#Cubs and Lester face Cardinals
Jon Lester started the Cubs’ home opener and he was scheduled to start Sunday night in the regular season finale at Wrigley Field when they close their series against the Cardinals. The grounds crew will sing the seventh inning stretch. Here’s the lineup:
The Cubs can set a Wrigley Field record with a win, which would be their 57th at home.
The Cubs haven’t won the season-series with the Cardinals since 2010 (9-6). With a win, the Cubs can reach the 99-win mark for the first time since 1935. That season, they finished with a 100-54 record before losing the World Series, 4-2, to the Detroit Tigers
Lester’s 18 wins this season are tied for the NL lead with teammate Jake Arrieta and the Nationals’ Max Scherzer. Lester’s 2.36 ERA is the second-lowest among qualifiers in baseball behind only teammate Kyle Hendricks (2.06)
With a win Sunday, Lester would match a career-high with his 19th victory of the season. He went 19-9 as a member of the Red Sox in 2010.
The Cubs will have a moment of silence before the game to honor Jose Fernandez, the Marlins pitcher who was killed in a boating accident early Sunday. The Wrigley Field marquee honored the 24-year-old pitcher.