Player Page

Jon Lester | Starting Pitcher

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/7/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 240
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
Contract: view contract details

Latest News

Recent News

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

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days

Player News


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

Jon Lester was lit up for seven runs and three homers in 2 1/3 innings by the Tigers on Wednesday.

Lester's four-game winning streak was snapped. It was both his shortest outing of the season and his most runs allowed as a Cub. He was supposed to get away from the Tigers now that he's in the NL, but he's faced them twice this season and gotten rocked both times. Just two of his 11 career regular-season starts against the Tigers were quality starts.
Aug 20 - 12:08 AM

Jon Lester steamrolled the Brewers in Thursday's 9-2 win, striking out 10 and allowing two runs over six innings.

With the double-digit strikeout effort, Lester became the first Cubs lefty to record four or more 10 K starts in a season. He scattered seven hits and walked two when he wasn't busy recording punchouts. After a slow start to 2015, he's brought his numbers more in line with what we're accustomed to over the last three-plus months, as he now holds a 3.21 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 149/36 K/BB ratio across 145 2/3 innings. A home start against the Tigers is up next on his schedule.
Aug 13 - 5:35 PM

Jon Lester picked up his seventh victory of the season on Friday, allowing just two runs on six hits over seven strong innings against the Giants.

The veteran southpaw punched out three and walked a pair on the afternoon. He now sports a 3.22 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 139/34 K/BB ratio through 139 2/3 innings on the season. He'll look to replicate this strong start when he does battle against the Brewers on Thursday.
Aug 7 - 8:09 PM

Jon Lester will make his next start Friday at home against the Giants.

Lester only pitched 1 2/3 innings of Monday's postponed game against the Pirates, so he'll move up a day in the rotation. Kyle Hendricks will start Saturday.
Aug 4 - 4:42 PM

Monday's game between the Cubs and Pirates has been postponed due to rain.

No makeup date has been announced. Jon Lester lasted just 1 2/3 innings and Francisco Liriano two frames in a game that was delayed twice by rain before finally getting called. It's unclear when Lester and Liriano will make their next start.
Aug 4 - 12:02 AM

Jon Lester limited the Rockies to two runs over eight innings Wednesday in the Cubs' 3-2 victory.

Lester struck out 14 and walked just one in the dominant outing on a hot, sunny day at Wrigley Field. The left-hander has been on a roll for the last couple of months, now boasting a 3.26 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 136/32 K/BB ratio in 132 2/3 total innings. He will get the Pirates on the road next time out.
Jul 29 - 5:07 PM

Depth Charts

C1Miguel Montero
2David Ross
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Javier Baez
2Tommy La Stella
SS1Addison Russell
2Starlin Castro
3Jonathan Herrera
3B1Kris Bryant
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Chris Denorfia
3Quintin Berry
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Austin Jackson
RF1Jorge Soler
2Chris Coghlan
Starting Pitcher
S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Jason Hammel
4Dan Haren
5Kyle Hendricks
6Jacob Turner
Relief Pitcher
R1Hector Rondon
2Pedro Strop
3Jason Motte
4Tommy Hunter
5Justin Grimm
6Fernando Rodney
7Trevor Cahill
8Travis Wood
9Clayton Richard
10Tsuyoshi Wada
11C.J. Edwards
12Zac Rosscup
13Neil Ramirez
14Yoervis Medina