Lester allowed two runs on eight hits with no walks and four strikeouts across six innings during a no-decision against the Pirates on Wednesday. As he's done before at PNC Park this season, the Pirates had plenty of traffic, but Lester mostly kept Pittsburgh off the scoreboard and the Cubs in the game. Chicago tied the game in the seventh to get Lester off the hook for the loss, but the overall numbers Lester turned in during 2019 were a little disappointing. He finishes the season 13-10 with a 4.46 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 165 strikeouts in 171.2 innings this season.
Lester allowed two runs on eight hits across six innings while not factoring into the decision Wednesday against the Pirates. He struck out four and did not issue any walks. It was a solid final start of 2019 for Lester on a day in which the Cubs were ultimately eliminated from postseason contention. Overall, the veteran lefty took a step back this season with a 4.46 ERA and 1.50 WHIP after posting marks of 3.32 and 1.31, respectively, in 2018. On a more positive note, Lester saw his K/9 jump from 7.38 to 8.65. The 35-year-old is under contract in Chicago through 2021, and while his skills have diminished, he should remain a backend starter heading into next year.
Lester didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's 3-2 extra-inning loss to the Reds, allowing one run on six hits and two walks over five innings while striking out five. The veteran southpaw fired 49 strikes among his 77 pitches before turning things over to the bullpen with the score tied 1-1. Lester bounced back nicely from a couple of rough outings, and he'll take a 4.51 ERA and 161:52 K:BB through 165.2 innings into his next start Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
Lester (13-10) allowed seven runs (four earned) on 11 hits with two walks and two strikeouts across five innings to come away with a victory over the Pirates on Friday. The Cubs made three errors in this one but made up for it with five homers and 17 runs, giving Lester plenty of support despite another lackluster outing. The veteran southpaw has been the definition of inconsistent lately, as he's either allowed one run or less, or six runs or more, in each of his last six starts. Lester owns a 4.59 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 156 strikeouts in 160.2 innings this season. He is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday at home against the Reds.
Lester (12-10) allowed eight runs on seven hits and three walks over 5.1 frames Sunday, striking out seven batters and taking the loss Milwaukee. After limiting the Brewers to one run through three innings, Lester was crushed for five runs in the fourth and then two more in the six. He's walked at least three batters in three straight starts and six of his last seven, giving him a 154:48 K:BB this season. Lester will carry a 4.51 ERA into Friday's home tilt against Pittsburgh.