#Cubs and Lester face Pirates
Jon Lester gets the start Saturday night at Wrigley Field when the Cubs play host to the Pirates in the second game of a three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. CT and the game will be broadcast on FOX. Here’s the lineup:
Lester is the reigning NL Player of the Week. Cubs starting pitchers have given up three or fewer earned runs in 20 straight games, posting a 1.65 ERA in that stretch while going 12-4. Since 1920, only three times have Cubs starting pitchers strung together stretches of 20 or more games having allowed three or fewer earned runs: 31-straight starts in 1992; 22-straight in 1946; and 20-straight in 1945.
The Cubs are 16-6 in their last 22 games, and the 45-20 record is the best start since going 46-19 in the first 65 games of 1918.