Jon Lester
SP CHC
1 month ago

Lester will be on the mound for Game 6 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Saturday, if the Cubs can extend the series with a win Thursday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Lester will not be available in relief Thursday while he preps for a potential Game 6 outing. This start would come on five days of rest for the left-hander, and he will likely go up against Rich Hill yet again, if the matchup comes to fruition. During Sunday's Game 2 start, Lester allowed one earned run off three hits and five walks, while striking out a pair in 4.2 innings.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
1 month ago

Lester will start Game 2 of the NLCS against the Dodgers, David Vassegh of AM 570 in Los Angeles reports.

EDGE Analysis

It'll be a pair of veteran lefties matching up in Game 2 with the Dodgers turning to Rich Hill against Lester. He allowed one run over 6.0 innings in his first start of the postseason against the Nationals and chipped in 3.2 innings in relief in Game 4. Lester has a career 2.57 ERA in the postseason.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
2 months ago

Lester will start Game 2 of the NLDS against the Nationals on Saturday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Lester had a strong finish to the season and will look to carry that momentum into the postseason. He went 4-1 across his last five starts, over which he posted a 3.62 ERA. Apart from one rough outing in which he was taken for seven runs over a brief 4.1 innings, Lester didn't allow more than two runs in any of the aforementioned starts.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
2 months ago

Lester (13-8) earned the win over the Reds on Saturday, allowing four hits while striking out seven over five scoreless innings. He did not issue a walk.

EDGE Analysis

The lefty got a couple favorable calls on the outside of the plate early on, but regardless, this was a strong showing against a good offense -- one which got to Lester for seven runs the last time they faced him. It was just what the Cubs wanted to see from Lester heading into the postseason. However, it's still uncertain where he will slot into the NLDS rotation.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
2 months ago

Lester (12-8) allowed a single run on five hits and two walks while striking out four batters through six innings to pick up the win against St. Louis on Monday.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran lefty entered Monday's divisional tilt with an underwhelming 5.91 ERA, 1.83 WHIP and 5.9 K/9 through four September starts, so this was an impressive rebound. Lester's 4.20 FIP is his highest mark since the 2007 season, and this has been a disappointing fantasy campaign. However, with Chicago close to clinching a playoff berth, Lester and the Cubs have larger goals in sight. He projects to face Cincinnati at Wrigley Field for his final start of the regular season, but there's a risk that the veteran lefty could be skipped if Chicago clinches its postseason berth in the meantime.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
2 months ago

Lester (11-8) allowed seven runs on eight hits and three walks without striking out a batter through 4.1 innings to take the loss against Tampa Bay on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Lester had won his previous three games, so it was discouraging to see him struggle in what projected to be a favorable matchup. His seven earned runs allowed were a season high, and he now sports an underwhelming 4.52 ERA and 1.34 WHIP for the campaign. The veteran lefty lines up for a road start against St. Louis and a home start against Cincinnati to finish the season, but it's worth noting that the Cubs could opt to rest Lester is a playoff spot is secured.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
2 months ago

Lester will start Wednesday's game against the Rays, Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports.

EDGE Analysis

Lester had been scheduled to start Tuesday's outing, but the Cubs will push him back a day and send Mike Montgomery to the mound in his place Tuesday. Lester will look to carry his recent momentum into Wednesday's outing, as he's won each of his last two starts, allowing just three runs between said games (12 innings).

Jon Lester
SP CHC
2 months ago

Lester (11-7) went six innings against the Mets on Tuesday, striking out five while allowing two runs on six hits and four walks en route to a 17-5 victory.

EDGE Analysis

He's now tossed a pair of quality starts in a row on the heels of two ugly outings in which he gave up a total of 13 runs over 6.2 innings. It's certainly been an uneven season for the veteran lefty, whose 4.30 ERA and 1.31 WHIP are both five-year worsts, but Lester's still carrying a strong strikeout rate and pitching for a good team, buoying his fantasy value. He'll make his next start Tuesday in Tampa Bay.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
2 months ago

Lester (10-7) allowed a single run on five hits and four walks while striking out five batters through six innings during Thursday's win over Pittsburgh.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran lefty struggled through four August starts (7.85 ERA) before being placed on the disabled list with a shoulder ailment. However, he's now won consecutive starts and appears to be rounding into better form heading into the final weeks of the season. Lester projects to make his next start against the Mets at Wrigley Field.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
3 months ago

Lester (9-7) allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out four batters through five innings during Saturday's win over Atlanta.

EDGE Analysis

While this wasn't a strong showing from the veteran, Lester went five innings and collected the win, so it wasn't a complete bust. The 33-year-old veteran sports a 4.46 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 9.3 K/9 for the campaign, but it's worth noting that he posted respectable 3.84, 1.11 and 10.1 marks through his 12 starts before sustaining a shoulder injury Aug. 17. Overall, it's been a mediocre season for Lester, but a strong September could have a big impact on his final stat line. He lines up to face the Pirates at PNC Park in his next start.