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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lester (hamstring) will start Thursday against the Dodgers, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com 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.
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.
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 MLB.com 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.
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.
Lester (hamstring) will be placed on the injured list Tuesday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com 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.
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