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Jon Lester
ERA W-L K
3.95 7-6 126
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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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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