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34 Jon Lester SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/240 | Birthdate: 1/7/1984 | Birthplace: Tacoma, WA | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Chicago | College: No College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $11,625,000 | Owned/Started%: 98/88 | Average Draft Position: 28.67
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Terrible sixth inning dooms Cubs SP Jon Lester to defeat


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:53 am ET) Cubs starter Jon Lester was rolling merrily along Saturday night against the host Dodgers. Then suddenly he stopped rolling and started skidding.

Lester blew a 2-1 lead by allowing four runs in the seventh inning without retiring a batter. He finished having allowed eight hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in lowering his record to 8-10.

He was doomed by three singles and a double that knocked him out of the game. The double by Jose Peraza and single by Andre Ethier plated three runs.

The poor effort was his second in the last three starts. Lester now owns a 3.59 ERA on the year.


Cubs SP Jon Lester narrowly misses complete game shutout


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/24/2015) Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester went 8 2/3 innings without allowing a run in Monday's start against the Indians.

Lester gave up a game-tying run with two outs in the ninth and was pulled from the game. He struck out six batters while allowing just one walk in a no-decision.

Lester (8-9) has a 3.44 ERA in 157 innings of work this season.


Cubs SP Jon Lester gets rocked for seven runs in loss to Tigers


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/20/2015) Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester suffered one of his worst starts of the season on Wednesday against the Tigers.

Lester allowed seven runs on seven hits before being pulled after just 2 2/3 innings. He gave up three walks and three home runs in the ugly loss.

With the loss, Lester dropped to 8-9 on the season and his ERA ballooned to 3.58.


Cubs' Jon Lester pitches team to seventh straight victory Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/13/2015) Cubs left-hander Jon Lester was excellent in his start against the Brewers on Thursday afternoon. Lester went six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out 10 in the 9-2 Cubs' win.

Lester (8-8, 3.21 ERA) allowed a run in the third and one in the sixth, but was otherwise on top of his game. The 10 strikeouts led to a high pitch count--105 through six innings--which was at least partially to blame for the quick exit. 

Still, Lester was able to turn in his fifth consecutive quality start. In those five outings, Lester is 4-0 with a 2.04 ERA.


Cubs' Jon Lester wins third straight decision


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2015) Cubs pitcher Jon Lester won his third straight decision and improved to 7-8 on the season, Friday against San Francisco. 

Lester allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings. It's the seventh straight start that he's lasted at least six innings and fourth straight that he's allowed two runs or fewer. 


Cubs' Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks swap starts vs. Giants


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2015) Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester will make his next start Friday against the Giants after his outing was cut short Monday due to rain. Kyle Hendricks, who was slated to start Friday, will pitch Saturday.

Cubs-Pirates postponed Monday due to rain; make-up date TBD


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/4/2015) Monday's game between the Cubs and Pirates has been postponed due to rain. After two rain delays totaling more than three hours, the game was called in the fourth inning with the score tied 1-1.

A make-up date for the game has not yet been announced. 

Cubs manager will talk with Monday's starter Jon Lester regarding his next start. He could come back a day or two early, according to ESPN.com.

The Pirates announced that they will stay with their current rotation and keep everyone on regular rest, meaning Monday's starter Francisco Liriano will toe the rubber again on Sunday. 

Both starters were removed from the game following the first delay, which lasted two hours.


Cubs SP Jon Lester K's 14 Rockies in 3-2 victory Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) Cubs starter Jon Lester was terrific on Wednesday afternoon, as he struck out a season-high 14 batters, en route to the 3-2 win over the Rockies. Lester allowed two runs on five hits over eight solid innings, as he threw 77 of his 117 pitches for strikes.

Lester (6-8) gave up a run in the fourth, and another in the seventh on a Carlos Gonzalez solo home run. Other than that, he kept the Rockies at bay with the 14 whiffs. Lester recorded the most amount of strikeouts in a game by a Cubs pitcher since 2004, and he's the only Cubs left-hander to strikeout 14 batters in a game since at least 1914. 

"That was his best performance all year," said Cubs manager Joe Maddon, per MLB.com. "Just stuff-wise, I thought he had everything going on. … Everything was on and that's why you saw the result you did."

Lester has pitched at least seven innings in each of his past seven starts, going 2-2 with a 1.66 ERA over that stretch.


Cubs SP Jon Lester performs well in no-decision


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2015) Cubs lefty Jon Lester had to wait two months to earn his last victory Saturday. A second consecutive victory was apparently too much to ask for no matter how well he performed.

And Lester did pitch well Friday against Philadelphia. He surrendered just two runs on seven hits in seven innings with no walks and six strikeouts. He left with a 3-2 lead, which his bullpen promptly blew.

His line hiccup, which occurred after a disputed ball call that could have resulted in a strikeout, was slammed off the fence for a two-run double by Cody Asche in the fourth inning.

Lester, who allowed no more than one baserunner in any other inning, has recorded five quality starts in July. He has been unscored-upon in four of them and has shrunk his ERA to 3.32, its lowest point since May 27.


Cubs SP Jon Lester flirts with no-hitter, picks up win


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/18/2015) Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester had a no-hitter going after seven innings of work, but gave up two hits in the eighth inning against the Braves on Saturday.

Lester enjoyed one of his best outings of the season, as he struck out seven batters and gave up just one walk.

Lester improved to 5-8 on the season with a 3.37 ERA in 117 2/3 innings of work.


Cubs SP Jon Lester no match for Sale on Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2015) Cubs starter Jon Lester gave up two runs in the first inning Saturday.

Game over. Chris Sale was pitching for the White Sox.

Lester recovered to allow four runs on seven hits in seven innings with no walks and eight strikeouts. But it didn't matter - he is now 4-8.

In fact, it was over after three batters as he fell one batter short of giving up the cycle to start the game. Lester allowed a single to Adam Eaton, triple to Tyler Saladino and double to Jose Abreu before settling down. He faced only one batter over the minimum through six before collapsing in the seventh. Two singles, an error and two-run Tyler Flowers double removed all doubt.

The first-inning hiccup ended a two-game shutout streak for the left-hander.


Cubs' Jon Lester takes loss but gets base hit


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2015) Cubs starter Jon Lester lost his fifth straight decision, Monday against St. Louis. 

Lester dropped to 4-7 and hasn't won since May 16. 

Lester didn't allow an earned run, the fourth time in the last five starts that he's allowed one earned run or fewer. He has three no-decisions and a loss in those four games. 

Lester surrendered two unearned runs in seven innings. He allowed a season-low two hits and struck out eight, carrying a no-hitter into the seventh.

At the plate, Lester managed to get a single, his first base hit in 67 career at bats.  


Cubs SP Jon Lester flashes dominance in seven-inning outing


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/1/2015) Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester was dominant on Wednesday against the Mets.

Lester threw seven innings, allowed juts five hits and no runs in a no-decision. He struck out seven batters was in constant control before being pulled from the 2-0 victory.

Lester (4-6) has a 3.74 ERA with 93 strikeouts and 28 walks in 96 1/3 innings this season.


Cubs SP Jon Lester struggles in loss on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/25/2015) Cubs left-hander Jon Lester battled, but ultimately had a disappointing outing on Thursday, as the Cubs fell to the Dodgers 4-0. Lester had trouble with his command, as he walked four and struck out five over four innings. He gave up four runs on four hits, needing 75 pitches to get through the fourth.

Lester was hit early and often, as he gave up two runs in each of the first two innings, and was never able to get into a rhythm in this one. This was Lester's shorted outing this year, as his ERA increased to 4.03 on the year.

"It's hard to pitch when you're ball one, ball two all the time," Lester said, per ESPN.com. "It's frustrating right now because all the work is there. I feel good going into starts. I'm just searching for things."


Cubs SP Jon Lester gives up one run in no-decision on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/20/2015) Cubs left-hander Jon Lester turned in a solid performance in his start on Saturday against the Twins. Lester struck out seven over 6 1/3 innings, allowing just a single run on three hits while walking three. But he was left with a no-decision, as the Cubs won the game in extra innings. Lester left the game after throwing 102 pitches.

"I never [want to come out]," Lester said, per MLB.com. "That's the way I've always been. I don't want to leave games. That's why you have managers and pitching coaches to make those decisions for you. I may not be happy at the time, but I'll never second-guess the manager on what he's trying to do."

The only run Lester gave up came on a solo home run by Kurt Suzuki in the second inning. He cut his ERA down to 3.80. Over his last two starts, the veteran lefty has allowed two runs in 13 1/3 innings pitched.

He's set to square off against the Dodgers at home on Thursday.


Cubs SP Jon Lester tosses seven innings in no-decision


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/15/2015) Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester had great stuff during Sunday's 2-1 win over the Reds.

Lester threw seven innings and allowed just one earned run. He struck out four batters and allowed five hits, but earned a no-decision as the game went all the way into the 11th inning tied at a run apiece.

Lester (4-5) has a 3.99 ERA with 74 strikeouts in 79 innings of work this season.


Cubs manager Maddon not worried about Jon Lester


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/13/2015) Cubs ace Jon Lester has been anything but recently, racking up 11 earned runs and 18 hits over his last two starts, leading some to wonder what is wrong with the lefty. 

But don't count manger Joe Maddon among those who is worried. Per ESPN.com, the skipper said he "isn't concerned" about the pitcher's poor recent outings. 

"If he has a couple of bad outings, it doesn't bother me in the least. If a guy is good and he's not injured, he's OK," Maddon said. 

Lester, who is scheduled to pitch Sunday, is 4-5 with a 4.25 ERA in 12 starts this season and 0-2 with a 10.61 ERA in June. 


Cubs' Jon Lester loses third straight


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2015) Cubs starter Jon Lester lost his third straight decision, Tuesday against Detroit. 

Lester went 4 1/3 innings, his shortest outing since Opening Day on April 5. He gave up five runs on nine hits. Lester walked two and struck out five.

"It seems like right now, the good pitches I make are just through or just out of reach of guys and the bad pitches I make are at the wrong times and getting squared up,” Lester said, per MLB.com. “I think everything is magnified right now."

Lester's record fell to 4-5. His next start is Sunday against Cincinnati.  


Cubs' Miguel Montero will be designated hitter on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/9/2015) Cubs catcher Miguel Montero will serve as the team's designated hitter in Tuesday's series-opener against the Tigers in Detroit. Montero started each of the last three games behind the plate, so manager Joe Maddon opted to give him a partial, but keeping his bat in the lineup.

David Ross will do the catching for Jon Lester on Tuesday, as he typically does when Lester is on the mound. 


Marlins tag Cubs P Jon Lester for 6 runs


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) Cubs pitcher Jon Lester gave up six earned runs in Wednesday night's 7-3 loss against the Marlins. 

Lester gave up four runs in the second inning, which set the tone for the rest of the game. He went five innings, surrendered nine hits, struck out four batters and walked two. This was the opposite of his previous start, when he had 10 strikeouts. 

Lester now has a 3.86 ERA this season. His next start is projected for June 9 against the Tigers. 


Cubs P Jon Lester allows 1 earned run in loss to Nationals


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Cubs pitcher Jon Lester gave up two runs — one earned — in Wednesday evening's 3-0 loss to the Nationals. 

Lester pitched a solid game, though gave up a home run to Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper in the sixth inning. Then again, most pitchers have found it difficult throwing to Harper of late. Lester was still able to strike out 10 batters.

Lester has allowed only four earned runs over his past three starts and now holds a 3.30 ERA. 

His next start is projected for June 2 against the Marlins. 


Cubs' Lester goes seven innings in no-decision


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester tossed seven innings and allowed two earned runs in a no-decision on Friday against the Diamondbacks.

The outing was Lester's first no-decision since April 24, he had produced four consecutive wins May before Friday. Lester recorded four strikeouts while allowing five hits and walking two batters.

Lester has posted a 3.56 ERA this season in 55.2 innings.


Jon Lester gives Cubs seven strong innings in win on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/16/2015) Cubs ace Jon Lester continued his dominance on the mound Saturday against the Pirates. Lester went seven solid innings, allowing just one run on nine hits. He walked one and struck out seven as he improved his record to 4-2.

The only run Lester surrendered was a solo home run to Sean Rodriguez in the third inning. He got into a bit of a jam in the fourth when he had runners on the corners with one out. But he got back-to-back strikeouts to get out unscathed.

Lester threw 74 of his 110 pitches for strikes as he lowered his ERA to 3.70 on the season. His next start is scheduled for Friday in Arizona.

"Jonny was fabulous, and that permitted everything to work for us today because their pitcher's really good too," manager Joe Maddon said, per ESPN.com. "You have to pitch better than good pitching to win, and we had the better pitching today."


Cubs pitcher Jon Lester strikes out six in win on Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Cubs pitcher Jon Lester allowed three runs on five hits in six innings of work in Chicago's 4-3 win over the Mets on Monday.

Lester cruised through the first three innings of the game without allowing a hit. Then in the fourth, Lester allowed an RBI single to Kevin Plawecki. Then in the sixth, Lester surrendered back-to-back home runs to Lucas Duda and Wilmer Flores. He managed to finish the inning without any more damage.

"I think it was a story of good, bad and indifferent all in one," Lester said. "It's something to build on, but the biggest thing is that we won."

Lester, now 3-2, pushed his ERA to 4.80 in 41 2/3 innings of work. He will look to get back on track Saturday against the Pirates.

"I think Jon's just fine," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "I see him getting better every time out. ... Give him a little bit more time as he builds into this thing. I like what I'm seeing."


Cubs pitcher Jon Lester earns win in Wednesday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Cubs pitcher Jon Lester earned his second win of the season during Wednesday's 6-5 win over the Cardinals.

"That's why you want a guy like him on your staff," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said, per MLB.com. "Typically, his stuff kept getting better as the game progressed, we've seen that a lot. I thought his cutter became more pertinent later in the game. He made good pitches when he had to. He keeps making positive strides, and that's good for us."

Lester tossed seven solid of innings of work, allowing four runs (one earned) on seven hits. He also struck out six batters and walked two. He surrendered a solo home run to Johnny Peralta in the fourth inning.

It was Lester's second-consecutive appearance pitching seven innings and surrendering one earned run or less. He is now 2-2 with a 4.04 ERA on the season.

"He's just got a real good sense of his game," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of Lester. "He knows when to expand the plate. He's got deception, he's got a good variety of pitches. He's just a good pitcher. He knows what he's doing."

He is expected to go for his third win of the season Monday against the Mets.