Chicago Cubs have no ‘ace debate’ – this is Kyle Hendricks’ rotation
By Jake Misener
Chicago Cubs have a gritty performer in veteran Jon Lester
In Blazek’s post, his final conclusion seems to come down to personality. And, no, Kyle Hendricks is never going to be an in-your-face, screaming on the mound leader. But that fact only makes me appreciate him more.
"Lester has a certain “gamer” mentality about him. Even when he doesn’t have his best stuff, he’ll find a way to gut it out and do what he can. But for now, I can’t take this away from Lester until he gives it up."
I will say. I have to agree with his assessment of Lester. He grinds through outings when he doesn’t have it. And he usually knows right away when he doesn’t. Which is important, because there are plenty of pitchers who don’t.
Jon Lester isn’t going to be what he was last year again. I truly believe that. Now, I think his best days are certainly behind him as well. But that’s not to say he can’t be a 3.50 ERA and 30-start arm in your rotation with years of postseason experience under his belt. If I need a no-surprises outing, though, I’m turning to Hendricks.