Jon Lester


Jon LesterJon Lester

Birthday:  January 7

Cubs World Series Champion, 2016
Boston Red Sox world Series Champion, 2007, 2013

5-Time All-Star (2010, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2018)

December 15, 2014
Cubs sign Jon Lester to 7 year contract

April 5, 2015
Jon Lester pitches his first game for the Cubs and opens the MLB season in the first night game home opener in Cubs history.

The game wasn't so great as the Cardinals and Adam Wainwright defeated the Cubs 3-0.

Wrigley Field is still undergoing renovations and no one is sitting in the bleachers so the Cubs decorated it with many pictures of long time Cubs great, Ernie Banks who passed away in January of 2015.



Jon Lester & the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs



In his 2nd year with the Cubs, Jon Lester finished 2nd in the Cy Young voting to the Nationals, Max Scherzer.  Lester finished the 2016 season with a 19-5 record with a 2.44 ERA.

His 26 Quality Starts (6 innings pitched, giving up 3 or fewer runs) tied for NL lead with Max Scherzer.





October 7, 2016

Jon Lester outduels Johnny Cueto of the Giants in game 1 of the 2016 NLDS. Lester pitches 8 shutuot innings and Cueto went 7 scoreless versus the Cubs until Javier Baez homers in the 8th inning to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead. Aroldis Chapman shuts doen the Giants in the ninth and the Cubs defeat Giants 1-0.

October 20, 2016
Jon Lester starts his 2nd game of the NLCS, a critical game 5 with the Series tied 2-2 versus the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Lester pitches a solid 7 innings, giving up just one run and gets the victory to give the Cubs a chance to clinch a trip to the World Series the next night with Kyle Hendricks on the mound.

October 30, 2016
Facing elimination in the 2016 World Series, Jon Lester pitches a great game giving up just 2 runs in 6 innings as the Cubs get their first World Series victory at Wrigley Field since 1945. More importantly, the Series goes back to Cleveland for a game 6 with Jake Arrieta on the mound.

November 2, 2016
After pitching 6 innings on Sunday in Game 5 of the World Series, Jon Lester comes back on 2 days rest to pitch 3 innings in relief. He had a rocky start and gave up 2 runs, but overall certainly contributed to the Cubs game 7 victory that ended the Cubs 108 year drought with a World Series championship victory.

Jon Lester-This Day in Chicago Cubs History


May 1, 2015 
Jon Lester pitches 7 strong innings and combine with Pedro Strop & Hector Rondon on a 4-hit shutout as the Cubs defeat the Brewers 1-0 at Wrigley Field.  Addison Russell drives in the only run of the game with a home run. 

July 29, 2015
Jon Lester and the Cubs defeat the Rockies 3-2 at Wrigley Field.  Lester pitches 8 strong innings and strikes out 14 Rockies with just one walk.

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June 1, 2016
Jon Lester gives up a 1st inning home run to KIki Hernandez, but holds Dodgers without a run the rest of the way for a complete game, 4-hitter with 10 strikeouts.   Kris Bryant's 2-run home run gives the Cubs a 2-1 win over the Dodgers at Wrigley Field. 

July 31, 2016
Cubs manager, Joe Maddon gives the start to Brian Matusz who gives up 6 runs in just 3 innings.  7 Cubs relief pitchers pitch 9 scoreless innings to allow the Cubs to come back.  Cubs score 3 runs in 9th to tie the game on Addison Russell & Willson Contreras RBI's.  The tying run scores on a wild pitch.  the Cubs win it on Jon Lester's bunt scoring Jason Heyward in the 12th

September 14, 2016
At Busch Stadium, David Ross homers, Anthony Rizzo homers twice and Jon Lester pitches 8 innings, giving up just 3 hits. 


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August 1, 2017
Cubs thump the Diamondbacks 16-4 as Anthony Rizzo homers twice, and yes, Jon Lester homers!!!  Lester also picked up his 2,000 career strikeout.  He is just the 25th lefthander in MLB history to compile 2000 K's. 


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In 2018, Lester tied the NL lead in wins (18) with Max Scherzer and Miles Nicolas and was selected to the All-Star team for the 2nd time with the Cubs and the 5th time in his career.  

June 3, 2018 
Jon Lester gives up just 2 hits over 7 innings and combines with Randy Rosario, Steve Cishek, and Brian Duensing on a 3-hit shutout as the Cubs defeat the Mets 2-0 at Citi Field.   

June 9, 2018 
Cubs score 2 runs in the first inning and that's all that Jon Lester and the Cubs bullpen needs to defeat the Pirates 2-0.  Austin Meadows 3rd inning triple is the only hit in a 1-hit Cubs shutout. 

June 20, 2018 
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs defeat the Dodgers 4-0.  Javier Baez doubles, triples and scores 2 runs.  Kyle Schwarber homers for the Cubs.  Jon Lester & Anthony Bass combine on a 6-hit shutout. 

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