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Cubs starter Jon Lester looking for his first-half form

Left-hander Jon Lester is scheduled to make his next start Saturday night against the pesky Pirates, and manager Joe Maddon hinted some changes might be in store.<p>“He’s gotten away from some things that we thought he was doing much better earlier,” Maddon said of Lester, a 2018 All-Star who has an …

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Ryan Zimmerman takes Jon Lester deep twice in Nationals’ 9-4 win over Cubs in Wrigley Field

<i>Ryan Zimmerman took Jon Lester deep twice and drove in six runs in the Nationals’ 9-4 win over the Cubs in Wrigley Field.</i>Going into Saturday …

Washington Nationals

As troubling trends continue, it might be time for Cubs' Jon Lester to reinvent his game to have success

Lester is missing fewer bats and allowing more hard contact as the season progresses<p>Almost exactly one month ago, Cubs left-hander Jon Lester was an …

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Jon Lester's struggles have hit the alarming stage for Cubs

Jon Lester's struggles have hit the alarming stage for Cubs<p>Just before Jon Lester walked off the mound to hit the showers, a smattering of boos …

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A stunned sold out Wrigley Field watched Jon Lester walk off the field after pitching just 3.2 innings while giving up eight earned runs against the Nationals. The outing raised his 2nd half ERA to 10.33 after compiling a 2.58 first half mark. The start contributed to the Cubs pitching woes -- they ranked 9th in starter's ERA in the NL coming into the game.

A stunned sold out Wrigley Field watched Jon Lester walk off the field after pitching just 3.2 innings while giving up eight earned runs against the …

Washington Nationals

5-Star Georgia Commit Deletes Tweet About Accepting Payoff From UGA Staffer

I think that we can safely assume that this was a joke.<p>​Because nobody can possibly be that dumb... right?<p>John Emery Jr., ​a five-star running back …

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Cubs lineup vs. Nationals, Almora Jr. returns to CF

by Tony Crumpton - Senior Editor - Saturday, August 11, 2018 12:27 PM<p>Saturday's batting lineup for the second game of the series between the Cubs …

Anthony Rizzo

Jon Lester gets rocked — again — in Cubs' 9-4 loss to Nationals

It was a sad image: Jon Lester, the sturdy and proud anchor of the Cubs’ rotation, lowering his head and shuffling some mound dirt at Wrigley Field, his team down eight runs.<p>He was stalling, waiting for manager Joe Maddon to end an outing that ranked among the worst of his 12-year career.<p>It was …

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Nationals 9, Cubs 4

Sports Baseball Chicago Cubs<p>Photos from the Cubs-Nationals game at Wrigley Field on Aug. 11, 2018.<p>Chicago Cubs<p>Jon Lester gets rocked — again — in Cubs' 9-4 loss to Nationals

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Washington Nationals at Chicago Cubs: GameThread 117 of 162

<i>The Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs play the second game of their three-game set in Wrigley Field</i> <i>at 4:05 PM</i><i> EDT.</i> <i>FOLLOW:</i><i> MASN; FS1; 106.7 the</i> …

Washington Nationals

Series preview: Nationals at Cubs

<i>All games on WSCR-AM 670.</i><p><b>Friday:</b> 1:20 p.m., NBCSCH.<p>RH Jeremy Hellickson (5-2, 3.56) vs. RH Kyle Hendricks (8-9, 4.07).<p><b>Saturday:</b> 3:05 p.m., ABC-7/FS1.<p>RH Tanner Roark (6-12, 4.21) vs. LH Jon Lester (12-4, 3.44).<p><b>Sunday:</b> 7:08 p.m.,ESPN.<p>RH Max Scherzer (15-5, 2.28) vs. LH Cole Hamels (7-9,</i> …

Chicago Cubs

Chicago Cubs: When do you start worrying about Jon Lester’s struggles?

After a superb first-half showing, Chicago Cubs left-hander Jon Lester has fallen flat since the All-Star Break. When do we start to legitimately …

Baseball

MLB DFS Picks and Pivots – Monday August 6

<b>Welcome to the Monday edition of MLB DFS Picks and Pivots, a fantasy baseball column focused on helping you find the best core lineup for this slate</b> …

Fantasy Sports

Jon Lester struggles, sloppy Cubs lose to Padres

The Cubs know their rotation will have to improve if they want to win a second World Series in three years. The starters have failed to throw a lot …

Baseball

Cubs Game Notes For Sunday vs. San Diego

*The Cubs scored all five runs of their runs on Saturday in the second inning. No other NL team has scored at least five runs in more innings this …

San Diego

Reyes crushes 477-ft. HR, 5th-longest in '18

CHICAGO -- Sitting dead-red on a 3-0 pitch from Jon Lester, Padres right fielder Franmil Reyes demolished a solo home run off the batter's eye in …

Baseball

Porcello's gem nearly cost furniture company $100M in refunds

On Friday, Rick Porcello dominated the New York Yankees, allowing only a solo home run in the third inning before retiring the next 21 consecutive …

Boston Red Sox

Hour 3: Barstool Big Cat, Jon Lester

Barstool Big Cat joins the guys to talk about Hall of Fame Weekend and Hamels. Then Cubs ace Jon Lester calls in to talk about how he's feeling and …

Hall of Fame

Cubs' Jon Lester clarifies Twitter advice, preaches inclusivity, tolerance

PITTSBURGH – Jon Lester might have rephrased one tweet to make his intent clearer, he said. But beyond that the Cubs’ All-Star starter stands behind …

Social Media

Game Thread: Pirates dive headlong into pennant race as Cubs come to town

Basking in the glow of their bold trade deadline acquisitions of reliever Keone Kela from Texas and starting pitcher Chris Archer from Tampa, the …

Ian Happ

Jon Lester weighs in on recent tweet scandals

With the recent uncovering of racist, sexist, all-around unflattering tweets from Brewers reliever Josh Hader and now Braves starter Sean Newcombe, …

Baseball

Jon Lester Has Necessary Message For Young Players About Using Twitter

2,976<p>Photo via Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports<p>Despite being preached ad nauseam for the last decade, the advice “think before you post” clearly has …

Baseball

Pirates vs. Cubs, 7:05 p.m.

Who: Pirates (55-52) vs. Cubs (61-44). When: 7:05 p.m. Where: PNC Park. TV: AT&T SportsNet.The post Pirates vs. Cubs, 7:05 p.m. appeared first on …

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NFLAaron Rodgers and the Quest to Be Like Brady<p>NBARoundtable: Which NBA Star Will Be Traded Next?<p>College FootballAlex Hornibrook's Arm Is the …

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Tyler Chatwood headed to the bullpen

by Tony Crumpton - Senior Editor - Saturday, July 28, 2018 1:42 PM<p>The Cubs' starting rotation has been changed with the acquisition of veteran lefty …

Joe Maddon

‘I’m just the old crusty school guy who keeps running out there’: Number-crunching nerds make Jon Lester laugh

Cubs starter Jon Lester is good for a rant a week about baseball analytics, and they’re always entertaining.<p>Lester ranked 61st in pitchers’ WAR with an 0.9, according to fangraphs.com, in spite of a 12-3 record and 3.06 ERA.<p>Lester’s FIP is 4.59, and his 7.16 strikeouts per 9 innings are modest. The …

Chicago Cubs

Series preview: Cubs at Pirates

<i>All games on WSCR-AM 670.</i><p><b>Tuesday:</b> 6:05 p.m., NBCSCH.<p>LH Jon Lester (12-3, 3.06) vs. RH Jameson Taillon (7-8, 3.73).<p><b>Wednesday:</b> 6:05 p.m., WGN-9.<p>LH Cole Hamels (5-9, 4.72) vs. RH Nick Kingham (5-5, 4.80).<p><i>mgonzales@chicagotribune.com</i><p><i>Twitter @MDGonzales</i><p><b>Learning process accelerates as Willson Contreras</b> …

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Stat corner: The Favorite Toy (pitchers)

The Favorite Toy is a method invented by Bill James that takes into account a player's age and performance level to predict how likely he is to reach career milestones. Last week we looked at hitters, this week we look at the top 10 active pitchers in wins and strikeouts and the chances, …

Top 10

Cubs acquire Cole Hamels in trade with Rangers

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports<p>Cole Hamels will be heading to the Chicago Cubs in a trade from the Texas Rangers, so long as everyone involved passes …

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