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Jon Lester

34-Year-Old Pitcher – Chicago Cubs

2018 Stats

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12-2

ERA

2.58

WHIP

1.19

K

88

SV

0

2018 Preseason Projections

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2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Lester validated his reputation as one of baseballís more durable arms by making 32 starts for the fourth consecutive season in 2017, but he was one of several Cubs to experience a World Series hangov...

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2018 ADP:  116.35

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: L   HT: 6' 4"   WT: 240   DOB: 1/7/1984   BORN: Tacoma, WA   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 2nd Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Jon Lester Contract Information:

Lester agreed to a six-year, $155 million deal with the Cubs in December of 2014.

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Lester (12-2) allowed three earned runs on six hits and three walks while striking out seven across 5.1 innings to earn the win Sunday against the Padres.

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Jon Lester Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2004 20 A SAR 21 20 0 90.3 82 43 2 97 37 7 6 0 4.28 1.32
2005 21 AA POR 26 26 0 148.3 114 42 10 163 57 11 6 0 2.55 1.15
2006 22 AAA PAW 11 11 0 46.7 43 14 5 43 25 3 4 0 2.70 1.46
2006 22 MAJ BOS 15 15 0 81.3 91 43 7 60 43 7 2 0 4.76 1.65
2007 23 A GRE 3 3 0 13.0 11 3 2 15 2 0 0 0 2.08 1.00
2007 23 AA POR 1 1 0 6.0 5 1 0 4 4 1 0 0 1.50 1.50
2007 23 AAA PAW 14 14 0 71.7 67 31 4 51 31 4 5 0 3.89 1.37
2007 23 MAJ BOS 12 11 0 63.0 61 32 10 50 31 4 0 0 4.57 1.46
2008 24 MAJ BOS 33 33 2 210.3 202 75 14 152 66 16 6 0 3.21 1.27
2009 25 MAJ BOS 32 32 0 203.3 186 77 20 225 64 15 8 0 3.41 1.23
2010 26 MAJ BOS 32 32 0 208.0 167 75 14 225 83 19 9 0 0 0 3.25 1.20
2011 27 MAJ BOS 31 31 0 191.7 166 74 20 182 75 15 9 0 0 0 3.47 1.26
2012 28 MAJ BOS 33 33 0 205.3 216 110 25 166 68 9 14 0 0 0 4.82 1.38
2013 29 MAJ BOS 33 33 1 213.3 209 89 19 177 67 15 8 0 0 0 3.75 1.29
2014 30 MAJ BOS 21 21 0 143.0 128 40 9 149 32 10 7 0 0 0 2.52 1.12
2014 30 MAJ OAK 11 11 1 76.7 66 20 7 71 16 6 4 0 0 0 2.35 1.07
2014  (Multiple Teams) 30 MAJ BOS/OAK 32 32 1 219.7 194 60 16 220 48 16 11 0 0 0 2.46 1.10
2015 31 MAJ CHC 32 32 0 205.0 183 76 16 207 47 11 12 0 0 0 3.34 1.12
2016 32 MAJ CHC 32 32 0 202.7 154 55 21 197 52 19 5 0 0 0 2.44 1.02
2017 33 MAJ CHC 32 32 0 180.7 179 87 26 180 60 13 8 0 0 0 4.33 1.32
2018 34 MAJ CHC 19 19 0 111.7 92 32 13 88 41 12 2 0 0 0 2.58 1.19
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3-Year Averages     32 32 0 196.1 172 72 21 194 53 14 8 0 0 0 3.30 1.15
Career  (View All)     368 367 4 2,296.0 2,100 885 221 2,129 745 171 94 0 3.47 1.24

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Jon Lester Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Team Games To Display:    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30    Show 60Show 60
DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Jul. 15 @SD 5.3 6 3 3 1 3 7 1 0 0 W 0 0 0 2.58 1.19
Jul. 8 Cin 6.3 6 4 4 1 3 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.45 1.17
Jul. 1 Min 5.0 9 4 2 1 3 5 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 2.25 1.15
Jun. 26 @LAD 5.0 4 2 2 0 1 4 0 1 0 W 0 0 0 2.18 1.08
Jun. 20 LAD 7.0 5 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 2.10 1.09
Jun. 15 @StL 6.0 5 2 2 2 1 3 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 2.28 1.08
Jun. 9 Pit 7.0 1 0 0 0 2 5 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 2.22 1.09
Jun. 3 @NYM 7.0 2 0 0 0 3 7 1 0 0 W 0 0 0 2.44 1.16
May. 29 @Pit 6.0 8 4 4 2 0 6 1 0 0 W 0 0 0 2.71 1.21
May. 23 Cle 7.0 6 1 1 0 1 4 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 2.37 1.19
May. 18 @Cin 6.0 2 1 1 1 1 8 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 2.52 1.22
May. 12 CWS 5.7 4 1 1 0 3 5 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 2.66 1.32
Last 14 Games (Team)
3 Games Pitched:  Avg. 5.6 IP/G
16.7 21 11 9 3 9 14 1 0 0 2-0 0 0 0 4.86 1.80
Last 30 Games (Team)
6 Games Pitched:  Avg. 5.8 IP/G
34.7 35 15 13 5 14 22 1 1 0 5-0 0 0 0 3.38 1.41
Last 60 Games (Team)
12 Games Pitched:  Avg. 6.1 IP/G
73.3 58 22 20 8 24 57 3 1 0 10-1 0 0 0 2.45 1.12

Jon Lester Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2018106201021323.223
201717058533704.205
201617948834803.200

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201835468317111010.225
20175931225514627322.275
20166171494412017118.214

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201854.7510372231.981.23
201799.073010330154.271.27
2016103.310201012591.740.89

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201857.07105119103.161.16
201781.76507730114.411.38
201699.39309627123.171.15
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Jon Lester Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2004 20 A SAR 21 20 90.3 9.66 3.69 2.62 0.20 65% 4.28 2.57 .337
2005 21 AA POR 26 26 148.3 9.89 3.46 2.86 0.61 80.1% 2.55 3.11 .289
2006 22 AAA PAW 11 11 46.7 8.29 4.82 1.72 0.96 85.7% 2.70 4.36 .300
2006 22 MAJ BOS 15 15 81.3 6.64 4.76 1.40 0.77 1.05 71.7% 4.76 4.48 .332
2007 23 A GRE 3 3 13.0 10.38 1.38 7.50 1.38 90.9% 2.08 3.35 .294
2007 23 AA POR 1 1 6.0 6.00 6.00 1.00 0.00 88.9% 1.50 3.87 .279
2007 23 AAA PAW 14 14 71.7 6.40 3.89 1.65 0.50 71.3% 3.89 3.93 .294
2007 23 MAJ BOS 12 11 63.0 7.14 4.43 1.61 1.43 0.67 73.2% 4.57 5.20 .285
2008 24 MAJ BOS 33 33 210.3 6.50 2.82 2.30 0.60 1.41 76% 92.1 MPH 3.21 3.59 .299
2009 25 MAJ BOS 32 32 203.3 9.96 2.83 3.52 0.89 1.45 75.2% 93.7 MPH 3.41 3.24 .323
2010 26 MAJ BOS 32 32 208.0 9.74 3.59 2.71 0.61 1.93 74.2% 93.3 MPH 3.25 3.25 .297
2011 27 MAJ BOS 31 31 191.7 8.55 3.52 2.43 0.94 1.63 75.6% 92.7 MPH 3.47 4.00 .289
2012 28 MAJ BOS 33 33 205.3 7.28 2.98 2.44 1.10 1.63 67.2% 92.6 MPH 4.82 4.22 .316
2013 29 MAJ BOS 33 33 213.3 7.47 2.83 2.64 0.80 1.32 72.8% 92.7 MPH 3.75 3.74 .309
2014 30 MAJ BOS 21 21 143.0 9.38 2.01 4.66 0.57 1.23 79.5% 91.8 MPH 2.52 2.69 .319
2014 30 MAJ OAK 11 11 76.7 8.33 1.88 4.44 0.82 1.22 82.7% 91.8 MPH 2.35 3.20 .289
2014  (Multiple Teams) 30 MAJ BOS/OAK 32 32 219.7 9.01 1.97 4.58 0.66 1.23 80.5% 91.8 MPH 2.46 2.82 .308
2015 31 MAJ CHC 32 32 205.0 9.09 2.06 4.40 0.70 1.80 72% 92.0 MPH 3.34 2.99 .310
2016 32 MAJ CHC 32 32 202.7 8.75 2.31 3.79 0.93 1.65 81.6% 92.1 MPH 2.44 3.46 .262
2017 33 MAJ CHC 32 32 180.7 8.97 2.99 3.00 1.30 1.68 71.4% 91.1 MPH 4.33 4.14 .317
2018 34 MAJ CHC 19 19 111.7 7.09 3.30 2.15 1.05 1.17 84.2% 90.9 MPH 2.58 4.40 .258
Today's Projections     0 1 6.0 8.90 3.45 2.58 1.21 75.6% 3.70 0.92 .291
Next 7 Days     0 2 12.0 9.09 3.34 2.72 1.07 75.1% 3.62 3.83 .298
Rest Of Season     0 14 86.3 8.82 3.09 2.85 1.02 74.7% 3.56 3.74 .296
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3-Year Averages     32 32 196.1 8.90 2.43 3.66 0.96 75% 3.30 3.42 .296
Career     368 367 2,296.0 8.35 2.92 2.86 0.87 74.7% 3.47 3.60 .302

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Jon Lester Defensive Stats

DRS Breakdown
Pos Year Inn DRS (?) Pos Rank Range & Pos (?) OF Arm (?) GFP/DME (?) GDP (?) Bunts (?) Catcher SB (?) Pitcher SB (?) Adj ERA (?) Strike Zone(?)
P 2017 180.7 -1 - 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0
2018 111.7 1 - 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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2018 Stat Review for Jon Lester    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2016 (min 130 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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2.15 K/BB
WEAK
7.09 K/9
WEAK
3.30 BB/9
WEAK
90.9 MPH Fastball
WEAK
1.1 HR/9
GOOD
1.17 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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2.58 ERA
ELITE
1.19 WHIP
GOOD
4.40 FIP
WEAK
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.258 BABIP
LOW
84.2% Strand Rate
HIGH

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Jon Lester: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Lester allowed four runs on six hits and three walks across 6.1 innings in a no-decision Sunday against the Reds. He struck out two.

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Lester (11-2) pitched five innings Sunday, yielding four runs (two earned) on three walks and nine hits to earn the win over Minnesota. He struck out five and allowed a home run.

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Lester (10-2) got the win Tuesday, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out four over five innings against the Dodgers.

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Lester (9-2) pitched seven scoreless innings to earn the win Wednesday against the Dodgers. He gave up five hits and three walks to go along with one strikeout.

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Lester (8-2) allowed two runs on five hits in a win over the Cardinals on Friday, striking out three and walking one in six innings.

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Lester (7-2) tossed seven scoreless innings to record the win Saturday against the Pirates. He gave up just one hit and two walks to go along with five strikeouts.

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Lester (6-2) tossed seven scoreless innings to record the win Sunday against the Mets. He allowed just two hits and three walks while striking out seven.

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Lester (5-2) picked up the win Tuesday against the Pirates despite allowing four runs on eight hits over six innings. He struck out six.

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Lester (4-2) was a tough-luck loser Wednesday against the Indians, as he allowed just a single run over seven innings of work. He gave up six hits and a walk while striking out four.

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Lester (4-1) picked up the win over the Reds on Friday, allowing one run on two hits and a walk over six innings while striking out eight.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2018

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2017

Lester's age-32 season was arguably the best of his 10 at the big league level as he spun career bests in ERA, WHIP, and batting average against (.209). Little changed with his skill set or his approach against opposing hitters, however, as he struck batters out nearly one-quarter of the time (24.8 percent) for the third straight season and kept his walk rate (6.5 percent) a tick below his career rate (7.8 percent). Despite his ongoing refusal to throw over to first base in order to keep baserunners honest, Lester stranded 84.9 percent of the baserunners who reached against him -- a big jump from the 71.8 percent he held in his first season with the Cubs, and a noticeable spike from his career 75.3 percent mark. There is little reason to expect a full repeat of 2016, but Lester should again have plenty of run support, a good defense around him, and a bullpen capable of protecting his leads this season. That's a profile worthy of a fantasy ace, but one drafted toward the bottom of the tier.

2016

The Cubs shelled out big bucks for Lester last offseason and he earned his money with a strong performance in 2015 - except in the win-loss department. With just an 11-12 record atop the Cubs' rotation, Lester was a mild disappointment in leagues that count wins, but with 207 strikeouts, a 3.34 ERA and 1.12 WHIP, he was every bit the ace he was expected to be. That said, Jake Arrieta surpassed Lester with his brilliant second half in 2015, so don't be surprised to see 32-year-old lefty move down to second in the rotation. Lester's 4.4 K/BB last year nearly matched his career-high mark of 4.6 in 2014, but he had only topped 2.8 in that category once before this two-year run. One year is a fluke, but two years is a trend: this looks like the Lester you are going to get. Bid for an ace - he'll get you the wins in 2016.

2015

The A's traded for Lester as part of their push to go all-in for a World Series title last season, but he let A's fans down in the AL Wild Card Game, allowing six runs in 7.1 innings and failing to hold a late four-run lead. After a terrible 2012 (4.83 ERA), Lester has dropped his ERA by more than a full run in consecutive season, putting up a 2.46 ERA in 2014. He got his strikeout rate back up to 9.0 K/9 after it had slipped into the 7.0-range in back-to-back seasons, and his durability continues to increase his value, as he's made at least 30 starts in every season since 2008. Lester became a free agent after his short stint in Oakland, and landed a six-year, $155 million deal in December to head up the Cubs' rotation.

2014

Lester needed to re-establish his bonafides in Boston after the 2012 season when he went 9-14 and had career-lows (as a full-time starter) in ERA, WHIP and H/9. This, after his starring role in the September 2011 collapse. He's not the power pitcher he used to be, but Lester turned in a stellar season that culminated in a 4-1 record and 1.56 ERA over five postseason starts. At age 30, Lester is entering the final year of his current contract as Boston's No. 1 starter. He'll be pitching for the next big contract.

2013

The hangover from 2011 that stayed with the team in 2012 also stayed with Lester, who had a career-high 4.82 ERA and experienced a drop in his strikeout rate for the second straight season. As hitters made more contact, Lester's batting line against and home runs allowed rose to career highs. He is still a workhorse, having thrown more than 200 innings in four of the last five years, and at age 29, time is still on his side. Like every struggling pitcher on Boston's staff, the hope is that the return of former pitching coach John Farrell (as the team's manager) will have a positive impact on Lester.

2012

Lester had another strong season, his fourth straight, and at 28, he's entering his prime years. The left-hander suffered some control issues and saw his strikeout rate drop, but he had stretches of dominance, too. Along with Josh Beckett, Lester is at the top of Boston's rotation and pitches in front of a run-producing lineup. The X-factor entering the 2012 season is how he'll respond to the leaks about his clubhouse behavior that came out of Boston's late-season collapse. As a dogged competitor who never gives in, Lester should be driven to change perceptions.

2011

Lester won a career-high 19 games, threw over 200 innings for the third straight season, and finished fourth in the Cy Young voting in 2010. His 9.7 K/9IP led the American League and he held opponents to a .220 batting average (fourth in AL). Other than a slight uptick in walks, Lester proffered another dominant season as Boston's de facto No. 1 starter. All signs point to another big season from him at age 27 as he continues to be the most consistent of the Red Sox's starting pitchers.

2010

Lester, 26, posted his second consecutive strong season after beating cancer, throwing over 200 innings in 2008 and 2009. Of particular note, Lester improved his strikeout rate from 6.5 K/9IP to 10.0 K/9IP last season. That translates to 73 more punchouts in seven less innings. He's been Boston's most consistent starter during his recent run. The walks, the bugaboo early in his career, are dropping and Lester's clearly becoming one of the better pitchers in the AL.

2009

Lester became Boston's ace in 2008 and was the team's most consistent pitcher from April to October. What changed for Lester is that he began throwing more first-pitch strikes while walking relatively fewer batters. He appeared to be getting stronger as the season wore on, even while pitching 129 innings more than his previous career high. Lester established himself as one of the game's best starters during the second half of the season and will be part of a fine threesome along with Josh Beckett and Daisuke Matsuzaka. Beckett may be the nominal No. 1 starter and Matsuzaka may have had more wins, but Lester was clearly the best on the staff.

2008

Lester, MLB's winner of the Tony Conigliaro award for overcoming adversity, was brought back slowly in 2007 after battling non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He never really found a groove and continued to walk batters at a high rate. He's a fourth or fifth starter if he's still with Boston come April. Lester's name has been mentioned in trade talks with Minnesota. In either place, he'll be part of the starting rotation.

2007

Lester is obviously a question mark entering the 2007 season in light of the lymphoma he was diagnosed with last September. He reports that he's cancer-free after treatment and is looking forward to spring training. Unfortunately, Boston has five set starters. He lived dangerously in his 15 starts in 2006, getting into trouble often via the walk. He's a cool customer on the mound, however, and often worked his way out of jams. He's a power pitcher with a low-to-mid 90s fastball, which is his out pitch. Of course, monitor him this spring to see how the illness has affected him.

2006

When the Red Sox were negotiating the Josh Beckett deal, they told the Marlins that Lester was going nowhere. The team likes the athletic lefty, who has good movement on his low-to-mid-90s fastball, which he uses as his out pitch. He has an above-average change up, an 11-to-5 curve (low 70s) and worked on developing a cutter in 2005. He'll likely begin the 2006 season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he can work to reduce his walks and continue to be a power strikeout pitcher. Lester is a hard worker and prepares well for each game.

2005

Lester is still learning pitching mechanics and developing consistency, but the lefty is improving. Looking into his numbers, we see some good signs. Heís shown the ability to keep the ball in the park, and last season had a better K/9 ratio for Single-A Sarasota in the Florida State League. He should be moving up to Double-A, where we expect continued development.