Game One Hundred Sixty-One: Cubs (102-57) vs. Reds (67-93)
- Game Time – 3:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: WSCR 670 The Score, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 184, 844
- Location – Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
Jon Lester, LHP (19-4, 2.28/0.99/3.35) vs. Tim Adleman, RHP (3-4, 3.90/1.17/5.50)
Weather permitting … Jon Lester gets the ball today as the Cubs look for win No. 103 on the season.
Jon Lester makes his final start of the regular season with a chance at becoming the fifth left-hander in Cubs history to win 20 games in a single season. Lester could be the first Cubs’ lefty in 53 years to win 20 games. Dick Ellsworth was 22-10 with a 2.11 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 2.63 FIP in 1963. Ellsworth, Hippo Vaughn (1914-15, 1917-19), Jack Pfiester (1906) and Jake Weimer (1903-04) are the only four southpaws to record 20-win seasons with the Cubs.
Jon Lester has not posted a 20-win season in his career. Lester was 19-9 with a 3.25 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 3.13 FIP six years ago (2010).
Joe Maddon is expected to run out his Lester Lineup today and that includes Javier Baez at third base and David Ross behind the plate.
It will be an emotional day for David Ross as he starts the final regular season game of his career.
Maddon said he will leave ‘the varsity team’ in as long as possible today. Lester winning 20 games is very important to the Cubs and Maddon wants to put the team in the best position to beat the Reds this afternoon.
Pedro Strop, Hector Rondon and Aroldis Chapman are scheduled to pitch today. If Chapman makes it into the game, which he should, it will be the first time he’s made his way to the mound at the Great American Ball Park from the visitor’s bullpen.
Today all starts with Jon Lester …
Jon Lester was rather effective his last time out while not having the same stuff and command he’s had for a majority of the season. Lester shut the Redbirds down for 6 2/3 innings last Sunday night on the World Wide Leader. The Cubs beat the Cardinals 3-1. Lester allowed three hits with a walk and struck out seven in game that will not be forgotten any time soon.
Lester has won each of his last five starts. Lester is 5-0 with a 0.48 ERA and 0.69 WHIP. In his last 37 2/3 innings, Lester has allowed two runs on 22 hits with four walks and 31 strikeouts.
Lester has been lights out since the break. Lester is 10-0 in his last 13 starts (Cubs 12-1) with a 1.34 ERA and 0.89 WHIP. Lester has given up 13 runs on 56 hits with 21 walks and 83 strikeouts in his last 87 innings.
The Cubs beat the Reds back on Sept. 20 with Lester on the hill. Lester surrendered just one run on six hits with no walks and eight strikeouts in seven innings. The Cubs won 6-1 on a beautiful Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.
Jon Lester makes his fifth start of the season against the Reds this afternoon. Lester is 2-0 in the first four with a 1.95 ERA and 0.83 WHIP. At Great American, Lester is 1-0 in two starts with a 1.23 ERA and 0.68 WHIP.
Reds Numbers against Jon Lester in 2016
- Brandon Phillips: 3-for-12 with one double
- Joey Votto: 3-for-12
- Adam Duvall: 2-for-10 with one walk
- Eugenio Suarez: 1-for-8
- Ramon Cabrera: 0-for-6
- Tyler Holt: 0-for-4 with one walk
- Jose Peraza: 2-for-5 with one triple
- Tony Renda: 0-for-3
- Scott Schebler: 0-for-3
- Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 0-for-2
- Steve Selsky: 1-for-1
The Cubs saw Tim Adleman for the first time 12 days ago. The Cubs beat the Reds 5-2. Adleman received a no decision after he allowed two runs on five hits with no walks and five strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Adleman had good stuff and kept the Cubs off balance. Adleman did more of the same to the Cardinals in his last start. Adleman beat the Redbirds after allowing two runs on four this with no walks and four strikeouts in seven innings.
Tim Adleman is 1-2 in his last five starts with a 3.99 ERA and 0.99 WHIP.
Tonight is Adleman’s seventh start at Great American Ball Park. Adleman is 2-2 in the first six with a 4.45 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. Adleman has allowed 15 runs, 14 earned, on 24 hits with 11 walks and 21 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings.
Cubs Numbers against Tim Adleman
- Kris Bryant: 0-for-3
- Willson Contreras: 1-for-2 with one home run
- Dexter Fowler: 0-for-3
- Jason Heyward: 0-for-3
- Anthony Rizzo: 2-for-3 with one double
- Addison Russell: 1-for-3 with one home run
- Ben Zobrist: 1-for-3
- Chris Coghlan: 0-for-2
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