Lester (11-8) allowed seven runs on eight hits and three walks without striking out a batter through 4.1 innings to take the loss against Tampa Bay on Wednesday. Lester had won his previous three games, so it was discouraging to see him struggle in what projected to be a favorable matchup. His seven earned runs allowed were a season high, and he now sports an underwhelming 4.52 ERA and 1.34 WHIP for the campaign. The veteran lefty lines up for a road start against St. Louis and a home start against Cincinnati to finish the season, but it's worth noting that the Cubs could opt to rest Lester if a playoff spot is secured.
Lester will start Wednesday's game against the Rays, Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports. Lester had been scheduled to start Tuesday's outing, but the Cubs will push him back a day and send Mike Montgomery to the mound in his place Tuesday. Lester will look to carry his recent momentum into Wednesday's outing, as he's won his last two starts, allowing just three runs over 12 innings in that span.
Lester (11-7) went six innings against the Mets on Wednesday, striking out five while allowing two runs on six hits and four walks to pick up the victory en route to a 17-5 victory. He's now tossed a pair of quality starts in a row on the heels of two ugly outings in which he gave up a total of 13 runs over 6.2 innings. It's certainly been an uneven season for the veteran lefty, whose 4.30 ERA and 1.31 WHIP are both five-year worsts, but Lester's still carrying a strong strikeout rate and pitching for a good team, buoying his fantasy value. He'll make his next start Tuesday in Tampa Bay.
Lester (10-7) allowed a single run on five hits and four walks while striking out five batters through six innings during Thursday's win over Pittsburgh. The veteran lefty struggled through four August starts (7.85 ERA) before being placed on the disabled list with a shoulder ailment. However, he's now won consecutive starts and appears to be rounding into better form heading into the final weeks of the season. Lester projects to make his next start against the Mets at Wrigley Field.
Lester (9-7) allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out four batters through five innings during Saturday's win over Atlanta. While this wasn't a strong showing from the veteran, Lester went five innings and collected the win, so it wasn't a complete bust. The 33-year-old veteran sports a 4.46 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 9.3 K/9 for the campaign, but it's worth noting that he posted respectable 3.84, 1.11 and 10.1 marks through his 12 starts before sustaining a shoulder injury Aug. 17. Overall, it's been a mediocre season for Lester, but a strong September could have a big impact on his final stat line. He lines up to face the Pirates at PNC Park in his next start.
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