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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
Contract: view contract details

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Jon Lester yielded one run on four hits over three innings of work in Saturday's Cactus League contest with the Rockies.
Lester struck out four and walked one on the afternoon. Notorious for occasionally sluggish starts to the season, it is nice to see Lester putting in sharp work early. The veteran southpaw will be taking the ball on Opening Day for the defending World Series champs. Mar 11 - 6:08 PM

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Jon Lester allowed two earned runs in his two-inning Cactus League debut Sunday versus the Rangers.

Lester worked a 1-2-3 first inning -- striking out Shin-Soo Choo in the scoreless, hitless opening frame -- but Rougned Odor and Jonathan Lucroy both singled in the second and Will Middlebrooks then doubled. Nothing to worry about here in early March. Lester was named the Cubs' Opening Day starter last week.
Mar 5 - 4:40 PM

Jon Lester has been named the Cubs' Opening Day starter.

He'll take on the rival Cardinals in the very first game of the 2017 regular season, Sunday, April 2 in primetime. Jake Arrieta will follow Lester in the rotation for the defending World Series champs.
Mar 2 - 2:09 PM

Jon Lester surrendered two runs -- both on a singular wild pitch -- in three innings of relief during Wednesday's win over the Indians in Game 7 of the World Series.

Lester came on for Kyle Hendricks after the latter walked Carlos Santana with two outs in the fifth inning. Jason Kipnis proceeded to burn the ace southpaw for an infield single, and that damage was compounded on David Ross' sailed throw which allowed the runners to advance to second and third. Lester then bounced a curveball which smacked off Ross' mask and hopped in the opposite direction. Both Santana and an ultra-aggressive Kipnis scored on the play. Credit to Lester, though, as he locked in after the rocky start to pitch scoreless ball into the eighth inning. Aroldis Chapman surrendered an RBI double to score an inherited runner on Lester's line with two outs in that frame before the Cubs finally closed things out in the 10th. Lester gets some much-deserved rest now -- well, after he's done celebrating.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 12:58:00 AM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that if necessary, Jon Lester likely has about "two solid innings" in him for Game 7 of the World Series.

Lester threw 90 pitches in the Cubs' Game 5 win two days ago. That actually works out somewhat conveniently, as on normal rest, Wednesday would have been a throw day for Lester, anyway. Two other notes on this front -- Maddon said that if Lester does enter the pressure cooker that is Game 7, David Ross will serve as his catcher (as is usually the case) and Maddon also said that Lester would only come in to start an inning. The Cubs will open the game with a battery of Kyle Hendricks and Willson Contreras.
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 06:06:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears that Jon Lester is expected to function as the "middle man" in Game 7 of the World Series against the Indians on Wednesday.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon has shown no confidence in his bullpen outside of Aroldis Chapman, so Lester and John Lackey are both expected to be in the mix in relief of Kyle Hendricks in Game 7. Lester would be working on two days rest after throwing 90 pitches in Game 5. According to Rosenthal, the plan would be for David Ross to enter the game to replace Willson Contreras behind the plate if Lester indeed gets the call. Lester would presumably be asked to start an inning, but given his issues throwing to bases, it would be very interesting if anyone gets on against him in a tight game.
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 10:39:00 AM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Jon Lester is highly doubtful to pitch in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday night in Cleveland.

Lester just threw six innings (90 pitches) in Game 5 on Sunday. Maddon is almost certain to deploy the ace left-hander in a bullpen role if the World Series goes to a Game 7 on Wednesday.
Tue, Nov 1, 2016 05:59:00 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon indicated Monday that Jon Lester will be available out of the bullpen this week in Cleveland.

He's presumably talking about just Game 7 on Wednesday (if there is one). Lester threw "only" 90 pitches in Sunday's Game 5 win over the Indians, so asking him to go an inning or two on two days' rest shouldn't be too much of a push. It's all hands on deck for the Cubbies as they attempt to come back from a 3-1 World Series deficit.
Mon, Oct 31, 2016 07:18:00 PM

Jon Lester allowed two runs on four hits over six innings of work on Sunday to defeat the Indians in Game 5 of the World Series.

The veteran southpaw punched out five on the night and didn't issue a walk. He served up a solo homer to Jose Ramirez in the second inning, then gave up an RBI single to Francisco Lindor in the sixth, but that was the extent of the damage against him. Lester has been outstanding throughout the postseason, compiling a 1.93 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 26/5 K/BB ratio over 32 2/3 innings. It's unlikely that he makes another appearance in the series, though he could be called up on relief in a potential Game 7 should the Cubs force one.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 11:48:00 PM

Jon Lester allowed three earned runs over 5 2/3 innings as the Cubs dropped Game 1 of the World Series to the Indians on Tuesday.

Lester recorded the first two outs in the bottom of the first inning with relative ease, but Francisco Lindor singled up the middle, Mike Napoli and Carlos Santana drew back-to-back walks, and then Jose Ramirez put a slow-roller down the first base line that plated Lindor for the game's first run and kept the bases juiced. Hit-by-pitch specialist Brandon Guyer promptly did his thing, taking an inside pitch off the leg to make it 2-0. Indians catcher Roberto Perez added to the lead with a solo shot against Lester in the bottom of the fourth -- the first of two World Series Game 1 homers for the defensive-minded catcher. Lester is lined up to pitch next in Game 5.
Tue, Oct 25, 2016 11:50:00 PM

Jon Lester has been announced as the Cubs' starter for Game 1 of the World Series.

An easy enough decision for manager Joe Maddon. Lester has registered a dominant 0.86 ERA in 21 innings (three starts) this postseason and earned co-MVP honors in the NLCS. The veteran left-hander will face off against Indians ace Corey Kluber in Game 1 on Tuesday night at Cleveland's Progressive Field.
Mon, Oct 24, 2016 02:46:00 PM

Jon Lester fired seven innings of one-run ball as the Cubs topped the Dodgers 8-4 in Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday.

The Cubs are now just one win away from their first trip to the World Series since 1945. The Dodgers were determined to try to get in Lester’s head, but it just didn’t happen. The lone run scored on a ground out in the fourth inning. The veteran left-hander allowed just five hits in all while walking just one batter and striking out six. He has compiled a 0.86 ERA and 14/2 K/BB ratio in 21 innings over three starts this postseason.
Fri, Oct 21, 2016 12:27:00 AM

Jon Lester pitched well in a no-decision, allowing four hits, one run and one walk in the Cubs' win over the Dodgers Saturday in Game 1 of the NLCS.

He also recorded three strikeouts. Miguel Montero’s late-inning heroics will grab the headlines and rightly so, but Lester was tremendous on Saturday and should have gotten the win. The only run he allowed came on a solo shot by Andre Ethier that would have stayed in the yard if the wind wasn’t blowing out to left field. Cubs manager Joe Maddon made a somewhat questionable decision by lifting Lester for a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning. The Cubs were ahead at the time and Lester was only at 77 pitches. Lester has been a postseason stud since his Boston days and has continued that trend as a member of the Cubs. Barring a Cubs sweep, he’ll get the ball again in Game 5.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 11:58:00 PM

Jon Lester will start Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday in Chicago.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon made that announcement Thursday in a chat with the media at Wrigley Field. Tuesday night's comeback win in Game 4 of the NLDS against the Giants was huge for Chicago's rotation alignment leading into the best-of-seven National League Championship Series. Kyle Hendricks likely takes Game 2, with Jake Arrieta handling Game 3 and John Lackey on tap for Game 4. Lester pitched eight innings of shutout ball in his one Division Series appearance versus San Francisco.
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 04:14:00 PM

Jon Lester delivered an outstanding performance in Friday's victory over the Giants, scattering just five hits over his eight scoreless innings.

The veteran left-hander struck out five on his masterful evening and didn't walk a batter. Every zero that he put up on the scoreboard was absolutely necessary as well, as the Cubs weren't able to break through against Johnny Cueto until Javier Baez's home run in the bottom of the eighth. He'll now sit back and wait to see if he's needed for a decisive Game 5 start should the series get there.
Fri, Oct 7, 2016 11:54:00 PM

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C1Willson Contreras
2Miguel Montero
3Ali Solis
4Taylor Davis
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Javier Baez
3Tommy La Stella
4Jemile Weeks
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
LF1Kyle Schwarber
CF1Jon Jay
2Albert Almora
RF1Jason Heyward
2Matt Szczur
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S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Kyle Hendricks
4John Lackey
5Brett Anderson
6Ryan Williams
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5Mike Montgomery
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7Justin Grimm
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