Jon Lester
SP CHC
5 days ago

Lester (5-4) allowed three runs on four hits and one walk while striking out four across seven innings to earn the win Saturday against the Marlins.

EDGE Analysis

Lester's only mistake was allowing a three-run homer to J.T. Realmuto in the first inning, but the Cubs offense was able to provide him plenty of run support to help him earn his fifth win of the year. He's now strung together three-straight quality starts to lower his ERA from 4.13 to 3.83, and although he's not returning the fantasy value that owners had hoped for, he's still been a useful lineup option. He'll make his next start Thursday against the Nationals.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
1 week ago

Lester allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out seven batters during Monday's win over the Padres. He didn't factor into the decision.

EDGE Analysis

It's been a disappointing fantasy campaign for the lefty, as Lester sports an underwhelming 4-4 record with a 3.83 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 9.4 K/9. The strikeouts have buoyed his value to this point, but it wouldn't be shocking if Lester continued to improve his numbers going forward. He projects to make his next start against Miami at Marlins Park.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
2 weeks ago

Lester (4-4) struck out 10 while allowing a single run on five hits and a walk over seven innings in Wednesday's 14-3 rout of the Mets.

EDGE Analysis

This was Lester's second 10-whiff game of the season, and it brought his ERA back under the 4.00 plateau to 3.89. As that fact (and his record) would imply, it's been a spotty campaign for the southpaw, and he'd been particularly rough over his past three starts (0-2, 13 earned runs in 14.1 innings), but he's now bracketed that stretch with his two high-strikeout efforts. While expecting a repeat of last year's 2.44 ERA is unrealistic, Lester should improve upon his current mark as the season wears on. He'll make his next start Monday against the Padres.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
3 weeks ago

Lester (3-4) was the losing pitcher Thursday against the Rockies. He lasted five innings, allowing four earned runs on six hits and a walk. He struck out five.

EDGE Analysis

Lester wasn't particularly sharp against a strong Colorado lineup, and he saw his season ERA jump to 4.13. That's a far cry from the 2.44 ERA he posted in 2016. However, his 3.84 FIP isn't that far off from the 3.46 mark he posted a season ago. Lester benefited from a .262 BABIP in 2016, but that figure has risen to .325 in 2017, as hitters are finding more holes against the veteran. He'll look to rebound in his next outing Tuesday on the road against the Mets.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
4 weeks ago

Lester (3-3) allowed three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out four across six innings, but didn't factor into the decision Saturday against the Cardinals.

EDGE Analysis

Lester allowed a pair of first-inning runs before settling down, and although he left the game with a 3-1 deficit, the offense picked him up after his departure. After getting blasted in his last outing, he got back on track by firing his third quality start over his last four appearances. However, his 3.91 ERA has made his a disappointment for fantasy owners, and expectations for the 33-year-old should be tempered for the time being. He'll make his next start Thursday against the Rockies.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
1 month ago

Lester (3-2) pitched a complete game, allowing one run on four hits with 10 strikeouts and no walks in Tuesday's win over the Giants.

EDGE Analysis

Apparently a 65-minute rain delay didn't bother Lester, as he dominated the Giants to get his third win of the season and 15th career complete game. Lester quickly showed that he had his best stuff, striking out the side in the first inning. He allowed just one base runner over the first four innings, cruising through the San Francisco lineup in just 99 pitches. Lester, winner of three of his last five starts, is scheduled to face the Dodgers and Brandon McCarthy in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
1 month ago

Lester (2-2) allowed three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five batters over six innings during Thursday's win over Cincinnati.

EDGE Analysis

It hasn't been a standout start to the season for Lester. He's collected just two wins and sports a mediocre 3.57 ERA and 1.38 WHIP. However, the veteran lefty has continued to pile up strikeouts (9.2 K/9) and has proven to be a durable asset with five consecutive 200-inning campaigns. It's difficult to complain considering the starting pitching pool is littered with injuries and underachievers, and a breakout stretch could be ahead. Lester lines up next for a home start against the Giants.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
2 months ago

Lester (1-2) allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and four walks in 5.2 innings in a loss to St. Louis on Saturday. He struck out nine.

EDGE Analysis

Lester fell short in this contest, battling control issues throughout -- it took him 112 pitches to get through 5.2 innings. This was a bit of a disappointment considering he was coming off of his best start of the season against the Yankees, but was still better than the Lester we saw at the end of April. He will take the mound again on Friday at home against Milwaukee.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
2 months ago

Lester allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits while walking two and striking out nine over seven innings for a no-decision in Sunday's 18-inning 5-4 loss to the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

The solid effort matched Lester's longest start of the year, and the nine punchouts were a season high. It was certainly a good sign for the veteran lefty after he failed to go six innings in his previous three starts. Lester is walking more than usual (3.7 per nine), but his 8.7 K/9 and 3.27 ERA show that he remains more of a low-end fantasy ace.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
2 months ago

Lester (1-1) picked up the win Tuesday against the Phillies. He pitched five innings, and allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and five walks. He struck out five.

EDGE Analysis

Lester didn't have great command in this one, as the five walks are a new season high and he threw 106 pitches (60 strikes) in just five innings. But the lefty was supported by an offense that scored eight runs. Lester has now failed to complete six innings in three straight starts. He'll look to go a bit longer when he takes the mound Sunday at home against the Yankees.