Lester allowed four earned runs on six hits and four walks while striking out four across five innings in the loss to the Cubs on Saturday. He did not factor into the decision.
Lester allowed all four runs on one swing of the bat on a grand slam by Trayce Thompson. He has struggled with walks; Saturday marked his fourth time issuing four free passes this season. The 37-year-old has a 4.36 ERA and 1.42 WHIP with 40 strikeouts in 66 innings for the Cardinals this season.
Lester didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 8-5 win over the Cubs, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits and three walks over five innings. He struck out six.
The veteran southpaw struggled to keep runners off base before exiting after 96 pitches (56 strikes) with the Cards down 4-2, but a rally in the top of the seventh inning took Lester off the hook for his second loss with St. Louis and seventh of the season. He has pitched better for his new club, posting a 4.13 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 36:22 K:BB through 61 innings over 11 starts since coming over from the Nats.
Lester (7-6) allowed two runs on three hits while striking out two over six innings in a win over the Brewers on Monday.
Lester was brilliant Monday aside from the second inning, when he let up a pair of solo home runs to Avisail Garcia and Luis Urias. Those were two of the three total hits he allowed on the night and he didn't walk a batter for a second straight start. The 37-year-old needed just 77 pitches to navigate through six frames and it was the fourth time in his last five starts he's been able to throw six or more innings. In eight starts since Aug. 14, Lester is 4-0 with a 2.76 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 24:15 K:BB over 45.2 innings. He became the 119th pitcher in baseball history to reach the 200-win mark Monday night and will look to keep things rolling over the weekend when he makes a visit to the familiar Wrigley Field.
Lester will start Monday's series opener against the Brewers in Milwaukee, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
St. Louis previously listed Lester as its probable starter for Tuesday's game, but he'll move ahead of Jake Woodford in the Cardinals' pitching schedule as St. Louis begins a seven-game week. According to Jones, the Cardinals' main motivation to have Lester take the hill Monday rather than Tuesday may have been to keep him lined up for a potential start in a one-game wild-card contest on five days' rest. Lester has delivered quality starts in three of his last four outings, turning in a 2.19 ERA and 0.97 WHIP across 24.2 innings during that stretch.
Lester (6-6) allowed two earned runs on six hits and no walks with seven strikeouts over six innings, picking up the win in Wednesday's 11-4 victory over the Mets.
Lester was staked to a 5-0 lead before entering the game Wednesday night and cruised to career win No. 199. His seven strikeouts tied his season high and are the most he's had since joining the Cardinals at the trade deadline. Though he did give up a pair of home runs to Pete Alonso and Kevin Pillar, they both came with the bases empty. Over his last five starts, the 37-year-old has been vintage Lester, carrying a 2-0 record with a 2.12 ERA.
Lester did not factor in the decision against Cincinnati on Friday, tossing seven innings and allowing two runs on three hits and four walks while striking out two.
The veteran was a bit wild in the contest -- he tied a season high with four free passes -- but Lester was nonetheless effective, completing seven innings for the first time since July 19 and limiting the Reds to a pair of solo home runs. The strong outing continued a recent resurgence by the southpaw, who has posted a 1.90 ERA over his past four starts covering 23.2 frames. His peripherals make it hard to believe in Lester's continued success, as he has also posted a less-than-ideal 13:10 K:BB over that stretch, so fantasy managers should proceed with caution. Lester's next start is tentatively slated to come in New York against the Mets next week.
Lester allowed one run on six hits and two walks over 5.1 innings in Sunday's loss to Milwaukee. He struck out two and did not factor in the decision.
The only real damage against Lester was Pablo Reyes' solo shot in the second inning. The veteran lefty was in line for his third win as a Cardinal before the bullpen collapsed in the ninth. Over his last three outings, he's allowed just three runs through 16.2 innings (1.62 ERA) with an 11:6 K:BB. Lester is projected to face the Reds at home next week.
Lester (5-6) allowed one run on a hit and two walks over 6.1 innings Monday, striking out five and earning a win over the Reds.
Aside from Kyle Farmer's solo shot in the second inning, the Reds had no answer for Lester all night. After the home run, he retired the next 16 batters in order before a walk to Joey Votto in the seventh ended his night. He's given up two runs over 11.1 innings in his last two starts, lowering his season ERA to 5.05 through 107 innings. Lester is lined up to face the Brewers on the road this weekend.
Lester allowed one run on seven hits and two walks while striking out four in five innings of Wednesday's 3-2, extra-inning win over the Tigers. He did not factor into the decision.
It was Lester's second good start in five outings since being sent to St. Louis. Since the trade, the lefty has a 6.04 ERA and 12:11 K:BB in 25.1 innings. The Cardinals clearly acquired Lester to be an innings-eater as they get through the last two months of the regular season, and he's done that pretty effectively, completing at least five frames in all but one of his post-deadline starts. Lester is expected to make his next start Monday in Cincinnati.
Lester got a no-decision in Thursday's 8-4 win against Milwaukee, allowing four runs on six hits and three walks in 4.1 inning. He failed to record a strikeout.
Lester labored through 4.1 innings, throwing 89 total pitches, but was only bit in the fourth when he permitted five baserunners and all four runs. Fortunately for the 37-year-old, St. Louis rebounded with five runs in the fifth to regain the lead and eliminate Lester's potential loss. This was the veteran lefty's fourth start with the Cardinals, and he's allowed a disappointing 16 runs in 20.1 total innings with just eight strikeouts since joining the team.
Lester (4-6) allowed one run on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts through 5.2 innings, picking up his first win as a Cardinal in Saturday's 9-4 victory over the Royals.
After giving up five earned runs to this same Royals team one turn ago, Lester finally looked at home Saturday in the Cardinals' powder blues. The southpaw did allow seven hits; all seven went for singles, however. While the strikeouts have evaporated from his game, his veteran guile figures to make him a mainstay in the St. Louis rotation for the rest of the season.
Lester yielded five runs on six hits and two walks over 5.1 innings in Sunday's loss to the Royals. He struck out two and did not factor in the decision.
Lester got off to a strong start, allowing just two baserunners through three scoreless innings. He was then hit with four runs over the next 2.1 frames before he was removed from the game and eventually charged with a fifth run. The 6-foot-4 lefty has given up 11 runs over 10.1 frames in two starts since St. Louis acquired him in July. Lester will take a 5.57 ERA into next weekend's projected start in Kansas City.
Lester (3-6) took the loss against Atlanta on Tuesday, allowing six runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out four over five innings.
The southpaw got off to a disastrous start in his first game as a Cardinal, allowing a two-run homer to the second batter he faced and departing the first inning trailing by five runs. Lester was at least able to bounce back and give St. Louis five frames, but the early damage proved too much to overcome. Lester has now given up six or more earned runs three times this season, contributing to an inflated 5.38 ERA. Combined with mediocre strikeout numbers, that makes him unworthy of rostering in most fantasy leagues.
Lester was officially added to St. Louis' 26-man roster Sunday and will start Tuesday versus Atlanta.
Lester last pitched for the Nationals on July 24, so he'll be well-rested for his debut with the Cardinals. The veteran left-hander has a 5.02 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 51:29 K:BB across 75.1 innings (16 starts) this season, though he's surrendered only three earned runs in two starts since the All-Star break.
Lester was traded from the Nationals to the Cardinals in exchange for outfielder Lane Thomas on Friday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
Lester signed a one-year deal with the Nationals in January, but he'll return to the NL Central in a deal just before the trade deadline. The southpaw has been somewhat inconsistent in 2021, but he's recorded a 2.25 ERA and 0.83 WHIP in 12 innings across his two starts since the All-Star break.
Lester (3-5) took the loss Saturday, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk over five-plus innings as the Nationals were downed 5-3 by the Orioles. He struck out two.
It wasn't a terrible outing by the veteran southpaw, but solo homers by Trey Mancini and Ryan Mountcastle put the Nats in an early hole, and the team's offense didn't wake up until the seventh inning. Lester stumbled into the All-Star break but has looked somewhat rejuvenated since, posting a 2.25 ERA and 9:1 K:BB over 12 innings in two starts to begin the second half.
Lester will start Saturday's game against the Orioles, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Lester made his last start Monday, so he'll be pitching on normal rest while filling in for Max Scherzer, who was scratched from Saturday's start due to mild discomfort in his right tricep. Across his last three outings, the southpaw has posted a 3.46 ERA and 2.08 WHIP in 13 innings.
Lester (3-4) earned the win Monday against the Marlins after tossing seven shutout frames. He allowed six hits and no walks while striking out seven.
It was the longest outing of the year for Lester, who completed seven innings for the first time while blanking his opponent for the second time. The southpaw exhibited strong command, collecting a season-high seven punchouts. To top it off, Lester swatted his fourth career home run with a 419-shot in the fifth inning, making the 37-year-old the oldest pitcher to homer in a game since Bartolo Colon in 2016 at the age of 42. It was a tough first half for Lester, who has compiled a 4.99 ERA and 1.65 WHIP overall. He's projected to make his next start on the road Sunday at Baltimore.
Lester (2-4) gave up eight runs (three earned) on nine hits and two walks over 2.2 innings in Saturday's loss to San Francisco. He had one strikeout.
The Giants jumped on Lester for three runs in the first inning and tacked on five more in the third before he gave way to the bullpen. Lester's defense didn't do him any favors -- five of the eight runs were unearned due to a pair of errors behind him -- but he still allowed 11 baserunners besides the errors, and he needed 80 pitches to get just eight outs. It's been an ugly first half for the 37-year-old, who will go into the All-Star break having allowed 27 runs (17 earned) in 13.1 innings over his last four starts. Lester owns a 5.54 ERA and 1.74 ERA in 14 starts overall this season, and opponents are hitting .313 against him.
Lester allowed five runs (two earned) on six hits and four walks while striking out two over 3.1 innings Monday against the Padres. He did not factor into the decision.
Lester was not very good Monday despite three of his runs being unearned. A Starlin Castro error extended the third inning, allowing the Padres to score three runs all with two outs. The Friars got to him for two more in the fourth inning, and Lester's day was done earlier than he had hoped after throwing only 48 of his 81 pitches for strikes. HIs four walks tied his season high, and he's struck out three or fewer batters in six of his last seven starts. The 37-year-old owns a 5.34 ERA, 1.63 WHIP and 41:26 K:BB over 60.2 innings, and he's lined up for one more start over the weekend in San Francisco before the All-Star break.
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