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Jon Lester | Starting Pitcher | #34

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (34) / 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 took a tough loss after allowing just one run in seven innings against the Indians on Wednesday.
He surrendered an RBI-single to Michael Brantley in the third inning and that was all it took to ruin his day. The veteran southpaw struck out four batters against one walk and four knocks -- all singles. He falls to 4-2 with a sensational 2.37 ERA after 10 starts. He'll hope for better luck against the Pirates on Tuesday. May 24 - 12:55 AM

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Jon Lester spun six innings of one-run ball in an 8-1 victory over the Reds on Friday.

His only mistake was a solo homer from Adam Duvall in the fifth. Otherwise, Lester was locked in, allowing a total of two hits while walking one and striking out eight. The veteran southpaw has allowed two earned runs or fewer in four straight starts and now sits at 4-1 with a 2.52 ERA through nine starts. Up next is an interesting interleague assignment against the Indians.
May 19 - 1:52 AM

Jon Lester earned his third victory of the season on Saturday, limiting the White Sox to just one run on four hits over 5 2/3 innings.

The veteran southpaw punched out five on the afternoon while issuing three free passes. The only blemish on his day came on an RBI ground out by Jose Abreu in the sixth. Now 3-1 on the season, Lester boasts a 2.66 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 36/20 K/BB ratio. He'll do battle against the Braves in Atlanta his next time out on Thursday.
May 12 - 8:01 PM

Jon Lester wound up with a no-decision against the Cardinals on Sunday night after allowing two runs on six hits over his 5 1/3 innings of work.

Lester walked four and struck out four on the night. He served up a solo homer to Jedd Gyorko in the second and an RBI triple to Kolten Wong in the sixth. The veteran left-hander had to battle through a pair of rain delays in this one, and did a terrific job overall at limiting the damage despite the parade of baserunners against him. He'll carry a 2.82 ERA and 1.33 WHIP into Saturday's start against the White Sox.
May 7 - 1:55 AM

Jon Lester allowed two unearned runs over 5 2/3 innings Monday in a no-decision versus the Rockies.

Those two runs came after a misplay by Javier Baez in the top of the fifth inning. Lester scattered five hits and three walks, striking out five, in the eventual 3-2 victory for Chicago. The veteran left-hander will bring a 2-1 record, 2.73 ERA, and 1.24 WHIP into his next start on the road against the rival Cardinals.
Apr 30 - 10:18 PM

Jon Lester surrendered three runs in seven innings and was charged with a loss to the Indians on Wednesday.

All three runs came on solo homers -- Brandon Guyer, Francisco Lindor and Edwin Encarnacion all took him deep. Lester allowed four hits total plus two walks while fanning four in the outing. He falls to 2-1 with a 3.29 ERA after five starts. He had allowed just one homer this year prior to today.
Apr 25 - 10:31 PM

Jon Lester held the Cardinals to an unearned run over six innings and struck out seven in the Cubs' 8-5 win Thursday.

A HBP, a throwing error on a steal and a wild pitch gave the Cardinals a run in the first, but that was all they'd manage against Lester. Two good and two bad starts have left Lester 2-0 with a 3.10 ERA so far. The Cubs have won all four of his outings, scoring at least eight runs each time.
Apr 19 - 5:52 PM

Wednesday's game between the Cubs and Cardinals has been postponed due to inclement weather.

They went ahead and called this one early with the forecast in Chicago calling for rain, sleet, and 30-degree temps throughout the day. Jon Lester was scheduled to face off against Cardinals right-hander Luke Weaver. Monday's series opener at Wrigley Field also got postponed, with a makeup date set for July. Wednesday's game will be made up on Thursday afternoon. It'll remain Lester vs. Weaver.
Apr 18 - 9:58 AM

Jon Lester let in four runs in five innings and didn't get a decision against the Pirates on Wednesday.

He notched three strikeouts, walked three and allowed seven hits -- including a three-run bomb by veteran platoon bat Sean Rodriguez. Lester fired six shutout innings in his previous start but didn't have the same form in this one. He now has a 4.40 ERA with 11 strikeouts and seven walks in 14 1/3 innings through three starts this year.
Apr 12 - 12:46 AM

Jon Lester pitched six shutout innings Thursday in a win over the Brewers.

Lester allowed just three hits and a walk, striking out six in the dominant effort. It was especially promising after he struggled in his season-opening start against the lowly Marlins. The good outing lowered his ERA to 2.89 through two starts, and the win will go down as his first of the year. A date with the Pirates on Wednesday should offer Lester a decent opportunity to pick up his second win.
Apr 5 - 11:51 PM

Tuesday night's game between the Cubs and Reds has been postponed due to storms in Cincinnati.

Both teams wanted to keep their Wednesday off day intact, so this game will be made up with a doubleheader on May 19. Jon Lester was set to face off against Reds left-hander Cody Reed. Lester now figures to start Thursday's series opener against the Brewers.
Apr 3 - 8:05 PM

Jon Lester was chased after giving up four runs (three earned) over 3 1/3 innings in Thursday’s Opening Day start against the Marlins.

It was one of the more favorable matchups of the day on paper, but things didn’t turn out that way. That's so baseball. The bulk of the damage came in the third inning. All told, Lester gave up even hits and walked three batters while striking out just three. The veteran southpaw is looking to rebound after posting a 4.33 ERA over 32 starts last year. This surely isn’t the start he had in mind.
Mar 29 - 5:07 PM

Jon Lester logged a quality start in Cactus League play against the Reds on Monday, allowing three runs on nine hits across 6 2/3 innings.

The veteran southpaw walked one and punched out six on the night. Lester looks to be in mid-season form already, sporting a 3-1 record and 2.81 ERA on the spring. His Opening Day assignment against the Marlins can't come soon enough.
Mar 20 - 12:38 AM

Jon Lester was excellent in his latest tune-up start on Friday, tossing five scoreless innings against the Angels.

And he didn’t even need his "Pippen-to-Jordan" bounce pass. Lester gave up three hits — all of them singles — while walking none and striking out three. The veteran southpaw is rounding into form in anticipation of his Opening Day assignment against the Marlins.
Mar 9 - 7:19 PM

Jon Lester walked two hitters in the first inning, but gave up just one run in his 2 2/3 innings against the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

The one run came on a solo shot from Nick Ahmed in the bottom of the second inning. It's the second straight start Lester has struggled with throw strikes, but it's the second straight time he's been able to limit the damage to just one run. He'll be the opening day starter for the Cubs in 2018, and he should be a solid fantasy option again this summer.
Mar 4 - 4:45 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Willson Contreras
2Victor Caratini
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Javier Baez
2Ben Zobrist
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
2Tommy La Stella
LF1Kyle Schwarber
CF1Ian Happ
2Albert Almora
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Yu Darvish
3Jose Quintana
4Kyle Hendricks
5Tyler Chatwood
6Drew Smyly
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brandon Morrow
2Carl Edwards Jr.
3Steve Cishek
4Pedro Strop
5Justin Wilson
6Brian Duensing
7Mike Montgomery
8Eddie Butler
9Justin Hancock