Jon Lieber


April 2

Happy birthday to Cubs pitcher, Jon Lieber (1999-2002, 2008).  

Jon Lieber was a very consistent starting pitcher for the Cubs.  His ERA+ in his Cubs career was 108.  He joins Jake Arrieta (2015) as the only Cubs pitchers to win 20 games in a season for the Cubs since the year 2001.  


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How does Jon Lieber match up with other recent Cubs pitchers?

So, taking a look at Cubs pitchers from 2001 to 2019 (Fangraphs data), you can sort of eliminate comparisons for Jon Lieber with Carlos Zambrano (pitched much longer for the Cubs than Lieber) and Kerry Wood & Ryan Dempster (both had significant bullpen time with the Cubs along with many innings as starters).  

Jake Arrieta & Kyle Hendricks overall have put up better numbers than Lieber.  Mark Prior's career WAR with the Cubs is closest to Lieber (16.7 to 16.4), but Prior did get there in over 200 fewer innings.  With WAR being a cumulative statistic, that seems to put Prior above Lieber as well. But Lieber seems to compare very well with Jon Lester & Ted Lilly.  


Name                              W   L    G      GS    IP             ERA    WAR
Carlos Zambrano 125 81 319 282 1826.     2 3.6     30.3
Kyle Hendricks         63 43 163 162  966        3.14      19.2
Kerry Wood               67 62 315 152 1112.1   3.71        19
Ryan Dempster       67 66 374 154 1182.2   3.74      18.5
Jake Arrieta               68 31 128 128  803          2.73      18.3
Jon Lester                   74 41 159 159  941.2      3.54      16.7
Jon Lieber                   50 39 147 122  874.1      4.04      16.4
Mark Prior                 42 29 106 106   657           3.51      16.3
Ted Lilly                       47 34 113 113   705.2          3.7      11.9
Matt Clement         35 36    94    94   587.2        3.78      10.6


Jon Lieber-This Day in Chicago Cubs History

December 14, 1998
Cubs trade Brant Brown to the Pirates for pitcher, Jon Lieber. 

April 8, 1999
A great Cubs debut for Jon Lieber as he pitches 8 innings, giving up just
5 hits and a run as the Cubs defeat the Astros 2-1.  Cubs score both runs
in the 2nd inning on solo home runs by Henry Rodriguez & Jose Hernandez. 

April 14, 1999
Jon Lieber makes his Cubs Wrigley Field debut and pitches well, giving up
3 runs over 8 innings to earn the win in a 5-4 Cubs win over the Reds. 

Glenallen Hill homers twice and drives in 3 runs. 

May 14, 1999
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs defeat the Braves 9-0.  Jon Lieber pitches a 7-hit
complete game shutout.

July 10, 1999
At Comiskey Park, the Cubs defeat the White Sox 10-2.  Jon Lieber goes to 8-3 on the season, pitching 8 innings and giving up just 7 hits and one run. 

Glenallen Hill & Jose Hernandez both homer for the Cubs.  

July 21, 1999
Jon Lieber gives up just one unearned run over 8 innings to help keep the Cubs close to the Pirates.  In the 9th inning, Jeff Blauser ties the game 1-1 with a home run.  Cubs win the game on a walk-off, bases-loaded, RBI single by Henry Rodriguez scoring Tyler Houston. 

September 25, 1999
After starting out the season strong with the Cubs, Lieber loses 8 consecutive decisions after July 10, but he finishes the season strong, pitching complete games in his last two starts.  The first, is on this day as gives up just 3 hits and a run with 11 strikeouts and no walks in a 3-1 victory over the Pirates.

October 1, 1999
Jon Lieber finishes the season strong with a complete game, 3-2 win over the
Cardinals.  Lieber strikes out 7 with no walks and his 3rd complete game of the year. 

March 29, 2000
the Cubs and Mets begin major league baseball in the 21st century with a game in Tokyo Japan at the Tokyo Dome. Shane Andrews and Mark Grace homer to lead the Cubs to a 5-3 victory. It was also Don Baylor's first victory in his first game managing the Chicago Cubs.

Jon Lieber gave up just one run over 7 innings to earn the win in his first
opening day start with the Cubs. 

April 27, 2000
Jon Lieber pitches a complete game, 5-hitter, giving up just one earned run in a 12-3 Cubs win over the Astros in Houston. 

Henry Rodriguez homers twice, one a grand slam, driving in 6 runs.  Cubs hit 5 home runs in the game (Eric Young Sr, Rickey Gutierrez & Damon Buford). 

May 13, 2000
Jon Lieber pitches a complete game with 5 strikeouts and no walks as the Cubs defeat the Expos 2-1 in Montreal. 

June 4, 2000
Jon Lieber pitches nine innings in a 3-2, 12th inning loss to the Tigers.  Lieber
strikeout 10 with no walks.

July 3, 2000
Jon Lieber pitches a 3-hit shutout as Cubs defeat Pirates 3-0

July 8, 2000
At Wrigley Field, Sammy Sosa & Henry Rodriguez hit 3-run HR's & Jon Lieber pitches CG striking out 12 White Sox in Cubs 9-2 win.

July 30, 2000
Jon Lieber wins his 5th consecutive decision with a complete game, 4-hitter against the Giants, striking out 8 and walking 1 in a 3-1 Cubs win at Wrigley Field. 

August 30, 2000
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs defeat the Padres 5-1.  Jon Lieber pitches 8 innings, giving up just 4 hits and a run. 

May 24, 2001
Jon Lieber throws a one-hit shutout against the Cincy Reds 3-0 at Wrigley. The shutout also breaks a consecutive game streak of the Reds without being shutout

May 25, 2001
Kerry Wood backs up Jon Lieber's one-hitter with a one-hitter of his own as
the Cubs defeat the Milwaukee Brewers. Wood strikes out 14 batters.

August 10, 2001
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs defeat the Giants 9-3.  Jon Lieber pitches a complete game to earn his 15th win of the season. 

August 15, 2001
The Cubs defeat the Astros 5-1 in Houston.  Jon Lieber pitches his 2nd straight complete game, and a 3-hitter, striking out 4 with no walks.   

October 3, 2001
Jon Lieber wins his 20th game of the season with a 13-7 victory over the Reds at Wrigley Field.

April 9, 2002
At Wrigley Field, Jon Lieber combines with Antonio Alfonseca on a 2-hit shutout as the Cubs defeat the Mets 2-0. 

April 25, 2002
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs defeat the Giants 2-1.  Jon Lieber & Livan Hernandez in a pitching duel.  Delino DeShields 8th inning, RBI ground out is the game-winner.   Lieber gives up six hits and a run in 8 innings with 4 strikeouts and no walks. 

June 9, 2002
In Seattle, the Cubs defeat the Mariners 5-1.  Jon Lieber scatters 10 hits and gives up 1 run in a complete game victory.  He strikes out 5 batters with no walks. 

June 21, 2002
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs and Cardinals combine for just 6 hits on the day in a 2-1 Cubs victory.  Woody Williams pitches very well for the Cardinals, but gives up 2 solo home runs to Fred McGriff.

Jon Lieber gives up a first inning home run to J.D. Drew, but finishes the game with a 3-hit, complete game victory.  Lieber strikes out 7 batters with no walks. 

April 26, 2008 
Carlos Zambrano, Michael Wuertz & Jon Lieber combine on a 5-hit shutout to defeat the Nationals 7-0 at Nationals Park.   Derrek Lee reaches base 4 times and drives in 3 runs for the Cubs.