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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
College: None
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Jon Lester indicated that he will be unavailable in Wednesday's Game 4 of the NLCS against the Mets.
Lester was asked if he was prepared to pitch in Wednesday's elimination game and if he had been told to be ready. The southpaw ace answered "no" to both queries. He will start in Game 5, if the Cubs are able to force the best-of-seven Championship Series to go that long. Jason Hammel will start Game 4 as the team tries to stave off another postseason heartbreak. Oct 21 - 5:14 PM

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Jon Lester was shelled for eight hits and four runs with one walk and five strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings in the Cubs' loss to the Mets in Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday.

This wasn’t one of Lester’s better outings. He retired the Mets in order just once while allowing mammoth home runs to Travis d’Arnaud and Daniel Murphy. Despite his pedigree as a playoff ace, Lester is now 0-2 with a 5.48 ERA over his last three postseason starts. Manager Joe Maddon has been tightlipped about his rotation for this series, though we suspect Lester will get the ball again in Game 5, if necessary.
Oct 17 - 11:11 PM

Jon Lester has been named the Cubs' NLCS Game 1 starter.

He'll get either the Mets or Dodgers in the opening of the best-of-seven National League Championship Series on Saturday night. And the game will either be in New York or Los Angeles. Lester pitched into the eighth inning of his NLDS Game 1 start against the Cardinals, though the Cubs did wind up losing that one. They then rattled off three straight victories against their archrival to advance.
Oct 15 - 1:37 PM

Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio indicated that Jon Lester will "probably" start Game 1 of the NLCS.

Said Bosio, "Right now it’s probably going to be Jon [Lester] because it’s his turn. The way it’s laid out is probably how it’s going to be." Last time he took the ball, the southpaw ace allowed three runs on five hits over 7 1/3 innings in a Game 1 NLDS loss to the Cardinals.
Oct 14 - 3:43 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Jon Lester is unlikely to start on short rest.

That means Lester probably won't pitch Tuesday if the Cubs force a Game 4. Instead, Jason Hammel would likely get the start with Lester lined up for a possible Game 5 back in St. Louis. Lester pitched well enough to win in Game 1 (7 1/3 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 9 Ks, 1 BB) but the Cubs weren't able to score off John Lackey.
Oct 10 - 4:36 PM

Jon Lester racked up nine strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings against the Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday, but wound up on the losing end of the decision after allowing three runs on five hits and a walk.

Lester settled in nicely after allowing an RBI single to Matt Holliday in the first inning. He was locked in a tremendous pitcher's duel with John Lackey, with the game remaining 1-0 heading into the eighth inning. That's where the Cardinals finally broke through, with Tommy Pham blasting a solo home run. After allowing Matt Carpenter to reach, Lester was pulled from the game and Pedro Strop allowed his inherited runner to score on a two-run blast by Stephen Piscotty. Lester is likely to take the hill again in Game 4 of the series, if necessary.
Oct 9 - 9:38 PM

Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks are on the Cubs' roster for Wednesday's Wild Card game against the Pirates.

Lester and Hendricks will provide some insurance behind NL Cy Young hopeful Jake Arrieta. The Cubs are carrying 10 pitchers and 15 position players for the one-game playoff in Pittsburgh.
Oct 7 - 10:27 AM

Jon Lester was brilliant in defeating the Reds on Wednesday, pitching eight innings of one-run ball.

Lester yielded only three hits while walking none and striking out nine. The lone run came in early on a Jay Bruce sacrifice fly in the first inning. Lester ends his regular season with an 11-12 record, a 3.34 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP, and a 207/47 K/BB ratio over 205 innings. The Cubs will square off with the Pirates in the NL Wild Card play-in game for the right to play the Cardinals.
Sep 30 - 10:23 PM

Jon Lester held the Pirates to two runs over seven innings of work in Friday's loss.

Lester struck out six, didn't walk anyone and surrendered just five hits. He pitched very well but was out-done by Gerrit Cole, who spun seven frames of one-run ball. Lester now sports a 10-12 record on the season despite a 3.43 ERA and 198 strikeouts over 197 frames. He'll get the Reds in Cincy next.
Sep 25 - 5:47 PM

Jon Lester settled down after allowing three early runs in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals, ultimately surrendering four runs on six hits over six innings.

The game started out poorly enough for Lester when he coughed up a solo home run to Tommy Pham and a two-run bomb to Stephen Piscotty in the first inning. From that point on, the Cardinals would score just once more. But the damage had already been done. The Cubs' big money southpaw racked up seven strikeouts while walking three on the afternoon. He'll bring a 3.46 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 192/47 K/BB ratio (over 190 innings) into his second-to-last start of the season--a home outing versus the Pirates--as the Cubs look to lock up a postseason berth.
Sep 20 - 5:58 PM

Jon Lester pitched nine innings of one-run ball to beat the Pirates in the second game of Tuesday's double-header.

Lester allowed the first two base runners to reach on singles in the seventh inning, putting runners on second and third. Michael Morse then grounded into a double play to push across the Pirates' only run. The lefty allowed five hits and a walk while striking out nine. It's the third time in his last five starts that Lester has limited the opposition to one run in seven-plus innings. He now holds a 3.38 ERA with a 1.16 WHIP and a 185/44 K/BB ratio over 184 innings. Lester matches up with the Cardinals at home next.
Sep 15 - 9:56 PM

Jon Lester tossed seven innings of one-run ball Wednesday in a no-decision against the Cardinals.

Lester was outstanding, yielding only two hits and a walk while striking out seven, but the Cubs bullpen coughed up the lead to the Cardinals in the bottom of the eighth. Lester is sitting on a 9-10 record, 3.50 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 176/43 K/BB ratio through 175 innings. He'll get the Pirates on the road next week.
Sep 9 - 4:36 PM

Jon Lester was blessed with a massive amount of early run support on Friday and cruised to an easy victory against the Diamondbacks, allowing two runs on five hits over his five frames.

Lester walked two and punched out three on the day. When he checked out, the Cubs held a commanding 14-2 lead, allowing Lester to breathe easy en route to his ninth victory. The southpaw will carry a 3.59 ERA and 1.21 WHIP into Wednesday's matchup against the Cardinals in St. Louis.
Sep 4 - 6:57 PM

Jon Lester gave up five earned runs over six innings Saturday in a loss to the Dodgers.

Lester didn't issue a walk and struck out seven, but the Dodgers tagged him for eight hits and took advantage of his inability to control the running game with three stolen bases. Lester should be able to bounce back in his next start at home against the Diamondbacks.
Aug 30 - 12:42 AM

Jon Lester fell one out shy of a shutout Monday, allowing one run over 8 2/3 frames but settling for a no-decision in a 2-1 win over the Indians.

Gunning for the first shutout by a Cubs lefty since 2006, Lester hit Abraham Almonte with a pitch to lead off the ninth inning and Francisco Lindor reached on an infield single with one out. He struck out Michael Brantley but then allowed a run-scoring single to Carlos Santana. Lester was then pulled, and Hector Rondon wound up picking up the victory after retiring one batter when Kris Bryant hit a walk-off homer in the ninth. The southpaw surrendered six hits, walked one and struck out six on the day, lowering his ERA to 3.44. He gets the Dodgers this weekend.
Aug 24 - 5:59 PM