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Jon Lester
ERA W-L K
4.30 11-7 169
Team: Chi CubsHt / Wt: 6-4 / 240 NFBC ADP: 36.62
Position: SPBorn: 1/7/1984 Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington
Bats/Throws: L/L Draft: 2nd Round by Red Sox (2002)


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Sep. 8 8:48 AM PT9:48 AM MT10:48 AM CT11:48 AM ET11:48 ET15:48 GMT23:48 8:48 AM MST10:48 AM EST11:18 AM VEN19:48 UAE10:48 AM CT-Jon Lester improved to 10-7, allowing one run on five hits and four walks in 6.0 innings, as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-2 on Thursday. Lester struck out five, ending the game with a 4.35 ERA and 1.30 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Lester worked out of trouble in his second start since coming off the DL. He next faces the Mets on Wednesday, and at Citi Field on June 13, he allowed one run and five hits while striking out 10 and walking one over seven innings of a 14-3 win.
Sep. 2 3:21 PM PT4:21 PM MT5:21 PM CT6:21 PM ET18:21 ET22:21 GMT6:21 3:21 PM MST5:21 PM EST5:51 PM VEN2:21 UAE (+1)5:21 PM CT-Jon Lester improved to 9-7, allowing four runs on eight hits and one walk in 5.0 innings, as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Atlanta Braves 14-12 on Saturday. Lester struck out four, ending the game with a 4.46 ERA and 1.29 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Lester hadn't pitched since leaving his start against the Reds on Aug. 17 in the second inning with left lat tightness and shoulder fatigue.
Aug. 18 9:19 AM PT10:19 AM MT11:19 AM CT12:19 PM ET12:19 ET16:19 GMT0:19 9:19 AM MST11:19 AM EST11:49 AM VEN20:19 UAE11:19 AM CT-Lester (left lat tightness and shoulder fatigue) is scheduled to pitch Saturday against Atlanta after his 50-pitch bullpen session Wednesday went well.
Analysis: Lester hasn't pitched since leaving his start against the Reds on Aug. 17 in the second inning.
Aug. 17 1:26 PM PT2:26 PM MT3:26 PM CT4:26 PM ET16:26 ET20:26 GMT4:26 1:26 PM MST3:26 PM EST3:56 PM VEN0:26 UAE (+1)3:26 PM CT-Lester left his start against the Reds on Thursday due to left lat tightness.
Analysis: At least this is an excuse for Lester's horrific outing. He called for a trainer during a second inning in which he gave up nine runs - seven earned - on seven hits and a walk. Manager Joe Maddon didn't have a report on the lefty, but knew his velocity was down and that he lacked finishing pop on pitches.
Aug. 13 8:44 AM PT9:44 AM MT10:44 AM CT11:44 AM ET11:44 ET15:44 GMT23:44 8:44 AM MST10:44 AM EST11:14 AM VEN19:44 UAE10:44 AM CT-Jon Lester fell to 8-7, allowing four runs - three earned - on seven hits and two walks in 6.0 innings, as the Chicago Cubs lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2 on Saturday. Lester struck out nine, ending the game with a 3.99 ERA and 1.23 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Lester has been really solid since the All-Star break, posting a 3.26 ERA and 0.93 WHIP with 10.47 strikeouts per nine innings.
Aug. 6 3:53 PM PT4:53 PM MT5:53 PM CT6:53 PM ET18:53 ET22:53 GMT6:53 3:53 PM MST5:53 PM EST6:23 PM VEN2:53 UAE (+1)5:53 PM CT-Jon Lester allowed three runs on six hits and one walk in 6.2 innings as the Chicago Cubs lost to the Washington Nationals 9-4 on Sunday. Lester struck out seven, ending the game with a 3.97 ERA and 1.22 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Lester has fanned 36 in 32 2/3 innings since the All-Star break while going 3-0 with a 3.03 ERA in five starts.
Aug. 2 8:50 AM PT9:50 AM MT10:50 AM CT11:50 AM ET11:50 ET15:50 GMT23:50 8:50 AM MST10:50 AM EST11:20 AM VEN19:50 UAE10:50 AM CT-Jon Lester allowed three runs on five hits and three walks in 4.0 innings as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 16-4 on Tuesday. Lester struck out nine, ending the game with a 3.96 ERA and 1.23 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Lester hit the first home run of his career and also fanned pinch hitter Jack Reinheimer in the fourth inning for the 2,000th strikeout of his career. However, he wasn't pleased as he failed to qualify for the win.
July 28 9:11 AM PT10:11 AM MT11:11 AM CT12:11 PM ET12:11 ET16:11 GMT0:11 9:11 AM MST11:11 AM EST11:41 AM VEN20:11 UAE11:11 AM CT-Jon Lester improved to 8-6, allowing two runs on four hits and one walk in 7.0 innings, as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Chicago White Sox 6-3 on Thursday. Lester struck out four, ending the game with a 3.88 ERA and 1.21 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Lester has now won all three of his starts since the All-Star break, posting a 2.05 ERA with a 0.55 WHIP. In 22 innings in those games, he has struck out 20 while issuing just two walks. He make his first start against the Diamondbacks since 2015 when he takes the ball on Wednesday in the desert. Arizona is batting .229 against left-handed pitchers this season - the third-worst mark in the majors.
July 22 3:52 PM PT4:52 PM MT5:52 PM CT6:52 PM ET18:52 ET22:52 GMT6:52 3:52 PM MST5:52 PM EST6:22 PM VEN2:52 UAE (+1)5:52 PM CT-Jon Lester improved to 7-6, allowing two runs on three hits in 8.0 innings, as the Chicago Cubs defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 on Saturday. Lester struck out 10, ending the game with a 3.95 ERA and 1.24 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Lester went from a perfect game through five to seemingly being in line for the loss to shockingly earning a win. Either way, it was one of his best performances of the season.
July 18 8:22 AM PT9:22 AM MT10:22 AM CT11:22 AM ET11:22 ET15:22 GMT23:22 8:22 AM MST10:22 AM EST10:52 AM VEN19:22 UAE10:22 AM CT-Jon Lester improved to 6-6, allowing one run on three hits and one walk in 7.0 innings, as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Atlanta Braves 4-3 on Monday. Lester struck out six, ending the game with a 4.07 ERA and 1.30 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Lester returned to his winning form after allowing 10 runs, four earned, in two-thirds of an inning in a 14-3 loss to Pittsburgh on July 9. In the first two months of the season, Lester was 0-3 with a 7.11 ERA in five road starts but has since gone 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA in four away from Wrigley. He makes his next start Sunday at home against the Cardinals. He last faced them June 3 at home, allowing three runs, six hits and three walks in six innings.
July 10 2:00 PM PT3:00 PM MT4:00 PM CT5:00 PM ET17:00 ET21:00 GMT5:00 2:00 PM MST4:00 PM EST4:30 PM VEN1:00 UAE (+1)4:00 PM CT-Jon Lester fell to 5-6, allowing 10 runs - four earned - on six hits and three walks in 0.2 innings, as the Chicago Cubs lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates 14-3 on Sunday. Lester did not strike out a batter, ending the game with a 4.25 ERA and 1.34 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Holy awful, Batman. Lester was the first starter to throw 50 pitches without getting at least three outs since Bartolo Colon in 1997.
July 4 3:37 PM PT4:37 PM MT5:37 PM CT6:37 PM ET18:37 ET22:37 GMT6:37 3:37 PM MST5:37 PM EST6:07 PM VEN2:37 UAE (+1)5:37 PM CT-Jon Lester fell to 5-5, allowing six runs - five earned - on nine hits and one walk in 5.0 innings, as the Chicago Cubs lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 on Tuesday. Lester struck out six, ending the game with a 3.94 ERA and 1.27 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Lester tied a season high in runs allowed. He came in 2-0 with a 2.42 ERA in his previous four starts.
June 29 7:46 PM PT8:46 PM MT9:46 PM CT10:46 PM ET22:46 ET2:46 GMT10:46 7:46 PM MST9:46 PM EST10:16 PM VEN6:46 UAE (+1)9:46 PM CT-Lester allowed one run on three hits and three walks in 6.0 innings as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Washington Nationals 5-4 on Thursday.
Analysis: Lester struck out seven, ending the game with a 3.69 ERA and 1.23 WHIP on the season. The Cubs have won his last four starts.
June 24 4:33 PM PT5:33 PM MT6:33 PM CT7:33 PM ET19:33 ET23:33 GMT7:33 4:33 PM MST6:33 PM EST7:03 PM VEN3:33 UAE (+1)6:33 PM CT-Lester improved to 5-4, allowing three runs on four hits and one walk in 7.0 innings, as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Miami Marlins 5-3 on Saturday. Lester struck out four, ending the game with a 3.83 ERA and 1.25 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Lester shook off some first-inning trouble to come through get his record over .500.
June 20 9:16 PM PT10:16 PM MT11:16 PM CT12:16 AM ET0:16 ET4:16 GMT12:16 9:16 PM MST11:16 PM EST11:46 PM VEN8:16 UAE11:16 PM CT-Jon Lester allowed two runs on five hits and one walk in 6.0 innings as the Chicago Cubs defeated the San Diego Padres 3-2 on Monday. Lester struck out seven, ending the game with a 3.83 ERA and 1.29 WHIP on the season.
June 14 8:26 AM PT9:26 AM MT10:26 AM CT11:26 AM ET11:26 ET15:26 GMT23:26 8:26 AM MST10:26 AM EST10:56 AM VEN19:26 UAE10:26 AM CT-Jon Lester improved to 4-4, allowing one run on five hits and one walk in 7.0 innings, as the Chicago Cubs defeated the New York Mets 14-3 on Tuesday. Lester struck out 10, ending the game with a 3.89 ERA and 1.31 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Lester tossed seven strong innings to became the eighth active pitcher to reach 150 wins. He retired 11 in a row between the third and the seventh before stranding runners at the corners in the seventh.
June 9 9:43 PM PT10:43 PM MT11:43 PM CT12:43 AM ET0:43 ET4:43 GMT12:43 9:43 PM MST11:43 PM EST12:13 AM VEN8:43 UAE11:43 PM CT-Jon Lester fell to 3-4, allowing four runs on six hits and one walk in 5.0 innings, as the Chicago Cubs lost to the Colorado Rockies 4-1 on Thursday. Lester struck out five, ending the game with a 4.13 ERA and 1.35 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Lester was dealt his first loss at home since May 15, 2016, snapping a string of 20 unbeaten starts at Wrigley Field in which he went 14-0 with a 1.65 ERA including postseason play. The Cubs ace is going through a rough stretch, as he's 0-2 with an 8.16 ERA over his last three overall outings.
June 8 8:41 AM PT9:41 AM MT10:41 AM CT11:41 AM ET11:41 ET15:41 GMT23:41 8:41 AM MST10:41 AM EST11:11 AM VEN19:41 UAE10:41 AM CT-Lester (3-3, 3.91) looks to remain unbeaten at home on Thursday when the Cubs begin a four-game set against NL West-leading Colorado.
Analysis: Lester is 3-0 in six starts at Wrigley Field this season.
June 3 3:33 PM PT4:33 PM MT5:33 PM CT6:33 PM ET18:33 ET22:33 GMT6:33 3:33 PM MST5:33 PM EST6:03 PM VEN2:33 UAE (+1)5:33 PM CT-Jon Lester allowed three runs on six hits and three walks in 6.0 innings as the Chicago Cubs defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 on Saturday. Lester struck out four, ending the game with a 3.91 ERA and 1.35 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Lester, who is now 12-0 with a 1.70 ERA and 0.91 WHIP in his last 17 home starts, next takes the ball Thursday against the Rockies at Wrigley Field. He last faced Colorado on April 17, 2016 at Wrigley, and allowed a run and four hits with 10 strikeouts over 7.1 innings.
June 3 3:32 PM PT4:32 PM MT5:32 PM CT6:32 PM ET18:32 ET22:32 GMT6:32 3:32 PM MST5:32 PM EST6:02 PM VEN2:32 UAE (+1)5:32 PM CT-Jon Lester allowed three runs on six hits and three walks in 6.0 innings as the Chicago Cubs defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 on Saturday. Lester struck out four, ending the game with a 3.91 ERA and 1.35 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Lester, who is now 12-0 with a 1.70 ERA and 0.91 WHIP in his last 17 home starts, next takes the ball Thursday against the Rockies at Wrigley Field. He last faced Colorado on April 17, 2016 at Wrigley, and allowed a run and four hits with 10 strikeouts over 7.1 innings.
May 28 5:20 PM PT6:20 PM MT7:20 PM CT8:20 PM ET20:20 ET0:20 GMT8:20 5:20 PM MST7:20 PM EST7:50 PM VEN4:20 UAE (+1)7:20 PM CT-Jon Lester fell to 3-3, allowing six runs on seven hits and two walks in 3.1 innings, as the Chicago Cubs lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-4 on Sunday. Lester struck out three, ending the game with a 3.86 ERA and 1.33 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Lester allowed a season-high six earned runs after yielding eight in his previous four starts over 27 2/3 innings. He failed to complete five innings for the first time since July 24, 2016, at Milwaukee.
May 24 6:33 AM PT7:33 AM MT8:33 AM CT9:33 AM ET9:33 ET13:33 GMT21:33 6:33 AM MST8:33 AM EST9:03 AM VEN17:33 UAE8:33 AM CT-Lester improved to 3-2, allowing one run on four hits in 9.0 innings, as the Chicago Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants 4-1 on Tuesday. Lester struck out 10, ending the game with a 3.19 ERA and 1.24 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: It was Lester's first complete game of the season, and 15th in his career.
May 18 3:34 PM PT4:34 PM MT5:34 PM CT6:34 PM ET18:34 ET22:34 GMT6:34 3:34 PM MST5:34 PM EST6:04 PM VEN2:34 UAE (+1)5:34 PM CT-Jon Lester improved to 2-2, allowing three runs on six hits and one walk in 6.0 innings, as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Cincinnati Reds 9-5 on Thursday. Lester struck out five, ending the game with a 3.57 ERA and 1.38 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Lester entered the seventh inning with a shutout and came out with a 9-1 lead after giving up singles to Jose Peraza, Tucker Barnhart and Arismendy Alcantara to open the inning. He improved to 13-0 with a 1.56 ERA and 0.87 WHIP in his last 18 starts at Wrigley Field - including three in the 2016 playoffs. He next takes the ball Tuesday at Wrigley against the Giants, who he last faced in Game 1 of the NLDS, throwing eight innings of five-hit ball in a 1-0 win.
May 13 7:03 PM PT8:03 PM MT9:03 PM CT10:03 PM ET22:03 ET2:03 GMT10:03 7:03 PM MST9:03 PM EST9:33 PM VEN6:03 UAE (+1)9:03 PM CT-Jon Lester fell to 1-2, allowing four runs - three earned - on six hits in 5.2 innings, as the Chicago Cubs lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 on Saturday. Lester struck out nine, ending the game with a 3.45 ERA and 1.40 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Lester once again struggled a bit with his command, walking four. His walks-per-nine-innings rate is at 3.83 after being at 2.31 a year ago. He faces the Brewers on Friday, and in four starts against them with the Cubs, he is 3-0 with a 2.66 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 23 2/3 innings.
May 8 9:01 AM PT10:01 AM MT11:01 AM CT12:01 PM ET12:01 ET16:01 GMT0:01 9:01 AM MST11:01 AM EST11:31 AM VEN20:01 UAE11:01 AM CT-Jon Lester allowed two runs - one earned - on three hits and two walks in 7.0 innings as the Chicago Cubs lost to the New York Yankees 5-4 on Sunday. Lester struck out nine, ending the game with a 3.27 ERA and 1.35 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Lester bounced back from a three-start stretch in which he posted a 6.61 ERA and 1.96 WHIP.
May 3 11:17 PM PT12:17 AM MT1:17 AM CT2:17 AM ET2:17 ET6:17 GMT14:17 11:17 PM MST1:17 AM EST1:47 AM VEN10:17 UAE1:17 AM CT-Jon Lester improved to 1-1, allowing three runs - two earned - on four hits and five walks in 5.0 innings, as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 8-3 on Tuesday. Lester struck out five, ending the game with a 3.67 ERA and 1.49 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Lester next takes the ball Sunday night against the Yankees at Wrigley Field. He is 13-6 with a 3.78 ERA in 29 career starts against the Bronx Bombers, last facing them in 2014.
Apr. 21 8:36 PM PT9:36 PM MT10:36 PM CT11:36 PM ET23:36 ET3:36 GMT11:36 8:36 PM MST10:36 PM EST11:06 PM VEN7:36 UAE (+1)10:36 PM CT-Lester gave up five runs in 5 2/3 innings in Friday's win over the Reds. He had entered the contest with a 1.00 ERA over 18 innings in three starts.
Analysis: Lester hadn't allowed more than one run in any of his three starts this season.
Apr. 17 9:49 AM PT10:49 AM MT11:49 AM CT12:49 PM ET12:49 ET16:49 GMT0:49 9:49 AM MST11:49 AM EST12:19 PM VEN20:49 UAE11:49 AM CT-Lester held the Pirates to three hits and two walks over seven shutout innings Sunday, but wound up with a no-decision in the Cubs' 6-1 loss after the bullpen faltered late.
Analysis: Lester has three frustrating no-decisions to show for a three-start stretch in which he's yielded a mere two runs across 18 innings, with the Cubs mustering only three runs during his time on the mound. The wins still should come for the Chicago ace, who next takes on the Reds in Cincinnati on Saturday.
Apr. 11 8:31 AM PT9:31 AM MT10:31 AM CT11:31 AM ET11:31 ET15:31 GMT23:31 8:31 AM MST10:31 AM EST11:01 AM VEN19:31 UAE10:31 AM CT-Lester gave up a run and struck out seven in six innings while not factoring in the decision of a 3-2 win over the Dodgers on Monday.
Analysis: Lester has a 1.64 ERA over his first two starts but no decisions.
Apr. 3 10:11 PM PT11:11 PM MT12:11 AM CT1:11 AM ET1:11 ET5:11 GMT13:11 10:11 PM MST12:11 AM EST12:41 AM VEN9:11 UAE12:11 AM CT-Lester pitched decent but inefficiently in the season opener, allowing one run while scattering seven hits over five innings in a 4-3 loss to the Cardinals. He also struck out seven, but racked up 102 pitches.
Analysis: Lester should provide more of the same after going 19-5 with a 2.44 ERA last season.

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