Jon Lester SP CHC 1 week ago

Lester picked up his fourth win of the season Saturday, allowing just one run on nine hits and a walk over seven innings, striking out seven.

He's now shaken off his slow beginning to the season and put together five straight quality starts, bringing his ERA down to 3.70 and boosting his K:BB ratio to 47:13 in 48.2 innings. Lester's next start on Friday could be more challenging, however, coming on the road in Arizona.

Jon Lester SP CHC 2 weeks ago

Lester walked four batters and gave up two home runs but still earned the win Monday against the Mets, lasting six innings and giving up three earned runs.

This was Lester's third consecutive win. Although he's walked seven batters in his past three starts, he's allowed a combined four earned runs in that span and has pushed his ERA back down to 4.10 after it was 7.84 through two starts.

Jon Lester SP CHC 3 weeks ago

Lester had another quality start, giving up seven hits, two walks and four runs- one earned- with six strikeouts in seven innings in a win over the Cardinals on Wednesday.

Lester's fielding error covering first led to a run in the second, then second baseman Addison Russell missed a liner for a fielding error that led to two more runs in the sixth. In the eighth, Lester mishandled a cutoff throw on pinch hitter Kolten Wong's RBI single. Despite it all, the Cubs outscored the Cardinals six runs to five, and Lester picked up his second win of the season. He'll take the mound in his next scheduled start Monday against the Mets.

Jon Lester SP CHC 4 weeks ago

Lester had his best start of the year Friday, throwing seven scoreless innings in a win over the Brewers.

After a shaky start to Lester's Cubs tenure, he's been outstanding his last two times out, giving up just eight hits and two walks while striking out 14 in 13 innings. He's got a long way to go to justify his big contract, but he appears to be getting better every time out.

Jon Lester SP CHC 1 month ago

Lester turned in a quality start, allowing three runs on five hits, walking one and striking out 10 over six innings of a Cubs' win against the Reds in 11 innings on Friday night.

It wasn't great, but it was better. Lester came into the game having allowed 12 runs in 15.2 innings over three starts so far this season. He'll carry an 0-2 record and a disappointing 6.23 ERA into his next start as the Cubs and his fantasy owners look for improvement.

Jon Lester SP CHC 1 month ago

Lester struggled again on Monday, allowing six runs in six innings in a no-decision Monday.

The early returns on the Cubs' investment have not been promising. The lefty has allowed nine runs in 10.1 innings through two starts. Lester will be looking to finally get on track when he faces the Padres this weekend.

Jon Lester SP CHC 2 months ago

Lester's next start will come Monday at home against the Reds, Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports.

Owners will miss out on a second start from Lester this week as a result of Tuesday's rainout, but they will avoid a road matchup in Colorado and get two starts from Lester next week (vs. CIN, vs. SD). Lester struggled in his debut Sunday against St. Louis, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks with six strikeouts over 4.1 innings.

Jon Lester SP CHC 2 months ago

Lester remains on track to be ready to pitch the opener and will make his last exhibition start Tuesday, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

He threw 54 pitches in a minor league game Thursday and should ramp up to 75-80 pitches Tuesday in his final start before the regular season opener.

Jon Lester SP CHC 2 months ago

Lester (dead arm) threw 54 pitches in a minor league game Thursday. He struck out three of the 12 batters he faced.

Manager Joe Maddon liked what he saw: "I know his arm feels great and that's all I was worried about," Maddon said of his ace. Lester is expected to throw about 75-80 pitches his next time out, which will probably be his last appearance before Opening Night.

Jon Lester SP CHC 2 months ago

Lester (dead arm) will make two minor league starts prior to taking the ball on Opening Night, CSN Chicago's Patrick Mooney reports.

It was originally thought that Lester would make a Cactus League start Thursday, but instead it will be against minor leaguers, with another such start coming next week. The Cubs want to be able to control the number of pitches he throws, as minor league spring training games can be turned over mid inning. The plan will be for Lester to get to 80 pitches in his final spring start in preparation for the opener against the Cardinals.