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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
Contract: view contract details

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Jon Lester held the Pirates to one run over seven innings Saturday in the Cubs' 4-1 victory.
Lester gave up nine hits -- including a third-inning solo shot to Sean Rodriguez -- but he walked just one batter and struck out seven. The $155 million left-hander was a bit shaky in early April, but he's been very good now in five straight starts. He'll carry a 4-2 record, 3.70 ERA, and 1.36 WHIP into his next scheduled outing on the road against the Diamondbacks. Lester has a strong 47/13 K/BB ratio through 48 2/3 innings. May 16 - 7:32 PM

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Jon Lester earned his third win of the season on Monday, holding the Mets to three runs in six innings.

Lester was strong through five innings, allowing just one run on a Kevin Plawecki RBI single, but gave up back-to-back solo home runs to Lucas Duda and Wilmer Flores in the sixth inning to cut the Cubs' lead to 4-3. The lefty, overall, gave up five hits, walked four, and struck out six. Lester has yet to show the ace-like stuff that landed him a six-year deal with the Cubs in the off-season. He'll bring a 4.10 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and a 40/12 K/BB ratio over 41 2/3 innings into a weekend start at home against the Pirates.
May 11 - 11:37 PM

Jon Lester picked up his second win of the season on Wednesday, allowing four runs (one earned) in seven innings against the Cardinals.

One of the unearned runs was Lester's fault, as he made a fielding error in the second inning that led to a run. Addison Russell committed the other error in the sixth that sparked a two-out, two-run rally for the Cardinals. Lester otherwise was decent, giving up seven hits and two walks while striking out six. With a few good starts in a row, it looks like Lester has settled down. His ERA is down to 4.04 with a 1.32 WHIP and a 34/8 K/BB ratio in 35 2/3 innings. The Mets await him in a home start next.
May 6 - 11:20 PM

Jon Lester registered his first victory as a Cub on Friday, spinning seven shutout innings in a 1-0 win over the Brewers.

Lester yielded just three hits (all singles), walked one and struck out four. He had thrown just 90 pitches after seven frames, but manager Joe Maddon elected to pull him in and let Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon close it out. Though he has just the one win and an ugly 4.71 ERA, Lester now boasts a 28/6 K/BB ratio across 28 2/3 innings. He'll take on the Cardinals in St. Louis next.
May 1 - 5:55 PM

Jon Lester racked up 10 strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision against the Reds on Friday.

The All-Star southpaw surrendered three runs on five hits and a walk over his six frames. The damage against him came in the form of single runs in first, third and fourth innings. It was Lester's finest start as a Cub, though he still sports an uninspiring 6.23 ERA and 1.57 WHIP through his first 21 2/3 innings. He'll try again for that elusive first victory on Wednesday when he takes on the Pirates.
Apr 24 - 11:04 PM

Jon Lester surrendered three runs on six hits in his 5 1/3 innings of work against the Padres on Sunday.

Lester's career as a Chicago Cub is off to a less than stellar start. His outing against the Padres was at least better by degrees than the six-run debacle he put up against the Reds in his last start. Versus the Padres, Lester gave up a two-run homer to Will Middlebrooks in the third inning and after working into trouble in the sixth, he was pulled with two on and one out. Will Venable subsequently finished off Lester's line with an RBI hit. Lester struck out four and walked two in the contest while lowering his ERA to 6.89. That might look ghastly, but Lester owners should take solace in the fact that for the left-hander's career, April and May have been his worst months in terms of ERA. Historically, he gets better as the weather warms. Lester will face the Reds in his next start.
Apr 19 - 5:29 PM

Jon Lester continued to struggle, allowing six runs in six innings in a no-decision Monday, but the Cubs were still able to win against the Reds.

Lester was hit hard early, serving up three runs on four hits in the first inning. He seemed to settle down, but relented three more runs on four hits in the sixth inning. Overall, Lester yielded 10 hits, walked none, and struck out four. He'll take a 7.84 ERA into Sunday's home start versus the Padres.
Apr 13 - 11:38 PM

Jon Lester struggled in his Cubs debut on Sunday night, allowing three runs on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings in a losing effort against the Cardinals.

On the positive side, the veteran southpaw was able to rack up six strikeouts on the evening against two walks. The Cardinals struck for single runs in the first and second innings, then added another in the fifth before chasing Lester. Luckily for him, Phil Coke was able to strand the bases loaded and prevent any further ratio damage in that fifth frame. Lester will look for better results when he takes on the Rockies at Coors Field next weekend.
Apr 5 - 11:22 PM

Jon Lester (arm) threw 54 pitches Thursday in a minor league game.

Lester struck out three of the 12 batters he faced while giving up one hit and one walk. The southpaw was scratched from Saturday's scheduled start due to a tired arm, but he said that Thursday was "good" and a "normal day." He will make another minor league start next week, likely stretching out to 75-80 pitches, which should put him track to start Opening Night against the Cardinals on April.
Mar 26 - 4:51 PM

Jon Lester (arm) is expected to throw 60 pitches Thursday in either a minor league game or a B-game.

Lester was scratched from Saturday's scheduled start due to a dead arm, but all involved have downplayed the significance and he made it through a bullpen session Monday without incident. Assuming all goes well Thursday, he'll make another start next week (likely in another minor league game) as his final tuneup for Opening Night on April 5. It's worth noting that keeping him on the minor league side would allow the Cubs to backdate him on the disabled list if there's an unexpected setback.
Mar 24 - 3:35 PM

Jon Lester (arm) is scheduled to throw a side session on Monday.

The veteran left-hander told the media Saturday that he feels fine and that there is no pain at all in his arm, just normal fatigue. There's no reason to believe at this point that he won't be ready to take the mound when the Cubs kick off the regular season on April 5.
Mar 21 - 11:41 AM

Jon Lester's scheduled start on Saturday has been pushed back due to a "dead arm" period.

While far from ideal, it's something pitchers often go through in spring training and it doesn't appear that any exams are currently scheduled. Cubs manager Joe Maddon doesn't think Lester starting on Opening Night on April 5 will be affected. The left-hander was knocked around for six runs over 3 1/3 innings on Monday in his last outing.
Mar 20 - 3:29 PM

Jon Lester was smacked around by the Padres in Monday's start, serving up six runs in 3 1/3 innings.

The Padres scored in each of Lester's final three innings. The lefty allowed seven hits -- including home runs to Matt Kemp and Tommy Medica -- while walking one and striking out four. The six runs were the first of the spring Lester had allowed. It's nothing to worry about; expect him to bounce back in his next outing.
Mar 16 - 7:00 PM

Jon Lester was exquisite again on Wednesday, shutting out the Dodgers over three innings.

Lester debuted on Friday against the Reds with two scoreless innings and was again dominant in a mid-week matinee. The lefty scattered three hits with no walks while striking out two. The Cubs are seeing exactly what they want to see so far from their $155 million man.
Mar 11 - 6:58 PM

Jon Lester dazzled in his Cubs debut on Friday, striking out three over two scoreless innings against the Reds in Cactus League action.

Lester allowed just one hit on the afternoon and didn't issue a walk. The 31-year-old southpaw and ace of the Cubs staff could be in line for a career season in 2015 with the move out of the hard-hitting American League East. He's fresh off a dominant 2014 campaign where he posted a 2.46 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 220/48 K/BB ratio across 219 2/3 innings for the Red Sox and Athletics.
Mar 6 - 9:58 PM

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1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Addison Russell
2Tommy La Stella
SS1Starlin Castro
2Jonathan Herrera
3B1Kris Bryant
2Mike Olt
LF1Chris Coghlan
2Chris Denorfia
3Mike Baxter
CF1Dexter Fowler
RF1Jorge Soler
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2Jake Arrieta
3Jason Hammel
4Kyle Hendricks
5Tsuyoshi Wada
6Jacob Turner
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R1Hector Rondon
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3Pedro Strop
4Jason Motte
5Justin Grimm
6James Russell
7Edwin Jackson
8Zac Rosscup
9Travis Wood