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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
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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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Jon Lester limited the Brewers to one run and three hits in 6 2/3 innings to win Wednesday.

Lester cruised against a lineup that's of little threat to lefties with Ryan Braun hurt and Jonathan Lucroy traded. He's given up a total of five runs in his last four starts, and the Cubs have won all six of his starts since the All-Star break.
Aug 17 - 11:32 PM

Jon Lester limited the Cardinals to two runs over six innings, striking out six, in Thursday's no-decision.

Lester gave up just five hits and a walk and left in line for his 13th win, but the Cubs bullpen blew the lead before winning in extras. Even without the win, it was another good outing for the 32-year-old, who owns a 2.93 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 139/39 K/BB ratio over 23 starts. Lester will hope for a similar performance with better results next week against the Brewers.
Aug 12 - 12:23 AM

Jon Lester turned in seven innings of two-run ball in a victory over the A's on Friday.

Lester struck out eight and walked none in the gem. He's trying to shake off his worst month of the year after posting a 7.36 ERA in five starts in July. He's 12-4 with a 2.93 ERA overall.
Aug 6 - 1:31 AM

John Lester was dominant in Friday's victory over the Mariners, racking up seven strikeouts over six shutout innings.

The veteran southpaw scattered four hits and a pair of walks on the afternoon. He has been tremendous for the Cubs this season, registering a 2.95 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 125/38 K/BB ratio over 128 1/3 innings while posting an 11-4 record. He'll look to replicate this fine outing when he does battle against the Marlins on Wednesday.
Jul 29 - 6:59 PM

Jon Lester surrendered four earned runs over four innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Brewers.

Lester struggled from the jump in this one, yielding two runs in the bottom of the first inning on two walks, three singles, and three stolen bases. Chicago's offense rallied to grab a 6-5 victory, with Joe Nathan earning his first major league win since September 2014. Lester will try to bounce back next time out against the Mariners.
Jul 24 - 6:31 PM

Jon Lester bounced back from a couple rough outings with 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball in Monday's 5-1 victory over the Mets.

Lester gave up 13 runs over just 4 1/3 innings in his last two starts before the All-Star break, but he got off to a nice start in the second half by shutting down the Mets. The left-hander recorded just three strikeouts and also walked three, but he held the Mets to only four hits. Lester will carry a 10-4 record and 2.89 ERA into Milwaukee this weekend.
Jul 18 - 11:03 PM

Jon Lester was pulled after giving up five runs in three innings but was not charged with a loss on Saturday in Pittsburgh.

Lester gave up four hits and three walks while fanning three. He was taken deep by Andrew McCutchen and Sean Rodriguez. The poor outing boosts his ERA from 2.67 to 3.01 on the season.
Jul 9 - 11:44 PM

Jon Lester posted his worst start of the season in Sunday's 14-3 loss to the Mets, coughing up eight runs on nine hits over 1 1/3 innings.

Wow. Just wow. Lester surrendered seven of the eight runs on his line in the second inning. He also yielded a trio of home runs in his abbreviated time on the mound, with Curtis Granderson, Wilmer Flores and Rene Rivera all burning him for long balls. The Mets came away from this weekend's four-game postseason rematch with a smooth sweep. Lester will carry a still-strong 2.67 ERA and 1.05 WHIP into a road showdown with the Pirates next Saturday as he closes out his first-half schedule.
Jul 3 - 5:26 PM

Jon Lester had to settle for a no-decision but was excellent Tuesday, holding the Reds to one run over 7 1/3 innings in a 7-2 extra-innings victory.

Lester held the Reds off the scoreboard until Billy Hamilton slugged a solo home run to lead off the eighth inning. He recorded only four strikeouts but wound up allowing just three hits and one walk on the night. Lester lost out on a win when Hector Rondon blew a save, but it was another stellar outing in what has been an excellent season. He'll bring a 2.03 ERA into New York against the Mets on Sunday.
Jun 29 - 12:14 AM

Jon Lester held the Marlins to two runs over seven innings, striking out seven, in a no-decision Thursday.

Lester gave up a pair of solo homers to Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna but gave up just three other hits and walked three on the night. The no-decision snapped a five-start winning streak, but he still hasn't sustained a loss in over a month. The southpaw has a 2.10 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 99/23 K/BB ratio over 15 starts. Lester will look to keep the winning going Tuesday against the Reds.
Jun 23 - 9:58 PM

Jon Lester allowed three runs over six innings in a win over the Pirates on Saturday.

Lester yielded seven hits and three walks while striking out seven in the contest. It qualifies as his worst start in his past five, but all have been wins as he's now 9-3 on the year. He'll carry a 2.06 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 92/20 K/BB ratio into Thursday's start at the Marlins.
Jun 19 - 12:16 AM

Jon Lester was superb in Sunday's 13-2 win over the Braves, allowing just one unearned run on five hits over seven innings.

Brilliant work by Lester, who struck out seven without walking a batter. He exited stage left having thrown 109 pitches (73 strikes). The ace southpaw has allowed just four runs over his last four starts (30 1/3 innings) and will roll into a home start against the Pirates holding a 1.89 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 85/17 K/BB ratio across 85 2/3 innings.
Jun 12 - 5:43 PM

Jon Lester punched out nine batters over eight scoreless frames in Monday's 6-4 victory over the Phillies.

Lester was in control from the get-go in this one against an overmatched Phillies lineup. All four of the hits he permitted were singles and he didn't walk a batter. Over his last two starts, Lester has struck out 19 batters, walked zero and allowed just one run over 17 frames. He'll carry a 2.06 ERA and 0.97 WHIP into another juicy matchup this weekend in Atlanta.
Jun 6 - 11:32 PM

Jon Lester allowed a lead-off homer, then whole-heartedly dominated the Dodgers on Wednesday night, tossing a complete game with 10 strikeouts.

Lester kicked off the game with a first-pitch ball to Enrique Hernandez and then served up a high fastball that was clobbered over the left-field fence. The lefty then shutdown the entire Dodgers lineup. He struck out 10 batters for the third time this year and now has 69 strikeouts in 70 2/3 innings. The 32-year-old boasts a 2.29 ERA and six wins on the campaign. He'll face the Phillies on the road in his next outing.
Jun 1 - 10:50 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Willson Contreras
2Miguel Montero
3David Ross
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
2Javier Baez
3Christian Villanueva
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Jorge Soler
3Chris Coghlan
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Matt Szczur
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jake Arrieta
2Jon Lester
3John Lackey
4Jason Hammel
5Kyle Hendricks
6Aaron Brooks
7Dallas Beeler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
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