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The Cub Reporter Jul 30, 2015

Lester is Terrible at Containing the Running Game, and It Doesn't Seem to Matter

Jon Lester has already given up 30 stolen bases this year, eight more than his career high of 22 set in 2010. His inability to throw to first has been much maligned in the media and by fans. But how much does it matter? It turns out, not really that much. Sure, it would be better if Lester held runners closer and gave up fewer stolen bases, no one is arguing otherwise, but the facts demonstrate that the failure to contain the running game has had a negligible effect on Lester and the Cubs’ overall performance. Moreover, it appears that opposing teams are becoming too aggressive and running...
Northwest Herald Jul 29, 2015

Lester strikes out 14 to lead Cubs over Rockies

CHICAGO – Jon Lester said he wasn't counting his K's, but he sure dominated like a big-time, big-money starter.
The Cub Reporter Jul 29, 2015

Rockies @ Cubs: Butler vs. Lester (Game 100 Thread)

COL (43-55): RHP Eddie Butler (3-6, 4.77) CHC (52-47): LHP Jon Lester (5-8, 3.32) First pitch: 1:20pmCT TBA      Fowler# cf Schwarber* lf Bryant 3b Rizzo* 1b Coghlan* rf Russell ss Ross c Lester* p Herrera# 2b Lester gave up 2 ER in 7 innings against the Phillies for a no-decision last Friday. He pitched in Colorado in June 2010, giving up 1 ER and 6 hits and taking the loss in the 2-1 game. The Rockies are 11-59 against him (.186). Morneau is 7-22 (.318) with a HR.Butler had a no decision (6 IP, 3 ER) against the Reds his last time out. He is 2-3 with a 3.89 ERA on the road and...
The Cub Reporter Jul 24, 2015

Phillies @ Cubs: Williams vs. Lester (Game 95 Thread)

PHI (34-63): RHP Jerome Williams (3-7, 6.43)CHC (51-43): LHP Jon Lester (5-8, 3.37)First pitch: 3:05pmCT Hernandez# 2b Revere* cf Franco 3b Francoeur rf Ruf 1b Galvis# ss Asche* lf Rupp cWilliams p   Fowler# cf Bryant 3b Rizzo* 1b Soler rf Coghlan* lf Castro ss Ross c Lester* p Russell 2b Thanks to a scoring change on a Bryant play, Lester flirted with a retroactive no-no in his last outing and ended up going 7.1 and striking out 7 against the Braves for his first win in over two months on Saturday. He’s 1-2 with a 1.27 ERA so far in July. In his five career starts against...
Braves Journal Jul 19, 2015

Well, the hometown team celebrated the extension of manager Fredi Gonzalez for 2016 by turning in one of the most cap tippingest performances of all time. Jon Lester was on his A game but probably didn’t need more than a B game to handle the local n

Well, the hometown team celebrated the extension of manager Fredi Gonzalez for 2016 by turning in one of the most cap tippingest performances of all time. Jon Lester was on his A game but probably didn’t need more than a B game to handle the local nine this day. The Braves never got a runner […]
The Cub Reporter Jul 19, 2015
Sunday Funnies: Lester orders the usual.

Sunday Funnies: Lester orders the usual.

So nice to see Jon Lester looking like the guy we all thought he was when he came here, and lately he's doing it consistently.
Baltimore Sun Jul 19, 2015

Jon Lester, Cubs get recharged in 4-0 win

Nearly lost in the goofy circumstances of the Chicago Cubs' 4-0 win over the Atlanta Braves Saturday night was Jon Lester's dominance.
Northwest Herald Jul 18, 2015

Lester flirts with no-hitter, Cubs beat Braves

ATLANTA – Jon Lester lost his bid for a no-hitter in the eighth inning – a try revived by an official scorer's reversal – but ended the longest winless streak of his career as the Cubs shut out the Atlanta Braves, 4-0, Saturday night.
The Republican Jul 18, 2015
Jon Lester's no-hit bid broken up in eighth by former Boston Red Sox teammate A.J. Pierzynski

Jon Lester's no-hit bid broken up in eighth by former Boston Red Sox teammate A.J. Pierzynski

In 19 starts, Lester is 5-8 with a 3.37 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. Opposing hitters are batting .246 against him.
The Cub Reporter Jul 18, 2015

Cubs @ Braves: Lester vs. Manuelos (Game 89 Thread)

CHC (47-41): LHP Jon Lester (4-8, 3.59) ATL (43-47): LHP Manny Banuelos (1-0, 0.75) First pitch: 6:10pmCT Fowler# cf Bryant 3b Rizzo* 1b Soler rf Denorfia lf Castro ss Ross c Lester* p Russell 2b   Peterson* 2bMaybin cfMarkakis* rfGomes lf C. Johnson 1b Pierzynski* cUribe 3bSimmons ssBanuelos* p Lester, who hasn’t won a game since the Reagan administration, lost to the White Sox his last time out (7 IP, 4 ER, 8 Ks, 0 BBs), but he’s 0-2 with a 1.71 ERA in his 3 July starts. The Cubs are averaging 1.6 runs in his last 10 starts. Thanks to interleague and being traded, Lester...
South Side Sox Jul 12, 2015

Cubs 3, White Sox 1: Jake Arrieta stops a sweep

Jose Quintana outdueled in first-half finale at Wrigley Field There's a case to be made that Jose Quintana is just about as good as Jon Lester. 2012 through 2015: Jon Lester - 110 ERA+; 3.51 FIP Jose Quintana - 112 ERA+; 3.51 FIP — Matt Adams (@JustDontKnowBro) June 8, 2015 Unfortunately, that comparison didn't work out  well for him today. Just like Lester on Saturday, Quintana fell behind 2-0 in a hurry. Just like Lester on Saturday, Quintana settled down.Just like Lester on Saturday, an overmatched offense couldn't make up the difference. He had the misfortune of facing Jake...
The Cub Reporter Jul 11, 2015

White Sox @ Cubs: Sale vs. Lester (Game 86 Thread)

CHW (40-44): LHP Chris Sale (7-4, 2.80) CHC (46-39): LHP Jon Lester (4-7, 3.48) First pitch: 3:05pmCT Eaton* cf Saladino 3b Abreu 1b Cabrera# lf Garcia rf Ramirez ss Flowers c Sanchez# 2b Sale* p   Fowler# cf Rizzo* 1b Bryant 3b Soler rf Denorfia lf Castro ss Montero* c Lester* p Russell 2b Lester went 7 and gave up 2 unearned runs against the Cards on Monday. He is approaching the two-month mark since his last win (May 16). The Sox are 39-169 (.231) against him from his time with Boston. The former Yankee Cabrera (12-42 with a HR) has faced him the most and has the most success...

Game 2 of Cubs-Sox: Aces Chris Sale, Jon Lester in the spotlight

It would take magnificent pitching performances Saturday to match or surpass the outings by Carlos Rodon and Kyle Hendricks in the White Sox's 1-0 series-opening win Friday at Wrigley Field.
Tipsheet: Lackey, Lester travel opposite paths

Tipsheet: Lackey, Lester travel opposite paths

John Lackey is winning games for minimal pay with the Cardinals, while his buddy Jon Lester gets top dollar to not win in Chicago.
Northwest Herald Jul 7, 2015

Lackey outduels Lester; Cardinals blank Cubs

CHICAGO – John Lackey threw seven scoreless innings, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cubs, 6-0, Monday night despite Jon Lester taking a no-hitter into the seventh.

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