Plateau, Ariz. – Think of a baseball topic making news nowadays and there’s a decent shot Chicago Cubs lefty Jon Lester is against it. As one of the old-school players left in the game, he disapproves of the possibility of openers, the assigned hitter and, obviously, a pitch clock.
He was inquired as to whether he saw the advanced clock ticking down from 20 seconds amid his first spring begin on Monday.
“Beyond any doubt,” Lester said with a lot of mockeries. “Whatever improves individuals feel.
“Baseball will be baseball. You’re not going to speed it up. You’re not going to transform it. You can put the pitch clock there. The game is going to stream the way the diversion streams.
“In the event that you have a 6-5 amusement, it will be 3.5 hours. On the off chance that you have a 2-1 game, it will be 2 [hours], 50 minutes. We need to get over the entire outlook of changing the pace of play instead of the item on the field.”
Lester wasn’t finished talking his brain. In spite of the fact that he will probably pitch 200 innings consistently, he’s against the assigned hitter going to the National League. The DH would enable him to pitch more innings, through the span of the period, however, it would change the dynamic of the game too.
“Would you rather confront David Ortiz or a pitcher?” Lester clowned before quitting any and all funny business. “I feel that is the thing that makes our (NL) game one of a kind. You need to come here and become familiar with the alliance. You figure out how to pitch more. In the AL it’s simply here’s the ball for 120 (pitches).”
At the end of the day, NL pitchers need to figure out how to explore a lineup better since they can utilize the pitcher at the base of the request as a potential programmed out.
“Do I comprehend what they’re endeavoring to do?” Lester inquired. “100%. No one needs to watch me hit. They didn’t pay for a ticket to watch me hit.”
They pay to watch Lester pitch, he says, and for whatever length of time that he can. An opener, utilized by a few groups a year ago, could never enable him to toss a total game. He ignored the recommendation of being accessible later in the game instead of its beginning.
“There is a motivation behind why it says ‘starter’ before my name,” Lester said. “That is plain and straightforward. I inspire paid to begin. I motivate paid to toss innings.
“You’re not going to not begin LeBron James since you need him toward the finish of the game. You’re going to place him in to begin the diversion and you’re going to place him in toward the finish of the game. In case we’re sufficiently lucky to go that long, extraordinary; something else, that is the reason we pay our closers.”
That conveyed the point around to Lester’s objective of pitching 200 innings – an opener would help keep that too. With respect to his capacities, he sees no reason he can’t, in any case, be at the highest point of his game at age 35.
“That 200 is as yet my number,” Lester expressed. “I completed one of the two things (a year ago) I endeavor to do each year, make each begin and pitch 200 innings. I made each begin, presently I simply need to get those innings up.
“I couldn’t care less if it’s hit to the notice track or somebody makes a plunging get. An out is an out. I’m certain you can return to Hall of Fame pitchers and separate barrel rates and hard contact and FIPs, and such other stuff, yet toward the year’s end 18-6 with a 3.30 is still truly great.”
Lester wasn’t done with any apparent insults of himself or his pivot colleagues. One calculation (PECOTA) predicts the Cubs to win only 79 recreations, to some extent, due to a more established beginning staff.
“Evidently we’re simply old and prepared to be on the posterior of our vocations,” Lester said with more mockery. “I’ll give a PC a chance to program reveal to me regardless of whether I will be great this year. We’ll need to play out 162 and we’ll see.
“I adore our pivot. I cherish our folks. I cherish our intensity. I cherish how every individual is extraordinary.”
Inquired as to whether he could be far superior in 2019, Lester didn’t falter.
“Why not? I’m not dead. Despite everything I contend.”