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Jon Lester | Starting Pitcher

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/7/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 240
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Jon Lester lasted only four innings, giving up four runs in a loss to the Dodgers on Thursday.
The lefty allowed eight base runners on four hits and four walks, letting the Dodgers score twice in each of the first two innings. He struck out five. Lester's subpar season continues, now with a 4.03 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP, and an 86/27 K/BB ratio over 89 1/3 innings. He'll try again to earn his first win since May 16 next week in New York against the Mets. Jun 25 - 5:57 PM

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Jon Lester held the Twins to one earned run over 6 1/3 innings Saturday in a no-decision.

The only run Lester allowed was on a third-inning solo shot by Kurt Suzuki. The lefty yielded just three hits in all while striking out seven, and the Cubs wound up winning in extras. Lester has a 3.80 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 81/23 K/BB ratio over his first 85 1/3 innings with Chicago. He gets the Dodgers at home next.
Jun 20 - 5:40 PM

Jon Lester went seven strong innings in Sunday's no-decision against the Reds, surrendering just one run on five hits.

Lester didn't walk a batter and punched out four on the evening. The only damage against him came on an RBI single by Brandon Phillips in the sixth inning after Billy Hamilton had stolen third base. Lester will carry a 3.99 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 74/20 K/BB ratio over 79 innings on the year. He'll take on the Twins next time out in Minnesota on Friday.
Jun 15 - 12:09 AM

Jon Lester couldn't escape the fifth inning, yielding five runs in 4 1/3 innings and taking the loss on Tuesday as the Cubs fell 6-0 to the Tigers.

Lester appeared to figure things out in May, but has struggled in back-to-back starts to open the month of June. He held the Tigers to one run through three innings, but allowed two runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings before calling it a night. The Tigers took him for nine hits -- including three doubles and a triple -- while drawing two walks and striking out five times. The lefty has a disappointing 4.25 ERA with a 1.43 WHIP and a 70/20 K/BB ratio across 72 innings. Lester will try to bounce back at home against the Reds in his next start.
Jun 9 - 10:23 PM

Jon Lester struggled and took a loss on Wednesday against the Marlins, yielding six runs in five innings.

Four runs came around in the second inning on five hits. An additional two scored in the fifth inning on solo home runs from Giancarlo Stanton and Jeff Baker. Lester allowed nine hits in total along with a walk and four strikeouts. The lefty had been on a solid run of starts after a slow start to the season, but still maintains a 3.86 ERA with a 1.36 WHIP and a 65/18 K/BB ratio over 67 2/3 innings. Lester will attempt to bounce back in his next start, a road match-up with the Tigers.
Jun 3 - 10:15 PM

Jon Lester fanned 10 Nationals on Wednesday, but he still lost after giving up two runs -- one earned -- in seven innings.

Lester was outdueled by the one starter more sought-after last winter, Max Scherzer. It's his first loss since April 19, when his ERA stood at 6.89. He's turned in seven straight quality starts since that point.
May 27 - 11:20 PM

Jon Lester held the Pirates to one run over seven innings Saturday in the Cubs' 4-1 victory.

Lester gave up nine hits -- including a third-inning solo shot to Sean Rodriguez -- but he walked just one batter and struck out seven. The $155 million left-hander was a bit shaky in early April, but he's been very good now in five straight starts. He'll carry a 4-2 record, 3.70 ERA, and 1.36 WHIP into his next scheduled outing on the road against the Diamondbacks. Lester has a strong 47/13 K/BB ratio through 48 2/3 innings.
May 16 - 7:32 PM

Jon Lester earned his third win of the season on Monday, holding the Mets to three runs in six innings.

Lester was strong through five innings, allowing just one run on a Kevin Plawecki RBI single, but gave up back-to-back solo home runs to Lucas Duda and Wilmer Flores in the sixth inning to cut the Cubs' lead to 4-3. The lefty, overall, gave up five hits, walked four, and struck out six. Lester has yet to show the ace-like stuff that landed him a six-year deal with the Cubs in the off-season. He'll bring a 4.10 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and a 40/12 K/BB ratio over 41 2/3 innings into a weekend start at home against the Pirates.
May 11 - 11:37 PM

Jon Lester picked up his second win of the season on Wednesday, allowing four runs (one earned) in seven innings against the Cardinals.

One of the unearned runs was Lester's fault, as he made a fielding error in the second inning that led to a run. Addison Russell committed the other error in the sixth that sparked a two-out, two-run rally for the Cardinals. Lester otherwise was decent, giving up seven hits and two walks while striking out six. With a few good starts in a row, it looks like Lester has settled down. His ERA is down to 4.04 with a 1.32 WHIP and a 34/8 K/BB ratio in 35 2/3 innings. The Mets await him in a home start next.
May 6 - 11:20 PM

Jon Lester registered his first victory as a Cub on Friday, spinning seven shutout innings in a 1-0 win over the Brewers.

Lester yielded just three hits (all singles), walked one and struck out four. He had thrown just 90 pitches after seven frames, but manager Joe Maddon elected to pull him in and let Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon close it out. Though he has just the one win and an ugly 4.71 ERA, Lester now boasts a 28/6 K/BB ratio across 28 2/3 innings. He'll take on the Cardinals in St. Louis next.
May 1 - 5:55 PM

Jon Lester racked up 10 strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision against the Reds on Friday.

The All-Star southpaw surrendered three runs on five hits and a walk over his six frames. The damage against him came in the form of single runs in first, third and fourth innings. It was Lester's finest start as a Cub, though he still sports an uninspiring 6.23 ERA and 1.57 WHIP through his first 21 2/3 innings. He'll try again for that elusive first victory on Wednesday when he takes on the Pirates.
Apr 24 - 11:04 PM

Jon Lester surrendered three runs on six hits in his 5 1/3 innings of work against the Padres on Sunday.

Lester's career as a Chicago Cub is off to a less than stellar start. His outing against the Padres was at least better by degrees than the six-run debacle he put up against the Reds in his last start. Versus the Padres, Lester gave up a two-run homer to Will Middlebrooks in the third inning and after working into trouble in the sixth, he was pulled with two on and one out. Will Venable subsequently finished off Lester's line with an RBI hit. Lester struck out four and walked two in the contest while lowering his ERA to 6.89. That might look ghastly, but Lester owners should take solace in the fact that for the left-hander's career, April and May have been his worst months in terms of ERA. Historically, he gets better as the weather warms. Lester will face the Reds in his next start.
Apr 19 - 5:29 PM

Jon Lester continued to struggle, allowing six runs in six innings in a no-decision Monday, but the Cubs were still able to win against the Reds.

Lester was hit hard early, serving up three runs on four hits in the first inning. He seemed to settle down, but relented three more runs on four hits in the sixth inning. Overall, Lester yielded 10 hits, walked none, and struck out four. He'll take a 7.84 ERA into Sunday's home start versus the Padres.
Apr 13 - 11:38 PM

Jon Lester struggled in his Cubs debut on Sunday night, allowing three runs on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings in a losing effort against the Cardinals.

On the positive side, the veteran southpaw was able to rack up six strikeouts on the evening against two walks. The Cardinals struck for single runs in the first and second innings, then added another in the fifth before chasing Lester. Luckily for him, Phil Coke was able to strand the bases loaded and prevent any further ratio damage in that fifth frame. Lester will look for better results when he takes on the Rockies at Coors Field next weekend.
Apr 5 - 11:22 PM

Jon Lester (arm) threw 54 pitches Thursday in a minor league game.

Lester struck out three of the 12 batters he faced while giving up one hit and one walk. The southpaw was scratched from Saturday's scheduled start due to a tired arm, but he said that Thursday was "good" and a "normal day." He will make another minor league start next week, likely stretching out to 75-80 pitches, which should put him track to start Opening Night against the Cardinals on April.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Mar 26 - 4:51 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Miguel Montero
2David Ross
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Addison Russell
2Tommy La Stella
SS1Starlin Castro
2Jonathan Herrera
3B1Kris Bryant
2Mike Olt
LF1Chris Coghlan
2Chris Denorfia
3Mike Baxter
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Matt Szczur
RF1Jorge Soler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Jason Hammel
4Kyle Hendricks
5Tsuyoshi Wada
6Jacob Turner
7Donn Roach
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Rondon
2Neil Ramirez
3Pedro Strop
4Jason Motte
5Justin Grimm
6James Russell
7Edwin Jackson
8Zac Rosscup
9Travis Wood