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Jon Lester | Starting Pitcher | #34

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (33) / 1/7/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 240
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 2 (0) / BOS
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Jon Lester couldn't make it through five innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday night.
Lester struggled with his command throughout the night, issuing five free passes while punching out two. He allowed one run on three hits over his 4 2/3 innings of work, throwing 103 pitches and departing with a pair of men on in the fifth. Justin Turner's RBI single in the fifth provided the damage against him. Lester would presumably start again in Game 6 should the series last that long. Oct 15 - 11:06 PM

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Jon Lester was officially named the starter for the Cubs in NLCS Game 2.

Joe Maddon on Friday indicated that Lester would be the guy, but he made if official Saturday. Lester will be pitching four days after he threw 3 2/3 innings in relief in Wednesday's NLDS Game 4 against the Nationals. The southpaw allowed two runs in 9 2/3 innings overall in the Division Series.
Oct 14 - 4:50 PM

Joe Maddon indicated Jon Lester will start Game 2 of the NLCS against the Nationals on Sunday.

Lester will be starting on four days rest after pitching 3 1/3 scoreless innings in relief against the Nationals during Wednesday's Game 4. He started Game 2 last Saturday and allowed one run in six innings. Lester will oppose fellow left-hander Rich Hill in the contest.
Oct 13 - 7:56 PM

Jon Lester pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Jake Arrieta in the Cubs' loss to the Nationals in Game 4 of the NLDS on Wednesday.

Not only did Lester pitch well on Wednesday, he also picked a runner off. We're certainly more surprised by the latter than the former. The veteran lefty allowed just one hit, walked one, and struck out three. If the Cubs aren't fortunate enough to win on Thursday in Washington, this will be Lester's last appearance of an up-and-down 2017 campaign.
Oct 11 - 8:37 PM

Jon Lester allowed one run on two hits over six innings Saturday, but settled for a no-decision in the Cubs' Game 2 loss to the Nationals.

Lester was brilliant outside of a solo homer by Anthony Rendon in the first inning, completely shutting down a potent Nats offense from there on. He walked two while striking out just two, with one coming against Trea Turner at a huge point in the game with the bases loaded and two outs. Unfortunately for Lester and the Cubs, the bullpen couldn't hold the lead, sending the game back to Chicago with the series tied at 1-1. Lester will presumably be waiting for a potential Game 5 back in the nation's capital.
Oct 7 - 8:59 PM

Jon Lester struck out seven batters while firing five shutout innings in a 9-0 drubbing of the Reds on Saturday.

He surrendered four knocks and did not issue a walk in the gem outing. The left-hander was pulled after just 75 pitches today as the Cubs want to keep him fresh and sharp for the playoffs that start next week. He improves to 13-8 with a 4.33 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 32 starts. He struck out 180 batters and walked 60 in 180 2/3 innings this year.
Sep 30 - 8:34 PM

Jon Lester tossed six innings of one-run ball Monday in the Cubs' defeat of the Cardinals.

Lester gave up a number of hard-hit balls, including a solo homer to Jedd Gyorko in the bottom of the second inning, but the overall results were far better than what they have been lately. He'll bring a 12-8 record and 4.46 ERA into his final regular-season start this weekend versus the Reds. That could be an abbreviated outing with the Cubs due to clinch the NL Central within the next couple days.
Sep 25 - 11:36 PM

Jon Lester was lit up for seven runs in 4 1/3 innings and took a loss to the Rays on Wednesday.

He failed to register a single strikeout while walking three and allowing eight hits. He served up a solo home run to Steven Souza in the first inning, allowed three runs in the second frame and three more in the fifth. The seven earned runs ties for the most Lester has allowed in a game this year. He gave up 10 runs to the Pirates in a game back in July, but only four of those were earned. The next home run Lester allows will set a new career high for the 33-year-old left-hander. He has given up 25 bombs this year. He falls to 11-8 with a 4.56 ERA in 30 starts.
Sep 20 - 11:31 PM

Jon Lester's next start has been pushed back to Wednesday against the Rays.

Lester was previously scheduled to pitch Tuesday, but now Mike Montgomery will return to the rotation to make the start. The change also rules Lester out for a second start this week, as he was previously lined up to start Sunday against the Brewers. He's now on track to pitch next Monday against the Cardinals.
Sep 18 - 1:14 PM

Jon Lester allowed two runs in six innings and was credited with a 17-5 win over the Mets on Wednesday.

He wasn't on top of his game but held the Mets down until the powerful Cubs' offense could pile on a couple touchdowns' worth of run support in the late innings. The veteran left-hander struck out five, walked four and yielded six base hits. He allowed runs on a solo homer by Jose Reyes and a squeeze bunt by Matt Harvey. Lester improves to 11-7 with a 4.30 ERA in 29 starts. He has an excellent 169:55 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 165 1/3 innings. He lines up for a start against the Rays on the road next week.
Sep 14 - 1:33 AM

Jon Lester held the Pirates to one run over six innings in a win Thursday.

Lester uncharacteristically walked four and allowed five hits, but an RBI groundout in the third inning was all the Bucs could push across during his tenure. The start was his best in almost two months, improving him to 10-7 with a 4.35 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 28 starts. Lester has won five of his last six decisions and will look to keep it going Wednesday against the lowly Mets.
Sep 8 - 12:20 AM

Jon Lester got a win despite not pitching very well in his return from the disabled list, allowing four runs in five innings against the Braves on Saturday.

He teed up home runs to Freddie Freeman, Matt Kemp and Rio Ruiz but survived long enough to get credit for the win as his teammates demolished Braves' pitching all night. The ace left-hander spent two weeks on the disabled list recovering from a tender shoulder and lat muscle. He is now 9-7 with a 4.46 ERA in what is shaping up to be his worst season since 2012 with the Red Sox.
Sep 2 - 6:50 PM

Cubs activated LHP Jon Lester from the 10-day disabled list.

Lester will return to the Cubs' rotation on Saturday against the Braves. He has been sidelined since August 18 due to left shoulder fatigue and left lat tightness, but made it through Wednesday's bullpen session without issue. His last start before landing on the shelf was a disaster, allowing eight runs on seven hits in one-plus innings against the Reds.
Sep 2 - 10:38 AM

Jon Lester (shoulder/lat) is expected to start against Braves on Saturday.

Lester threw a 50-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday which went off without a hitch. He has missed the past two weeks of action due to left shoulder fatigue and left lat tightness. Prior to going down injured, the veteran southpaw had been pitching to a 4.37 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 155/46 K/BB ratio in 26 starts covering 148 1/3 innings. Mike Montgomery -- who had been starting in Lester's place -- will receive at least one more turn through the rotation, as he will start Sunday's showdown with the Braves.
Aug 30 - 11:50 PM

Jon Lester (shoulder, lat) threw a 50-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday.

Lester worked three innings in a simulated game on Monday. Left shoulder fatigue and left lat tightness has kept the veteran southpaw out of action since August 18. His availability for a potential Saturday start against the Braves should clarify on Thursday.
Aug 30 - 5:39 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Willson Contreras
2Victor Caratini
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Javier Baez
2Ben Zobrist
3David Bote
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
2Tommy La Stella
LF1Kyle Schwarber
CF1Albert Almora
2Ian Happ
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Jose Quintana
3Kyle Hendricks
4Tyler Chatwood
5Jen-Ho Tseng
6Adbert Alzolay
7Oscar De La Cruz
8Drew Smyly
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brandon Morrow
2Carl Edwards Jr.
3Pedro Strop
4Justin Wilson
5Mike Montgomery
6Justin Grimm
7Dillon Maples
8Rob Zastryzny
9Dario Alvarez
10Cory Mazzoni