Lester (3-3) got the loss against the Phillies on Thursday, giving up seven runs (four earned) on seven hits over four innings, striking out five and walking one as the Cubs lost 9-7. Lester was battered for a second straight start after getting tagged for five earned by the Nationals in his last outing, as he couldn't rebound after giving up a pair of runs in the first inning. Despite the rough stretch, Lester's ratios remain solid thanks to a hot start to the season, as he's sporting a 2.68 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP through 47 innings. He'll look to get back on track in his start, which is scheduled for Tuesday on the road against the Astros.
Lester (3-2) took the loss Saturday as the Cubs dropped a 5-2 decision to the Nationals, giving up five runs on 10 hits and a walk over 4.1 innings while striking out three. The veteran southpaw hadn't allowed more than two runs in any start this season coming into Saturday, but that streak ended with a thud when the Nats scored three times in the third inning. Lester still boasts a 2.09 ERA and 42:9 K:BB through 43 innings, and he'll look to get back on track Thursday, at home against the Phillies.
Lester (3-1) allowed only an unearned run and picked up the victory against Milwaukee on Sunday, pitching 6.2 innings and giving up nine hits and one walk while striking out six. Lester labored most of the night, throwing 116 pitches and allowing 10 baserunners, but he managed to escape frequent trouble and extend his scoreless inning streak to 20.2. He has now earned a quality start in five of his seven outings this season and has yet to allow more than two earned runs in a game. He'll look to continue his success in his next start against Washington on Saturday.
Lester allowed two runs (zero earned) on eight hits and no walks while striking out six across six innings Tuesday against the Marlins. He did not factor into the decision. Lester allowed eight baserunners but didn't surrender a free pass and held the Marlins to just two extra-base hits. His only trouble came in the third inning, when he allowed two hits after an error by Kyle Schwarber allowed the second batter of the inning to reach base. Otherwise, it was another strong outing for Lester, as he has allowed one earned run across 18 innings in three starts since returning from a hamstring injury. He'll look to keep that going in his next outing, likely to come Sunday against Milwaukee.
Lester (2-1) tossed seven scoreless innings to earn the win in Wednesday's 11-0 victory against the Mariners. He allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out eight. This was a vintage Lester performance, and the veteran got all the run support he needed and then some when the Cubs scored six times in the second inning. The lefty now has a stellar 1.73 ERA this season, and his 27:7 K:BB across 26 innings looks like a stat line from earlier in his career when he threw with a bit more velocity. Even if the strikeout rate doesn't stay this good for Lester, the 35-year-old should supply plenty of fantasy value moving forward. Lester's next start is scheduled for Tuesday against an exploitable Marlins team.