#Cubs Lester could start Game 1 NLCS
Jon Lester lobbied to start Game 4 of the NL Division Series on Tuesday over Jason Hammel, and the left-hander appears to be in line for Game 1 of the NL Championship Series. During an interview Wednesday on ESPN 1000 radio in Chicago, Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio projected the left-hander as the Game 1 starter versus either the Mets or Dodgers, who will play Game 5 of their NLDS on Thursday.
“Right now, it’s probably going to be Jon because it’s his turn,” Bosio said. “The way it’s laid out is probably how it’s going to be.”
If the Cardinals had forced a Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday, then Lester would have started, but the Cubs ended the series with a 6-4 win Tuesday at Wrigley Field. Jake Arrieta, who threw a complete game shutout in the Wild Card victory over the Pirates but wasn’t as sharp in Game 3 of the NLCS, also could start Saturday.
The Cubs are waiting to see who they will play in the NLCS. The Mets and Dodgers play Game 5 on Thursday. The Cubs will open on the road with Games 1-2 Saturday and Sunday. Games 3-4-5 will be played at Wrigley Field, Oct. 20-22.
Jake Arrieta was 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in two starts against the Mets this season, and threw a no-hitter against the Dodgers on Aug. 30. Lester was 1-0 in two starts against the Mets, and 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA against the Dodgers. Lester could start Games 1 and 5 of the NLCS, with Arrieta in Games 2 and 6, if necessary.