Jon Lester

#34 SP / Chi. Cubs / EXP: 10YRS Height: 6-4 Weight: 240 lb Age: 32 College: None Bats/Throws L/L

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      Cubs P Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta to start first two games in NLCS

      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.

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      Cubs SP Jon Lester drops Game 1 of NLDS

      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.

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      Cubs SP Jon Lester on wrong side of pitchers duel in loss Friday

      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).

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      Cubs' Jon Lester can't contain Cardinals' offense Sunday in loss

      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.

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      Cubs SP Jon Lester picks up 10th win of season Tuesday

      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.

    • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

      Cubs waste strong outing by Jon Lester in 4-3 loss to Cardinals

      Cubs starter Jon Lester was brilliant in his outing against the Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon. The left-hander allowed just one run on two hits over seven strong innings. He walked one and struck out seven, but he was left with a no-decision after the bullpen coughed up the lead late in the 4-3 loss. The loss snapped the Cubs' five-game win streak, but it was still a very fine outing for Lester. The only run he allowed came in the bottom of the first inning, but he was nearly perfect after that--he didn't give up a hit after that first inning. This was the second time in four starts that Lester did not get a win despite allowing one run.

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      Terrible sixth inning dooms Cubs SP Jon Lester to defeat

      Cubs starter Jon Lester was rolling merrily along Saturday night against the host Dodgers. Then suddenly he stopped rolling and started skidding. Lester blew a 2-1 lead by allowing four runs in the seventh inning without retiring a batter. He finished having allowed eight hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in lowering his record to 8-10. He was doomed by three singles and a double that knocked him out of the game. The double by Jose Peraza and single by Andre Ethier plated three runs. The poor effort was his second in the last three starts. Lester now owns a 3.59 ERA on the year.

    • by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer

      Cubs SP Jon Lester narrowly misses complete game shutout

      Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester went 8 2/3 innings without allowing a run in Monday's start against the Indians. Lester gave up a game-tying run with two outs in the ninth and was pulled from the game. He struck out six batters while allowing just one walk in a no-decision. Lester (8-9) has a 3.44 ERA in 157 innings of work this season.

    • by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer

      Cubs SP Jon Lester gets rocked for seven runs in loss to Tigers

      Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester suffered one of his worst starts of the season on Wednesday against the Tigers. Lester allowed seven runs on seven hits before being pulled after just 2 2/3 innings. He gave up three walks and three home runs in the ugly loss. With the loss, Lester dropped to 8-9 on the season and his ERA ballooned to 3.58.

    • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

      Cubs' Jon Lester pitches team to seventh straight victory Thursday

      Cubs left-hander Jon Lester was excellent in his start against the Brewers on Thursday afternoon. Lester went six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out 10 in the 9-2 Cubs' win. Lester (8-8, 3.21 ERA) allowed a run in the third and one in the sixth, but was otherwise on top of his game. The 10 strikeouts led to a high pitch count--105 through six innings--which was at least partially to blame for the quick exit. Still, Lester was able to turn in his fifth consecutive quality start. In those five outings, Lester is 4-0 with a 2.04 ERA.

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