Initially, it looked like Jon Lester's six-year, $155 million deal with the Cubs was a mistake, as he coughed up 15 earned runs in 21 1/3 innings during his first month on the North Side. From May forward, Lester was at the top of his game, posting a 2.99 ERA and 1.07 WHIP over his 28 remaining starts. He does everything you want from a starter: notch a strikeout per inning, pitch with control and keep the ball in the park. Then again, there are now upwards of 20 starters who are likely to do just that. He may not stand out as an ace, but Lester needs to be drafted as a No. 2 starting pitcher in mixed leagues.
Jon Lester will start Game 1 of the National League Championship Series for the Cubs, reports Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune. Jake Arrieta will not get the opening nod Saturday against the winner of the Dodgers-Mets series. He will take the mound in Game 2 instead.
Cubs starter Jon Lester took the loss in Game 1 of the NLDS against the Cardinals on Friday, allowing three runs on five hits and one walk while striking out nine. After giving up an RBI single to Matt Holliday in the first, Lester rattled off six straight scoreless frames, keeping the Cubs in it against John Lackey. However, Lester ran into trouble again in the eighth, allowing a homer to Tommy Pham and then walking Matt Carpenter, who came around to score on a Stephen Piscotty long ball after Lester exited the game. Lester threw 115 pitches but has not been ruled out as an option to start Game 4 on short rest.
Cubs starter Jon Lester allowed two runs on five hits, he didn't walk a batter, and struck out six over seven innings of a 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh on Friday afternoon. Lester (10-12, 3.43 ERA) was sharp, tossing 72 of 102 pitches for strikes, but he ran up against Pirates' ace Gerrit Cole in a old-fashioned pitchers duel. Lester has been on his game all month, allowing more than two runs just once in five September starts (he allowed four runs against the Cardinals in his last outing).
Cubs starter Jon Lester fell to 10-11 in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals, allowing four runs in six innings while striking out two. Lester was done in by early scoring, with a pair of home runs in the first inning and another run in the third. The Cubs had some chances to tie the game, but were ultimately disappointed. The 31-year-old had been strong in September, allowing only four earned runs across three starts for the month with 19 strikeouts, but this will represent a step back for the veteran's up and down season.
Cubs pitcher Jon Lester (10-10) turned in a dominant nine-strikeout performance on Tuesday, surrendering only five hits, an earned run and a walk in a complete-game, 2-1 victory over the Pirates. Lester insured that the Cubs secured the nightcap of the doubleheader in their continued chase for an NL wild-card spot. The complete game was the first of Lester's Cubs career and represented his third straight strong outing in three September starts, following a forgettable August in which the southpaw posted a robust 5.04 ERA. Lester also managed to stay away from the long ball on Tuesday, marking the fifth consecutive outing in which he has not given up a homer, and the seventh in his last eight trips to the mound. Lester will continue to help spearhead the Cubs' push for a postseason appearance in his next start against the Cardinals.