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The Chicago Cubs will reportedly start pitcher Jason Hammel, not Jon Lester, in Wednesday’s NLCS Game 4.

By SI Wire
October 19, 2015

The Chicago Cubs will start pitcher Jason Hammel in Wednesday’s NLCS Game 4, manager Joe Maddon said Monday.

Maddon said the team had not discussed using Jon Lester on three days' rest. 

Hammel took the ball in Chicago’s NLDS Game 4 win over St. Louis, pitching into the fourth inning and allowing two runs on three hits and three walks. He will now be looked upon to face Mets rookie Steven Matz in a potential elimination game following two Chicago losses to open the series.

Hammel has an ERA of 3.78 in his last 14 1/3 postseason innings. He finished his 2015 campaign 10–7 with a 3.74 ERA and 3.68 FIP.

The Mets lead the Cubs 2–0 in the best-of-seven series and send Jacob deGrom to the mound to face Kyle Hendricks on Tuesday at 8:07 p.m. ET.

- Kenny Ducey

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