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Jon Lester

30-Year-Old Pitcher – Oakland Athletics

2014 Stats

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16-11

ERA

2.46

WHIP

1.10

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220

SV

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2014 Preseason Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Lester needed to re-establish his bonafides in Boston after the 2012 season when he went 9-14 and had career-lows (as a full-time starter) in ERA, WHIP and H/9. This, after his starring role in the Se...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: L   HT: 6' 4"   WT: 240   DOB: 1/7/1984   BORN: Tacoma, WA   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 2nd Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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The Red Sox picked up his club option for 2014 in November of 2013.

September 29, 2014  –  Jon Lester News

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Lester will start for the Athletics in Tuesday's Wild Card game against the Royals, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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Jon Lester Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2004 20 A SAR 21 20 0 90.3 82 43 2 97 37 7 6 0 4.28 1.32
2005 21 AA POR 26 26 0 148.3 114 42 10 163 57 11 6 0 2.55 1.15
2006 22 AAA PAW 11 11 0 46.7 43 14 5 43 25 3 4 0 2.70 1.46
2006 22 MAJ BOS 15 15 0 81.3 91 43 7 60 43 7 2 0 4.76 1.65
2007 23 A GRE 3 3 0 13.0 11 3 2 15 2 0 0 0 2.08 1.00
2007 23 AA POR 1 1 0 6.0 5 1 0 4 4 1 0 0 1.50 1.50
2007 23 AAA PAW 14 14 0 71.7 67 31 4 51 31 4 5 0 3.89 1.37
2007 23 MAJ BOS 12 11 0 63.0 61 32 10 50 31 4 0 0 4.57 1.46
2008 24 MAJ BOS 33 33 2 210.3 202 75 14 152 66 16 6 0 3.21 1.27
2009 25 MAJ BOS 32 32 0 203.3 186 77 20 225 64 15 8 0 3.41 1.23
2010 26 MAJ BOS 32 32 0 208.0 167 75 14 225 83 19 9 0 0 0 3.25 1.20
2011 27 MAJ BOS 31 31 0 191.7 166 74 20 182 75 15 9 0 0 0 3.47 1.26
2012 28 MAJ BOS 33 33 0 205.3 216 110 25 166 68 9 14 0 0 0 4.82 1.38
2013 29 MAJ BOS 33 33 1 213.3 209 89 19 177 67 15 8 0 0 0 3.75 1.29
2014 30 MAJ OAK 11 11 1 76.7 66 20 7 71 16 6 4 0 0 0 2.35 1.07
2014 30 MAJ BOS 21 21 0 143.0 128 40 9 149 32 10 7 0 0 0 2.52 1.12
2014  (Multiple Teams) 30 MAJ OAK/BOS 32 32 1 219.7 194 60 16 220 48 16 11 0 0 0 2.46 1.10
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3-Year Averages     32 32 0 203.4 197 91 21 175 70 13 10 0 0 0 4.03 1.31
Career  (View All)     253 252 4 1,596.0 1,492 635 145 1,457 545 116 67 0 3.58 1.28

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Jon Lester Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Sep. 24 LAA 7.0 8 5 3 0 0 7 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 2.46 1.10
Sep. 19 Phi 7.0 5 1 1 1 2 7 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 2.41 1.10
Sep. 14 @Sea 6.0 4 0 0 0 4 7 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 2.45 1.10
Sep. 9 @CWS 8.0 7 2 2 1 2 8 1 0 0 W 0 0 0 2.52 1.10
Sep. 3 Sea 8.0 7 2 2 2 0 5 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 2.54 1.10
Aug. 29 @LAA 6.0 6 3 2 1 1 5 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 2.55 1.11
Aug. 23 LAA 7.0 5 1 1 0 1 7 0 1 0 - 0 0 0 2.53 1.10
Aug. 17 @Atl 6.0 6 4 3 2 1 5 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 2.58 1.11
Aug. 12 @KC 6.0 6 3 3 0 2 9 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 2.51 1.11
Aug. 7 Min 9.0 3 0 0 0 2 8 0 0 1 W 0 0 0 2.44 1.10
Aug. 2 KC 6.7 9 3 3 0 1 3 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 2.59 1.14
Last 14 Days
3 Games:  Avg. 6.7 IP/G
20.0 17 6 4 1 6 21 0 0 0 2-1 0 0 0 1.80 1.15
Last 30 Days
6 Games:  Avg. 7.0 IP/G
42.0 37 13 10 5 9 39 1 0 0 3-3 0 0 0 2.14 1.10
Last 60 Days
11 Games:  Avg. 7.0 IP/G
76.7 66 24 20 7 16 71 1 1 1 6-4 0 0 0 2.35 1.07

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Jon Lester Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20142075211491223.258
2013199511244916.237
2012231491455918.259

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20146781683714531113.230
20137041265516543113.257
20126451175416140417.278

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Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
2014120.08601242351.951.04
201387.3710772263.091.16
2012107.031008641156.311.59

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201499.78509625113.071.17
2013126.087010045134.211.39
201298.36408027103.201.16
Jon Lester Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2004 20 A SAR 21 20 90.3 9.66 3.69 2.62 0.20 65% 4.28 2.57 .337
2005 21 AA POR 26 26 148.3 9.89 3.46 2.86 0.61 80.1% 2.55 3.11 .289
2006 22 AAA PAW 11 11 46.7 8.29 4.82 1.72 0.96 85.7% 2.70 4.36 .300
2006 22 MAJ BOS 15 15 81.3 6.64 4.76 1.40 0.77 1.05 71.7% 4.76 4.48 .332
2007 23 A GRE 3 3 13.0 10.38 1.38 7.50 1.38 90.9% 2.08 3.35 .294
2007 23 AA POR 1 1 6.0 6.00 6.00 1.00 0.00 88.9% 1.50 3.87 .279
2007 23 AAA PAW 14 14 71.7 6.40 3.89 1.65 0.50 71.3% 3.89 3.93 .294
2007 23 MAJ BOS 12 11 63.0 7.14 4.43 1.61 1.43 0.67 73.2% 4.57 5.20 .285
2008 24 MAJ BOS 33 33 210.3 6.50 2.82 2.30 0.60 1.41 76% 92.1 MPH 3.21 3.59 .299
2009 25 MAJ BOS 32 32 203.3 9.96 2.83 3.52 0.89 1.45 75.2% 93.7 MPH 3.41 3.24 .323
2010 26 MAJ BOS 32 32 208.0 9.74 3.59 2.71 0.61 1.93 74.2% 93.3 MPH 3.25 3.25 .297
2011 27 MAJ BOS 31 31 191.7 8.55 3.52 2.43 0.94 1.63 75.6% 92.7 MPH 3.47 4.00 .289
2012 28 MAJ BOS 33 33 205.3 7.28 2.98 2.44 1.10 1.63 67.2% 92.6 MPH 4.82 4.22 .316
2013 29 MAJ BOS 33 33 213.3 7.47 2.83 2.64 0.80 1.32 72.8% 92.7 MPH 3.75 3.74 .309
2014 30 MAJ OAK 11 11 76.7 8.33 1.88 4.44 0.82 1.22 82.7% 91.8 MPH 2.35 3.20 .289
2014 30 MAJ BOS 21 21 143.0 9.38 2.01 4.66 0.57 1.23 79.5% 91.8 MPH 2.52 2.69 .319
2014  (Multiple Teams) 30 MAJ OAK/BOS 32 32 219.7 9.01 1.97 4.58 0.66 1.23 80.5% 91.8 MPH 2.46 2.82 .308
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3-Year Averages     32 32 203.4 7.74 3.10 2.50 0.93 71.5% 4.03 3.85 .306
Career     253 252 1,596.0 8.22 3.07 2.67 0.82 74.1% 3.58 3.61 .307

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▲ Basic Stats      ▲ Split Stats

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2014 Stat Review for Jon Lester    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2013 (min 140 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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4.58 K/BB
ELITE
9.01 K/9
GREAT
1.97 BB/9
GREAT
91.8 MPH Fastball
GOOD
0.7 HR/9
GREAT
1.23 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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2.46 ERA
ELITE
1.10 WHIP
GREAT
2.82 FIP
ELITE
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.308 BABIP
HIGH
80.5% Strand Rate
HIGH

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Jon Lester: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Lester picked up his 16th win of the season on Friday against the Phillies as he only gave up one run on five hits over seven innings pitched, while striking out seven.

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Lester threw six scoreless innings Sunday to beat the Mariners. He allowed four hits and four walks, striking out seven.

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Lester picked up his 14th win of the season Tuesday against the White Sox, pitching eight innings and allowing just two runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out eight.

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Lester struck out five and did not walk a batter, while holding the Mariners to two runs on seven hits over eight innings in a losing effort Wednesday.

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Lester took the loss on Friday, but pitched well, allowing only two earned runs over six innings while striking out five.

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Lester pitched well in his fifth start with the A's on Saturday, allowing one run while scattering five hits over seven innings in a no decision against the Angels.

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Lester worked into the seventh inning Sunday night, surrendering four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk while striking out five in a 4-3 loss to the Braves.

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Lester fanned eight and walked two while allowing just three hits in a complete game shutout against the Twins on Thursday night.

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Lester had a solid debut for the A's, earning a win while allowing three earned runs over 6.2 innings.

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Lester will start Saturday against the Royals.

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Lester has been traded to Oakland along with Jonny Gomes in exchange for Yoenis Cespedes, Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

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2013

The hangover from 2011 that stayed with the team in 2012 also stayed with Lester, who had a career-high 4.82 ERA and experienced a drop in his strikeout rate for the second straight season. As hitters made more contact, Lester's batting line against and home runs allowed rose to career highs. He is still a workhorse, having thrown more than 200 innings in four of the last five years, and at age 29, time is still on his side. Like every struggling pitcher on Boston's staff, the hope is that the return of former pitching coach John Farrell (as the team's manager) will have a positive impact on Lester.

2012

Lester had another strong season, his fourth straight, and at 28, he's entering his prime years. The left-hander suffered some control issues and saw his strikeout rate drop, but he had stretches of dominance, too. Along with Josh Beckett, Lester is at the top of Boston's rotation and pitches in front of a run-producing lineup. The X-factor entering the 2012 season is how he'll respond to the leaks about his clubhouse behavior that came out of Boston's late-season collapse. As a dogged competitor who never gives in, Lester should be driven to change perceptions.

2011

Lester won a career-high 19 games, threw over 200 innings for the third straight season, and finished fourth in the Cy Young voting in 2010. His 9.7 K/9IP led the American League and he held opponents to a .220 batting average (fourth in AL). Other than a slight uptick in walks, Lester proffered another dominant season as Boston's de facto No. 1 starter. All signs point to another big season from him at age 27 as he continues to be the most consistent of the Red Sox's starting pitchers.

2010

Lester, 26, posted his second consecutive strong season after beating cancer, throwing over 200 innings in 2008 and 2009. Of particular note, Lester improved his strikeout rate from 6.5 K/9IP to 10.0 K/9IP last season. That translates to 73 more punchouts in seven less innings. He's been Boston's most consistent starter during his recent run. The walks, the bugaboo early in his career, are dropping and Lester's clearly becoming one of the better pitchers in the AL.

2009

Lester became Boston's ace in 2008 and was the team's most consistent pitcher from April to October. What changed for Lester is that he began throwing more first-pitch strikes while walking relatively fewer batters. He appeared to be getting stronger as the season wore on, even while pitching 129 innings more than his previous career high. Lester established himself as one of the game's best starters during the second half of the season and will be part of a fine threesome along with Josh Beckett and Daisuke Matsuzaka. Beckett may be the nominal No. 1 starter and Matsuzaka may have had more wins, but Lester was clearly the best on the staff.

2008

Lester, MLB's winner of the Tony Conigliaro award for overcoming adversity, was brought back slowly in 2007 after battling non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He never really found a groove and continued to walk batters at a high rate. He's a fourth or fifth starter if he's still with Boston come April. Lester's name has been mentioned in trade talks with Minnesota. In either place, he'll be part of the starting rotation.

2007

Lester is obviously a question mark entering the 2007 season in light of the lymphoma he was diagnosed with last September. He reports that he's cancer-free after treatment and is looking forward to spring training. Unfortunately, Boston has five set starters. He lived dangerously in his 15 starts in 2006, getting into trouble often via the walk. He's a cool customer on the mound, however, and often worked his way out of jams. He's a power pitcher with a low-to-mid 90s fastball, which is his out pitch. Of course, monitor him this spring to see how the illness has affected him.

2006

When the Red Sox were negotiating the Josh Beckett deal, they told the Marlins that Lester was going nowhere. The team likes the athletic lefty, who has good movement on his low-to-mid-90s fastball, which he uses as his out pitch. He has an above-average change up, an 11-to-5 curve (low 70s) and worked on developing a cutter in 2005. He'll likely begin the 2006 season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he can work to reduce his walks and continue to be a power strikeout pitcher. Lester is a hard worker and prepares well for each game.

2005

Lester is still learning pitching mechanics and developing consistency, but the lefty is improving. Looking into his numbers, we see some good signs. Hes shown the ability to keep the ball in the park, and last season had a better K/9 ratio for Single-A Sarasota in the Florida State League. He should be moving up to Double-A, where we expect continued development.