Cubs announce Jon Lester as Opening Day starter

John Tomase
March 02, 2015 - 10:15 am

The Cubs took any suspense out of the decision over who will start on opening day against the Cardinals by tabbing former Red Sox ace Jon Lester.

This will be Lester's fifth straight opening day start, with the added bonus that his appearance against the Cardinals at Wrigley Field will actually kick off the entire 2015 season on the night of Sunday, April 5. Lester went 1-1 with a 3.70 ERA on Opening Day with the Red Sox, beating the Yankees in 2013, taking a tough-luck loss against the Orioles in Baltimore last year, and pitching poorly (Texas, 2011) and well (Detroit, 2012) in no-decisions. The 31-year-old left the Red Sox this winter to sign a six-year, $155 million deal with the Cubs.