#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:

Fowler CF

Bryant LF

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Russell SS

Heyward RF

Baez 3B

Ross C

Lester P

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.



Aloha Folks, another big game today. Need for offense to be patient against Martinez, especially Baez and Heyward. Them coming through would be huge as well as Lester giving a quality start. Go Cubs! Mahalo!

So sad for Jose Fernandez. Sending prayers to his teammates and family. I am remembering Steve Olin, Cleveland Indian pitcher, who also died in a boating accident in 1993. I worked with his mother-in-law. He and his wife, Patti, were great friends of mine. Jose and Steve, rest in peace.

Aloha White, yes it is quite a loss for the game. I hope folks will rally around his girlfriend and child on the way. Nice to hear from you, hope you are doing well. Take care now. Mahalo PS: I read that our Cubbies were interested in acquiring Jose.

Chicago night in Brazil! Both the Cubs and the (0-16?) Bears on TV here. Brazilian friend graciously watching with me: “The guy in black is the referee, right? Why is he cheering for your team?” It was, of course, an umpire making a dramatic out call on the bases. Brazil again is in the WBC, but that seems to be a state secret here in soccerland. Friend: “We have a team?” Still…Brazilians Yan Gomes (Indians) and Paulo Orlando (Royals) are playing in the Majors. They must feel lonely.

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