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Jon Lester
3.34 11-12 207
Team: Chi CubsHt / Wt: 6-4 / 240 NFBC ADP: 55.80
Position: SPBorn: 1/7/1984 Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington
Bats/Throws: L/L Draft: 2nd Round by Red Sox (2002)

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Oct. 7 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-The Chicago Cubs placed Lester on their wild-card roster on Wednesday as insurance should they need it during the one-game playoff against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Analysis: Cy Young Award candidate Jake Arrieta will start against the Pirates. Lester, who won a pair of World Series rings with the Boston Red Sox in 2007 and 2013, is on the roster in case Arrieta has a short start or the game extends into extra innings. The Cubs placed 10 pitchers and 15 position players on their 25-man roster.
Oct. 1 7:41 AM PT8:41 AM MT9:41 AM CT10:41 AM ET10:41 ET14:41 GMT22:41 7:41 AM MST9:41 AM EST10:11 AM VEN18:41 UAE9:41 AM CT-Lester set a team record for strikeouts in a season by a left-handed pitcher and the playoff-bound Cubs beat Cincinnati 10-3 for their fourth straight win.
Analysis: Lester's strikeout of Ivan De Jesus Jr. in the fifth inning was his 203rd of the season, snapping the franchise record for a left-hander set by Ken Holtzman in 1970. Lester (11-12) fanned nine and finished the game with 207.
Sep. 26 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 pitched well in Friday's tough-luck loss to Pittsburgh, allowing two runs with six strikeouts across seven innings.
Analysis: Lester has now lost his past two starts and fell to 10-12 on the season. He's still been solid of late, posting a 2.65 ERA despite a 2-2 record in five September outings.
Sep. 21 3:11 PM PT4:11 PM MT5:11 PM CT6:11 PM ET18:11 ET22:11 GMT6:11 3:11 PM MST5:11 PM EST5:41 PM VEN2:11 UAE (+1)5:11 PM CT-Lester was beaten by the Redbirds on Sunday.
Analysis: Lester labored despite entering the game with a string of three solid starts in which he allowed four runs in 21 innings. He allowed four runs in six innings while striking out seven.
Sep. 16 3:18 PM PT4:18 PM MT5:18 PM CT6:18 PM ET18:18 ET22:18 GMT6:18 3:18 PM MST5:18 PM EST5:48 PM VEN2:18 UAE (+1)5:18 PM CT-Lester limited the Pittsburgh Pirates to five hits while picking up his first complete game of the season and the Chicago Cubs earned a doubleheader split with a 2-1 win on Tuesday night.
Analysis: Lester (10-10, 3.38 ERA) walked one and struck out nine while recording his 12th career complete game. He's 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA in his three starts this month.
Sep. 10 3:38 PM PT4:38 PM MT5:38 PM CT6:38 PM ET18:38 ET22:38 GMT6:38 3:38 PM MST5:38 PM EST6:08 PM VEN2:38 UAE (+1)5:38 PM CT-Lester was unable to reach the .500 mark Wednesday despite a stellar outing, limiting St. Louis to one run and two hits over seven innings in the Cubs' 4-3 road loss.
Analysis: Lester had been less than impressive recently with a 6.04 ERA in his previous four outings, so this was a positive sign for fantasy owners.
Sep. 5 12:24 PM PT1:24 PM MT2:24 PM CT3:24 PM ET15:24 ET19:24 GMT3:24 12:24 PM MST2:24 PM EST2:54 PM VEN23:24 UAE2:24 PM CT-Lester got plenty of support in his first win in four starts, a 14-5 victory over Arizona on Friday.
Analysis: The blowout meant Lester (9-10, 3.59 ERA) got to cut his start a little short. The left-hander gave up two runs in five innings. Lester was 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in his previous three outings but allowed one run in 8 2-3 innings against Cleveland on Aug. 24.
Aug. 30 12:36 PM PT1:36 PM MT2:36 PM CT3:36 PM ET15:36 ET19:36 GMT3:36 12:36 PM MST2:36 PM EST3:06 PM VEN23:36 UAE2:36 PM CT-Lester fell to 8-10 on Saturday.
Analysis: Lester gave up five runs and eight hits in six-plus innings. The left-hander struck out seven and walked none in his first road start since July 18 at Atlanta.
Aug. 25 3:18 PM PT4:18 PM MT5:18 PM CT6:18 PM ET18:18 ET22:18 GMT6:18 3:18 PM MST5:18 PM EST5:48 PM VEN2:18 UAE (+1)5:18 PM CT-Lester turned in one of his best performances of the season Monday for the Cubs, limiting the Indians to one run over 8 2-3 innings in the club's 2-1 victory.
Analysis: Lester, who had given up a season-high seven runs in his previous outing, is 4-1 with a 3.09 ERA in his last seven starts.
Aug. 20 1:16 PM PT2:16 PM MT3:16 PM CT4:16 PM ET16:16 ET20:16 GMT4:16 1:16 PM MST3:16 PM EST3:46 PM VEN0:16 UAE (+1)3:16 PM CT-Lester was rocked Wednesday in losing for the first time in six starts Wednesday against Detroit, giving up a season-high seven runs in 2 2-3 innings.
Analysis: Lester, who gave up three homers for the first time since 2013, fell to 8-9 while his ERA rose to 3.58.
July 30 3:26 PM PT4:26 PM MT5:26 PM CT6:26 PM ET18:26 ET22:26 GMT6:26 3:26 PM MST5:26 PM EST5:56 PM VEN2:26 UAE (+1)5:26 PM CT-Lester (6-8) struck out 14, one shy of his career high and the most for a Cubs pitcher in more than a decade, leading Chicago over the Colorado Rockies 3-2 Wednesday. Dating to 1914, he's the first Cubs left-hander to fan 14 in a game.
Analysis: The 6-foot-4 left-hander struck out seven of his first eight hitters and nine of the first 14. He allowed two runs, five hits and one walk in eight innings. Cubs manager Joe Maddon saluted Lester's most impressive outing since he signed a six-year, $155 million free agent deal with Chicago in the offseason.
July 6 6:41 PM PT7:41 PM MT8:41 PM CT9:41 PM ET21:41 ET1:41 GMT9:41 6:41 PM MST8:41 PM EST9:11 PM VEN5:41 UAE (+1)8:41 PM CT-Lester has singled for his first major league hit after 66 fruitless at-bats - plus five more in the World Series.
Analysis: The Chicago Cubs pitcher came up in the second inning Monday night and hit a low liner that ricocheted off the leg of St. Louis Cardinals right-hander John Lackey, a former teammate with the Boston Red Sox. The ball caromed away toward shortstop, leaving the Cardinals with no play on an infield single that loaded the bases for Chicago. Coming into the game, Lester was 0 for 30 this season.
July 2 1:10 PM PT2:10 PM MT3:10 PM CT4:10 PM ET16:10 ET20:10 GMT4:10 1:10 PM MST3:10 PM EST3:40 PM VEN0:10 UAE (+1)3:10 PM CT-Lester pitched seven scoreless innings but the Chicago Cubs needed 11 for a 2-0 win over the New York Mets on Wednesday.
Analysis: Lester (4-6, 3.74 ERA) has a 2.22 ERA in his last four starts but has gotten a combined two runs of support. He's winless in eight starts since May 16.
June 26 2:26 PM PT3:26 PM MT4:26 PM CT5:26 PM ET17:26 ET21:26 GMT5:26 2:26 PM MST4:26 PM EST4:56 PM VEN1:26 UAE (+1)4:26 PM CT-Lester was lackluster Thursday, giving up four runs over a season-worst four innings in a 4-0 loss to the Dodgers.
Analysis: Lester is 0-4 with a 4.43 ERA in seven games since his last victory. It's safe to say he's been a bust thus far in Chicago, going 4-6 with a 4.03 ERA, though his opponents' .332 BABIP suggests he's also been the victim of some bad luck.
June 21 9:32 AM PT10:32 AM MT11:32 AM CT12:32 PM ET12:32 ET16:32 GMT0:32 9:32 AM MST11:32 AM EST12:02 PM VEN20:32 UAE11:32 AM CT-Lester did not get a decision Saturday.
Analysis: Lester allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings for the Cubs ahead of a likely start against St. Louis.
June 15 12:07 PM PT1:07 PM MT2:07 PM CT3:07 PM ET15:07 ET19:07 GMT3:07 12:07 PM MST2:07 PM EST2:37 PM VEN23:07 UAE2:07 PM CT-Lester was solid in Sunday's 2-1 win against Cincinnati, though he wasn't credited with the victory.
Analysis: Lester yielded just one run in seven innings and looked much better than his last two outings in which he gave up a combined 11 runs in 9 1-3 innings.
June 10 2:19 PM PT3:19 PM MT4:19 PM CT5:19 PM ET17:19 ET21:19 GMT5:19 2:19 PM MST4:19 PM EST4:49 PM VEN1:19 UAE (+1)4:19 PM CT-Lester dropped his third straight start Tuesday at Detroit after another unimpressive showing.
Analysis: Lester gave up five runs over 4 1-3 innings and is 0-3 with a 5.40 ERA in four games since his last victory.
June 4 2:59 PM PT3:59 PM MT4:59 PM CT5:59 PM ET17:59 ET21:59 GMT5:59 2:59 PM MST4:59 PM EST5:29 PM VEN1:59 UAE (+1)4:59 PM CT-Lester had a tough outing Wednesday at Miami, giving up a season high-matching six runs and nine hits over five innings of a 7-3 defeat.
Analysis: Lester had given up seven earned runs in his past four starts before surrendering six Wednesday.
May 28 3:09 PM PT4:09 PM MT5:09 PM CT6:09 PM ET18:09 ET22:09 GMT6:09 3:09 PM MST5:09 PM EST5:39 PM VEN2:09 UAE (+1)5:09 PM CT-Lester lost for the first time in seven starts Wednesday versus Washington, allowing two runs - one earned - and seven hits over seven innings.
Analysis: Lester, who matched a season best with 10 strikeouts, lowered his ERA to 3.30.
May 27 7:25 PM PT8:25 PM MT9:25 PM CT10:25 PM ET22:25 ET2:25 GMT10:25 7:25 PM MST9:25 PM EST9:55 PM VEN6:25 UAE (+1)9:25 PM CT-Lester established a major league record Wednesday night for the longest hitless drought to begin a career.
Analysis: Lester entered the game against the Washington Nationals tied with the San Diego Padres' Joey Hamilton, who had also gone 57 career at-bats without a hit. He established the new mark by flying out to deep center field in the second inning.
Apr. 6 9:07 AM PT10:07 AM MT11:07 AM CT12:07 PM ET12:07 ET16:07 GMT0:07 9:07 AM MST11:07 AM EST11:37 AM VEN20:07 UAE11:07 AM CT-Lester, who got a $155 million, six-year contract during free agency, allowed three runs and eight hits over 4 1-3 innings in his fifth straight opening day start Sunday.
Analysis: Lester has now dropped two straight season openers.
Mar. 21 10:37 PM PT11:37 PM MT12:37 AM CT1:37 AM ET1:37 ET5:37 GMT13:37 10:37 PM MST12:37 AM EST1:07 AM VEN9:37 UAE11:37 PM CT-Lester will miss his scheduled start Saturday because of arm fatigue.
Analysis: Lester, who signed a $155 million, six-year contract during the offseason, is not experiencing pain, according to manager Joe Maddon, and has gone through similar periods in previous spring trainings. Erick Jokisch will start in Lester's place Saturday against Seattle in Mesa.
Mar. 2 12:29 PM PT1:29 PM MT2:29 PM CT3:29 PM ET15:29 ET20:29 GMT4:29 1:29 PM MST3:29 PM EST3:59 PM VEN0:29 UAE (+1)2:29 PM CT-Lester is slated to make his first start for the Chicago Cubs on opening night, April 5, against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Analysis: Cubs manager Joe Maddon confirmed Monday what he had earlier indicated about Chicago's new ace. Lester signed a six-year, $155 million contract with the Cubs in December.

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