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Chicago Cubs: NLDS preview

The Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburg Pirates Wednesday night in the do-or-die National League Wild Card Game. With the win, the Cubs will now face the St. Louis Cardinals for the first time ever in the post-season. These two teams met 30 times during the regular season with St. Louis winning the series 19-11. Even though the Cardinals edged the Cubs in the season series, there is...
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Been There Before: The Brilliant Postseason Consistency of Jon Lester – Playoff Experience on the 2015 Cubs, Part II

Part I of this series focused on the rest of the Cubs roster. This piece, which looks at Lester’s postseason career in general, will set up Part III: a preview of Jon Lester’s Game One start in St. Louis, which will run tomorrow. October legends are created a myriad of ways—in a few signature at-bats (David Freese and Reggie […]
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

The 2015 Ballad of Jon Lester: Start No. 32

Date: September 30, 2015 Opponent: Cincinnati Reds Location: Great American Ballpark Introduction Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end Since April, my greatest hope was that one day this feature would be to baseball analysis what Semisonic is to music. Today, with the regular season now complete, I have decided this hope has been realized. […]
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Jon Lester retires last 20 batters faced

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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs’ Jon Lester Picks Runner Off For First Time In Four Years (Video)

Jon Lester finally accomplished the impossible Tuesday night. Well, for him, anyway. In case you’ve been living under a rock, you know the Chicago Cubs pitcher has had serious troubles throwing over to first base. He hadn’t picked a runner off since 2011 entering Tuesday, and the last time he tried to nab someone, this happened. But Lester got glorious redemption against Pittsburgh...
26 days ago  |  Discuss

The Ballad of Jon Lester: Start 27

This start as a song: My Pal Foot Foot – The Shaggs’ art resembles music just enough to be classified as such. At first blush this loosely composed collection of sounds is grating on the ears almost to the point of being offensive, but then you hear the undercurrent of what’s going on and realize that there’s some evidence (but not much) of competence. And so it went for...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Jon Lester admits Cubs contract can be ‘monkey on your back’ at times

Jon Lester really wanted to impress his new organization. Lester, who signed a six-year, $155 million contract with the Chicago Cubs over the offseason, started slow in his first season in the Windy City. The left-hander since has turned things around, but he admits the pressure of pitching under such a lucrative contract initially had a negative impact. “At times, it’s a good...
August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Why the Cubs should not start Jon Lester in a wild card game

Here is a modest proposal for Cubs manager Joe Maddon: UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WHATSOEVER CAN YOU START JON LESTER OVER JAKE ARRIETA IN A WILD CARD PLAYOFF GAME. That’s as modestly as I can get the point across, at any rate, though some non-caps lock talking points would probably allow my plea to be taken more seriously, particularly given the odds that this post is seen as an...
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August 20, 2015  |  Discuss

JABO: Jon Lester Still Has Things Under Control

Last year’s Royals caused us to fall in love with stolen bases all over again. The AL Wild Card Game put their utility on display, and it was around that game the whole nation turned its attention to Jon Lester‘s refusal to attempt any pickoffs. I probably don’t need to review this for you, so I’ll skip ahead. When Lester began this year with the Cubs, plenty of people were...
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August 14, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jon Lester botches first pickoff attempt since April

Jon Lester and pickoff throws do not get along. Lester has a history when it comes to throwing over to first base, and it’s not a good one. The Chicago Cubs left-hander attempted his first pickoff throw in two years back in April, and it didn’t go so well. Maybe that’s why Lester didn’t attempt another throw over to first base until Thursday. And just like his last attempt...
August 13, 2015  |  Discuss

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