Jon Lester, who pitched for two of Theo Epstein’s three championship teams, said the Cubs president ranks among the top three baseball execs all-time.
Despite “the best I’ve thrown all year,” Lester lost 6-5 to the Pirates — just ahead of his first trip to Boston since an unpleasant ending there.
Ben Zobrist felt well enough to play Wednesday but was on the bench again as manager Joe Maddon considered his long-term health.
The majors’ 2016 ERA champion insists he’s “not back” to that form but took a big step forward from his slow start to pitch six scoreless innings.
The out-of-options outfielder knows he could be a starter for multiple teams in the league but tries not to think about it while on the Cubs’ bench.
The Cubs’ youngest everyday player has incorporated a more contact-producing approach at the plate while still picking spots to swing big.
Anderson’s six innings gave the Cubs their first quality start in eight days, significant if only for the importance of the rotation to this season.