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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 struck out 10 batters while yielding just one run over seven innings in Friday's 6-1 win over the Braves.
Lester ran into trouble in his final frame, loading the bases with nobody out with the help of a bunt that he misplayed. However, he got back-to-back strikeouts and then a groundout to escape trouble. Although he wasn't credited with a victory, it was another terrific showing for the veteran lefty. Lester has recorded 10 strikeouts in two of his last three starts and will take a 1.83 ERA and 33/7 K/BB ratio into next week's showdown with the Pirates in Pittsburgh. Apr 29 - 6:03 PM

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Jon Lester picked up his second win of the year, holding the Reds to just five hits and one run over seven innings of work on Friday night.

Lester was on cruise control all night. He got seven ground-ball outs and struck out four, with his only mistake coming on a lead-off homer to Zack Cozart. The lefty only dealt with multiple baserunners once, and that threat was quickly snuffed out with a double-play ball. He lowered his ERA to 1.98 in 27 1/3 innings. How much of that is luck, though, is up for debate, as his .217 BABIP has certainly made his performances appear more tidy than they perhaps should have been. Regardless, Lester is a must-start every week. He gets the Brewers in his next outing.
Apr 22 - 11:11 PM

Jon Lester allowed just one run over 7 1/3 innings Sunday but took a loss versus the Rockies.

Lester was great, yielding just four hits and striking out 10, but the Chicago offense somehow struggled against Tyler Chatwood and the Rockies' bullpen. That's baseball for you. Colorado's one run against Lester came on a Nolan Arenado solo shot in the top of the fourth inning. Arenado then took Justin Grimm deep in the top of the ninth. That's Nolan Arenado for you.
Apr 17 - 5:35 PM

Jon Lester pitched six innings of three-run ball in a no-decision Monday against the Reds.

A pretty run-of-the-mill outing from Lester, who allowed five hits, walked two and struck out five. With a 2.77 ERA after two outings, he's off to a better start this year than in his first with the Cubs.
Apr 11 - 11:46 PM

Jon Lester turned in a sharp outing in Tuesday's win over the Angels, hurling seven innings of one-run ball while striking out four.

Lester has a habit of starting out in rough fashion before smoothing into form as the weather warms. No warm weather was needed on Tuesday, as the southpaw was absolutely superb over his seven innings of work. He did not walk a batter and the only run to score against him came in the sixth inning, when he surrendered an RBI single to Craig Gentry. As far as reliable fantasy arms go, Lester is up there with the best of them. In his career, he has just one full season with an ERA over 4.00 (4.82 in 2012). A home start against the Reds shows next on his schedule.
Apr 6 - 12:49 AM

Jon Lester was in midseason form in Wednesday's win over the Rockies, striking out 10 in five scoreless innings of work.

For a notoriously slow starter like Lester, his results leading into Opening Day have to be encouraging. He finished out the spring working on a streak of 10 scoreless innings. While Jake Arrieta took the "Ace" tag and ran with it last year, Lester represents a plus fantasy option in his own right. Just be aware that it isn't uncommon for his results early in the season to trend toward the uglier side.
Mar 30 - 7:56 PM

Jon Lester allowed just two hits over five scoreless frames against the Brewers on Friday.

Lester was very sharp, issuing just one walk while striking out two batters. The 32-year-old is coming off a 3.34 ERA with 9.1 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9 over 32 starts in his first season with the Cubs. He has issues throwing to bases and there was a recent report that he has a bone chip in his throwing elbow which will eventually require surgery, but he remains a very solid fantasy option once the usual aces are off the board.
Mar 25 - 7:05 PM

Jon Lester yielded two runs -- one earned -- over five innings Saturday in the Cubs' defeat of the Royals.

It wasn't a completely clean fourth spring appearance for Lester, but he did strike out four Kansas City hitters against just one walk. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports revealed recently that Lester has a bone chip in his left elbow that could eventually require surgery, but there's nothing on the horizon in that regard and the 32-year-old southpaw expects that he will able to continue pitching through it. He is entering the second year of a six-year, $155 million deal.
Mar 20 - 7:06 PM

Jon Lester is dealing with a bone chip in his left elbow that could eventually require surgery.

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan first reported the revelation in his new book, The Arm. The bone chip was discovered in the winter of 2014 when Lester underwent an MRI as he entered free agency. While it's certainly noteworthy, Lester suspects that he's pitched with the bone chip for much of his career and to this point it hasn't caused any issues. "It’s just a matter of hopefully it stays put, and we don’t have any worry about it," Lester said. "And then if it does become a concern, if I start having inflammation or missing starts because of it, then that’s when we’ll probably sit down and talk to somebody about getting it removed. As of now, knock on wood, I haven’t had any concern with it."
Mar 20 - 10:38 AM

Jon Lester focused on his pickoff move and throwing to bases during a five-inning minor league start on Tuesday.

Lester committed three errant pickoff throws and bounced a throw to second base for a force play, so it wasn't the smoothest performance, but he also picked off Dan Vogelbach and got more comfortable with stepping off the rubber before throwing to first base. "It’s still a work in progress," said Lester. "It’s an everyday thing for me, something I’ll continue to work on. There were some negatives today, but that wasn’t the idea going in. We didn’t talk about trying different things on the mound." Lester allowed 44 steals last season, the most by a pitcher since 2007. The word is out about his fielding issues, so teams are going to continue to run on him, but he's hoping to keep them more honest this season.
Mar 16 - 12:11 PM

Making his spring debut, Jon Lester surrendered six runs (three earned) over two innings of work Thursday against the Mariners.

It was a messy outing. Three of the runs were unearned due to three errors in the second inning, including a throwing error by Lester. The veteran southpaw gave up seven hits in all. Lester is coming off a 3.34 ERA and 207/47 K/BB ratio over 205 innings during his first season with Chicago.
Mar 10 - 7:03 PM

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.
Wed, Oct 21, 2015 05:14:00 PM

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.
Sat, Oct 17, 2015 11:11:00 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.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 01:37:00 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.
Wed, Oct 14, 2015 03:43:00 PM

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