#Cubs close series vs Cards
Jon Lester takes the mound Wednesday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Kyle Schwarber is starting for the first time since Sept. 1. He’s been sidelined with a right rib cage strain (but did pinch-hit on Tuesday). Here’s the lineup:
La Stella 2B
Kris Bryant gets the day off. Bryant is 2-for-9 in the first two games of this season, and batting .235 this season on the road compared to .299 at Wrigley Field.
At 80-57 (.584), the Cubs are on pace for 95 wins and currently have the third-best record in the NL, fourth-best in the Majors. In the last 75 years, the Cubs have finished a season with a better winning percentage three times (1945: 98-56, .636; 2008: 97-64, .602; 1984: 96-65, .596).
With 80 wins this season, the Cubs have surpassed their win total from last season when the club finished 73-89. The 80 wins are the team’s most since going 83-78 in 2009.