#Cubs Hammel to start NLCS Game 4
Jason Hammel will start Game 4 of the National League Championship Series for the Cubs, manager Joe Maddon announced Monday.
The Mets lead the best of seven NLCS 2-0, with Game 3 scheduled for Tuesday at Wrigley Field. Kyle Hendricks will start for the Cubs while the Mets will counter with Jacob deGrom.
Hammel did not get a decision in Game 4 of the NL Division Series, and was pulled after three innings against the Cardinals. Even though Hammel is penciled in, he will be available in relief if needed.
The Cubs do not want to bring Jon Lester back on short rest. The lefty started Game 1 on Saturday, and threw 107 pitches over 6 2/3 innings.
“We’re going to play it straight as of right now,” Maddon said Monday of the rotation. “To push Jon to that point, I don’t think we want to do that. We refrained from doing that in the previous round and it played out pretty well, so we’ll do it again. We could always change but as of right now, we’re not thinking [about Lester starting] at all.”
This will be Hammel’s fifth postseason start, and first in the LCS. He is 0-1 with a 5.00 ERA in his career, including this season.
— Carrie Muskat