Jon Lester

Jon Lester

SP - CHC
Age: 35Bats: LThrows: L

Next Game

CHC @ SF
Mon, 7/22 9:45pm
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Rank P #60
Projection (?) 0 pts

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80%
 
ESPN
89%

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A clear regression candidate, Lester once again got off to a tremendous start. Despite posting a 1.16 ERA through seven starts, it has ballooned to 3.72 at the All-Star break. That overall mark is still solid, and it's accompanied by improvements in walks and strikeouts. Yet his contact and swinging-strike rates are still alarming, and a .333 xwOBA is only a tad below last year's .340. There's still a chance he turns the corner. After falling off the map last year, he rebounded with a stellar September. Lester is a decent depth piece for those who temper expectations.

Jon Lester had 18 wins with a 3.32 ERA in 2018, so everyone seems to just assume he is still an ace. That couldn't be further from the truth, however. His skill-indicative ERA was 47th out of 57 qualified pitchers and he was a disaster in the second half. Like his former teammate, Jake Arrieta, things can fall apart quickly even for those who were once at the top of the game. He shouldn't be touched until at least the 13th round in a standard sized redraft league this year.