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JON LESTER RUMORS & GOSSIP

The 2015 Ballad of Jon Lester: Start No. 26

Date: August 29, 2015Opponent: Los Angeles Dodgers Location: Dodgers Stadium Introduction Unlike Henry Rowengartner’s late season trip to Chavez Ravine, Jon Lester’s time in Dodgers Stadium did not result in a victory or the chanting of “We want a pitcher, not  a belly itcher” to a large, mustachioed Dodger on the mound. It was not nearly as madcap or family friendly as...
Via BP Wrigleyville
12 hours ago  |  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...
Via NESN.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs 2, Cleveland 1 (8/24/15)

OSS: Kris Bryant picks up Jon Lester with a walkoff blast. Three up 1. After a week where the Cubs seemed to have scored roughly 217 runs, it was jarring to see them shut down for a game. The Cubs finally got through to Kluber with a RBI triple by Rizzo in the seventh, though Ross had just missed a HR earlier in the game. 2. Jon Lester missed a complete game shutout by one out, giving...
Via Obstructed View
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers Pitcher Daniel Norris Homers Off Jon Lester In First MLB At-Bat (Video)

It’s not very often that American League pitchers hit home runs, but what Daniel Norris did was even more peculiar. The Detroit Tigers rookie pitcher smacked a homer off Jon Lester in his very first major league at-bat Wednesday during their matchup with the Cubs in Chicago. Norris became the first pitcher hit a home run in his first at-bat since Tommy Milone in 2011 and the first...
Via NESN.com
12 days ago  |  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...
Via Rumors and Rants
12 days ago  |  Discuss

The good news is Lester knows he has a problem, trying to fix it

Jon Lester might not want to talk about his pick-off problem, but the good news is he knows he has a problem and is working to correct it.The Chicago Cubs lefty had the issue shift back into the spotlight in his last start when he committed an error on a pickoff to first. Of his only three throws to first this season, two have been off-target.Cubs manager Joe Maddon knows a pitcher...
Via Fox Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Lester confident Farrell will grind through lymphoma battle

    This embed is invalid   " /> Jon Lester can relate to John Farrell on a level that most can’t. Not only did Lester spend six seasons playing under Farrell — four seasons when Farrell was the Red Sox’s pitching coach (2007-10) and then two seasons after Farrell became Boston’s manager (2013-14) — but the left-hander, now of the Chicago Cubs, also...
Via NESN.com
17 days ago  |  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...
Via Fangraphs
18 days ago  |  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...
Via NESN.com
19 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Cub Reporter
July 30, 2015  |  Discuss
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