Jon Lester
SP CHC
1 day ago

Lester (19-4) fired 6.2 shutout innings during Sunday's 3-1 win over the Cardinals, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out seven.

EDGE Analysis

The National League wins leader added to his total with his 10th straight victory, lowering his ERA to 2.28 in the process. Lester's been lights-out in the second half with a 1.34 ERA and 0.89 WHIP, allowing one earned run or less in each of his last eight starts. After winning all five of his September starts, Lester needs to beat the Reds on Saturday to achieve his first 20-win campaign.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
6 days ago

Lester (18-4) tossed seven beautiful innings, allowing one run on six hits and no walks while striking out five Reds in Tuesday's victory.

EDGE Analysis

Tuesday marked a career-high seventh straight start in which Lester allowed no more than one run. The Cubs' ace threw 63 of 97 pitches for strikes, including nine swing and misses, while lowering his ERA to 2.36, its best mark since late-June. Over four September starts (31 innings) Lester has displayed amazing control, issuing just three walks for a ridiculous 0.9 BB/9 during the month. The southpaw has now won his last nine decisions with his last loss coming on July 3. Lester will look to continue building his resume for the NL Cy Young when he takes on the Pirates in his next start Monday.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
2 weeks ago

Lester struck out eight over eight scoreless innings against the Cardinals on Wednesday. He gave up just three hits and walked one and improved to 17-4 on the year.

EDGE Analysis

Lester's second-half run won't get the same press teammate Jake Arrieta got last year, but he's given up just one run over 24 innings in his three September starts, and his ERA during his last nine starts is a minuscule 1.02. He's never finished higher than fourth in Cy Young voting, but he just might win the award this year.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
2 weeks ago

Lester improved to 16-4 with Friday's win over the Astros, firing seven scoreless innings with seven strikeouts and no walks.

EDGE Analysis

The southpaw was in top form Friday, as he threw 64 percent of his pitches for strikes, including 13 of the swinging variety, and gave up just one extra-base hit. Lester has been excellent over his last eight starts, as he owns a minuscule 1.17 ERA and a 6-0 record across 53.2 innings during that span. He will have the opportunity to keep it rolling Saturday versus the Brewers.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
3 weeks ago

Lester will get his next scheduled start pushed back, as Mike Montgomery is set to take the hill for the Cubs on Wednesday against the Brewers, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

EDGE Analysis

Lester tossed an impressive complete game Friday, and on regular rest, he would have been in line to start Wednesday's series finale. Instead, it appears manager Joe Maddon will take advantage of Thursday's team day off, and get Lester some extra rest before Friday's series opener against the Astros. The Cubs certainly have postseason aspirations, and considering Lester's track record of clutch playoff performances, it might be wise to preserve the 32-year-old for October baseball. Not only will he get extra rest, but the team will also preserve Lester for a tougher matchup against the Astros, who are batting just .246 against southpaws this season (good for No. 25 in the league).

Jon Lester
SP CHC
3 weeks ago

Lester (15-4) gave up only an earned run on three hits and two walks in a complete-game, 2-1 victory over the Giants on Friday. He struck out four.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran southpaw was dominant on the afternoon, only surrendering a solo homer to Hunter Pence in the seventh. Lester was able to impressively notch first-pitch strikes on 25 of the 32 hitters he faced, while also recording 15 swinging strikes overall. The outing was Lester's second complete-game effort of the season, with the first having come back on June 1 versus the Dodgers. He'll look to follow up the strong performance when he takes on the Brewers next Wednesday.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
1 month 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 month 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
1 month 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
2 months 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.