Colorado lost this game last season and hasn't played in an NLDS since 2009. Jon Lester would be on any short list of pitchers you would want in a sudden-death situation.
The Cubs had won 95 games and led the National League in hitting in spite of all their woes, but the fact they had to settle for a wild-card game was a big blow to a club that had walked the walk the last three years.
The veteran lefty is going to get the call against the Rockies Tuesday night at Wrigley Field in a "Win or Go Home" Wild Card contest just after 7 PM. It was another very disappointing appearance, and I remarked that I'm not sure the Cubs could justify carrying him on a postseason roster at this point.
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Freeland, the Rockies' quiet ace, dominated for 6 ²/₃ innings on three days' rest. During the month of September, Lester was 4-1 with a 1.52 ERA, shaking off a shaky few months after the All-Star Break to help the Cubs back to the postseason for a franchise-record fourth-straight season.
"We've got to stop worrying about other teams", he said. "We've got to go out there and have fun. Even when we're struggling, we are the head of everybody".
That's far from the case for Lester, who takes the mound tonight for his 26th playoff game of his career, and his 12th since joining the Cubs in 2015.