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CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Lester felt he wasn’t as sharp as usual Authentic Matt Ryan Jersey , though the Cubs and their ace left-hander came through in the clutch.Lester combined with three relievers on a four-hitter, David Bote hit an early two-run triple and the Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 on Thursday night to open a one-game NL Central lead over Milwaukee heading into the final weekend of the season.A day after the Cubs and Brewers assured themselves of no worse than wild-card berths, Lester (18-6) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first inning and allowed three hits and four walks over six innings. He improved to 6-1 with a 1.71 ERA in his last eight starts.“His stuff looked normal from this side, but (Lester was) abnormal command-wise and he got through it,” manager Joe Maddon said. “He battled. He showed his mettle tonight.”The 34-year-old Lester said he ground out a “blue collar win” to keep the Cubs in first place.“Sometimes when you’re able to weave your way inside and out of trouble like tonight, these are the more rewarding wins than the ones where you have your good starts and are just able go out there and execute,” said Lester, who threw 66 of 108 pitches for strikes.Steve Cishek, Carl Edwards Jr. and Jesse Chavez followed, with Chavez pitching the ninth for his fourth save in five chances with Chicago.Chicago (93-66) hosts St. Louis (87-72) in the final series starting Friday, while Milwaukee (92-67) is at home against Detroit. The Cardinals (87-72) trail the Los Angeles Dodgers by one game for the second wild-card berth.The Cubs’ win means the NL Central champion, Chicago or Milwaukee, will finish with the league’s best record and will play the winner of Tuesday’s wild-card game. East champion Atlanta will play the West champion, Colorado or the Dodgers.And the Cubs, who didn’t celebrate after clinching a fourth straight postseason berth on Wednesday, want the division crown.“We’ve made the playoffs and nobody in that clubhouse is satisfied with that,” Lester said. “I think we call kind of expect to win the division.“We feel like that’s one of our goals and hopefully that comes to fruition this weekend. We’ll celebrate then.”Trevor Williams (14-10) gave up all three runs, eight hits and three walks in five innings. He had been 4-0 in six starts since losing to the Cubs on Aug. 17 and is 7-3 with a 1.38 ERA since the All-Star break.“I felt like it was a battle from the first pitch,” Williams said. “This is their third time seeing me this season Matt Ryan Jersey Limited , and they can swing the bat.“It’s not going to give me a sour taste in my mouth, but it’s going fire me up for this offseason and make me work extra hard to finish next season strong.”Bote started at third base in place of Kris Bryant, who missed his second game with a sore left wrist after getting hit by a pitch by Chris Archer on Tuesday.Lester singled in the fourth and scored on Daniel Murphy’s single.WHAT IF?If the Cubs and Brewers finish tied for first, the Cubs would host an NL Central tiebreaker game Monday because Chicago won the season series 11-8.CROWDSThe crowd of 38,415 pushed the Cubs season attendance at Wrigley Field over the 3 million mark for the third straight season.RETURN OF KANGThe Pirates expect INF Jung Ho Kang to join the club Friday and be active for a season-ending series at Cincinnati in what would be his first major league appearance in two years. Kang, who plays third base and shortstop, hit .273 with 36 homers and 120 RBIs in 229 games for the Pirates in 2015 and 2016,The 31-year-old didn’t play in North America between September 2016 and June 2018 because of visa issues connected to three DUI arrests his native South Korea.TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: OF Jordan Luplow underwent an appendectomy Thursday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. The 24-year-old appeared in 37 games this season.Cubs: Manager Joe Maddon said Bryant could start Friday against St. Louis. Bryant, the 2016 NL MVP, had two stints on the disabled list this season because of left shoulder inflammation.UP NEXTPirates: RHP Nick Kingham (5-7, 5.23) starts Friday at Cincinnati against RHP Anthony DeSclafani (7-7, 4.91).Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (13-11, 3.49) opens the series against the Cardinals vs. RHP Adam Wainwright (2-3, 4.08.) In his last six starts, Hendricks is 4-1 with a 1.37 ERA. Rich Schultz/Getty ImagesIt's time for the New York Mets to blow it up.If that wasn't apparent before, it is now. The Mets entered play Wednesday scraping the basement of the National League East.They've got a decent chance to finish with the worst record in the Senior Circuit, if "decent" is the right word.Then came the news that slugging outfielder and offensive cog Yoenis Cespedes was lost for the season to heel surgery. Both heels, in fact, which will sideline Cespedes for a minimum of 8-10 months http://www.atlantafalconsteamonline.com/matt-ryan-jersey , per Mike Puma of the New York Post."It's possible it will be longer than that, but it probably won't be shorter than that," assistant general manager John Ricco told reporters.Cespedes inked a four-year, $110 million contract with the Mets prior to the 2017 campaign. At the time, it was a bold move by a franchise looking to reascend the October stage. Today, it's an unmitigated albatross and a payroll fail that should spark a full-scale, everything-must-go sell-off.The Mets won the NL pennant in 2015 and grabbed a wild-card berth in 2016. Backed by their stable of stud pitchers and an offense fronted by Cespedes, they were a rising force in the National League.Now, with the Cuban masher shelved indefinitely, New York must mash the reset button.Does that mean dealing aces Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard? Yes, it does. Or, at the very least, it means genuinely considering the notion.Rich Schultz/Getty ImagesBalk all you want, Queens faithful. If the Mets wish to restock a farm system Bleacher Report's Joel Reuter ranked No. 28 in the game, they need to dangle their shiniest pieces.DeGrom is in the midst of a Cy Young Award-caliber season, with an MLB-leading 1.71 ERA and 159 strikeouts in 131.1 innings. The 30-year-old would net an absurd haul of prospects from multiple pitching-hungry contenders.We could name-drop the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, etc. Really Authentic Calvin Ridley Jersey , though, it would be easier to list the buyers that wouldn't benefit from deGrom's services.Syndergaard, meanwhile, is a mixed bag that contains a handful of winning lottery tickets. The 25-year-old has battled injuries dating back to last season and has made only 13 starts in 2018. On the other hand, the bolt-tossing righty owns a 2.89 ERA with 83 strikeouts in 74.2 frames and a 2.57 FIP.Injury concerns trail Thor, despite his demigod reputation. He's presently sidelined with hand, foot and mouth disease.Assuming buyers aren't spooked by his seemingly bottomless list of maladies, Syndergaard is a deadline difference-maker, as is deGrom.Either of the Mets' aces could shift the balance of power wherever they settle. Painful as it would be for New York to decimate a rotation that got it to the doorstep of a title, this is reality.The Baltimore Orioles secured a sparkling package from the Los Angeles Dodgers for a few months of Manny Machado. DeGrom is controllable through 2020 and Syndergaard through 2021. Imagine what riches each might yield.The Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies are blossoming ahead of schedule. The Washington Nationals are scrambling for a final gasp in the waning days of the Bryce Harper era. The NL East is crowded to the point of bursting. New York must decide: cash in now or play the chumps.The Mets already dealt reliever Jeurys Familia to the Oakland Athletics. Infielder Asdrubal Cabrera should soon follow, among others.DeGrom and Syndergaard are more complex calls.Jim McIsaac/Getty Images"We'll have to consider [it]," Ricco said, per Newsday's Tim Healey. "For me, everything has to be on the table. But you have to look long and hard before you move a game-changing, top-of-the-rotation pitcher."That's undeniably true. When it comes to deGromandSyndergaard, the Mets should hold out for gaudy packages highlighted by can't-miss prospects. Anything less and the Amazins ought to spit at the mere notion.At the same time, the Mets should thoughtfully mull this eventuality.It's time for them to blow it up.It's time for them to make a move.If that wasn't apparent before, it is now. All statistics current as of Wednesday and courtesy of Baseball Reference.
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