If I was wrong about Lester in the past, then I’m definitely wrong about him now. Yesterday, during the Chicago Cubs’ 7-3 win over the San Francisco Giants, Jon Lester worked his steady mix of blue collar pitching to perfection.
“That’s how you learn,” Lester said. “You get put on the stage and put against good teams and you have to figure out ways to win. The Giants never give up. They keep grinding and keep working at-bats whether they’re up seven runs or down seven. … The Cubs are learning on the job, and it’s a hard thing to do.”
Kyle Schwarber continued his rookie magic when he broke out with a two run single in the fifth inning. Could he be a contender for Rookie of The Year honours? Wishful thinking. With Schwarber playing well, the Cubs decided to sit Starlin Castro and well, as many of you know, it worked.
“This isn’t a permanent benching,” Theo Epstein said. “It’s just a recognition of where we are in the standings, how many good options we have with the players we have returning now, and it’s a nod to Joe’s ability to push the right buttons and put the best lineup on the field any given night.”
So now the Cubs are 1.5 games up on the San Francisco Giants in the all important Wild Card race. They’re playing great ball right now and coming through in the clutch after the Giants, the Cubs will face the Brewers again and should be able to advance in the standings, providing a bigger cushion in the chase.
“Guys have energy, guys have excitement to be in this position. I think sometimes you can get complacent by [getting to the postseason] every single year and being with the same guys and going through the motions in August and September, and ‘We’ll be there when we get there.’ For a group of guys who have never done it, you’ve got that excitement of, ‘Every single day, we’ve got a chance.'” Lester said.