Jon Lester will start Sunday in Game 5 of the World Series, hoping to extend the Cubs’ season. Manager Joe Maddon did not shake up the lineup vs. the Indians and Trevor Bauer, who the Cubs beat in Game 2. First pitch will be 7:08 p.m. CT from Wrigley Field.
The Cubs need to find some offense but it’ll be tough. The Indians pitchers are 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA in the World Series so far, and 10-2 with a 1.68 ERA in the postseason overall, giving up six home runs over 12 games.
In the Indians’ three wins, they’ve walked four batters and fallen behind in the count, 2-0, 12 times. The Cubs drew eight walks in Game 2 against Trevor Bauer and Co., and four walks total in Games 1, 3 and 4.
This will be Ross’ final home game for the Cubs, and may be his last game. He’s retiring after this season, and in his regular season farewell on Sept. 25, Ross hit a solo home run to help the Cubs beat the Cardinals, 3-1. Lester also asked Maddon to come out and take the catcher out of the game so he could get the proper sendoff by the fans at Wrigley Field.
The Indians will try to win their first World Series since 1948, starting Bauer, who the Cubs beat in Game 2, collecting two runs on six hits over 3 2/3 innings.