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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 limited the Rockies to two runs over eight innings Wednesday in the Cubs' 3-2 victory.
Lester struck out 14 and walked just one in the dominant outing on a hot, sunny day at Wrigley Field. The left-hander has been on a roll for the last couple of months, now boasting a 3.26 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 136/32 K/BB ratio in 132 2/3 total innings. He will get the Pirates on the road next time out. Jul 29 - 5:07 PM

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Jon Lester pitched well in Friday's no-decision against the Phillies, allowing just two runs on seven hits over his seven frames.

The veteran left-hander racked up six strikeouts on the afternoon and didn't issue a walk. He left in line to earn his sixth victory of the season, but the Cubs bullpen was unable to preserve his lead. Lester will carry a 3.32 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 122/31 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's start against the Rockies.
Jul 24 - 7:41 PM

Jon Lester twirled 7 1/3 shutout frames Saturday in the Cubs' 4-0 blanking of the Braves.

Lester was working on a no-hitter until the bottom of the eighth inning, when A.J. Pierzynski smacked a leadoff single to shallow right field. Lester then gave up a one-out single to Andrelton Simmons and manager Joe Maddon decided to pull him. The $155 million starter walked one and struck out seven, moving to 5-8 with a 3.37 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 116/31 K/BB ratio in 117 2/3 innings. A road start against the Reds is next.
Jul 18 - 10:50 PM

Jon Lester struggled early and late in his last start before the All-Star Break, yielding five runs (four earned) on seven hits over seven innings in Saturday's loss to the rival White Sox.

While Lester did fan eight over seven innings (without issuing a walk), the White Sox hit him up for a pair of runs in the first inning, then three more in the seventh. In between those frames, the big money southpaw pitched well. He's seen his share of troubles this season, particularly in April, but his overall numbers are respectable enough and he now owns a 3.59 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 109/30 K/BB ratio in 110 1/3 innings.
Jul 11 - 7:37 PM

Jon Lester brought a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but ultimately lost it and the game on Monday after giving up two unearned runs in seven innings against the Cardinals.

The highlight of the game may have been Jon Lester ending a career-long 0-for-66 skid at the plate when he beat out an infield single in the second inning. He brought a no-hit bid into the seventh inning but lost it when Jhonny Peralta, fittingly, reached on an infield single. Kris Bryant later committed an error, which set up two unearned runs. Lester allowed two hits overall, walked two, and struck out eight on the evening. Lester has pitched quite well after a tough April, owning a 3.48 ERA on the year with a 1.28 WHIP and a 101/30 K/BB ratio in 103 1/3 innings. He wraps up his first half with a home start against the White Sox.
Jul 7 - 12:11 AM

Jon Lester blanked the Mets for seven innings on Wednesday.

Lester struck out seven and walked none in one of his best starts as a Cub. Granted, the Mets aren't really hitting anyone at the moment, but as difficult of a year as Lester has had, he'll take what he can get. Unfortunately, that didn't include a win, as the Cubs didn't take the lead until the 11th.
Jul 1 - 10:54 PM

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

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

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3B1Kris Bryant
LF1Chris Coghlan
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3Jason Hammel
4Kyle Hendricks
5Tsuyoshi Wada
6Jacob Turner
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