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Jon Lester
2.70 14-4 160
Team: Chi CubsHt / Wt: 6-4 / 240 NFBC ADP: 60.68
Position: SPBorn: 1/7/1984 Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington
Bats/Throws: L/L Draft: 2nd Round by Red Sox (2002)

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Aug. 29 9:10 AM PT10:10 AM MT11:10 AM CT12:10 PM ET12:10 ET16:10 GMT0:10 9:10 AM MST11:10 AM EST11:40 AM VEN20:10 UAE11:10 AM CT-Lester struck out six and pitched three-hit ball over six innings while not receiving a decision in Sunday's 1-0 loss to the Dodgers.
Analysis: The left-hander has been on a nice roll, going 4-0 with a 1.43 ERA in his last six starts.
Aug. 23 9:34 AM PT10:34 AM MT11:34 AM CT12:34 PM ET12:34 ET16:34 GMT0:34 9:34 AM MST11:34 AM EST12:04 PM VEN20:34 UAE11:34 AM CT-Lester improved to 14-4 on Monday, giving up a run and five hits in six innings with two walks and eight strikeouts to beat the Padres.
Analysis: The Cubs have won all seven of Lester's starts since the All-Star break as he's gone 5-0 with a 2.28 ERA, striking out 46 in 43 1/3 innings. He next pitches Sunday at Dodger Stadium. His only complete game of the season was a four-hitter against the Dodgers on June 1.
Aug. 17 8:57 PM PT9:57 PM MT10:57 PM CT11:57 PM ET23:57 ET3:57 GMT11:57 8:57 PM MST10:57 PM EST11:27 PM VEN7:57 UAE (+1)10:57 PM CT-Lester allowed a run and struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings of Wednesday's 6-1 victory over the Brewers.
Analysis: He is 3-0 with a 1.75 ERA in his last four starts.
Aug. 6 10:34 PM PT11:34 PM MT12:34 AM CT1:34 AM ET1:34 ET5:34 GMT13:34 10:34 PM MST12:34 AM EST1:04 AM VEN9:34 UAE12:34 AM CT-Lester allowed two runs in seven innings of Friday's 7-2 win over the A's.
Analysis: In his last two starts, Lester has a 1.38 ERA while winning both.
July 29 8:24 PM PT9:24 PM MT10:24 PM CT11:24 PM ET23:24 ET3:24 GMT11:24 8:24 PM MST10:24 PM EST10:54 PM VEN7:24 UAE (+1)10:24 PM CT-Lester put an end to his struggles Friday, allowing four hits over six scoreless innings in a 12-1 win over the Mariners. He also struck out seven.
Analysis: Lester had posted a 10.13 ERA over his previous four starts.
July 25 9:17 AM PT10:17 AM MT11:17 AM CT12:17 PM ET12:17 ET16:17 GMT0:17 9:17 AM MST11:17 AM EST11:47 AM VEN20:17 UAE11:17 AM CT-Lester recorded seven strikeouts but otherwise wasn't sharp in Sunday's start at Milwaukee, issuing a season-high five walks while permitting four runs in four-plus innings.
Analysis: Lester's been more bad than good of late, as he's pitched four innings or less in three of his past four starts and owns a 10.13 ERA over that stretch. His overall numbers - a 10-4 record, 3.09 ERA and 118 strikeouts in 122 1/3 innings - remain very strong, however.
July 18 7:55 PM PT8:55 PM MT9:55 PM CT10:55 PM ET22:55 ET2:55 GMT10:55 7:55 PM MST9:55 PM EST10:25 PM VEN6:55 UAE (+1)9:55 PM CT-Lester won for the first time in five starts Monday, allowing one run and four hits over 7 2/3 innings against the Mets.
Analysis: The left-hander was 0-1 with a 7.58 ERA since beating the Pirates on June 18.
July 9 8:14 PM PT9:14 PM MT10:14 PM CT11:14 PM ET23:14 ET3:14 GMT11:14 8:14 PM MST10:14 PM EST10:44 PM VEN7:14 UAE (+1)10:14 PM CT-Lester allowed five runs, four hits - two homers - and three walks in just three innings of Saturday's 12-6 loss to the Pirates.
Analysis: After going 5-0 with a 1.41 ERA in his previous seven starts, Lester has yielded 13 runs, 13 hits, including five homers, over 4 1/3 innings of his last two outings.
July 5 5:06 PM PT6:06 PM MT7:06 PM CT8:06 PM ET20:06 ET0:06 GMT8:06 5:06 PM MST7:06 PM EST7:36 PM VEN4:06 UAE (+1)7:06 PM CT-Lester will make his fourth All-Star appearance, and first as a Cub.
Analysis: Despite being rocked in his most recent start, Lester is 9-4 with a 2.67 ERA.
July 4 7:43 AM PT8:43 AM MT9:43 AM CT10:43 AM ET10:43 ET14:43 GMT22:43 7:43 AM MST9:43 AM EST10:13 AM VEN18:43 UAE9:43 AM CT-Lester (9-4), the NL pitcher of the month in June, gave up eight runs and nine hits in 1 1/3 innings, the shortest of his 301 career starts over 11 major league seasons.
Analysis: He was 5-0 in his previous seven outings and entered with a 2.03 ERA that ranked second in the majors to injured Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (1.78).
June 28 8:54 PM PT9:54 PM MT10:54 PM CT11:54 PM ET23:54 ET3:54 GMT11:54 8:54 PM MST10:54 PM EST11:24 PM VEN7:54 UAE (+1)10:54 PM CT-Lester allowed a run and three hits while walking one and striking out four Tuesday against the Reds.
Analysis: Lester, who has a 1.41 ERA with 51 strikeouts to nine walks over his last seven starts, is slated to make his next start Sunday against the Mets. The left-hander hasn’t faced New York since giving up four runs in 6 2/3 innings in losing Game 1 of last season’s NLCS.
June 24 10:04 AM PT11:04 AM MT12:04 PM CT1:04 PM ET13:04 ET17:04 GMT1:04 10:04 AM MST12:04 PM EST12:34 PM VEN21:04 UAE12:04 PM CT-Lester went seven innings and allowed two runs, on homers by Stanton and Marcell Ozuna, in the Cubs' 4-2 loss to the Marlins on Thursday.
Analysis: Miami ended Lester's streak of wins in five consecutive starts, but the lefty's 1.45 ERA in his last six outings is tough to ignore.
June 17 6:09 PM PT7:09 PM MT8:09 PM CT9:09 PM ET21:09 ET1:09 GMT9:09 6:09 PM MST8:09 PM EST8:39 PM VEN5:09 UAE (+1)8:09 PM CT-Lester goes for his fifth consecutive win when he faces the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field on Saturday.
Analysis: Lester is 4-0 with a sparkling 0.59 ERA in four starts since he pitched just 2 2/3 innings in a 5-3 loss at San Francisco on May 21. He has allowed just one earned run in 24 innings in June.
June 13 8:19 AM PT9:19 AM MT10:19 AM CT11:19 AM ET11:19 ET15:19 GMT23:19 8:19 AM MST10:19 AM EST10:49 AM VEN19:19 UAE10:19 AM CT-Lester won his fourth consecutive start Sunday, allowing one run - none earned - and five hits over seven innings in a 13-2 rout of Atlanta. He also struck out seven.
Analysis: Lester has posted an 0.59 ERA with 33 strikeouts over 30 1/3 innings during his winning streak. He's given the Cubs quite a top three with Jake Arrieta and John Lackey. Ride this wave while you can.
June 7 9:45 PM PT10:45 PM MT11:45 PM CT12:45 AM ET0:45 ET4:45 GMT12:45 9:45 PM MST11:45 PM EST12:15 AM VEN8:45 UAE11:45 PM CT-Lester pitched eight scoreless innings in Monday's 6-4 win at Philadelphia.
Analysis: Lester (7-3) improved to 6-0 in eight career starts against the Phillies while lowering his ERA against them to 1.46. He struck out nine, walked none and allowed four hits.
June 2 10:51 AM PT11:51 AM MT12:51 PM CT1:51 PM ET13:51 ET17:51 GMT1:51 10:51 AM MST12:51 PM EST1:21 PM VEN21:51 UAE12:51 PM CT-Lester struck out 10 in a complete-game gem Wednesday against the Dodgers.
Analysis: After giving up a leadoff home run to Kike Hernandez, Lester yielded only three more hits in the 2-1 win to lower his season ERA to 2.29. He's been a model of consistency thus far, having allowed one earned run or fewer in eight of his 11 starts.
May 16 2:20 PM PT3:20 PM MT4:20 PM CT5:20 PM ET17:20 ET21:20 GMT5:20 2:20 PM MST4:20 PM EST4:50 PM VEN1:20 UAE (+1)4:20 PM CT-Lester took a no-hitter into the seventh inning Sunday but suffered a 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh, ending a personal three-game win streak.
Analysis: Lester (4-2, 1.88 ERA) gave up one run and two hits in 6 2/3 innings while striking out nine.
May 11 10:13 AM PT11:13 AM MT12:13 PM CT1:13 PM ET13:13 ET17:13 GMT1:13 10:13 AM MST12:13 PM EST12:43 PM VEN21:13 UAE12:13 PM CT-Lester earned his third consecutive win in an 8-7 victory against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.
Analysis: Lester (4-1, 1.96 ERA) gave up three runs in six innings after posting a 1.00 ERA in his previous four games.
May 5 1:21 PM PT2:21 PM MT3:21 PM CT4:21 PM ET16:21 ET20:21 GMT4:21 1:21 PM MST3:21 PM EST3:51 PM VEN0:21 UAE (+1)3:21 PM CT-Lester improved to 3-1 as he scattered eight hits in 5 2/3 scoreless innings, struck out five and walked two Wednesday.
Analysis: The left-hander has allowed one run or none in five of six starts this season.
Apr. 30 5:46 PM PT6:46 PM MT7:46 PM CT8:46 PM ET20:46 ET0:46 GMT8:46 5:46 PM MST7:46 PM EST8:16 PM VEN4:46 UAE (+1)7:46 PM CT-Lester gave up one run in seven innings and fanned 10 on Friday, but he did not get a decision in a 6-1 win over Atlanta.
Analysis: Lester (2-1, 1.83 ERA) has allowed one run while pitching at least seven innings in each of his last three starts. He has 24 strikeouts and five walks in his past 21 1/3 innings.
Apr. 23 3:48 PM PT4:48 PM MT5:48 PM CT6:48 PM ET18:48 ET22:48 GMT6:48 3:48 PM MST5:48 PM EST6:18 PM VEN2:48 UAE (+1)5:48 PM CT-Lester continued to roll on Friday, tossing seven strong innings in an 8-1 win over the Reds.
Analysis: He allowed one run and five hits while walking one and striking out four.
Apr. 6 2:58 PM PT3:58 PM MT4:58 PM CT5:58 PM ET17:58 ET21:58 GMT5:58 2:58 PM MST4:58 PM EST5:28 PM VEN1:58 UAE (+1)4:58 PM CT-Lester gave up one run in seven innings to beat the Angels on Tuesday.
Analysis: It was a solid first start for Lester, who gave up four hits and threw 93 pitches.

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