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Jon Lester
2.44 19-5 197
Team: Chi CubsHt / Wt: 6-4 / 240 NFBC ADP: 37.05
Position: SPBorn: 1/7/1984 Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington
Bats/Throws: L/L Draft: 2nd Round by Red Sox (2002)

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Oct. 25 8:59 PM PT9:59 PM MT10:59 PM CT11:59 PM ET23:59 ET3:59 GMT11:59 8:59 PM MST10:59 PM EST11:29 PM VEN7:59 UAE (+1)10:59 PM CT-Lester was shaky in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday, allowing three runs and six hits over 5 2/3 innings in a 6-0 loss to the Indians.
Analysis: Lester, the NLCS co-MVP, fell to 2-1 with a 1.69 ERA in four starts this postseason.
Oct. 24 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-Fresh off being named co-MVP of the NLCS, Lester will take the mound for the Cubs in Tuesday's Game 1 of the World Series at Cleveland.
Analysis: It's an obvious choice after Lester started the opener in both the NLDS and NLCS and Chicago won each game. The experienced left-hander has been sensational during the Cubs' pennant run, going 2-0 in three starts and yielding only two runs over 21 innings. Lester, who pitched twice in relief against the Indians in the 2007 ALCS while with Boston, is 4-0 with a 1.64 ERA in seven starts against Cleveland since 2011.
Oct. 22 8:55 PM PT9:55 PM MT10:55 PM CT11:55 PM ET23:55 ET3:55 GMT11:55 8:55 PM MST10:55 PM EST11:25 PM VEN7:55 UAE (+1)10:55 PM CT-Lester and teammate Javier Baez were named co-MVPs of the NLCS.
Analysis: Lester, one of baseball's most accomplished playoff performers, went 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA in two starts against Los Angeles. He's 8-6 with a 2.42 ERA in 17 career playoff starts with the Red Sox, A's and Cubs.
Oct. 21 9:31 AM PT10:31 AM MT11:31 AM CT12:31 PM ET12:31 ET16:31 GMT0:31 9:31 AM MST11:31 AM EST12:01 PM VEN20:31 UAE11:31 AM CT-Lester put the Cubs one win away from ending their epic World Series drought by holding the Dodgers to one run and five hits over seven sharp innings in Thursday's Game 5 victory in the NLCS.
Analysis: The experienced left-hander has been magnificent during Chicago's postseason run, having yielded just two runs and 14 hits over 21 innings while going 2-0 in three starts. The Cubs hope Lester will have a couple more outings left as they try to close out the series Saturday at Wrigley Field.
Oct. 16 10:01 PM PT11:01 PM MT12:01 AM CT1:01 AM ET1:01 ET5:01 GMT13:01 10:01 PM MST12:01 AM EST12:31 AM VEN9:01 UAE12:01 AM CT-Lester gave up just a solo homer in six innings of the Cubs' 8-4 win over the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLCS.
Analysis: Lester was pulled for a pinch hitter but clearly could have kept going. He's been nearly untouchable for months and Saturday was no different.
Oct. 13 2:35 PM PT3:35 PM MT4:35 PM CT5:35 PM ET17:35 ET21:35 GMT5:35 2:35 PM MST4:35 PM EST5:05 PM VEN1:35 UAE (+1)4:35 PM CT-Lester will start Game 1 of the NLCS.
Analysis: Lester pitched eight sparkling innings in the Cubs' 1-0 victory over San Francisco in their playoff opener last Friday. This should line him up to start Game 5 as well and perhaps pitch out of the bullpen if needed in Game 7.
Oct. 8 9:36 PM PT10:36 PM MT11:36 PM CT12:36 AM ET0:36 ET4:36 GMT12:36 9:36 PM MST11:36 PM EST12:06 AM VEN8:36 UAE11:36 PM CT-Lester was strong in Game 1 on Friday, yielding five hits without a walk and striking out five in eight innings of the 1-0 victory over the Giants.
Analysis: Lester threw only 86 pitches so he should be fresh if needed to throw again in this series.
Oct. 4 2:29 PM PT3:29 PM MT4:29 PM CT5:29 PM ET17:29 ET21:29 GMT5:29 2:29 PM MST4:29 PM EST4:59 PM VEN1:29 UAE (+1)4:29 PM CT-The Cubs announced that Lester would start Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday at Wrigley Field.
Analysis: Lester (19-5) had a 2.44 ERA to rank second in the majors to teammate Kyle Hendricks, who will start Game 2. Lester is only 6-6 in 14 playoff starts despite a solid 2.85 ERA, though he lost both postseason outings last season with a 4.50 ERA.
Oct. 1 5:11 PM PT6:11 PM MT7:11 PM CT8:11 PM ET20:11 ET0:11 GMT8:11 5:11 PM MST7:11 PM EST7:41 PM VEN4:11 UAE (+1)7:11 PM CT-Lester allowed five runs, six hits and walked three in five innings of a 7-4 loss to the Reds on Saturday.
Analysis: Lester failed to become a 20-game winner. Since the All-Star break, he'd won a career-high 10 straight decisions. In September, he allowed a total of two runs while winning all five starts. Lester had allowed one run or none in a club-record eight straight starts heading into Saturday.
Sep. 26 11:01 AM PT12:01 PM MT1:01 PM CT2:01 PM ET14:01 ET18:01 GMT2:01 11:01 AM MST1:01 PM EST1:31 PM VEN22:01 UAE1:01 PM CT-Lester allowed three hits in 6 2/3 scoreless innings to earn his league-leading 19th victory as the Cubs beat the Cardinals 3-1 on Sunday night.
Analysis: Lester struck out seven while lowering his ERA to 2.28, second lowest in the majors behind his teammate Kyle Hendricks (2.06), another candidate for the NL Cy Young Award. Lester hasn't allowed more than two runs in a start since July 24 against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Sep. 21 1:54 PM PT2:54 PM MT3:54 PM CT4:54 PM ET16:54 ET20:54 GMT4:54 1:54 PM MST3:54 PM EST4:24 PM VEN0:54 UAE (+1)3:54 PM CT-Lester gave up a run and six hits while striking out five and walking none over seven innings in Tuesday's 6-1 win over the Reds.
Analysis: Lester, who extended his scoreless streak to 21 innings before Jose Peraza's RBI triple in the fifth, moved into the NL lead with his 18th win. Lester improved to 9-0 since the All-Star break and has a 0.72 ERA in his last seven starts. He next takes the ball Sunday against the Cardinals, whom he limited to three hits over eight scoreless innings in his previous start on Sept. 14.
Sep. 14 8:15 PM PT9:15 PM MT10:15 PM CT11:15 PM ET23:15 ET3:15 GMT11:15 8:15 PM MST10:15 PM EST10:45 PM VEN7:15 UAE (+1)10:15 PM CT-Lester allowed three hits and a walk while striking out eight over eight innings in Wednesday's 7-0 win at St. Louis. None of the four baserunners allowed got past first.
Analysis: Lester improved to 7-0 with a 1.02 ERA in his last nine starts and is 3-0 with a 0.30 ERA in his last four. On Tuesday, he'll make his fourth start of the season against the Reds, against whom he is 1-0 with a 2.18 ERA.
Sep. 9 8:40 PM PT9:40 PM MT10:40 PM CT11:40 PM ET23:40 ET3:40 GMT11:40 8:40 PM MST10:40 PM EST11:10 PM VEN7:40 UAE (+1)10:40 PM CT-Lester (16-4) allowed seven hits while posting seven strikeouts over seven innings of Friday's win over the Astros.
Analysis: Lester is 6-0 with a stellar 1.17 ERA in his last eight starts.
Sep. 2 2:35 PM PT3:35 PM MT4:35 PM CT5:35 PM ET17:35 ET21:35 GMT5:35 2:35 PM MST4:35 PM EST5:05 PM VEN1:35 UAE (+1)4:35 PM CT-Lester pitched 6 2/3 innings of no-hit ball Friday and settled for his second complete game of the season in a 2-1 win over the Giants. He allowed three hits, including a solo homer, and walked two.
Analysis: The left-hander has gone 5-0 with a 1.35 ERA in his last seven starts to improve to 15-4 with a 2.61 ERA overall.
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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