It’s safe to say that 33-year-old Jon Lester is struggling for the Chicago Cubs this season.
The potential future Hall of Famer has started 19 games for the Cubs and has posted a 4.25 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and has given up 108 hits in 108.0 innings with 110 strikeouts and 37 walks to go along with a 5-6 record.
On Sunday, however, Lester had one of the worst starts of his entire career against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
En route to a 14-3 loss in front of the home Wrigley Field crowd, Lester didn’t get out of the first inning, officially ending with the embarrassing line of 0.2 innings pitched while allowing six hits, 10 runs (four earned) and two home runs. He also walked three batters and didn’t strike anyone out.
While his defense didn’t help him out, committing two errors behind him, it was clear from the start that Lester was off of his game from the first pitch. Chicago trailed 10-0 heading into the bottom of the first, which made it virtually impossible to make a comeback.
Jon Lester is the 4th pitcher in the last 100 years to allow 10+ runs and not make it out of the first inning.
Pirates lead Cubs 10-0. pic.twitter.com/ChFRnVEWY7
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