Jon Lester SP CHC 4 days ago

Lester returned to form with seven scoreless innings, striking out seven while giving up five hits and one walk against the Mets on Wednesday.

Lester did have an easy matchup, as the Mets have been abysmal on offense this season. Wednesday was the ninth time they've been shut out, and they've yet to score a run this series. Lester will face off against a more formidable offense in his next scheduled start Monday against the Cardinals.

Jon Lester SP CHC 2 weeks ago

Lester took a tough no-decision Saturday, giving up just one run on three hits and three walks over 6.1 innings, striking out seven.

His only real mistake came on a Kurt Suzuki solo shot, but the Cubs eventually came away with a 10th inning victory. It's Lester's ninth quality start in 14 appearances, and he'll look for number 10 at home against the Dodgers on Thursday.

Jon Lester SP CHC 3 weeks ago

Lester was excellent in Sunday's start against the Reds, allowing just one run through seven innings with four strikeouts and no walks. He did not factor into the decision.

The lefty effectively limited baserunners throughout and pitched well enough to win but did not receive the run support, although the Cubs eventually pulled out the victory in extra innings. Lester snapped out of a rough two-start stretch when he allowed 11 runs in just 9.1 innings and lowered his season ERA to 3.99 heading into Friday's road start against the Twins.

Jon Lester SP CHC 4 weeks ago

Lester (4-5) allowed five runs on nine hits in a loss to Detroit Tuesday. He also struck out five and walked two.

Lester didn't make it out of the fifth inning against Detroit's all-righthanded lineup. Down 1-0 after the first, Lester set the Tigers down in order through the next two frames before allowing four hits in the fourth and five straight baserunners in the fifth prior to getting pulled. Over his 9.1 innings through two starts in June, Lester has allowed 11 runs on 18 hits to raise his ERA to 4.25. He returns home to start Sunday against Cincinnati.

Jon Lester SP CHC 1 month ago

Lester (4-4) was tagged for six runs on nine hits in just five innings Wednesday in a loss to the Marlins. He struck out four and walked one.

A surprising day of struggles for Lester, but although he gave up back-to-back homers in the fifth, most of the damage against him came in the second inning, when the Marlins dinked and dunked their way to four runs. Excuses aside, the lefty's fantasy owners certainly expected more from him in a start at pitcher-friendly Marlins Park, especially with Lester entering the game on a streak of seven consecutive quality starts. He'll look to bounce back Tuesday against Detroit.

Jon Lester SP CHC 1 month ago

Lester gave up just one earned run and struck out 10 batters in seven innings Wednesday, but he took the loss with the Cubs falling to the Nationals.

Thursday's start was one of Lester's best of the season, but he was outdueled by Max Scherzer and co., who held the Cubs without a run. While Lester did not pick up the victory Wednesday, fantasy owners and Cubs fans have to thrilled with the four wins, 1.76 ERA, and 37 strikeouts he put up in 41 innings over six May starts.

Jon Lester SP CHC 2 months 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 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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.