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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
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Jon Lester gave up five earned runs over six innings Saturday in a loss to the Dodgers.
Lester didn't issue a walk and struck out seven, but the Dodgers tagged him for eight hits and took advantage of his inability to control the running game with three stolen bases. Lester should be able to bounce back in his next start at home against the Diamondbacks. Aug 30 - 12:42 AM

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Jon Lester fell one out shy of a shutout Monday, allowing one run over 8 2/3 frames but settling for a no-decision in a 2-1 win over the Indians.

Gunning for the first shutout by a Cubs lefty since 2006, Lester hit Abraham Almonte with a pitch to lead off the ninth inning and Francisco Lindor reached on an infield single with one out. He struck out Michael Brantley but then allowed a run-scoring single to Carlos Santana. Lester was then pulled, and Hector Rondon wound up picking up the victory after retiring one batter when Kris Bryant hit a walk-off homer in the ninth. The southpaw surrendered six hits, walked one and struck out six on the day, lowering his ERA to 3.44. He gets the Dodgers this weekend.
Aug 24 - 5:59 PM

Jon Lester was lit up for seven runs and three homers in 2 1/3 innings by the Tigers on Wednesday.

Lester's four-game winning streak was snapped. It was both his shortest outing of the season and his most runs allowed as a Cub. He was supposed to get away from the Tigers now that he's in the NL, but he's faced them twice this season and gotten rocked both times. Just two of his 11 career regular-season starts against the Tigers were quality starts.
Aug 20 - 12:08 AM

Jon Lester steamrolled the Brewers in Thursday's 9-2 win, striking out 10 and allowing two runs over six innings.

With the double-digit strikeout effort, Lester became the first Cubs lefty to record four or more 10 K starts in a season. He scattered seven hits and walked two when he wasn't busy recording punchouts. After a slow start to 2015, he's brought his numbers more in line with what we're accustomed to over the last three-plus months, as he now holds a 3.21 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 149/36 K/BB ratio across 145 2/3 innings. A home start against the Tigers is up next on his schedule.
Aug 13 - 5:35 PM

Jon Lester picked up his seventh victory of the season on Friday, allowing just two runs on six hits over seven strong innings against the Giants.

The veteran southpaw punched out three and walked a pair on the afternoon. He now sports a 3.22 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 139/34 K/BB ratio through 139 2/3 innings on the season. He'll look to replicate this strong start when he does battle against the Brewers on Thursday.
Aug 7 - 8:09 PM

Jon Lester will make his next start Friday at home against the Giants.

Lester only pitched 1 2/3 innings of Monday's postponed game against the Pirates, so he'll move up a day in the rotation. Kyle Hendricks will start Saturday.
Aug 4 - 4:42 PM

Monday's game between the Cubs and Pirates has been postponed due to rain.

No makeup date has been announced. Jon Lester lasted just 1 2/3 innings and Francisco Liriano two frames in a game that was delayed twice by rain before finally getting called. It's unclear when Lester and Liriano will make their next start.
Aug 4 - 12:02 AM

Jon Lester limited the Rockies to two runs over eight innings Wednesday in the Cubs' 3-2 victory.

Lester struck out 14 and walked just one in the dominant outing on a hot, sunny day at Wrigley Field. The left-hander has been on a roll for the last couple of months, now boasting a 3.26 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 136/32 K/BB ratio in 132 2/3 total innings. He will get the Pirates on the road next time out.
Jul 29 - 5:07 PM

Jon Lester pitched well in Friday's no-decision against the Phillies, allowing just two runs on seven hits over his seven frames.

The veteran left-hander racked up six strikeouts on the afternoon and didn't issue a walk. He left in line to earn his sixth victory of the season, but the Cubs bullpen was unable to preserve his lead. Lester will carry a 3.32 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 122/31 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's start against the Rockies.
Jul 24 - 7:41 PM

Jon Lester twirled 7 1/3 shutout frames Saturday in the Cubs' 4-0 blanking of the Braves.

Lester was working on a no-hitter until the bottom of the eighth inning, when A.J. Pierzynski smacked a leadoff single to shallow right field. Lester then gave up a one-out single to Andrelton Simmons and manager Joe Maddon decided to pull him. The $155 million starter walked one and struck out seven, moving to 5-8 with a 3.37 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 116/31 K/BB ratio in 117 2/3 innings. A road start against the Reds is next.
Jul 18 - 10:50 PM

Jon Lester struggled early and late in his last start before the All-Star Break, yielding five runs (four earned) on seven hits over seven innings in Saturday's loss to the rival White Sox.

While Lester did fan eight over seven innings (without issuing a walk), the White Sox hit him up for a pair of runs in the first inning, then three more in the seventh. In between those frames, the big money southpaw pitched well. He's seen his share of troubles this season, particularly in April, but his overall numbers are respectable enough and he now owns a 3.59 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 109/30 K/BB ratio in 110 1/3 innings.
Jul 11 - 7:37 PM

Jon Lester brought a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but ultimately lost it and the game on Monday after giving up two unearned runs in seven innings against the Cardinals.

The highlight of the game may have been Jon Lester ending a career-long 0-for-66 skid at the plate when he beat out an infield single in the second inning. He brought a no-hit bid into the seventh inning but lost it when Jhonny Peralta, fittingly, reached on an infield single. Kris Bryant later committed an error, which set up two unearned runs. Lester allowed two hits overall, walked two, and struck out eight on the evening. Lester has pitched quite well after a tough April, owning a 3.48 ERA on the year with a 1.28 WHIP and a 101/30 K/BB ratio in 103 1/3 innings. He wraps up his first half with a home start against the White Sox.
Jul 7 - 12:11 AM

Jon Lester blanked the Mets for seven innings on Wednesday.

Lester struck out seven and walked none in one of his best starts as a Cub. Granted, the Mets aren't really hitting anyone at the moment, but as difficult of a year as Lester has had, he'll take what he can get. Unfortunately, that didn't include a win, as the Cubs didn't take the lead until the 11th.
Jul 1 - 10:54 PM

Jon Lester lasted only four innings, giving up four runs in a loss to the Dodgers on Thursday.

The lefty allowed eight base runners on four hits and four walks, letting the Dodgers score twice in each of the first two innings. He struck out five. Lester's subpar season continues, now with a 4.03 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP, and an 86/27 K/BB ratio over 89 1/3 innings. He'll try again to earn his first win since May 16 next week in New York against the Mets.
Jun 25 - 5:57 PM

Jon Lester held the Twins to one earned run over 6 1/3 innings Saturday in a no-decision.

The only run Lester allowed was on a third-inning solo shot by Kurt Suzuki. The lefty yielded just three hits in all while striking out seven, and the Cubs wound up winning in extras. Lester has a 3.80 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 81/23 K/BB ratio over his first 85 1/3 innings with Chicago. He gets the Dodgers at home next.
Jun 20 - 5:40 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Miguel Montero
2David Ross
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Javier Baez
2Tommy La Stella
SS1Addison Russell
2Starlin Castro
3Jonathan Herrera
3B1Kris Bryant
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Chris Denorfia
3Quintin Berry
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Austin Jackson
RF1Jorge Soler
2Chris Coghlan
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Jason Hammel
4Dan Haren
5Kyle Hendricks
6Jacob Turner
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Rondon
2Pedro Strop
3Jason Motte
4Tommy Hunter
5Justin Grimm
6Fernando Rodney
7Trevor Cahill
8Travis Wood
9Clayton Richard
10Tsuyoshi Wada
11Neil Ramirez