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Lester and Liriano

Sorry for the late post today; I have a meeting with my thesis committee tomorrow morning, I’m moving this weekend, and I have to make time for Josh Bell and Tyler Glasnow, too, so it’s a pretty busy week for me. At this point a Pirates/Cubs series is pretty straightforward: the Pirates are awfully comfortable in the first Wild Card spot right now, but they won’t be if their...
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Cubs @ Pirates: Lester vs. Liriano (Game 105 Thread)

CHC (57-47): LHP Jon Lester (6-8, 3.26) PIT (61-43): LHP Francisco Liriano (7-6, 2.92)First pitch: 6:05pmCT Fowler# cf Denorfia lf Bryant 3b Rizzo* 1b Soler rf Castro ss Ross c Lester* p Russell 2b   Polanco* rf Marte lf McCutchen cf Ramirez 3b Kang ss Cervelli c Morse 1b Rodriguez 2b Liriano* p Lester was 2-2 with a 1.66 in July, including Wednesday (8 IP, 2 ER, 14 Ks, 1 BB...
Via Cub Reporter
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Jon Lester Leading Chicago Cubs with Dominant Second Half

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester delivers against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles) The Chicago Cubs are a club made talented by their young stars: Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber, just to name a few. They’re very much in the hunt for the second Wild Card but haven’t...
Via The Sports Journal
4 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
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Jon Lester puts on strikeout show

Strikeouts were the theme in the Chicago Cubs 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night. The Rockies ended the game striking out 16 times, 14 of them coming against Cubs ace, Jon Lester. Lester went eight strong innings, yielding just two runs on five hits while striking out 14. Hector Rondon picked up his 13th save of the season, striking out two in a hitless ninth...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Jon Lester showing signs of consistency

After an up and down first half, Chicago Cubs starting pitcher, Jon Lester is starting to show signs of consistency. However, Lester’s stats in the win/loss column don’t reflect that. At 5-8, Lester will need more help from his teammates to help turn around his record. There’s no stat that is more indicative of Lester’s up and down year than his ERA. ERA April- 6.23 May-...
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Chicago Cubs Should Not Give Up Young Talent in Trade

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester throws in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, July 18, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brett Davis) In the first year of the Joe Maddon era, the Chicago Cubs are finally nearing postseason contention. They enter the second half in line for the second Wild Card spot, though with the Giants and Mets both within...
Via The Sports Journal
13 days ago  |  Discuss

A.J. Pierzynski Breaks Jon Lester’s No-Hit Bid In 8th After Controversial Call

ATLANTA — Jon Lester of the Chicago Cubs has lost his no-hit bid against Atlanta in the eighth inning on a leadoff single by former teammate A.J. Pierzynski. Pierzynski lined a clean single to right field on Lester’s second pitch of the inning Saturday night at Turner Field. Earlier this season, Lester took a no-hit bid into the seventh against St. Louis before giving up a one...
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Umpire Andy Fletcher stomps out to mound to confront Jon Lester (video)

An unquestionably outrageous and arguably unacceptable scene played out during Thursday’s tilt between the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers when home plate umpire Andy Fletcher took issue with Jon Lester and tried to stomp out to the mound to confront the pitcher. Fletcher’s attempted confrontation with the Cubs pitcher was somewhat foiled by catcher...Read More The post...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jon Lester flips glove to first for out

We seemingly see a play like this every season – the infielder fields a ball hit pretty hard in his glove, and the ball gets stuck. He has no time to pry it out, so he pulls off the entire glove and tosses it to first for the out. That’s exactly what happened with Cubs starter Jon Lester on Sunday after fielding this shot back to the mound off the bat of Padres infielder Clint...
Via The Outside Corner
April 19, 2015  |  Discuss

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