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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.
I feel like the real value of Lester would come out during the postseason. If the Cubs make it to the NL wild card game, they def need to start Arrieta, but during the division series, championship series, and even the WS, the guy that's really going to hold the team together is going to be Lester.
He also picked off a runner for the first time since 2011 last night hahaha
@mchlyang I agree, Lester is going to play a pivotal role in the post season for these guys. Very important to have a strong lefty in the rotation. Not sure if the Cubs will go all of the way this year, but this will prepare them for strong runs over the next couple of years
@christianmordi If the Cubs face the Pirates in the wild card game, they will most likely advance to the next round....I know I am a Pirates fan, but we don't stand a chance against Arrieta. This is why I hate being in the NL West and also having to go through the suspense of the wild card game.
I really do not want to go through what we went through last year with Bumgarner and the Giants....