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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 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

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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

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Miguel Montero
2David Ross
3Willson Contreras
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Chris Coghlan
3Tommy La Stella
SS1Addison Russell
2Javier Baez
3B1Kris Bryant
2Christian Villanueva
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Jorge Soler
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Matt Szczur
3Albert Almora
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jake Arrieta
2Jon Lester
3John Lackey
4Jason Hammel
5Kyle Hendricks
6Aaron Brooks
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Rondon
2Pedro Strop
3Justin Grimm
4Trevor Cahill
5Travis Wood
6Spencer Patton
7Gerardo Concepcion
8Carl Edwards Jr.
9Clayton Richard
10Zac Rosscup
11Joe Nathan