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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 yielded two runs (one earned) in 6 1/3 innings in Friday’s 6-2 win over the Phillies.
It was a solid performance after his worst start of the year. The second run scored after Lester was pulled from the game. And after the first of two rain delays. The southpaw struck out seven and walked two to improve to 5-3 with a 2.48 ERA. He’ll get the Dodgers in his next start. May 27 - 7:07 PM

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Jon Lester was not long for Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Giants, yielding five runs on six hits over 2 2/3 innings.

Last time out, Lester pitched no-hit ball into the seventh inning against the Pirates. He couldn't even make it out of the third on Saturday. The ace southpaw posted a scoreless first. The next two innings would contain runs. In the second, he surrendered a two-run double to opposite number Matt Cain. An inning later, Buster Posey whacked a two-run home run and Trevor Brown hit an RBI single to close out Lester's disappointing outing. Toss a mulligan his way, though. This was the first time all season in which he allowed more than three runs -- and he had only allowed three runs twice in eight starts entering Saturday's showdown with the Giants. Lester will carry a 2.60 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 52/15 K/BB ratio (55 1/3 innings) into a home date with the Phillies next time he toes the rubber.
May 21 - 10:45 PM

Jon Lester gave up just one run in 6 2/3 innings but took a loss Sunday against the Pirates.

Lester carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, when Starling Marte hit a one-out single and Jung Ho Kang followed with a two-out RBI double. The left-hander struck out nine and issued only two walks, but he got out-dueled by Pirates ace Gerrit Cole in what became Lester's second loss of the 2016 season. He still boasts a sparkling 1.88 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 51/12 K/BB ratio in 52 2/3 innings overall. A road start against the Giants is next.
May 15 - 5:24 PM

Jon Lester allowed three runs over six innings in a win over the Padres on Tuesday.

Lester was actually better than that line suggests, giving up just four hits and walking one on the evening, but a solo home run and a couple of well-timed doubles did some damage. He also struck out four in the contest. Lester moved to 4-1 with a 1.96 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 42/10 K/BB ratio over 46 innings with the victory. It's unclear at this point whether he'll get the Pirates in Sunday's series finale or if the Cubs will hold him off until Tuesday against the Brewers.
May 11 - 12:30 AM

Monday's game between the Padres and Cubs was postponed due to rain.

The two clubs will make up the game in a split-doubleheader on Wednesday. Monday's scheduled starters, Jon Lester and Cesar Vargas, will presumably be pushed back to Tuesday.
May 9 - 8:16 PM

Jon Lester tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings Wednesday in the Cubs' 6-2 victory over the Pirates.

Lester ran into a couple of jams, yielding eight total hits and walking two, but he did a fine job of damage control as usual on the way to five strikeouts. The left-hander is now 3-1 with a 1.58 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 38/9 K/BB ratio in 40 innings this season for the first-place Cubs. He will take on the punchless Padres at home next time out.
May 4 - 4:16 PM

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

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

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