Jon Lester
SP CHC
4 weeks ago1 Comment

Lester was named the starter for the Cubs' Opening Day matchup with the Cardinals, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Cubs have three ace-caliber arms in their rotation between Lester, Jake Arrieta, and Kyle Hendricks, but manager Joe Maddon decided to go with the senior member of the staff for the season opener. Lester will take on the Cardinals for Chicago's first game following their world championship run, although his opponent on the other side of the ball is still to be determined. Either way, the matchup is a good one for the left-hander, as he holds a 1.90 ERA and a WHIP south of 1.00 against St. Louis over the past three years.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
4 weeks ago

Lester will make his spring training debut Sunday against the Rangers, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Lester is a reliable veteran, so it's no surprise that the Cubs are easing him into action this spring. Lester topped 200 innings for the fifth straight season (and eighth time overall in his career) in 2016, so he's about as dependable as it comes among fantasy starters.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
5 months ago

Manager Joe Maddon announced that Lester would be an option out of the Cubs bullpen if he is needed, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Lester pitched well in Game 5 of the World Series, and given the fact that there is an off-day before Game 6 on Tuesday, Maddon seems confident that the left-hander can come out of the bullpen at some point. It's more likely that he'll be deployed in a Game 7 so that he isn't pitching again on just two days rest, but the veteran's usage will likely depend on how the Cubs fare in Game 6.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
5 months ago

Lester will start Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday against the Indians, Jesse Rogers of ESPN 1000 reports.

EDGE Analysis

Lester was a natural choice to start the Cubs' first World Series game in 71 years, given that he has allowed just two earned runs in 21 innings (0.86 ERA) this postseason and gave up just one earned run over 21 innings (0.43 ERA) in three previous World Series starts -- all games in which he picked up the win. He will be opposed by Cleveland's Corey Kluber on Tuesday night.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
5 months ago

Manager Joe Maddon said Lester is set to start Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

He threw eight scoreless innings to dominate the Giants in Chicago's NLDS-opening victory, the latest gem in the southpaw's spectacular 2016 (2.44 ERA in 202.2 regular-season innings) that might net him the NL Cy Young.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
6 months ago

Lester pitched eight scoreless innings against the Giants on Friday, getting the win in a 1-0 victory in the opener of the NLDS. He gave up five hits, struck out five, and walked none.

EDGE Analysis

Lester struggled with baserunners in the first few innings before completely shutting down the Giants. He may be the frontrunner for the NL Cy Young this year, and he pitched like it Friday.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
6 months ago

Manager Joe Maddon announced that Jon Lester will start Game 1 of the NLDS, Jesse Rogers of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Lester pitched incredibly well over the second half of the season, going 9-1 with a 1.46 ERA and 0.87 WHIP over his last 12 starts, so the Cubs decided to ride his hot streak into October. The left-hander will either face the Mets or the Giants in Friday's series opener.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
6 months ago

Lester (19-5) struggled in his final regular season start, allowing five runs on six hits, including a home run, and walking three in a loss to the Reds on Saturday. He also struck out six.

EDGE Analysis

The left-hander was on an absolutely incredible run, as he was 9-0 with a 0.96 ERA over his last 11 starts. That streak was snapped Saturday, though, with Lester allowing five runs for the first time since July 9. Despite the defeat, the south paw is still a prime candidate for the NL Cy Young award. He ends the year with a 2.44 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 192 strikeouts in 202.1 innings.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
6 months ago

Lester (19-4) fired 6.2 shutout innings during Sunday's 3-1 win over the Cardinals, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out seven.

EDGE Analysis

The National League wins leader added to his total with his 10th straight victory, lowering his ERA to 2.28 in the process. Lester's been lights-out in the second half with a 1.34 ERA and 0.89 WHIP, allowing one earned run or less in each of his last eight starts. After winning all five of his September starts, Lester needs to beat the Reds on Saturday to achieve his first 20-win campaign.

Jon Lester
SP CHC
6 months ago

Lester (18-4) tossed seven beautiful innings, allowing one run on six hits and no walks while striking out five Reds in Tuesday's victory.

EDGE Analysis

Tuesday marked a career-high seventh straight start in which Lester allowed no more than one run. The Cubs' ace threw 63 of 97 pitches for strikes, including nine swing and misses, while lowering his ERA to 2.36, its best mark since late-June. Over four September starts (31 innings) Lester has displayed amazing control, issuing just three walks for a ridiculous 0.9 BB/9 during the month. The southpaw has now won his last nine decisions with his last loss coming on July 3. Lester will look to continue building his resume for the NL Cy Young when he takes on the Pirates in his next start Monday.