Jon Lester SP CHC 1 month ago

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester will start Friday against the San Francisco Giants after his outing Monday against the Pittsburgh Pirates was cut short by rain, according to Lester needed 31 pitches Monday to get through 1.2 innings before the game was suspended and eventually postponed, forcing the team to shuffle their rotation.

Jon Lester SP CHC 2 months ago

Lester took the loss Saturday when he gave up five runs (four earned) in seven innings against the White Sox.

Lester struck out eight and walked none in the loss, so it wasn't exactly a poor performance, but the Cubs' inability to score runs for him continued Saturday. In his last ten starts, he's 0-6 despite a 3.50 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 62:17 K:BB in 61.2 innings. The Cubs scored a grand total of 16 runs in those 10 games.

Jon Lester SP CHC 2 months ago

Lester was a tough-luck loser Monday, allowing just two unearned runs in seven innings against the Cardinals.

The lefty struck out eight and now has given up zero earned runs and fanned 15 in his last two starts. The recent hot streak has dropped Lester's ERA all the way to 3.48 after entering July with a mark above 4.00. Lester's final start of the first half will come this weekend against the White Sox.

Jon Lester SP CHC 2 months 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 months 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 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 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.