero C

Russell SS

Lester P

La Stella 2B

According to MLB Network researchers, Jon Lester’s first-pitch strike percentage is 59.7 percent this year, down from 61.2
percent in 2014. It’s a small change but it’s been noticeable. The OPS against Lester rises by almost 200 points after a
first-pitch ball.

First pitch of plate appearance:

*If it’s a ball, the eventual batting average is .287 with an eventual OPS of .812

*If it’s a strike, the eventual batting average is .230 with an eventual OPS of .617

*In his last start, Lester went 8 2/3 innings, giving up one earned run and took a no decision in a Cubs’ 2-1 win against
the Indians. Lester was one out away from a complete game shutout before giving up an RBI single to Carlos Santana.

He entered July with a 4.03 ERA but has posted a 2.66 ERA in 10 starts since. On June 25 against the Dodgers, Lester went four innings, giving up four earned runs and took the loss in a Cubs’ 4-0 loss.

This is the third time Miguel Montero will catch Lester. He also did so July 6 vs. the Cardinals and July 11 vs. the White Sox, and the lefty went seven innings both times.


Here`s a stat which should alarm any fan: Cubs` batters have fanned 25 times in the past two games at Chavez Ravine. Yikes!

Aloha jhosk- yes the team’s approach at the plate has been impatient to say the least. When I was at two of the Giants/Cubs games it was painful to watch multiple times runners at 3rd base and 1 out and could not be driven in. I will say, having Maddon is a good thing because he can calm down the young guys and mentor them in that they will have these days as they grow and learn to adjust. I do expect more from a Rizzo who has been around the league now for 5+ years. It is too bad Soler went down, even with his so-so defense because for a couple of weeks there with Denofrio/Schwarber in LF, Fowler in CF, Soler in RF you had Coghlan at 2nd and he was doing all right with Russell at SS. Now not the case and everything gets mixed again, this is hard on a team whereas the Cardinals and Pirates have for the most part had set lineups. Hope they are patient today and can end on a high note coming home! Mahalo!

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