Everyone is awaiting for the time that Jon Lester earns his $155 million contract he signed with the Chicago Cubs this offseason. If they’re looking for regular season wins, then he’s a step closer.
Lester threw seven shutout innings, scattering three hits, striking out four and walking just one as the Cubs defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 1-0 behind Addison Russell’s first career home run.
Lester improved to 1-2 on the season, while the Cubs are now 13-8.
It’s been a rough start for the Cubs’ marquee free-agent signing. He failed to make it out of the fifth inning in the season opener against the Cardinals, allowing three runs on eight hits in 4.1 innings. It got worse in his following start against the Reds when he gave up six runs on 10 hits in six innings.
Another mediocre start against the Padres (three runs in 5.1 innings) preceded his best start where the lefty struck out 10 Reds in six innings. Friday was the first start Lester made it past the sixth inning, and the first start that he didn’t allow a run.
Lester’s slow start to the season was often attributed to his light workload in spring training. Lester complained of a dead arm, and his first few starts were thought of almost as extended spring training. When you sign for $155 million, that’s not always a good reason.
Cubs fans can now breathe a sigh of relief that perhaps he’s going to be okay after all.