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July 14, 2019 02:24 PM
Cubs' Jon Lester: Strikes out six in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lester allowed three runs on eight hits with no walks and six strikeouts across 6.2 innings to earn a victory against the Pirates on Saturday.

The veteran starred on the mound and at the plate, driving in as many runs as he allowed in the victory. Lester completed four scoreless innings, as the Cubs built a 10-0 lead, but the Pirates tallied a run in each of Lester's last three frames, two of which coming on solo homers. Still, that hardly ruined his day. Lester improved to 9-6 and owns a 3.74 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 99 strikeouts in 101 innings this season. He will pitch next at home against the Padres on Friday.

July 7, 2019 08:52 AM
Cubs' Jon Lester: Grabs win despite poor defense
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lester (8-6) earned the win Saturday against the White Sox after allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits over 6.1 innings. He struck out three and walked three.

Lester seemed poised to complete seven strong innings, but two errors in the seventh led to his exit and two unearned runs. The veteran lefty closed out the first half of the season on a strong note and has a 3.72 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 93:23 K:BB over 94.1 innings.

June 30, 2019 08:32 PM
Cubs' Jon Lester: Strikes out eight in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lester gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out eight through 5.2 innings to take the loss against the Reds on Sunday.

Lester gave up a three-run homer in the first inning, but he settled down to deliver four scoreless innings before running into trouble in the sixth inning. The left-hander has a 7-6 record with a 3.89 ERA through 16 starts this season. Lester will make his next start Saturday against the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.

June 24, 2019 11:40 PM
Cubs' Jon Lester: Strikes out seven in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lester (7-5) gave up two runs (none earned) on five hits and no walks while striking out seven through six innings to take the win over the Braves on Monday.

Lester delivered a quality start and was given plenty of run support to pick up his seventh win. After giving up nine runs in his last two starts, this was a nice bounce back performance for the left-hander. The 35-year old has a 7-5 record with a 3.83 ERA through 15 starts this season. Lester will make his next start Sunday against the Reds at Great American Ball Park.

June 20, 2019 12:20 AM
Cubs' Jon Lester: Earns sixth win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lester (6-5) allowed allowed three earned runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out six across 5.2 innings to earn the win Wednesday against the White Sox.

Lester got off to a shaky start, surrendering a solo home run to the first batter of the game. He also stumbled in the fourth inning, surrendering two more earned runs -- including another solo homer. However, he was solid otherwise, racking up 21 called strikes and 11 swinging strikes on 114 total pitches. Though he got away with it Wednesday, Lester has allowed multiple homers in each of his last three starts, which has caused his ERA to balloon from 3.56 to 4.13. He'll look to more effectively manage the long ball in his next start, currently penciled in for Monday against Atlanta.

June 14, 2019 11:24 AM
Cubs' Jon Lester: Gives up trio of homers in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lester (5-5) pitched five innings and took the loss against the Dodgers on Thursday, giving up six runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out seven.

Lester was rolling along through three scoreless innings before his outing unraveled with a pair of two-run home runs by Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy in the fourth. He then gave up another two-run shot to David Freese in his fifth and final inning. The three home runs were the most Lester has given up this season and tied his overall career high. After seven strong starts to begin the season, the 35-year-old has now given up 27 earned runs over his last 32 innings to see his ERA jump from 1.16 to 4.08. He'll try to right the ship on Wednesday when he and the Cubs host the White Sox in an interleague matchup.

June 9, 2019 07:32 AM
Cubs' Jon Lester: Picks up fifth win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lester (5-4) was the winning pitcher Saturday against the Cardinals, as he allowed four runs on five hits and two walks across six innings. He struck out six.

Lester wasn't great in this one, but his offensive mates supplied nine runs of support, helping the lefty to his fifth win. All of the damage against Lester came on a pair of home runs in the first inning, including a three-run blast by Marcell Ozuna. The veteran hurler was able to settle down after that, and he'll carry a 3.56 ERA into his next start, which is currently scheduled for Thursday against a tough Dodgers lineup.

June 3, 2019 08:36 PM
Cubs' Jon Lester: Strikes out six in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lester (4-4) gave up one run on four hits and one walk while striking out six through seven innings to take the win over the Angels on Monday.

Lester leaned on 27 called strikes to effectively shut down the Angels. After three lackluster outings, the left-hander matched a season-high seven innings and earned his way back into the win column. He has a 4-4 record with a 3.32 ERA and a 8.5 K/9 through 11 starts this season. Lester will make his next start Saturday against the Cardinals.

May 23, 2019 08:04 PM
Cubs' Jon Lester: Takes loss against Phillies
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

May 18, 2019 10:48 PM
Cubs' Jon Lester: Hit hard by Nats
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

May 13, 2019 11:24 AM
Cubs' Jon Lester: Extends scoreless streak
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

May 8, 2019 12:52 AM
Cubs' Jon Lester: Strong in quality start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

May 2, 2019 04:04 PM
Cubs' Jon Lester: Cruises to easy win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 26, 2019 07:44 PM
Cubs' Jon Lester: Yields one run in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lester (1-1) allowed one run on four hits with five strikeouts and no walks across five innings in a loss to the Dodgers on Thursday.

The 35-year-old was about as sharp as one could have hoped with him coming back after missing two and a half weeks because a left hamstring issue. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough against the Dodgers pitching staff. Because of the injury, Lester has only made four starts this year, and one was abbreviated, but he still has strong numbers. Lester is 1-1 with a 2.37 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 19 strikeouts in 19 innings this season. His next scheduled start is on the road against the Mariners on Wednesday.

April 25, 2019 10:28 AM
Cubs' Jon Lester: Back from IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Cubs activated Lester (hamstring) from the 10-day injured list ahead of his scheduled start Thursday against the Dodgers.

Lester was sidelined for about two and a half weeks with the left hamstring issue, forcing the Cubs to temporarily get by with Tyler Chatwood as their fifth starter. Though he didn't head out on a rehab assignment prior to being reinstated, Lester completed a simulated game beforehand and isn't expected to face any strict limitations with his pitch count as he returns to the active roster. Prior to getting hurt, Lester had posted a 2.57 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 14:6 K:BB over 14 innings spanning three starts.

April 24, 2019 05:48 PM
Cubs' Jon Lester: Cleared to return Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lester (hamstring) will start Thursday against the Dodgers, Bruce Levine of reports.

As expected, Lester has been cleared to rejoin the rotation for Thursday's series finale after completing a simulated game with no issues Saturday. The southpaw has been sidelined since April 8 with a hamstring injury; prior to landing on the shelf, he compiled a 2.57 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 14:6 K:BB through three starts (14 innings). According to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune, the goal is for Lester to throw around 75-80 pitches in his first start back.

April 24, 2019 12:00 PM
Cubs' Jon Lester: Trending toward Thursday return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lester (hamstring) appears on track to start Thursday against the Dodgers, although nothing has been confirmed, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Lester completed a simulated game Saturday without issue, and according to skipper Joe Maddon, the lefty has a shot to return in time for Thursday's matchup. Tyler Chatwood would also be an option for a spot start if Lester isn't ready to go.

April 20, 2019 01:52 PM
Cubs' Jon Lester: Sim game goes well
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Joe Maddon was pleased with the results of Lester's (hamstring) simulated game Saturday and said "it's not impossible" for the lefty to return from the 10-day injured list during the upcoming week, Jordan Bastian of reports.

Lester experienced no complications while using his full arsenal in the 45-pitch outing, but the Cubs will wait and see how he feels Sunday before deciding his next step. Assuming his checkup with team doctors goes well, Lester would presumably throw a bullpen session Monday or Tuesday before checking back into the rotation as soon as Thursday against the Dodgers.

April 19, 2019 12:04 PM
Cubs' Jon Lester: Nearing sim game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lester (hamstring) is progressing well and could throw a simulated game soon, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.

Lester was placed on the 10-day injured list April 9 with the hamstring injury and this is the first real indication of his progression toward a return. The 35-year-old has no official timetable for his return, but he'll likely need to complete a simulated game shortly if there is any chance of rejoining the rotation before the end of April.

April 9, 2019 02:20 PM
Cubs' Jon Lester: Heading to injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lester (hamstring) will be placed on the injured list Tuesday, Jesse Rogers of reports.

The extent of Lester's hamstring issue remains unclear, as the results of his MRI have yet to be released. A trip to the injured list indicates that it's bad enough for him to miss at least one start. Tyler Chatwood could potentially move back from the bullpen to the rotation to make a spot start.

Situational Stats
vs LHB 23.000 5.480522
vs RHB 78.000 3.2301877
Last 7 Games
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Pitching Stats
2006BOS72 4.7615150000 81.1914343754360
2007BOS40 4.5712110000 63.06133321013150
2008BOS166 3.2133332200 210.12027875141066152
2009BOS158 3.4132322000 203.1186807720364225
2010BOS199 3.2532322000 208.01678175141083225
2011BOS159 3.4731310000 191.21667774201175182
2012BOS914 4.8233333000 205.121611711025468166
2013BOS158 3.7533331100 213.1209948919767177
2014BOS-OAK1611 2.4632321100 219.2194766016548220
2015CHC1112 3.3432321000 205.0183837616747207
2016CHC195 2.4432322000 202.2154575521652197
2017CHC138 4.3332321000 180.21791018726460180
2018CHC186 3.3232320000 181.2174756724664149
2019CHC96 3.7418180000 101.010953421742399
Total 186104 3.51399398154002467.022911048962249837912289
Batting Stats
2006BOS15400000300 .000 .000 .000
2007BOS12000000000 --- --- ---
2008BOS33500000200 .000 .000 .000
2009BOS32300000200 .000 .000 .000
2010BOS32300011200 .200 .000 .000
2011BOS31500000300 .000 .000 .000
2012BOS33500000300 .000 .000 .000
2013BOS33600000400 .000 .000 .000
2014BOS-OAK32500000300 .000 .000 .000
2015CHC3262640033000 .108 .065 .065
2016CHC3359360661800 .185 .153 .102
2017CHC3254581642610 .203 .259 .148
2018CHC3459471902200 .119 .169 .119
2019CHC1924461541200 .357 .417 .250
Total 40329422313271813010 .156 .160 .105
Fielding Stats
2007BOSP1211116410 .909
2008BOSP333342192123 .952
2009BOSP32323372421 .939
2010BOSP32324353532 .930
2011BOSP31312991912 .966
2012BOSP333337142123 .946
2013BOSP333332121821 .938
2014BOS-OAKP32322681621 .923
2015CHCP323230101731 .900
Total  3993983951332441816 .954
More Pitching Stats
2006BOS18286 1.0596605 .294367 15.4 .4340
2007BOS05181 0.6742101 .257275 13.3 .4140
2008BOS1247197 1.3985313 .256874 11.9 .3680
2009BOS0209156 1.43196606 .242843 11.2 .3660
2010BOS0235141 1.82227606 .220861 11.3 .3250
2011BOS0211154 1.491412404 .234799 11.8 .3740
2012BOS2250172 1.61133006 .273876 12.6 .4420
2013BOS0220223 1.08124105 .253903 11.9 .3890
2014BOS-OAK0198220 1.00165103 .236885 10.1 .3540
2015CHC0217166 1.394411208 .240828 10.4 .3730
2016CHC0200187 1.152813104 .211796 9.4 .3340
2017CHC3185155 1.281912403 .259763 12.1 .4300
2018CHC1173195 0.96149204 .256761 12.1 .4100
2019CHC010694 1.2354002 .270435 12.1 .4570
Total 825842227 1.262279937160 .24710266 11.5 .3840
Postseason Pitching Stats
2007BOS10 1.93310000 9.16221048
2008BOS12 2.36440000 26.2249730526
2009BOS01 4.50110000 6.04331045
2013BOS41 1.56550000 34.2256632829
2014OAK00 7.36110000 7.18660025
2015CHC02 4.50220000 14.0137730214
2016CHC31 2.02650000 35.2279831630
2017CHC00 1.88320000 14.16331087
2018CHC00 1.50110000 6.04110019
Total 97 2.5126220000 154.0117464315340133
Minor League Pitching Stats
2002 R-Red Sox01 13.5011000 0.25610011
2003 A-Augusta69 3.652421000106.01025443784471
2004 R-Red Sox00 0.0011000 1.00000021
2004 A-Sarasota76 4.282120000 90.1824643233797
2005 AA-Portland116 2.612626310148.1114524310457163
2006AAA-Pawtucket34 2.701111000 46.2431714502543
2007 AA-Portland10 1.5011000 6.05110044
2007 A-Greenville00 2.0833000 13.0113320215
2007AAA-Pawtucket45 3.891414200 71.2673231433151
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Player Info

Tacoma, WA
Chicago Cubs

MLB Experience:

2016: NL LCS MVP