#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:
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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 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.