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Jon Lester
ERA W-L K
3.59 8-10 166
Team: Chi CubsHt / Wt: 6-4 / 240 NFBC ADP: 55.80
Position: SPBorn: 1/7/1984 Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington
Bats/Throws: L/L Draft: 2nd Round by Red Sox (2002)


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Aug. 30 12:36 PM PT1:36 PM MT2:36 PM CT3:36 PM ET15:36 ET19:36 GMT3:36 12:36 PM MST2:36 PM EST3:06 PM VEN23:36 UAE2:36 PM CT-Lester fell to 8-10 on Saturday.
Analysis: Lester gave up five runs and eight hits in six-plus innings. The left-hander struck out seven and walked none in his first road start since July 18 at Atlanta.
Aug. 25 3:18 PM PT4:18 PM MT5:18 PM CT6:18 PM ET18:18 ET22:18 GMT6:18 3:18 PM MST5:18 PM EST5:48 PM VEN2:18 UAE (+1)5:18 PM CT-Lester turned in one of his best performances of the season Monday for the Cubs, limiting the Indians to one run over 8 2-3 innings in the club's 2-1 victory.
Analysis: Lester, who had given up a season-high seven runs in his previous outing, is 4-1 with a 3.09 ERA in his last seven starts.
Aug. 20 1:16 PM PT2:16 PM MT3:16 PM CT4:16 PM ET16:16 ET20:16 GMT4:16 1:16 PM MST3:16 PM EST3:46 PM VEN0:16 UAE (+1)3:16 PM CT-Lester was rocked Wednesday in losing for the first time in six starts Wednesday against Detroit, giving up a season-high seven runs in 2 2-3 innings.
Analysis: Lester, who gave up three homers for the first time since 2013, fell to 8-9 while his ERA rose to 3.58.
July 30 3:26 PM PT4:26 PM MT5:26 PM CT6:26 PM ET18:26 ET22:26 GMT6:26 3:26 PM MST5:26 PM EST5:56 PM VEN2:26 UAE (+1)5:26 PM CT-Lester (6-8) struck out 14, one shy of his career high and the most for a Cubs pitcher in more than a decade, leading Chicago over the Colorado Rockies 3-2 Wednesday. Dating to 1914, he's the first Cubs left-hander to fan 14 in a game.
Analysis: The 6-foot-4 left-hander struck out seven of his first eight hitters and nine of the first 14. He allowed two runs, five hits and one walk in eight innings. Cubs manager Joe Maddon saluted Lester's most impressive outing since he signed a six-year, $155 million free agent deal with Chicago in the offseason.
July 6 6:41 PM PT7:41 PM MT8:41 PM CT9:41 PM ET21:41 ET1:41 GMT9:41 6:41 PM MST8:41 PM EST9:11 PM VEN5:41 UAE (+1)8:41 PM CT-Lester has singled for his first major league hit after 66 fruitless at-bats - plus five more in the World Series.
Analysis: The Chicago Cubs pitcher came up in the second inning Monday night and hit a low liner that ricocheted off the leg of St. Louis Cardinals right-hander John Lackey, a former teammate with the Boston Red Sox. The ball caromed away toward shortstop, leaving the Cardinals with no play on an infield single that loaded the bases for Chicago. Coming into the game, Lester was 0 for 30 this season.
July 2 1:10 PM PT2:10 PM MT3:10 PM CT4:10 PM ET16:10 ET20:10 GMT4:10 1:10 PM MST3:10 PM EST3:40 PM VEN0:10 UAE (+1)3:10 PM CT-Lester pitched seven scoreless innings but the Chicago Cubs needed 11 for a 2-0 win over the New York Mets on Wednesday.
Analysis: Lester (4-6, 3.74 ERA) has a 2.22 ERA in his last four starts but has gotten a combined two runs of support. He's winless in eight starts since May 16.
June 26 2:26 PM PT3:26 PM MT4:26 PM CT5:26 PM ET17:26 ET21:26 GMT5:26 2:26 PM MST4:26 PM EST4:56 PM VEN1:26 UAE (+1)4:26 PM CT-Lester was lackluster Thursday, giving up four runs over a season-worst four innings in a 4-0 loss to the Dodgers.
Analysis: Lester is 0-4 with a 4.43 ERA in seven games since his last victory. It's safe to say he's been a bust thus far in Chicago, going 4-6 with a 4.03 ERA, though his opponents' .332 BABIP suggests he's also been the victim of some bad luck.
June 21 9:32 AM PT10:32 AM MT11:32 AM CT12:32 PM ET12:32 ET16:32 GMT0:32 9:32 AM MST11:32 AM EST12:02 PM VEN20:32 UAE11:32 AM CT-Lester did not get a decision Saturday.
Analysis: Lester allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings for the Cubs ahead of a likely start against St. Louis.
June 15 12:07 PM PT1:07 PM MT2:07 PM CT3:07 PM ET15:07 ET19:07 GMT3:07 12:07 PM MST2:07 PM EST2:37 PM VEN23:07 UAE2:07 PM CT-Lester was solid in Sunday's 2-1 win against Cincinnati, though he wasn't credited with the victory.
Analysis: Lester yielded just one run in seven innings and looked much better than his last two outings in which he gave up a combined 11 runs in 9 1-3 innings.
June 10 2:19 PM PT3:19 PM MT4:19 PM CT5:19 PM ET17:19 ET21:19 GMT5:19 2:19 PM MST4:19 PM EST4:49 PM VEN1:19 UAE (+1)4:19 PM CT-Lester dropped his third straight start Tuesday at Detroit after another unimpressive showing.
Analysis: Lester gave up five runs over 4 1-3 innings and is 0-3 with a 5.40 ERA in four games since his last victory.
June 4 2:59 PM PT3:59 PM MT4:59 PM CT5:59 PM ET17:59 ET21:59 GMT5:59 2:59 PM MST4:59 PM EST5:29 PM VEN1:59 UAE (+1)4:59 PM CT-Lester had a tough outing Wednesday at Miami, giving up a season high-matching six runs and nine hits over five innings of a 7-3 defeat.
Analysis: Lester had given up seven earned runs in his past four starts before surrendering six Wednesday.
May 28 3:09 PM PT4:09 PM MT5:09 PM CT6:09 PM ET18:09 ET22:09 GMT6:09 3:09 PM MST5:09 PM EST5:39 PM VEN2:09 UAE (+1)5:09 PM CT-Lester lost for the first time in seven starts Wednesday versus Washington, allowing two runs - one earned - and seven hits over seven innings.
Analysis: Lester, who matched a season best with 10 strikeouts, lowered his ERA to 3.30.
May 27 7:25 PM PT8:25 PM MT9:25 PM CT10:25 PM ET22:25 ET2:25 GMT10:25 7:25 PM MST9:25 PM EST9:55 PM VEN6:25 UAE (+1)9:25 PM CT-Lester established a major league record Wednesday night for the longest hitless drought to begin a career.
Analysis: Lester entered the game against the Washington Nationals tied with the San Diego Padres' Joey Hamilton, who had also gone 57 career at-bats without a hit. He established the new mark by flying out to deep center field in the second inning.
Apr. 6 9:07 AM PT10:07 AM MT11:07 AM CT12:07 PM ET12:07 ET16:07 GMT0:07 9:07 AM MST11:07 AM EST11:37 AM VEN20:07 UAE11:07 AM CT-Lester, who got a $155 million, six-year contract during free agency, allowed three runs and eight hits over 4 1-3 innings in his fifth straight opening day start Sunday.
Analysis: Lester has now dropped two straight season openers.
Mar. 21 10:37 PM PT11:37 PM MT12:37 AM CT1:37 AM ET1:37 ET5:37 GMT13:37 10:37 PM MST12:37 AM EST1:07 AM VEN9:37 UAE11:37 PM CT-Lester will miss his scheduled start Saturday because of arm fatigue.
Analysis: Lester, who signed a $155 million, six-year contract during the offseason, is not experiencing pain, according to manager Joe Maddon, and has gone through similar periods in previous spring trainings. Erick Jokisch will start in Lester's place Saturday against Seattle in Mesa.
Mar. 2 12:29 PM PT1:29 PM MT2:29 PM CT3:29 PM ET15:29 ET20:29 GMT4:29 1:29 PM MST3:29 PM EST3:59 PM VEN0:29 UAE (+1)2:29 PM CT-Lester is slated to make his first start for the Chicago Cubs on opening night, April 5, against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Analysis: Cubs manager Joe Maddon confirmed Monday what he had earlier indicated about Chicago's new ace. Lester signed a six-year, $155 million contract with the Cubs in December.

Regular Season

Pitching Statistics
Year Team W L Sv-Op G GS CG IP H R ER HR BB IBB K WHIP ERA
2006 Bos 7 2 0 - 0 15 15 0 81.1 91 43 43 7 43 1 60 1.65 4.76
2007 Bos 4 0 0 - 0 12 11 0 63.0 61 33 32 10 31 0 50 1.46 4.57
2008 Bos 16 6 0 - 0 33 33 2 210.1 202 78 75 14 66 1 152 1.27 3.21
2009 Bos 15 8 0 - 0 32 32 2 203.1 186 80 77 20 64 0 225 1.23 3.41
2010 Bos 19 9 0 - 0 32 32 2 208.0 167 81 75 14 83 0 225 1.20 3.25
2011 Bos 15 9 0 - 0 31 31 0 191.2 166 77 74 20 75 0 182 1.26 3.47
2012 Bos 9 14 0 - 0 33 33 3 205.1 216 117 110 25 68 2 166 1.38 4.82
2013 Bos 15 8 0 - 0 33 33 1 213.1 209 94 89 19 67 0 177 1.29 3.75
2014 Bos 10 7 0 - 0 21 21 0 143.0 128 52 40 9 32 0 149 1.12 2.52
2014 Oak 6 4 0 - 0 11 11 1 76.2 66 24 20 7 16 0 71 1.07 2.35
2014 Tot 16 11 0 - 0 32 32 1 219.2 194 76 60 16 48 0 220 1.10 2.46
2015 ChC 8 10 0 - 0 26 26 0 163.0 157 72 65 14 40 0 166 1.21 3.59
Career 124 77 0 - 0 279 278 11 1759.0 1649 751 700 159 585 4 1623 1.27 3.58

Hitting Statistics
Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2006 Bos 15 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2008 Bos 33 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2009 Bos 32 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2010 Bos 32 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 .000 .200 .000
2011 Bos 31 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2012 Bos 33 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2013 Bos 33 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2014 Bos 21 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2014 Oak 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2014 Tot 32 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2015 ChC 26 47 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 23 0 0 .021 .042 .021
Career 279 83 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 45 0 0 .012 .035 .012

Postseason

Pitching Statistics
Year Team Round W L Sv-Op G GS CG IP H R ER HR BB IBB K ERA
2007 Bos Total 1 0 0 - 0 3 1 0 9.1 6 2 2 1 4 0 8 1.93
    LCS 0 0 0 - 0 2 0 0 3.2 3 2 2 1 1 0 5 4.91
    WS 1 0 0 - 0 1 1 0 5.2 3 0 0 0 3 0 3 0.00
2008 Bos Total 1 2 0 - 0 4 4 0 26.2 24 9 7 3 5 0 26 2.36
    LDS 1 0 0 - 0 2 2 0 14.0 10 1 0 0 3 0 11 0.00
    LCS 0 2 0 - 0 2 2 0 12.2 14 8 7 3 2 0 15 4.97
2009 Bos Total 0 1 0 - 0 1 1 0 6.0 4 3 3 1 4 0 5 4.50
    LDS 0 1 0 - 0 1 1 0 6.0 4 3 3 1 4 0 5 4.50
2013 Bos Total 4 1 0 - 0 5 5 0 34.2 25 6 6 3 8 0 29 1.56
    LDS 1 0 0 - 0 1 1 0 7.2 3 2 2 2 3 0 7 2.35
    LCS 1 1 0 - 0 2 2 0 11.2 13 3 3 0 4 0 7 2.31
    WS 2 0 0 - 0 2 2 0 15.1 9 1 1 1 1 0 15 0.59
2014 Oak Total 0 0 0 - 0 1 1 0 7.1 8 6 6 0 2 0 5 7.36
    WC 0 0 0 - 0 1 1 0 7.1 8 6 6 0 2 0 5 7.36
Career 6 4 0 - 0 14 12 0 84.0 67 26 24 8 23 0 73 2.57

Hitting Statistics
Year Team Round G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2007 Bos Total 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
    WS 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2013 Bos Total 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
    WS 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Career 14 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000


Pitching Velocity

Pitch TypePitchesMaxMinAvgPct
Fastball 1340 95 85 91.8 52.28
Curveball 409 80 69 74.9 15.96
Changeup 114 87 80 84.3 4.45
Cut Fastball 700 97 83 88.3 27.31

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