Cubs to start Lester in NLCS Game 1

Cubs to start Lester in NLCS Game 1

The Cubs will start Jon Lester on Saturday in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series against the Dodgers, and the rest of their rotation depends on the health of Kyle Hendricks.

Hendricks left Game 2 of the Division Series against San Francisco when a comebacker went off his right forearm in the fourth inning. He had a bullpen session Thursday, and the Cubs are waiting to see how he feels Friday before confirming their rotation.

If Hendricks is ready to go, he likely will pitch Game 2. The right-hander went 9-2 with a 1.32 ERA in 15 games at Wrigley Field during the regular season.

Lester pitched eight sparkling innings in the Cubs’ 1-0 victory over San Francisco in their playoff opener last Friday.