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Cubs activate Jon Lester

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The Chicago Cubs are winners of eight of ten and Cubs fans got some more good news today: Jon Lester was activated from the 10-day injured list. He’ll start against the Dodgers this afternoon.

Lester went on the shelf after straining his hamstring back on April 9. He was having a nice season before then, posting a 2.57 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 14 innings. We’ll see if he has accumulated any rust when he takes the hill today.

Mets are interested in Rick Porcello

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Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.

Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.

There are far worse bounceback candidates.