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Cubs | Jon Lester shines against Cleveland

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:26:02 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Jon Lester allowed one run on six hits and a walk while striking out six batters over 8 2/3 innings during Chicago's 2-1 win over the Cleveland Indians Monday, Aug. 24.

Fantasy Tip: Lester ($8,700, 17.4% of cap) coughed up a game-tying run in the ninth inning to curb his shot at the win, but he was dominant on the hill for the Cubs Monday. Lester has held opponents to two runs or fewer in eight of his last 10 starts with 73 strikeouts over 67 2/3 innings. Continue to view Lester as a fringe No. 1 starter for your virtual rotation, and target him at FantasyScore in favorable matchups.

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Cubs | Players running wild on Jon Lester

Fri, 14 Aug 2015 09:47:19 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Jon Lester has allowed a league-high 35 stolen bases this year. No other left-handed pitcher has allowed more than 19 steals.

Fantasy Tip: We learned early this year that Lester ($8,500, 17.0% of cap) had trouble throwing to the bases on pickoffs, and opponents have definitely used that to their advantage this year. Starting opposing players that have speed against Lester is a good strategy in daily games.

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Cubs | Jon Lester wins fourth straight

Thu, 13 Aug 2015 16:47:49 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Jon Lester won his fourth straight decision while striking out 10 hitters against the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, Aug. 13. He allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings of work, but it was the first time he didn't go seven innings for the first time since June 25. Lester continues to struggle holding runners, though, as he gave up five stolen bases, including four in one inning.

Fantasy Tip: Lester ($8,500, 17.0% of cap) was due for a nice stretch, and he's currently enjoying one. Chicago's defense and hot bats haven't hurt. He continues to be a strong pitching option in all formats. However, due to his problems holding on runners, selecting speedsters against him on FantasyScore is never a bad idea.

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Cubs | Jon Lester has new pitch

Sun, 09 Aug 2015 14:28:54 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Jon Lester has developed a frontdoor, two-seam pitch that he did not have with the Boston Red Sox, according to C David Ross.

Fantasy Tip: It hasn't shown up in the win column for Lester ($8,500, 17.0% of cap), who has a 7-8 record, but Lester hasn't been an out-and-out disaster. He should be a part of your FantasyScore lineup down the stretch as the Cubs find their way in the National League wild card race.

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Cubs | Jon Lester earns victory Friday

Fri, 07 Aug 2015 17:58:00 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Jon Lester (7-8) allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings in a victory over the San Francisco Giants Friday, Aug. 7, with two walks and three strikeouts.

Fantasy Tip: With the win, Lester ($8,500, 17.0% of cap) improved to 2-0 with a 1.61 ERA in three starts since the All-Star break. He will make his next scheduled start against the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, Aug. 13, and makes a solid FantasyScore option.

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Cubs | Jon Lester starting Friday

Tue, 04 Aug 2015 17:03:11 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Jon Lester will make his next start against the San Francisco Giants at home Friday, Aug. 7, after having his start rained out Monday, Aug. 3. SP Dan Haren is going against the Pittsburgh Pirates in his debut with the team Wednesday, Aug. 5, and SP Jason Hammel will go against the Giants Thursday, Aug. 6. SP Kyle Hendricks will be pushed back a day to Saturday, Aug. 8, while SP Jake Arrieta will pitch on normal rest Sunday, Aug. 9. Lester threw only 31 pitches Monday night.

Fantasy Tip: The fact that Lester ($8,500, 17.0% of cap) threw some before the game was canceled Monday shouldn't make you hesitant to use him Friday on FantasyScore. However, the Gigantes have the third-best OPS in the league (.766) on the road this year, meaning you may want to save Lester for another day.

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Cubs | Jon Lester's start interrupted by rain

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 21:55:55 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Jon Lester allowed two hits with three strikeouts over 1 2/3 innings Monday, Aug. 3, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The game was eventually postponed, and no statistics will count.

Fantasy Tip: Lester ($8,500, 17.0% of cap) will his next scheduled start over the weekend, unless manager Joe Maddon decides to move things around. Monday's postponement shows exactly why you must always double-check the weather report before finalizing your FantasyScore lineups.

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Cubs | Jon Lester whiffs 14 in victory

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:57:14 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Jon Lester allowed two runs, five hits and a walk over eight innings Wednesday, July 29, against the Colorado Rockies. He also came within one of his career best by striking out 14 Rockies in the victory.

Fantasy Tip: After a dismal 4-8 start, Lester ($8,500, 17.0% of cap) has won back-to-back decisions for the first time since mid-May, and he has lasted at least seven innings in each of his six July starts. He is 2-2 in the month with a 1.66 ERA while striking out 50 batters over 43 1/3 innings. He's back, FantasyScore owners, so take advantage.

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Cubs | Jon Lester hurls quality start Friday

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 19:44:59 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Jon Lester allowed two runs on seven hits over seven innings in a no-decision against the Philadelphia Phillies Friday, July 24, with no walks and six strikeouts.

Fantasy Tip: Lester ($7,900, 15.8% of cap) has tossed quality starts in four of his last five outings, although he is just 1-2 over that stretch. He will make his next start against the Colorado Rockies Wednesday, July 29.

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Cubs | Jon Lester flirts with no-hitter

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 20:49:29 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Jon Lester lost a no-hit bid in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves Saturday, July 18, allowing two hits and striking out seven over 7 1/3 scoreless innings to pick up the win.

Fantasy Tip: Lester ($7,500, 15.0% of cap) hasn't been as dominant as expected this year, but he has now thrown three scoreless outings in his last four starts and has struck out at least seven in every start during the stretch. It looks like he is hitting his stride, and he could provide ace-caliber numbers a FantasyScore for a slightly discounted price.

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