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Jon Lester | Starting Pitcher | #34

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (32) / 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 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. Oct 25 - 11:50 PM

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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.
Oct 24 - 2:46 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.
Oct 21 - 12:27 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.
Oct 15 - 11:58 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.
Oct 13 - 4:14 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.
Oct 7 - 11:54 PM

Jon Lester will start Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday.

The Cubs aren't sure if they are facing the Mets or the Giants yet, but manager Joe Maddon has already settled on his rotation. Lester will be followed by Kyle Hendricks, Jake Arrieta, and John Lackey.

Jon Lester allowed five runs over five innings in a loss to the Reds on Saturday.

Looking for win No. 20 in his bid for a Cy Young award, Lester instead stumbled in his final start of the regular season. The southpaw gave up six hits, including a two-run home run, and issued three free passes. Even without hitting the 20-win plateau, it was still a wildly successful campaign for the 32-year-old, who finishes with a 19-5 record, 2.44 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 197/52 K/BB ratio in 32 starts.
Oct 1 - 8:44 PM

Jon Lester was brilliant in Sunday night's victory over the Cardinals, racking up seven strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings of shutout baseball.

The veteran southpaw scattered just three hits and a walk on the masterful evening. He has been absolutely outstanding down the stretch and has built up a very strong case for the National League Cy Young Award. Now 19-4 on the season, he'll carry a 2.28 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 191/49 K/BB ration into his final regular season tune-up against the Reds in Cincinnati on Friday.
Sep 25 - 11:28 PM

Jon Lester was brilliant again Tuesday, yielding a lone run over seven innings in a 6-1 win over the Reds.

Lester scattered six hits while striking out five and not walking a batter on the night. The win was his ninth in a row to improve him to 18-4 on the year, and the southpaw owns a sparkling 2.36 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 184/48 K/BB ratio through 30 starts. He'll continue stating his Cy Young case Monday at the Pirates.
Sep 20 - 11:46 PM

Jon Lester fired eight shutout innings Wednesday in the Cubs' 7-0 blanking of the Cardinals.

Lester carved his way through the Cardinals' lineup with ease, allowing just three singles and a walk while striking out eight. That was backed by a 12-hit, seven-run offensive barrage from the Cubs, whose magic number is down to one after taking two of three in St. Louis. Lester is making a late run at the 2016 National League Cy Young Award, now with a 17-4 record, 2.40 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 179/48 K/BB ratio in 184 innings. He has a 1.47 ERA since the All-Star break and a ridiculous 1.02 ERA over his last 61 2/3 frames.
Sep 14 - 4:24 PM

Jon Lester was brilliant in Friday's victory over the Astros, scattering seven hits over seven shutout innings.

The veteran southpaw struck out seven and didn't walk a batter in the impressive outing. He's certainly hitting his stride at the right time, posting a 1.17 ERA and 0.88 WHIP over 53 2/3 innings in his last eight starts. He'll look to continue that ridiculous run when he squares off against the Brewers on Thursday in Chicago.
Sep 9 - 11:49 PM

Jon Lester carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning on Friday, eventually allowing a run on three hits over nine brilliant frames in a victory over the Giants.

It was the second complete game of the season for the veteran southpaw and 14th of his career. Lester struck out four on the afternoon while walking two. With two outs in the sixth inning, Hunter Pence tagged him for a solo home run, breaking up the no-hitter and pulling the Giants to within a run at 2-1. Lester now sits at 15-4 on the season with a 2.61 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 164/47 K/BB ratio across 169 innings. He'll look to strengthen his bid for the National League Cy Young Award when he does battle against the Brewers in Milwaukee on Wednesday.
Sep 2 - 5:01 PM

Jon Lester was terrific in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Sunday, scattering three hits over six shutout innings of baseball.

The veteran left-hander punched out six on the afternoon and walked two. He could have continued dominating, as he had thrown only 98 pitches, but was lifted for a pinch hitter in the seventh inning. Lester has been outstanding for the Cubs this season, compiling a 14-4 record, 2.70 ERA and 1.07 WHIP.
Aug 28 - 8:01 PM

Jon Lester held the Padres to one run in six innings and struck out eight in winning Monday.

Lester moved to 14-4. The Cubs have won each of his last seven starts, with Lester picking up five wins in the span. Next up for him are the Dodgers in Los Angeles this weekend.
Aug 23 - 1:48 AM

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C1Willson Contreras
2Miguel Montero
3David Ross
4Tim Federowicz
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Tommy La Stella
SS1Addison Russell
2Munenori Kawasaki
3B1Kris Bryant
2Javier Baez
3Christian Villanueva
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Jorge Soler
3Chris Coghlan
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Matt Szczur
3Albert Almora
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
S1Jake Arrieta
2Jon Lester
3John Lackey
4Jason Hammel
5Kyle Hendricks
6Aaron Brooks
7Dallas Beeler
Relief Pitcher
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Hector Rondon
3Pedro Strop
4Mike Montgomery
5Joe Smith
6Trevor Cahill
7Carl Edwards Jr.
8Travis Wood
9Justin Grimm
10Zac Rosscup
11Rob Zastryzny
12Felix Pena
13Jake Buchanan
14Spencer Patton