#Cubs NLDS lineup: Lester vs Cards in Game 1
Jon Lester takes the mound Friday for the Cubs in Game 1 of the NL Division Series against the Cardinals. First pitch was scheduled for 5:45 p.m. CT from Busch Stadium. Here’s the lineup:
Lester is 6-4 with a 2.46 ERA in 12 career postseason starts. That includes a 1.63 ERA in four career starts in the League Division Series.
The Cubs lost four of Lester’s five starts against St. Louis this season despite the lefty posting a 2.59 ERA. That includes a hard-luck loss to Lackey on July 6. Lackey went seven scoreless in that game. However, Lester did collect his first ML hit off his former Red Sox teammate in the outing.
Chris Coghlan gets the start for good reason. He’s 8-for-17 (.471) with a double lifetime against Lackey.
The Cubs are 7-11 in their previous 18 first games of post-season series, including Wednesday’s Wild Card win. The Cubs are 1-3 all-time in the first game of the NLDS, with the only win coming in the 2003 series at Turner Field against the Braves.
Here’s the Cardinals lineup: