Jon Lester has very candid response to Cubs wild-card game loss

Virginia Santiago
October 4, 2018

On Monday, the Cubs were defeated by the Milwaukee Brewers for the NL Central division crown while the Rockies were taken down by the Los Angeles Dodgers for the NL West title. Some of Maddon's in-game tactics led to some criticism from pundits and fans over the years, and Rosenthal's subscription-only piece outlines some of the instances where Epstein could have found fault with Maddon's decisions this year, such as possibly overusing Brandon Morrow. His removal in the sixth had nothing to do with his performance (he'd permitted three baserunners in five innings) or pitch count (86) and everything to do with his lineup's inability to scratch Kyle Freeland.

The Cubs had the right pitcher on the mound to start the game.

Davis, Butera and the Rockies advanced to a division series where they'll face the Brewers. whose roster is full of former Royals: Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, Joakim Soria, Erik Kratz, Manny Pina and Jeremy Jeffress.

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The Cubs were batting with runners on first and second in the bottom of the 11th.

With the Red Sox, Lester allowed three runs in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series in a loss to the Rays in 2008.

The Brewers will host the victor of the Rockies-Cubs Wild Card Game at Miller Park.

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Yet those defeats are distant memories for Cubs' players, many of whom weren't even in the league when they occurred.

The Cubs were also without Kris Bryant for 61 games as he missed a few games in April after taking a hit-by-pitch to the head and then was out for almost two months overall with a left shoulder injury this summer.

And Jon Lester had a very straight-forward response to the end of his team's season. A franchise that for decades was defined by heartache has more wins the past four seasons than any other team. However, Freeland got Anthony Rizzo to ground into a double play, ending the threat. "We'll be leaning on him hard, we've got to score him some runs so he can settle in".

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