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Jon Lester
3.19 3-2 64
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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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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