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As Jon Lester tries to remain perfect this month for the Chicago Cubs, the Arizona Diamondbacks look to stay undefeated for this week. The left-hander attempts to win five straight starts for the first time in almost five years and help the visiting Cubs keep the Diamondbacks from extending their longest winning streak in nearly two years Friday night. Lester (4-2, 3.70 ERA) didn...
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Chicago Cubs: Jon Lester starting to earn his money

When the Chicago Cubs got their man, Jon Lester, this past offseason, along with his six-year $155 million deal with an option for a seventh at $15 million, enormous expectations were created. There were plenty of doubters saying: too old to sign for that many years, can’t pitch in the National League, and is overrated. Through the first month that all seemed to be true, but it...
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Answer to Lester’s Pick Off Problems Could Be Welington Castillo

The book on Jon Lester has been written.  He hates throwing to first base.  Because of that, teams are more aggressive in their leads and they are much more willing to attempt steals against him.  Already this season Lester has allowed 13 stolen bases, after today’s game.  That is well beyond the pace of the highest of his career, which is 22. Solving the stolen base parade...
Via World Series Dreaming
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily Pitcher Duels: May 11

With no day games—and a limited slate, besides—on this baseball Monday, you’ll have to wait until the evening to get your fix. Check ’em out: Jacob deGrom (NYM) vs. Jon Lester (CHC) 8:05 p.m. ET deGrom has been fantastic for the Mets so far this season, allowing more than three earned runs just once through six starts. In fact, since that blip on the radar...
Via The Sports Post
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: what happened to the pitching depth?

Before the season started, the Chicago Cubs were touting their starting pitching depth as one of the strengths of a very talented young team. After a competitive spring training, the front office settled on what was clearly their top five starters consisting of Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, Jason Hammel, Kyle Hendricks, and Travis Wood. Candidates for first round replacement spots included...
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Is Jon Lester Overrated?

Jon Lester In the summer of 2014, the Chicago Cubs signed left-handed pitcher Jon Lester to a six year contract worth $155 million to bolster a pitching staff that featured Jake Arrieta and Kyle Hendricks and brought back Jason Hammel.  It is a move that Cubs fans are hoping will put them back in the playoff hunt in the National League Central and in a year or two make them a contender...
April 19, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jon Lester Throw Glove to First Base to Record Out

Athletes are often forced to make the best of a bad situation. Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester showed those quick-thinking skills on Sunday. In the top of the second inning during the Cubs’ meeting with the San Diego Padres, the left-hander snagged a ground ball hit by Clint Barmes. Since Jedd Gyorko was on first base, Lester turned toward second base to initiate a potential...
Via Sportsnaut
April 19, 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

WATCH: Lester fuels criticism of pickoff move with errant throw

Your browser does not support iframes. On the list of things in sports that seems hard to believe is Jon Lester hadn’t made a pickoff attempt since 2013. On Monday, that streak came to an end. Based on the result of Lester’s second attempt, it may be a while before he throws over to first...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
April 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Jon Lester and the Cubs

Are we entering the era of the Chicago Cubs? I’m speaking, of course, about the Cubs that are favored at 12/1 odds to win the 2015 World Series, not the club that hasn’t won one since 1908. So why the sudden surge? Signing Jon Lester has had the biggest impact on the changing odds. Yet, he’s far from the only one. There was widespread heartbreak and smear campaigning from...
Via The Sports Post
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

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