Lester brings a 2.50 career postseason ERA into Game 1 of the World Series, where he’ll be working on regular rest. The longtime American Leaguer is 7-1 with a 3.03 ERA in 15 career starts against Cleveland.
The Indians will open their first World Series since 1997 with the ball in the hands of their ace. Kluber has made the most of his first career postseason action, posting a 0.98 ERA in his three starts, including two scoreless outings, this October.
Arrieta is well-rested after not pitching since a loss in Game 3 of the NLCS. He faced Cleveland once during his NL Cy Young Award-winning 2015 season, allowing four runs in five innings.
The Indians hope Game 2 can be started by Trevor Bauer, whose right pinkie injury forced him to leave ALCS Game 3 after two-thirds of an inning. If he's not ready for Game 2, Bauer will plan to start Game 3 and be replaced Wednesday by Josh Tomlin.
Josh Tomlin is slated to pitch Game 3 when the World Series heads to Chicago, but he could pitch Game 2 if Trevor Bauer isn't ready. Tomlin has thrown two solid starts this postseason, having allowed three runs in 10 2/3 innings.
The 26-year-old was dominant in a 5-0 win over the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS, allowing just two hits over 7 1/3 frames. Hendricks has been a force this postseason, posting a 1.65 ERA over 16 1/3 innings.