CLEVELAND (AP) — The starting pitchers are set for Game 1 of the World Series.
Jon Lester will get the start for the Cubs against Cleveland Tuesday. The 32-year-old lefty is 2-0 in three starts during this postseason, with wins over the Giants and Dodgers in the NL playoffs. He was 19-5 during the regular season.
Lester is 3-0 with a sparkling 0.43 ERA in three career World Series starts. Cubs manager Joe Maddon says Lester is “really, really in the moment” right now compiling a 0.85 earned run average in the NL playoffs.
Cleveland is going with former Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber. The Indians’ ace is 2-1 with a 0.98 ERA and 20 strikeouts over 18 1/3 innings during his three postseason starts this month.
The Indians say Danny Salazar will be on the roster and could pitch against the Cubs. Salazar had been out since Sept. 9 because of tightness in his right forearm.
Cleveland may be without second baseman Jason Kipnis who’s still recovering from a sprained left ankle. He sustained the injury in the postgame celebrations after Cleveland finished off Toronto in the ALCS.