The Milwaukee Brewers are a running team; they lead the National League in stolen bases. Thus it’s a good idea to have Jon Lester, who’s not good at holding runners, not pitch against them.
Now that’s been changed:
#Cubs switch starters vs Rays. Montgomery on Tue and Lester on Wed— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) September 18, 2017
This also sets Lester up to start the first game of the Cardinals series next Monday in St. Louis. That’s also a good idea, as Lester has an excellent record against St. Louis since he’s come to the Cubs: 12 starts, 1.98 ERA.
There’s also this tidbit:
Montgomery - Lester will pitch Tues - Weds at Rays. Arrieta should be part of the mix versus Milwaukee.— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) September 18, 2017
What this implies is that John Lackey, Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana will probably throw the first three games of the series in Milwaukee. If Jake Arrieta is ready to go, he’d likely start the Sunday game there. If not, Montgomery could start it on normal rest.
Good times. Let’s keep them going.