The Cubs made it official Thursday and announced the team’s starters for games one and two of the National League Championship Series.
Joe Maddon has elected to have Jon Lester pitch Game 1 of the NLCS. The Cubs are not sure whether they will play Saturday in Los Angeles or New York yet but Lester will get the ball in the opener.
Jake Arrieta will start Game 2 on Sunday and should benefit from the extra day of rest. The Cubs did not address Thursday the starters for Game 3 or Game 4 of the NLCS. The Cubs will use four different starters in the NLCS.
Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that Game 1 on Saturday and Game 2 on Sunday will start at 7:07pm CDT. Start times for games three and four at Wrigley Field (Tuesday, Wednesday) have not been announced.
During the regular season, Lester was 4-3 in 12 road starts with a 2.93 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. Lester was 1-0 in two starts against the Mets this year with a 2.08 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. For his career, Lester is 2-0 in three starts versus the Mets with a 2.50 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. Lester did not fare as well against the Dodgers this season. Lester was 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA and 1.60 WHIP. Lester is 1-2 in three career starts versus the Dodgers with a 5.19 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. At Dodger Stadium, Lester is 1-1 in two career starts with a 4.05 ERA and 1.13 WHIP.
Outside of Wrigley Field during the regular season, Arrieta was 13-1 in 18 starts with a 1.60 ERA and 0.87 WHIP. Arrieta was 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA and 0.63 WHIP in two starts against the Mets. For his career, Arrieta is 2-1 in five starts with a 1.82 ERA and 0.89 WHIP versus the Mets and he is 1-1 in three career starts at Citi Field with a 2.05 ERA and 0.73 WHIP.
Arrieta no-hit the Dodgers the only time he faced Los Angeles this season. Arrieta is 1-2 in three career starts against the Dodgers with a 4.50 ERA and 1.06 WHIP … at Dodger Stadium, Arrieta is 1-1 in two career starts with a 2.57 ERA and 0.86 WHIP.
Jake Arrieta is 2-0 in two career post-season starts with a 2.45 ERA and 0.82 WHIP.