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Cubs Quick Hits: Jon Lester Might be MLB’s Most Difficult Pitcher to Read

The people at Baseball Prospectus behind the statistical concept of “Tunnels” seem to have been inspired by Cubs and Braves great Greg Maddux. “[My] main goal was to make all of my pitches look like a column of milk coming toward home plate,” the Hall of Famer said. “Every pitch should look as close to every other as possible, all part of that ‘column of milk.'” That...
Via Cubs Insider
2 days ago

Jon Lester thinks Cubs can repeat

MESA, Ariz.— No baseball team has repeated as World Series champions since the New York Yankees reigned from 1998 through 2000. There are reasons, starting with the fact that a title-winning team’s offseason is so short. Jon Lester, a three-time World Series champion, thinks the Chicago Cubs have a few legs up on the situation. Young legs. “The biggest positive on our side...
Via The Denver Post
4 days ago

Veteran Lester thinks Cubs' youth helps chance for repeating

MESA, Ariz. (AP) No baseball team has repeated as World Series champions since the New York Yankees reigned from 1998 through 2000. There are reasons, starting with the fact that a title-winning team's offseason is so short. Jon Lester, a three-time World Series champion, thinks the Chicago Cubs have a few legs up on the situation. Young legs. ''The biggest positive on our side...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Jon Lester Works on Fielding, Throwing to First

Now that Spring Training is underway, Cubs content is coming at you rapid-fire. We’ve got some really great stuff on our Facebook (@CubsInsider) and Twitter (@realcubsinsider, accept no substitutes) accounts, so check those out and follow/like us if you don’t already. Jon Ferlise has been out at Sloan pretty much every day getting pictures and videos of the workouts, but he’s...
Via Cubs Insider
5 days ago

Lester: Cubs are 'naive enough' to repeat

The last team to repeat as World Series champions was the Yankees, winning three in a row from 1998-2000. Could the Cubs be the next to do so? Jon Lester says they may be naive and cocky enough.
Via Cubs.com
6 days ago

Top 10 starting pitchers in baseball heading into spring training

Without a doubt, pulling apart the ten best arms in the game at any point is a tough-to-nearly-impossible task. However, in today’s game, with a firmly established group of top arms between the ages of 27-33, it is a specifically tough group to crack. It could be argued that even cracking the top 20 is a feat, as even last year’s American League Cy Young winner is the third best...
Via Yardbarker
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Jon Lester Explains Absence From Cubs’ World Series White House Visit

Already catching some heat, Jon Lester took a proactive approach. Lester was noticeably absent from the Chicago Cubs’ visit to the White House on Monday to commemorate their 2016 World Series win. The Cubs pitcher clarified Tuesday via Twitter that his absence wasn’t for political reasons, though. Unfortunately, it stemmed from a death in the family. For those of you...
Via NESN.com
January 17, 2017  |  Discuss

Lester amusingly rips himself for inability to throw to first

Jon Lester has a major problem with throwing to first base, but at least the Chicago Cubs ace has a sense of humor about it. Lester’s problems throwing to first gained a lot of attention after he signed a $155 million contract with the Cubs. He basically stopped trying to hold runners on beginning in 2012, and he has made some embarrassing errors throwing to first on balls in...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Lester hosted party with Vedder after Cubs clinched pennant

When the Chicago Cubs finally finished guzzling champagne and Budweiser in the clubhouse following their NLCS-clinching win over the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday night, the party was just beginning. The afterparty, which was held at Jon Lester’s house, featured a very special guest. Eddie Vedder, the lead singer of Pearl Jam and a diehard Cubbies fan, put on a private show at...
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 25, 2016  |  Discuss

The Math Behind Jon Lester’s Harmless Oddities

Jeff Sullivan wrote a post this morning about Jon Lester and the running game. He mentioned that I’d also be writing a post about Jon Lester and the running game, but with a greater emphasis on the math of it. This is that post. Before we get to the actual numbers, a note about Jon Lester himself. In a way, for much of his career, Lester almost been consistent to a fault. To the...
Via Fangraphs
October 21, 2016  |  Discuss
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