While the Cubs as franchise are one of the best surprises of this MLB season, we should take a moment to thank the one player who turned the tide for the Cubs: Jon Lester.
Across the board the team has improved this year, but make no mistake about it, the signing of Lester this off-season pumped something into this franchise that they haven't had in over a decade: hope.
It's true, Jake Arrieta has had a great season for the Cubs, but Lester is the player that sets the tone for everything that they are doing this year.
The best thing about Lester is traditionally he is a player that gets better as the season progresses. Lester's regular-season record in September and October to a nifty 26-11.For a team that hasnt seen the post-season in over a decade, he is exactly the guy they want at their side when they head into a playoff battle.
"When I signed here I envisioned winning a World Series, not just playing September baseball," said Lester during an interview with ESPN.
Outside of Kershaw and Grienke, the duo of Arrieta and Lester may be the best pitcher duo in baseball. I wouldn't want to see Chicago in the postseason at all this year.