#Cubs set NLDS rotation
Jon Lester will start Game 1 of the Cubs’ NLDS against the Cardinals on Friday at Busch Stadium and Kyle Hendricks will start Game 2 on Saturday. Cubs manager Joe Maddon announced the postseason rotation on Thursday. On Monday, 22-game winner Jake Arrieta would start Game 3, which will be played at Wrigley Field on Monday.
Jason Hammel will be in the bullpen during the NLDS but could start Game 4 if needed.
This is Hendricks’ first full season in the Major Leagues, and Maddon said they picked the right-hander because he’s been sharp in his final regular season outings.
“The fact that he could put the ball on the ground matters a lot, too, keep the ball out of the air,” Maddon said. “He’s just been very sharp, so we just chose to do that, and then, of course, we’re not going to skip Jake [for Game 3]. And then it’s going to get back to the idea of if we don’t use Jason Hammel before that, you probably will see him in Game 4, but if we need him sooner than that, you’ll see him sooner than that, and then we’ll have to make an adjustment for Game 4.”
— Carrie Muskat