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JON LESTER RUMORS & GOSSIP

What Jon Lester thinks set him back in his first year with the Cubs

While he finished his debut season with the Chicago Cubs with a solid line, Jon Lester struggled in the early going with his new team, and he thinks he knows why it happened.After eight-plus seasons with the Boston Red Sox and a short stint with the Oakland A's in 2014, Lester signed a lucrative six-year, $155-million deal with the Cubs in free agency in December 2014.Cubs fans were...
Via Fox Sports
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Chicago Cubs: why Jon Lester will reclaim ace status

The Chicago Cubs are poised to make another great run during the 2016 MLB season. The team is finally in the window of opportunity to compete for a World Series. If the Cubs are going to compete for it all, they will need their starting pitching to be outstanding. As a result, they added John Lackey to their staff this offseason. While Lackey and Jake Arrieta should be huge contributors...
Via isportsweb.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Who Catches For Lester?

It’s another slow news day/week/whatever, as the Chicago Cubs continue to sit around on their retooled roster and wait for spring training to begin.  That means we will have to wait as well, and in the meantime, there’s a lot of perusing the internet for other blogs and comments. One interesting comment that may have been out of context for the main conversation involved whether...
Via World Series Dreaming
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Jon Lester: Tunneling to Success

When you come up through the ranks as a young lefty starter, you learn about the importance of the changeup. By breaking away from the right-handed batter, that pitch offers the best way to neutralize the natural platoon advantage those hitters have against you. By the time you get to the big leagues, it’s part of your approach, like it or not. That’s why lefty starters throw...
Via Fangraphs
November 19, 2015  |  Discuss

The Ballad of Jon Lester: Start 27

This start as a song: My Pal Foot Foot – The Shaggs’ art resembles music just enough to be classified as such. At first blush this loosely composed collection of sounds is grating on the ears almost to the point of being offensive, but then you hear the undercurrent of what’s going on and realize that there’s some evidence (but not much) of competence. And so it went for...
Via BP Wrigleyville
September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Jon Lester admits Cubs contract can be ‘monkey on your back’ at times

By Ricky Doyle Jon Lester really wanted to impress his new organization. Lester, who signed a six-year, $155 million contract with the Chicago Cubs over the offseason, started slow in his first season in the Windy City. The left-hander since has turned things around, but he admits the pressure of pitching under such a lucrative contract initially had a negative impact. “At...
Via NESN.com
August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

JABO: Jon Lester Still Has Things Under Control

Last year’s Royals caused us to fall in love with stolen bases all over again. The AL Wild Card Game put their utility on display, and it was around that game the whole nation turned its attention to Jon Lester‘s refusal to attempt any pickoffs. I probably don’t need to review this for you, so I’ll skip ahead. When Lester began this year with the Cubs, plenty of people were...
Via Fangraphs
August 14, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jon Lester botches first pickoff attempt since April

By Cameron McDonough Jon Lester and pickoff throws do not get along. Lester has a history when it comes to throwing over to first base, and it’s not a good one. The Chicago Cubs left-hander attempted his first pickoff throw in two years back in April, and it didn’t go so well. WATCH: Jon Lester's first pick-off attempt since April didn't go well http://t.co/WaFN5w6NZr pic...
Via NESN.com
August 13, 2015  |  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...
Via NESN.com
July 18, 2015  |  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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