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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
8 hours 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
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Lester fans 14 Rockies, one shy of his career high

The Chicago Cubs needed a dominant pitching performance and ace Jon Lester delivered. The left-hander struck out 14 Colorado Rockies over eight innings, one shy of his career mark. He needed every one of them to squeak the soft-hitting Cubs past the last-place Colorado Rockies, 3-2. And considering the state of the bullpen, Lester's season-high of eight innings and 117 pitches was...
Via Fox Sports
19 hours 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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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Lester strikes out 14 to lead Cubs over Rockies 3-2

CHICAGO (AP) Jon Lester struck out 14, one shy of his career high and the most for a Cubs pitcher in more than a decade, leading Chicago over the Colorado Rockies 3-2 Wednesday. A day after he was acquired from Toronto, Jose Reyes was 1 for 3 with a walk and a stolen base in his Rockies' debut. The four-time All-Star, obtained in a trade that sent Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto, batted...
Via AP on Fox
1 day 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-...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

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
9 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...
12 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

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