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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 coughed up six runs -- five earned -- in 5 2/3 innings and took a loss to the Pirates on Wednesday.
His night started by allowing a solo homer to leadoff batter Josh Harrison in the first inning. He surrendered five runs in the first two innings, then settled down to throw three scoreless innings before allowing a solo homer to Josh Bell in the sixth. Lester allowed 10 hits and two walks in total while striking out five. He has yet to win a game after five starts. He will take his 3.68 ERA into a home matchup with the Phillies on Tuesday. Apr 27 - 12:15 AM

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Jon Lester was tagged for five runs over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Reds on Friday.

Lester held the Reds off the board until he unraveled in the fourth inning. The southpaw allowed nine hits on the night (including a solo homer to Adam Duvall) while walking two and striking out four. Lester had allowed just two runs through his first three starts combined, so he was due for a clunker. He’ll try to rebound next time out against the Pirates on the road.
Apr 21 - 11:44 PM

Jon Lester took a no-decision despite tossing seven innings of scoreless ball in Sunday's 6-1 loss to the Pirates.

Lester scattered three hits and walked two on the afternoon, finishing up his outing having thrown 103 pitches (67 for strikes). The strikeouts may not have been there (he fanned three), but otherwise this was a masterful early showing. Alas, the win was not to be, as Koji Uehara could not hold a 1-0 lead after taking over for Lester to start the eighth. Veteran southpaw Lester holds a career ERA of 3.73 for the month of April -- his worst for any month -- but is off to a smooth start for the 2017 season, having allowed two runs on 14 hits over 18 innings through his first three starts. He will try to keep the good vibes going in a road date with the Reds next time he toes the rubber.
Apr 16 - 5:28 PM

Jon Lester limited the Dodgers to one run over six innings and struck out seven in a no-decision Monday.

Lester left with a 2-1 lead, but it was lost in the eighth. He's still without a decision after two fine starts (two runs in 13 innings) to open the season.
Apr 11 - 1:47 AM

Jon Lester's next start will come on Monday against the Dodgers.

Lester had been lined up to pitch Sunday in Milwaukee, but he'll be held back an extra day to face a club in the Dodgers that struggles against lefties. It means Lester will be pitching on seven days' rest. Jake Arrieta will get the ball Sunday on regular rest.
Apr 6 - 11:15 AM

Jon Lester was able to minimize the damage against him in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Opening Night, surrendering just one run on seven hits and a pair of walks in five-plus innings of work.

Lester fanned seven on the night. Despite the constant parade of baserunners, the Cardinals were only able to scratch out one run against the star left-hander, on a sacrifice fly in the third inning. He'll look for better results when he takes on the Brewers in Milwaukee on Sunday.
Apr 3 - 12:12 AM

Jon Lester was charged with four runs over six innings against the Indians on Monday in his final spring tune-up.

Lester surrendered five hits, didn't walk anyone and struck out five batters. Abraham Almonte took the left-hander deep. The veteran left-hander hasn't been particularly sharp this spring with a 5.73 ERA, but that hardly matters. Lester will face the Cardinals Sunday on Opening Night.
Mar 27 - 11:45 PM

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

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