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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 was brilliant in Sunday night's victory over the Cardinals, racking up seven strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings of shutout baseball.
The veteran southpaw scattered just three hits and a walk on the masterful evening. He has been absolutely outstanding down the stretch and has built up a very strong case for the National League Cy Young Award. Now 19-4 on the season, he'll carry a 2.28 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 191/49 K/BB ration into his final regular season tune-up against the Reds in Cincinnati on Friday. Sep 25 - 11:28 PM

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Jon Lester was brilliant again Tuesday, yielding a lone run over seven innings in a 6-1 win over the Reds.

Lester scattered six hits while striking out five and not walking a batter on the night. The win was his ninth in a row to improve him to 18-4 on the year, and the southpaw owns a sparkling 2.36 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 184/48 K/BB ratio through 30 starts. He'll continue stating his Cy Young case Monday at the Pirates.
Sep 20 - 11:46 PM

Jon Lester fired eight shutout innings Wednesday in the Cubs' 7-0 blanking of the Cardinals.

Lester carved his way through the Cardinals' lineup with ease, allowing just three singles and a walk while striking out eight. That was backed by a 12-hit, seven-run offensive barrage from the Cubs, whose magic number is down to one after taking two of three in St. Louis. Lester is making a late run at the 2016 National League Cy Young Award, now with a 17-4 record, 2.40 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 179/48 K/BB ratio in 184 innings. He has a 1.47 ERA since the All-Star break and a ridiculous 1.02 ERA over his last 61 2/3 frames.
Sep 14 - 4:24 PM

Jon Lester was brilliant in Friday's victory over the Astros, scattering seven hits over seven shutout innings.

The veteran southpaw struck out seven and didn't walk a batter in the impressive outing. He's certainly hitting his stride at the right time, posting a 1.17 ERA and 0.88 WHIP over 53 2/3 innings in his last eight starts. He'll look to continue that ridiculous run when he squares off against the Brewers on Thursday in Chicago.
Sep 9 - 11:49 PM

Jon Lester carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning on Friday, eventually allowing a run on three hits over nine brilliant frames in a victory over the Giants.

It was the second complete game of the season for the veteran southpaw and 14th of his career. Lester struck out four on the afternoon while walking two. With two outs in the sixth inning, Hunter Pence tagged him for a solo home run, breaking up the no-hitter and pulling the Giants to within a run at 2-1. Lester now sits at 15-4 on the season with a 2.61 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 164/47 K/BB ratio across 169 innings. He'll look to strengthen his bid for the National League Cy Young Award when he does battle against the Brewers in Milwaukee on Wednesday.
Sep 2 - 5:01 PM

Jon Lester was terrific in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Sunday, scattering three hits over six shutout innings of baseball.

The veteran left-hander punched out six on the afternoon and walked two. He could have continued dominating, as he had thrown only 98 pitches, but was lifted for a pinch hitter in the seventh inning. Lester has been outstanding for the Cubs this season, compiling a 14-4 record, 2.70 ERA and 1.07 WHIP.
Aug 28 - 8:01 PM

Jon Lester held the Padres to one run in six innings and struck out eight in winning Monday.

Lester moved to 14-4. The Cubs have won each of his last seven starts, with Lester picking up five wins in the span. Next up for him are the Dodgers in Los Angeles this weekend.
Aug 23 - 1:48 AM

Jon Lester limited the Brewers to one run and three hits in 6 2/3 innings to win Wednesday.

Lester cruised against a lineup that's of little threat to lefties with Ryan Braun hurt and Jonathan Lucroy traded. He's given up a total of five runs in his last four starts, and the Cubs have won all six of his starts since the All-Star break.
Aug 17 - 11:32 PM

Jon Lester limited the Cardinals to two runs over six innings, striking out six, in Thursday's no-decision.

Lester gave up just five hits and a walk and left in line for his 13th win, but the Cubs bullpen blew the lead before winning in extras. Even without the win, it was another good outing for the 32-year-old, who owns a 2.93 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 139/39 K/BB ratio over 23 starts. Lester will hope for a similar performance with better results next week against the Brewers.
Aug 12 - 12:23 AM

Jon Lester turned in seven innings of two-run ball in a victory over the A's on Friday.

Lester struck out eight and walked none in the gem. He's trying to shake off his worst month of the year after posting a 7.36 ERA in five starts in July. He's 12-4 with a 2.93 ERA overall.
Aug 6 - 1:31 AM

John Lester was dominant in Friday's victory over the Mariners, racking up seven strikeouts over six shutout innings.

The veteran southpaw scattered four hits and a pair of walks on the afternoon. He has been tremendous for the Cubs this season, registering a 2.95 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 125/38 K/BB ratio over 128 1/3 innings while posting an 11-4 record. He'll look to replicate this fine outing when he does battle against the Marlins on Wednesday.
Jul 29 - 6:59 PM

Jon Lester surrendered four earned runs over four innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Brewers.

Lester struggled from the jump in this one, yielding two runs in the bottom of the first inning on two walks, three singles, and three stolen bases. Chicago's offense rallied to grab a 6-5 victory, with Joe Nathan earning his first major league win since September 2014. Lester will try to bounce back next time out against the Mariners.
Jul 24 - 6:31 PM

Jon Lester bounced back from a couple rough outings with 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball in Monday's 5-1 victory over the Mets.

Lester gave up 13 runs over just 4 1/3 innings in his last two starts before the All-Star break, but he got off to a nice start in the second half by shutting down the Mets. The left-hander recorded just three strikeouts and also walked three, but he held the Mets to only four hits. Lester will carry a 10-4 record and 2.89 ERA into Milwaukee this weekend.
Jul 18 - 11:03 PM

Jon Lester was pulled after giving up five runs in three innings but was not charged with a loss on Saturday in Pittsburgh.

Lester gave up four hits and three walks while fanning three. He was taken deep by Andrew McCutchen and Sean Rodriguez. The poor outing boosts his ERA from 2.67 to 3.01 on the season.
Jul 9 - 11:44 PM

Jon Lester posted his worst start of the season in Sunday's 14-3 loss to the Mets, coughing up eight runs on nine hits over 1 1/3 innings.

Wow. Just wow. Lester surrendered seven of the eight runs on his line in the second inning. He also yielded a trio of home runs in his abbreviated time on the mound, with Curtis Granderson, Wilmer Flores and Rene Rivera all burning him for long balls. The Mets came away from this weekend's four-game postseason rematch with a smooth sweep. Lester will carry a still-strong 2.67 ERA and 1.05 WHIP into a road showdown with the Pirates next Saturday as he closes out his first-half schedule.
Jul 3 - 5:26 PM

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