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Chicago Cubs News: Lester comes up short for 20th win

Oct 1, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 1, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Chicago Cubs and Jon Lester fell short of collecting his 20th win, but it’s been a spectacular season for Lester and the rest of the rotation.

The fact the Chicago Cubs‘ Jon Lester didn’t get his 20th win of the season was disappointing. It didn’t, however, take away from the amazing season he’s had in his second year in Chicago. His performance this season has helped soften the blow of the “letdown” of Jake Arrieta. Which simply means coming back down to earth. But Lester himself has said what they’ve done to this point is irrelevant. It’s about winning the World Series.

After the first three years of “the plan” were a bit tough to watch, the last two seasons have been something special. Through losing, the Cubs built a team that is built to win. Free agent signing, development of the rookies, and occasionally dumb luck have led to where the Cubs are now. The last two years have been fun, but there’s still one more task for this team to achieve.

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With the regular season coming to an end today, the Cubs will look to finalize their playoff roster in the coming days. The question our Robert Davis asked about the bullpen–Justin Grimm or Carl Edwards, Jr.? Both have been a strong part of the bullpen at times, but if the choice comes down to one, who would it be?

The Wild Card races are coming down to the final day, with five teams vying for three spots. The New York Mets are in and will host the WC game. They await to see if they’ll face the San Francisco Giants of the St. Louis Cardinals. It’s possible the two could need a tiebreaker. Game 163, just to get to 164. As far as the American League scenario? You’ll have to click and read it yourself. It’s mind-boggling.

These stories and more that you might have missed:

‘A tale of two great Cubs’ seasons’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Grimm or Edwards in the Cubs’ bullpen?’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Final day promises to be frenzied and fantastic’  – MLB.com

‘Accomplishments so far are just the beginning’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Ventura not expected to return to White Sox’ – ESPN

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