#Cubs lineup for NLCS Game 1
Jon Lester will face the Mets’ Matt Harvey Saturday night in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series. First pitch was scheduled for 7:07 p.m. Chicago time. Here’s the lineup:
*Lester has a 1-3 record and 3.86 ERA in six career LCS appearances, including four starts. He was 11-12 with a 3.34 ERA in his first season with the Cubs.
*Javier Baez is starting in place of shortstop Addison Russell, who is not on the Cubs NLCS roster because of a strained left hamstring.
*The Mets belted 102 home runs after the break, tops in the NL, including 22 by Yoenis Cespedes. The Cubs were second in the NL with 94 in the second half, led by young sluggers Anthony Rizzo (15), Kyle Schwarber (15) and Kris Bryant (14).
Chicago put on a power display in Game 3 of the NL Division Series against St. Louis, belting six home runs by six different players. The Cardinals boasted the best pitching staff in the NL, but the Mets enter the NLCS riding power arms in Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergard, and Matt Harvey. This could be fun. Game 1 will be Saturday at Citi Field. If you’re sitting in the outfield sections, bring a glove.
“We have hit home runs, and that’s when we do our best work, I cannot deny that,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Friday. “We work on other factions of the game — everybody does, it’s not just us. It’s just a matter of execution during the course of the game.
“We’re a high strikeout team, and that really tends to lead you away from good situational hitting in general because of the swing and miss,” Maddon said. “We work on it. You get to this particular moment, and you don’t know at what level the mental acuity will be at whereas a guy may be able to do something he hasn’t done at this point. I believe in that. I do believe in that.”
— Carrie Muskat