Jon Lester
SP CHC
1 day ago

Lester threw six shutout innings with six strikeouts compared to just two walks in Sunday's start versus the Dodgers. He did not factor into the decision.

EDGE Analysis

Lester retired the side in order three times and allowed just two men to reach second base, but his offense could not pick up him up in the slightest, costing him a chance to earn his 15th win. Lester has been quite consistent of late, as he has now thrown six consecutive quality starts and has notched at least six strikeouts in each outing. He has compiled a strong 2.70 ERA which is complemented by a 1.07 WHIP, and he will have the opportunity to continue his recent success Friday versus the Giants.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
1 week ago

Lester (14-4) allowed a run on five hits and two walks with eight strikeouts over six innings in a win Monday over the Padres.

EDGE Analysis

Lester extended his quality start streak to five games with Monday's start, and he has struck out at least six batters and walked two or fewer in each of those five starts. He is 4-0 in that span and has lowered his ERA to 2.81. Pitchers like Noah Syndergaard and Max Scherzer have better peripherals this season, but Lester's excellent surface numbers could place him the Cy Young conversation, especially if he keeps pitching like this down the stretch.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
2 weeks ago

Lester (13-4) struck out seven while allowing just three hits and one run over 6.2 innings in Wednesday's win over the Brewers.

EDGE Analysis

Aside from a stretch of three bad starts in four sandwiching the All-Star break, Lester has been well nigh untouchable this year. He's given up one or zero earned runs an incredible 14 times in 24 starts. That said, the peripherals continue to insist Lester's due for a course correction -- his .259 BABIP and 83.6 percent strand rate are major statistical outliers (especially considering his issues with holding runners on). Don't expect huge regression, but Lester probably won't end up challenging a top-10 ERA in the National League as he is now.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
3 weeks ago

Lester allowed just two runs with six strikeouts and one walk across six strong innings Thursday versus the Cardinals. He did not factor into the decision.

EDGE Analysis

St. Louis nicked a run off of Lester in the first inning and added another via solo home run as his day wound down in the sixth, but he allowed just two total baserunners in between and could have easily earned his 13th win of the season with a little run support. Lester has been excellent of late, as he has posted a 1.89 ERA with a stellar 21:3 K/BB ratio over his last three starts. He will have the opportunity to build on his recent success in Tuesday's scheduled start versus the Brewers.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
3 weeks ago

Lester improved to 12-4 with a strong seven-inning start against Oakland Friday. He struck out eight, walked none, and gave up six hits and two runs.

EDGE Analysis

After a few shaky performances in July, Lester appears to be back to his dominant self. In his last two starts - both wins - he has a 1.20 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, and 15:2 K:BB in 13 innings.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
1 month ago

Lester drove in the winning run with a squeeze bunt in the 12th inning of Sunday's 7-6 victory over the Mariners.

EDGE Analysis

The lefty got the pinch-hit call for reliever Hector Rondon in the bottom of the 12th and laid down a safety squeeze with two strikes in front of the plate. The 32-year-old's improbable sacrifice was just enough to bring Jason Heyward home on a headfirst slide on what was Lester's fourth RBI of the season.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
1 month ago

Lester (11-4) pitched six scoreless frames in Friday's 12-1 victory over the Mariners, giving up only four hits and two walks while recording seven strikeouts.

EDGE Analysis

The ace southpaw has gotten the second half off to a relatively solid start after a pair of worrisome efforts immediately before the All-Star break. Lester induced 13 swinging strikes in Friday's victory, pitching well for the second time in three post-All-Star-break trips to the mound. The 32-year-old also recorded seven strikeouts for the second straight appearance and will look to continue building momentum when he takes on Jose Fernandez and the Marlins at Wrigley next Wednesday.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
1 month ago

Lester (10-4) allowed four runs on four hits and five walks while striking out seven over four innings, but received no decision Sunday at the Brewers.

EDGE Analysis

Despite solid strikeout totals, Lester struggled with his control and left the contest with a 4-0 deficit, but the offense bailed him out from a potential loss after his departure. He's now allowed 18 earned runs in his last 16 innings over four starts to raise his ERA to 3.09 on the year. He'll make his next start Friday against the Mariners.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
1 month ago

Lester (10-4) earned the win on Monday by holding the Mets to one run in 7.2 innings. He allowed four hits, walked three and struck out three.

EDGE Analysis

Monday's start was a welcome return to form for the lefty. In his previous two starts before the All-Star Break, Lester allowed 13 runs in 4.1 innings of work. Lester will carry a 2.89 ERA and 1.07 WHIP into his start Sunday against the Brewers.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
2 months ago

Lester didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 12-6 loss to the Pirates but did pitch poorly for the second consecutive start. He surrendered five earned runs on four hits and three walks over three innings while also striking out three.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran southpaw looked vulnerable once again, giving up two homers and laboring through 64 pitches over his brief time on the mound. Lester has unexpectedly imploded over his last two starts, surrendering 13 earned runs on 13 hits and four walks over just 4.1 innings during that span. The Cubs and fantasy owners alike will certainly hope that the All-Star break will be the time off Lester needs to return to previous form, which had included a five-start winning streak before the last pair of outings.