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Championship Series Saturday Games Thread

It's a twofer, with some old friends.

Hello Old Friends
Hello Old Friends
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Up first, the Blue Jays look to even up the ALCS at one game a piece by throwing 20-game winner JA Happ (there's a sentence I never thought I'd write) against Josh Tomlin, whose start was moved up a day because Trevor Bauer cut his hand playing with a drone. Really.

Blue Jays at Cleveland

4:08 EDT, TBS

Progressive Field, Cleveland OH



The nightcap is game one of the Dodgers and Cubs. As of my writing this the Cubs and Dodgers haven't tweeted their lineups, so I guess just use your imagination there.

Dodgers at Cubs

8:00 EDT, FS1

Wrigley Field, Chicago IL



Kenta Maeda: 16-11, 3.48 ERA, 25 K%, 7 BB%, 2.5 bWAR, 3.3 fWAR

Madea's rookie season was largely successful after spending the first 8 years of his career with the Hiroshima Carp of the Japanese Central League. He was also the most reliable pitcher for the Dodgers this year, starting 32 games for Los Angeles who didn't have anyone pitch more than Maeda's 175.2 innings. The righty has a fairly pronounced split, allowing a .313 wOBA against left-handed batters, while limiting same-sided hitters to a .253 wOBA.


Jon Lester: 19-5, 2.44 ERA, 24.8 K%, 6.5 BB%, 5.3 bWAR, 4.3 fWAR

Lester, in the second year of his 6-year, $155 million contract, had strong season by results, though most ERA estimators say he pitched at least a full run worse than his 2.44 ERA. That, of course, may be influenced by the Cubs having one of the historically good defenses, and in the end those estimated runs never crossed home plate. Along those same lines, Lester had the best winning percentage in the league, as his 19-5 record led to a .792 winning percentage, but now we're talking about pitcher wins and losses and let's not do that anymore.

Discuss the games below.