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Jon Lester | Starting Pitcher | #34

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (34) / 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 logged a quality start in Cactus League play against the Reds on Monday, allowing three runs on nine hits across 6 2/3 innings.
The veteran southpaw walked one and punched out six on the night. Lester looks to be in mid-season form already, sporting a 3-1 record and 2.81 ERA on the spring. His Opening Day assignment against the Marlins can't come soon enough. Mar 20 - 12:38 AM

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Jon Lester was excellent in his latest tune-up start on Friday, tossing five scoreless innings against the Angels.

And he didn’t even need his "Pippen-to-Jordan" bounce pass. Lester gave up three hits — all of them singles — while walking none and striking out three. The veteran southpaw is rounding into form in anticipation of his Opening Day assignment against the Marlins.
Mar 9 - 7:19 PM

Jon Lester walked two hitters in the first inning, but gave up just one run in his 2 2/3 innings against the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

The one run came on a solo shot from Nick Ahmed in the bottom of the second inning. It's the second straight start Lester has struggled with throw strikes, but it's the second straight time he's been able to limit the damage to just one run. He'll be the opening day starter for the Cubs in 2018, and he should be a solid fantasy option again this summer.
Mar 4 - 4:45 PM

Jon Lester struggled with his control on Tuesday, walking two batters and giving up a run in 1 /23 innings against the White Sox.

Lester did strike out three White Sox hitters, but he had difficulty finding the strike zone in the second inning. Now 34 years old, Lester is coming off his worst season with the Cubs, which included an ERA of 4.33 and 60 walks in just under 181 innings. He did strike out 180 in that time frame, so he's still a reliable fantasy option for the 2018 season. He's just not likely to be the kind of top-level hurler who torched the National League in 2015-2016.
Feb 27 - 4:50 PM

Jon Lester will start Opening Day for the Cubs.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon recently hinted at the possibility, but it's now official. Lester will try to rebound in 2018 after posting a 4.33 ERA over 32 starts last season.
Feb 27 - 12:14 PM

Jon Lester couldn't make it through five innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday night.

Lester struggled with his command throughout the night, issuing five free passes while punching out two. He allowed one run on three hits over his 4 2/3 innings of work, throwing 103 pitches and departing with a pair of men on in the fifth. Justin Turner's RBI single in the fifth provided the damage against him. Lester would presumably start again in Game 6 should the series last that long.
Sun, Oct 15, 2017 11:06:00 PM

Jon Lester was officially named the starter for the Cubs in NLCS Game 2.

Joe Maddon on Friday indicated that Lester would be the guy, but he made if official Saturday. Lester will be pitching four days after he threw 3 2/3 innings in relief in Wednesday's NLDS Game 4 against the Nationals. The southpaw allowed two runs in 9 2/3 innings overall in the Division Series.
Sat, Oct 14, 2017 04:50:00 PM

Joe Maddon indicated Jon Lester will start Game 2 of the NLCS against the Nationals on Sunday.

Lester will be starting on four days rest after pitching 3 1/3 scoreless innings in relief against the Nationals during Wednesday's Game 4. He started Game 2 last Saturday and allowed one run in six innings. Lester will oppose fellow left-hander Rich Hill in the contest.
Fri, Oct 13, 2017 07:56:00 PM

Jon Lester pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Jake Arrieta in the Cubs' loss to the Nationals in Game 4 of the NLDS on Wednesday.

Not only did Lester pitch well on Wednesday, he also picked a runner off. We're certainly more surprised by the latter than the former. The veteran lefty allowed just one hit, walked one, and struck out three. If the Cubs aren't fortunate enough to win on Thursday in Washington, this will be Lester's last appearance of an up-and-down 2017 campaign.
Wed, Oct 11, 2017 08:37:00 PM

Jon Lester allowed one run on two hits over six innings Saturday, but settled for a no-decision in the Cubs' Game 2 loss to the Nationals.

Lester was brilliant outside of a solo homer by Anthony Rendon in the first inning, completely shutting down a potent Nats offense from there on. He walked two while striking out just two, with one coming against Trea Turner at a huge point in the game with the bases loaded and two outs. Unfortunately for Lester and the Cubs, the bullpen couldn't hold the lead, sending the game back to Chicago with the series tied at 1-1. Lester will presumably be waiting for a potential Game 5 back in the nation's capital.
Sat, Oct 7, 2017 08:59:00 PM

Jon Lester struck out seven batters while firing five shutout innings in a 9-0 drubbing of the Reds on Saturday.

He surrendered four knocks and did not issue a walk in the gem outing. The left-hander was pulled after just 75 pitches today as the Cubs want to keep him fresh and sharp for the playoffs that start next week. He improves to 13-8 with a 4.33 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 32 starts. He struck out 180 batters and walked 60 in 180 2/3 innings this year.
Sat, Sep 30, 2017 08:34:00 PM

Jon Lester tossed six innings of one-run ball Monday in the Cubs' defeat of the Cardinals.

Lester gave up a number of hard-hit balls, including a solo homer to Jedd Gyorko in the bottom of the second inning, but the overall results were far better than what they have been lately. He'll bring a 12-8 record and 4.46 ERA into his final regular-season start this weekend versus the Reds. That could be an abbreviated outing with the Cubs due to clinch the NL Central within the next couple days.
Mon, Sep 25, 2017 11:36:00 PM

Jon Lester was lit up for seven runs in 4 1/3 innings and took a loss to the Rays on Wednesday.

He failed to register a single strikeout while walking three and allowing eight hits. He served up a solo home run to Steven Souza in the first inning, allowed three runs in the second frame and three more in the fifth. The seven earned runs ties for the most Lester has allowed in a game this year. He gave up 10 runs to the Pirates in a game back in July, but only four of those were earned. The next home run Lester allows will set a new career high for the 33-year-old left-hander. He has given up 25 bombs this year. He falls to 11-8 with a 4.56 ERA in 30 starts.
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 11:31:00 PM

Jon Lester's next start has been pushed back to Wednesday against the Rays.

Lester was previously scheduled to pitch Tuesday, but now Mike Montgomery will return to the rotation to make the start. The change also rules Lester out for a second start this week, as he was previously lined up to start Sunday against the Brewers. He's now on track to pitch next Monday against the Cardinals.
Mon, Sep 18, 2017 01:14:00 PM

Jon Lester allowed two runs in six innings and was credited with a 17-5 win over the Mets on Wednesday.

He wasn't on top of his game but held the Mets down until the powerful Cubs' offense could pile on a couple touchdowns' worth of run support in the late innings. The veteran left-hander struck out five, walked four and yielded six base hits. He allowed runs on a solo homer by Jose Reyes and a squeeze bunt by Matt Harvey. Lester improves to 11-7 with a 4.30 ERA in 29 starts. He has an excellent 169:55 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 165 1/3 innings. He lines up for a start against the Rays on the road next week.
Thu, Sep 14, 2017 01:33:00 AM

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