Jon Lester moving the Chicago Cubs on his back
The Chicago Cubs saw their first complete game from a starting pitcher, as Jon Lester had a great game against the San Francisco Giants
The Chicago Cubs finally have turned the corner in my opinion. We are all a little skeptical of how their offense has been performing lately, but now we finally can say that the pitching has stepped up. Jon Lester had a spectacular performance yesterday against the Giants. It makes the first complete game by a Cubs pitcher this season and should put all the rest of the pitchers on notice. The Chicago Cubs need this type of performance if they are going to make a run to the world Series again.
Here are the unbelievable stats from this game:
- Jon Lester didn’t throw three balls to any hitter in this game
- Lester is the first Cub to throw a complete game with less than 100 pitches
- He earned his 28th career double-digit strikeout game with 10 K’s
- It marked the fastest game played all season lasting 2 hours and 5 minutes.
“It tells you a combination of things,” he said. “They were aggressive. They were trying not to get to my off-speed pitches. We were able to disguise that a little bit. I’m glad the no-walks thing. There’s been a few too many walks for me this year.”
After this game, they sit at a record of 22-21 with the 7th game of their nine-game home stand. Jon Lester since the start of last season has a 12-2 record with a 1.18 ERA in his 20 starts at Wrigley Field. He owns an 11 game home winning streak in his last 15 starts. The only Cub with a better record at home is Jon Leiber who won 13 games during the 2001-02 season.
Other than the perception the Chicago Cubs have a good record going as regarding winning series. They are 8-5-1 in the 14 series they have played so far. They won six of their first seven series to begin the season. The accomplishment has only happened five times since 1916. They have a 15-11 record within the division and a 7-10 mark outside.
I know the Jon Lester pitched a complete game but I think also that we might be also seeing one of the best closers of all time in Wade Davis. He has converted all nine save opportunities this season and his last 15 going back to last Sep. Davis has not allowed a home run since Sep 2015. In that time he has pitched 64.1 innings. Zach Britton holds the longest active streak with 72 innings. Wade has not allowed an earned run in his first 18 appearances this season. It is the longest stretch to begin a season as a Cubs reliever since Les Lancaster with 20 in 1989.
The next game today will start at 7:05 pm on CSN will see RHP Kyle Hendricks vs LHP Matt Moor.