There ISN'T anybody else.
But even if there was, even if the whole team was rested and ready to go, Jon Lester would be the right guy for Game 2.
He's the guy with the shoulders that carry.
The guy who just wants the ball, and the guy with the mentality to go deep into the game despite his lack of rest.
And this season hasn't needed someone to go deep into the game worse than we need Lester to tonight.
The bullpen is suffering a lack of confidence and control, and Lester can show 'em what that looks like.
Jose Quintana was SO GOOD last night, but it looked like he hit a wall.
That's called jet lag.
You heard the whole 5 hour pit stop at the worst time of After Midnight with Quintana's wife Michel having an irregular heartbeat on the plane to Los Angeles.
They ran to the hospital and I can promise that takes something extra out of you when it's your wife.
The pilots had to be replaced for lack of sleep (there's a funny Cub comparison in there somewhere).
Anyway, for 4 innings Quintana looked super-human.
Then the 5th.
A couple walks and poof.
Yasiel Puig, who we've never had to look at as an actual threat before, is wide awake this year.
And he's a beast who loves to be adored on the big stage, the guy most Cub fans will dislike the most.
He hits a double to knock in one of the walkers, and it was relatively crappy for us after that.
But I got a text from my buddy Greg in LA, and he hates the Dodgers.
After they won, he tells me how nervous he is now.
And I texted back, "Dude. There's 6 games to go. I'm used to this."
Think about that.
Now, take a deep breath and get ready for tonight.
At some point, the bullpen's gonna remember how to throw strikes, and the Cub bats won't care which pitchers Dave Roberts puts on the mound.
You're used to this, too.
PS: The Out Call and Joe Maddon getting tossed.
In the last series, the Cubs got every digital break you could hope for.
When Jose Lobaton was picked off first because some computers were able to synch up a couple different camera angles and see Lobaton's foot was a quarter inch off the bag?
Of course I was ecstatic, but at the same time thought it was SO WRONG for baseball.
The Nats had to eat it.
When Charlie Culberson was called out after the amazing tag by Willson Contreras (on the even more amazing throw by Kyle Schwarber), it was SUCH a great play.
The Dodgers challenged and it was overturned by cameras that showed Contreras blocked the plate.
It's not apples to apples because this one was about the rule, but still...
So this time we have to eat it, but the rule is SO WRONG for baseball.
Hopefully, the guys running the show will take these two plays into consideration and modify camera use and that stupid Posey Rule to get the spirit of the game back.