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Daily SP Rankings: Weekend, Apr 18-20

And the weekend is here, which means Week Two is almost done. Everyone else dominating in their fantasy leagues? Good! Let’s check out the weekend’s starters for those all-important Saturday and Sunday SP streams: On Saturday we have a bunch of aces on the hill, none of which I’m intrigued by more than Jordan Zimmermann. In his last start Zim was roughed up by the Red Sox...
Via Baseball Professor
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Twitter Trolls Are No Match For Jon Lester, Again

Jon Lester is the first one to acknowledge that the start of his Chicago Cubs career has not gotten off as he would’ve liked. He couldn’t get past the fifth inning on Opening Night against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 5 and in Monday’s start against the Cincinnati Reds Lester allowed six runs in six innings of work. It’s been a shaky beginning to the year for the lefty...
Via Sports Mockery
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rolling out the early-season MLB ‘jump to conclusions’ mat

Yes, it’s early. We’re just into the second week of the 2015 MLB season, and most teams have 155 games left to play. But after five months without meaningful baseball, it’s easy to react to what we’ve seen early on and form early impressions based on that. It takes a bit of time to reacquaint ourselves with baseball’s long marathon. Personally, I think it takes a little...
Via The Outside Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs' Jon Lester Pickoff Attempt Goes Wrong

Cubs' left-hander Jon Lester had not thrown a pickoff to first base since April 30, 2013. And after last night's attempt, we may know why....
Via Athlon Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Jon Lester air mails pickoff throw to first (Video)

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester air mailed a pickoff throw to first, sending the ball into the right field bullpen during Monday night's game against Cincinnati.Much had been made recently about Lester not having made a single pickoff attempt to first since 2013. That had to change, and it did when Reds batter Zach Cozart reached first in the bottom of the second. Lester's first...
Via Holdout Sports
4 days ago  |  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
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Jorge Soler saved Jon Lester’s bacon after an awful pickoff throw

Jon Lester hadn’t made a pickoff throw in two years. He ended that streak on Monday night against the Reds, and the results were very nearly disastrous. But right fielder Jorge Soler was around to gun out Zach Cozart, who was trying to turn Lester’s one-base error into a two-base error. Soler also came up big with his bat on Monday night, smashing a pair of two-run homers to...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon, Cubs Say They Aren’t Worried About Jon Lester’s Throwing Yips

Jon Lester has a case of the yips, but the Chicago Cubs aren’t worried — at least not yet. The Cubs spent a lot of money this winter to sign the left-handed ace to a long-term contract. They did so, however, knowing what many around baseball have known for the past few years, which is Lester struggles mightily with throwing to bases. The issues have manifested in a couple different...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Opening night observations

Sunday night was a memorable opening night, but not on the field. The good thing is there are still 161 games left to play. In front of 35,00 fans, the Chicago Cubs lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 on Sunday night. However, with 161 games left there is no reason to press the panic button. Here are a few observations from Sunday’s home opener. Cubs continue to struggle with...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Examining Jon Lester’s first start as Chicago Cub

The wait finally came to an end on Sunday night, as the Chicago Cubs and their fans were finally able to watch their $155 Million Man go to work, as Jon Lester was on the bump against the St. Louis Cardinals at bleacher-less Wrigley Field. The start didn’t work out the way anyone would have liked, for a variety of reasons. Nonetheless, Lester left some positives that can be applied...
Via The Outside Corner
11 days ago  |  Discuss

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