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Jon Lester | Starting Pitcher | #34

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (33) / 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 surrendered three runs in seven innings while spearheading a 5-3 win over the Marlins on Saturday.
He was burned for a three-run johnson off the bat of J.T. Realmuto in the first inning but settled down to keep the Marlins off the board after that. Lester gave up just four hits and one walk while striking out four batters in the game. He improves to 5-4 with a 3.83 ERA and 1.25 WHIP after 16 starts. His 9.37 K/9 is his best strikeout rate since his 2010 campaign in Boston. The veteran left-hander stands to be one of the most reliable starting pitchers in the second half of the season. Jun 24 - 7:42 PM

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Jon Lester pitched well in a no-decision against the Padres on Monday, allowing two runs on five hits over six frames.

The veteran southpaw punched out seven while walking one on the night. All of the damage against him came via the long ball, with Jose Pirela and Yangervis Solarte each clubbing solo homers. While he hasn't been as dominant as he has been in the past, Lester still owns a respectable 3.83 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 93/29 K/BB ratio over 89 1/3 innings. He'll take on the Marlins his next time out in Miami on Saturday.
Jun 19 - 11:58 PM

Jon Lester was outstanding in Tuesday's win over the Mets, allowing just one run on five hits over seven frames.

The veteran southpaw racked up 10 strikeouts on the evening while walking only one. The only blemish on his night was an RBI double by Yoenis Cespedes in the first inning, but Lester was able to settle in beautifully afterwards. He now sits at 4-4 on the season with a 3.89 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 86/28 K/BB ratio across 83 1/3 innings. He'll look to replicate this fine effort when he does battle against the Padres on Monday.
Jun 13 - 11:36 PM

Jon Lester surrendered four runs on six hits over five innings in Thursday's loss to the Rockies.

Lester was handed a 1-0 lead courtesy of Kris Bryant's solo home run in the first inning, but that advantage would not stand for long. The second inning proved to be the veteran southpaw's undoing, as he surrendered an RBI double to Charlie Blackmon and a three-run home run to DJ LeMahieu in the frame. He did not allow another run in the outing, but the damage had already been done. Lester will bring a 4.13 ERA and 1.35 WHIP into a road start against the Mets next time he toes the rubber.
Jun 8 - 11:13 PM

Jon Lester allowed three earned runs over six innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Cardinals.

Lester exited the game with the Cubs trailing 3-1, but Kyle Schwarber slugged a go-ahead grand slam in the bottom of the seventh and Chicago went on to win the game 5-3. Lester walked three and surrendered six hits, including a solo homer to Yadier Molina in the top of the sixth. Notably, the yips-plagued lefty picked off Tommy Pham at first base in the top of the fifth. It was Lester's first pickoff since 2015. He will carry a 3.91 ERA into his next start at home against the Rockies.
Jun 3 - 5:02 PM

Jon Lester struggled in Sunday's 9-4 loss to the Dodgers, yielding six runs on seven hits over 3 1/3 innings.

A pair of three-run home runs proved to be the culprit in this disappointing outing, as Cody Bellinger took Lester deep for a three-run shot in the second inning and Kike Hernandez did likewise in the third. He had been pitching to a brilliant 0.86 ERA in his previous three outings before the Dodgers mucked that up on Sunday. The veteran southpaw will try for cleaner results when he carries his 3.86 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 67/23 K/BB ratio (11 starts) into a road showdown with the rival Cardinals next time out.
May 28 - 7:40 PM

Jon Lester will face Clayton Kershaw in Sunday's series finale at L.A. Dodgers.

Lester has posted a 0.86 ERA over his past three regular-season starts against Dodger Blue, while Kershaw has struck out 68 Cubs hitters over his past 53 2/3 innings in eight starts while holding them to a .218 average. It sounds like quite the pitching duel is on tap at Chavez Ravine on Sunday afternoon.
May 28 - 1:09 AM

Jon Lester went the distance and struck out a season-high 10 while limiting the Giants to one run in a 4-1 victory Tuesday.

The Giants managed to plate a run with a couple doubles in the fifth inning, but they picked up just four hits on the night and didn't draw any walks. Lester needed just 99 pitches to complete the masterpiece. It was his fourth complete game since joining the Cubs, with his last one coming also coming against the Giants last September. Lester will bring a 3.19 ERA into Los Angeles against the Dodgers on Sunday.
May 23 - 10:46 PM

Jon Lester surrendered three runs in six-plus innings Thursday in a victory over the Reds.

Lester had a shutout going until the seventh, which started with three straight singles. The first run scored on the third hit, and both inherited runners came around to score off Hector Rendon. Fortunately, the Cubs were still up 9-3 at that point and ended up winning 9-5. The win was just Lester's second of the year.
May 18 - 5:52 PM

Jon Lester was charged with four runs -- three earned -- and a loss after pitching 5 2/3 innings against the Cardinals on Saturday.

He struck out nine batters but walked four and threw 112 pitches in the relatively short outing. He gave up a solo home run to Jedd Gyorko in the fourth inning. Lester helped himself at the plate by stroking an RBI double in the second inning to open the scoring but it wasn't enough to stave off the loss. He falls to 1-2 with a 3.45 ERA in eight starts. He has 49 strikeouts in 47 innings.
May 13 - 7:40 PM

Jon Lester was terrific in a no-decision against the Yankees on Sunday, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits over his seven innings of work.

The veteran southpaw punched out nine on the night while walking two. He allowed the Yankees to scratch out a run in the first inning, then dominated the rest of the way, save for an unearned run that scored on an Aaron Judge triple in the seventh. Lester will carry a 3.27 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 40/16 K/BB ratio into Saturday's start against the Cardinals in St. Louis.
May 8 - 2:17 AM

Jon Lester finally notched his first win after allowing three runs -- two earned -- in five innings Tuesday against the Phillies.

Lester was terribly unlucky in his first three starts, when he allowed a total of two runs but got three no-decisions. His previous two outings were bad, though, as he gave up five runs each time. He still seemed a little off tonight -- he walked five batters -- but eight runs of support proved to be plenty.
May 3 - 12:30 AM

Jon Lester coughed up six runs -- five earned -- in 5 2/3 innings and took a loss to the Pirates on Wednesday.

His night started by allowing a solo homer to leadoff batter Josh Harrison in the first inning. He surrendered five runs in the first two innings, then settled down to throw three scoreless innings before allowing a solo homer to Josh Bell in the sixth. Lester allowed 10 hits and two walks in total while striking out five. He has yet to win a game after five starts. He will take his 3.68 ERA into a home matchup with the Phillies on Tuesday.
Apr 27 - 12:15 AM

Jon Lester was tagged for five runs over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Reds on Friday.

Lester held the Reds off the board until he unraveled in the fourth inning. The southpaw allowed nine hits on the night (including a solo homer to Adam Duvall) while walking two and striking out four. Lester had allowed just two runs through his first three starts combined, so he was due for a clunker. He’ll try to rebound next time out against the Pirates on the road.
Apr 21 - 11:44 PM

Jon Lester took a no-decision despite tossing seven innings of scoreless ball in Sunday's 6-1 loss to the Pirates.

Lester scattered three hits and walked two on the afternoon, finishing up his outing having thrown 103 pitches (67 for strikes). The strikeouts may not have been there (he fanned three), but otherwise this was a masterful early showing. Alas, the win was not to be, as Koji Uehara could not hold a 1-0 lead after taking over for Lester to start the eighth. Veteran southpaw Lester holds a career ERA of 3.73 for the month of April -- his worst for any month -- but is off to a smooth start for the 2017 season, having allowed two runs on 14 hits over 18 innings through his first three starts. He will try to keep the good vibes going in a road date with the Reds next time he toes the rubber.
Apr 16 - 5:28 PM

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