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Jon Lester
ERA W-L K
2.81 14-4 154
Team: Chi CubsHt / Wt: 6-4 / 240 NFBC ADP: 60.68
Position: SPBorn: 1/7/1984 Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington
Bats/Throws: L/L Draft: 2nd Round by Red Sox (2002)


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Aug. 23 9:34 AM PT10:34 AM MT11:34 AM CT12:34 PM ET12:34 ET16:34 GMT0:34 9:34 AM MST11:34 AM EST12:04 PM VEN20:34 UAE11:34 AM CT-Lester improved to 14-4 on Monday, giving up a run and five hits in six innings with two walks and eight strikeouts to beat the Padres.
Analysis: The Cubs have won all seven of Lester's starts since the All-Star break as he's gone 5-0 with a 2.28 ERA, striking out 46 in 43 1/3 innings. He next pitches Sunday at Dodger Stadium. His only complete game of the season was a four-hitter against the Dodgers on June 1.
Aug. 17 8:57 PM PT9:57 PM MT10:57 PM CT11:57 PM ET23:57 ET3:57 GMT11:57 8:57 PM MST10:57 PM EST11:27 PM VEN7:57 UAE (+1)10:57 PM CT-Lester allowed a run and struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings of Wednesday's 6-1 victory over the Brewers.
Analysis: He is 3-0 with a 1.75 ERA in his last four starts.
Aug. 6 10:34 PM PT11:34 PM MT12:34 AM CT1:34 AM ET1:34 ET5:34 GMT13:34 10:34 PM MST12:34 AM EST1:04 AM VEN9:34 UAE12:34 AM CT-Lester allowed two runs in seven innings of Friday's 7-2 win over the A's.
Analysis: In his last two starts, Lester has a 1.38 ERA while winning both.
July 29 8:24 PM PT9:24 PM MT10:24 PM CT11:24 PM ET23:24 ET3:24 GMT11:24 8:24 PM MST10:24 PM EST10:54 PM VEN7:24 UAE (+1)10:24 PM CT-Lester put an end to his struggles Friday, allowing four hits over six scoreless innings in a 12-1 win over the Mariners. He also struck out seven.
Analysis: Lester had posted a 10.13 ERA over his previous four starts.
July 25 9:17 AM PT10:17 AM MT11:17 AM CT12:17 PM ET12:17 ET16:17 GMT0:17 9:17 AM MST11:17 AM EST11:47 AM VEN20:17 UAE11:17 AM CT-Lester recorded seven strikeouts but otherwise wasn't sharp in Sunday's start at Milwaukee, issuing a season-high five walks while permitting four runs in four-plus innings.
Analysis: Lester's been more bad than good of late, as he's pitched four innings or less in three of his past four starts and owns a 10.13 ERA over that stretch. His overall numbers - a 10-4 record, 3.09 ERA and 118 strikeouts in 122 1/3 innings - remain very strong, however.
July 18 7:55 PM PT8:55 PM MT9:55 PM CT10:55 PM ET22:55 ET2:55 GMT10:55 7:55 PM MST9:55 PM EST10:25 PM VEN6:55 UAE (+1)9:55 PM CT-Lester won for the first time in five starts Monday, allowing one run and four hits over 7 2/3 innings against the Mets.
Analysis: The left-hander was 0-1 with a 7.58 ERA since beating the Pirates on June 18.
July 9 8:14 PM PT9:14 PM MT10:14 PM CT11:14 PM ET23:14 ET3:14 GMT11:14 8:14 PM MST10:14 PM EST10:44 PM VEN7:14 UAE (+1)10:14 PM CT-Lester allowed five runs, four hits - two homers - and three walks in just three innings of Saturday's 12-6 loss to the Pirates.
Analysis: After going 5-0 with a 1.41 ERA in his previous seven starts, Lester has yielded 13 runs, 13 hits, including five homers, over 4 1/3 innings of his last two outings.
July 5 5:06 PM PT6:06 PM MT7:06 PM CT8:06 PM ET20:06 ET0:06 GMT8:06 5:06 PM MST7:06 PM EST7:36 PM VEN4:06 UAE (+1)7:06 PM CT-Lester will make his fourth All-Star appearance, and first as a Cub.
Analysis: Despite being rocked in his most recent start, Lester is 9-4 with a 2.67 ERA.
July 4 7:43 AM PT8:43 AM MT9:43 AM CT10:43 AM ET10:43 ET14:43 GMT22:43 7:43 AM MST9:43 AM EST10:13 AM VEN18:43 UAE9:43 AM CT-Lester (9-4), the NL pitcher of the month in June, gave up eight runs and nine hits in 1 1/3 innings, the shortest of his 301 career starts over 11 major league seasons.
Analysis: He was 5-0 in his previous seven outings and entered with a 2.03 ERA that ranked second in the majors to injured Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (1.78).
June 28 8:54 PM PT9:54 PM MT10:54 PM CT11:54 PM ET23:54 ET3:54 GMT11:54 8:54 PM MST10:54 PM EST11:24 PM VEN7:54 UAE (+1)10:54 PM CT-Lester allowed a run and three hits while walking one and striking out four Tuesday against the Reds.
Analysis: Lester, who has a 1.41 ERA with 51 strikeouts to nine walks over his last seven starts, is slated to make his next start Sunday against the Mets. The left-hander hasn’t faced New York since giving up four runs in 6 2/3 innings in losing Game 1 of last season’s NLCS.
June 24 10:04 AM PT11:04 AM MT12:04 PM CT1:04 PM ET13:04 ET17:04 GMT1:04 10:04 AM MST12:04 PM EST12:34 PM VEN21:04 UAE12:04 PM CT-Lester went seven innings and allowed two runs, on homers by Stanton and Marcell Ozuna, in the Cubs' 4-2 loss to the Marlins on Thursday.
Analysis: Miami ended Lester's streak of wins in five consecutive starts, but the lefty's 1.45 ERA in his last six outings is tough to ignore.
June 17 6:09 PM PT7:09 PM MT8:09 PM CT9:09 PM ET21:09 ET1:09 GMT9:09 6:09 PM MST8:09 PM EST8:39 PM VEN5:09 UAE (+1)8:09 PM CT-Lester goes for his fifth consecutive win when he faces the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field on Saturday.
Analysis: Lester is 4-0 with a sparkling 0.59 ERA in four starts since he pitched just 2 2/3 innings in a 5-3 loss at San Francisco on May 21. He has allowed just one earned run in 24 innings in June.
June 13 8:19 AM PT9:19 AM MT10:19 AM CT11:19 AM ET11:19 ET15:19 GMT23:19 8:19 AM MST10:19 AM EST10:49 AM VEN19:19 UAE10:19 AM CT-Lester won his fourth consecutive start Sunday, allowing one run - none earned - and five hits over seven innings in a 13-2 rout of Atlanta. He also struck out seven.
Analysis: Lester has posted an 0.59 ERA with 33 strikeouts over 30 1/3 innings during his winning streak. He's given the Cubs quite a top three with Jake Arrieta and John Lackey. Ride this wave while you can.
June 7 9:45 PM PT10:45 PM MT11:45 PM CT12:45 AM ET0:45 ET4:45 GMT12:45 9:45 PM MST11:45 PM EST12:15 AM VEN8:45 UAE11:45 PM CT-Lester pitched eight scoreless innings in Monday's 6-4 win at Philadelphia.
Analysis: Lester (7-3) improved to 6-0 in eight career starts against the Phillies while lowering his ERA against them to 1.46. He struck out nine, walked none and allowed four hits.
June 2 10:51 AM PT11:51 AM MT12:51 PM CT1:51 PM ET13:51 ET17:51 GMT1:51 10:51 AM MST12:51 PM EST1:21 PM VEN21:51 UAE12:51 PM CT-Lester struck out 10 in a complete-game gem Wednesday against the Dodgers.
Analysis: After giving up a leadoff home run to Kike Hernandez, Lester yielded only three more hits in the 2-1 win to lower his season ERA to 2.29. He's been a model of consistency thus far, having allowed one earned run or fewer in eight of his 11 starts.
May 16 2:20 PM PT3:20 PM MT4:20 PM CT5:20 PM ET17:20 ET21:20 GMT5:20 2:20 PM MST4:20 PM EST4:50 PM VEN1:20 UAE (+1)4:20 PM CT-Lester took a no-hitter into the seventh inning Sunday but suffered a 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh, ending a personal three-game win streak.
Analysis: Lester (4-2, 1.88 ERA) gave up one run and two hits in 6 2/3 innings while striking out nine.
May 11 10:13 AM PT11:13 AM MT12:13 PM CT1:13 PM ET13:13 ET17:13 GMT1:13 10:13 AM MST12:13 PM EST12:43 PM VEN21:13 UAE12:13 PM CT-Lester earned his third consecutive win in an 8-7 victory against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.
Analysis: Lester (4-1, 1.96 ERA) gave up three runs in six innings after posting a 1.00 ERA in his previous four games.
May 5 1:21 PM PT2:21 PM MT3:21 PM CT4:21 PM ET16:21 ET20:21 GMT4:21 1:21 PM MST3:21 PM EST3:51 PM VEN0:21 UAE (+1)3:21 PM CT-Lester improved to 3-1 as he scattered eight hits in 5 2/3 scoreless innings, struck out five and walked two Wednesday.
Analysis: The left-hander has allowed one run or none in five of six starts this season.
Apr. 30 5:46 PM PT6:46 PM MT7:46 PM CT8:46 PM ET20:46 ET0:46 GMT8:46 5:46 PM MST7:46 PM EST8:16 PM VEN4:46 UAE (+1)7:46 PM CT-Lester gave up one run in seven innings and fanned 10 on Friday, but he did not get a decision in a 6-1 win over Atlanta.
Analysis: Lester (2-1, 1.83 ERA) has allowed one run while pitching at least seven innings in each of his last three starts. He has 24 strikeouts and five walks in his past 21 1/3 innings.
Apr. 23 3:48 PM PT4:48 PM MT5:48 PM CT6:48 PM ET18:48 ET22:48 GMT6:48 3:48 PM MST5:48 PM EST6:18 PM VEN2:48 UAE (+1)5:48 PM CT-Lester continued to roll on Friday, tossing seven strong innings in an 8-1 win over the Reds.
Analysis: He allowed one run and five hits while walking one and striking out four.
Apr. 6 2:58 PM PT3:58 PM MT4:58 PM CT5:58 PM ET17:58 ET21:58 GMT5:58 2:58 PM MST4:58 PM EST5:28 PM VEN1:58 UAE (+1)4:58 PM CT-Lester gave up one run in seven innings to beat the Angels on Tuesday.
Analysis: It was a solid first start for Lester, who gave up four hits and threw 93 pitches.

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 11 12 0 - 0 32 32 1 205.0 183 83 76 16 47 0 207 1.12 3.34
2016 ChC 14 4 0 - 0 25 25 1 154.0 123 50 48 19 43 0 154 1.08 2.81
Career 141 83 0 - 0 310 309 13 1955.0 1798 812 759 180 635 4 1818 1.24 3.49

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 32 62 6 4 0 0 0 0 3 30 0 0 .065 .108 .065
2016 ChC 26 46 2 3 2 0 0 4 5 15 0 0 .065 .157 .109
Career 311 144 8 7 2 0 0 5 9 67 0 0 .049 .104 .063

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
2015 ChC Total 0 2 0 - 0 2 2 0 14.0 13 7 7 3 2 0 14 4.30
    LDS 0 1 0 - 0 1 1 0 7.1 5 3 3 1 1 0 9 3.68
    LCS 0 1 0 - 0 1 1 0 6.2 8 4 4 2 1 0 5 5.40
Career 6 6 0 - 0 16 14 0 98.0 80 33 31 11 25 0 87 2.85

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
2015 ChC Total 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000
    LDS 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
    LCS 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Career 16 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 .000 .000 .000


Pitching Velocity

Pitch TypePitchesMaxMinAvgPct
Fastball 1416 95 88 92.1 57.84
Curveball 316 79 68 74.9 12.91
Changeup 122 89 81 85.1 4.98
Cut Fastball 594 92 84 88.7 24.26

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