Cubs News: Jon Lester’s most memorable moments

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When it’s all said and done, Jon Lester will go down as one of the greatest pitchers in postseason history.

After falling behind 3-1 in the World Series against the Cleveland Indians, the Cubs had their backs against the wall. In the ultimate must-win scenario, they couldn’t afford a rough outing from their starting pitcher. Thankfully, they sent Jon Lester to the mound in game five.

I will never forget the goosebumps I had then and still get now after seeing Big Jon strike out the side to start the game in what was the beginning of a historic Cubs comeback. That’s the kind of stuff written in books or movies, and he went out and put the team on his back when they needed him most.

Considering the circumstances, I think it was the most incredible start of his career. Lester held a high-powered Cleveland offense to two runs over six innings pitched, while striking out five and walking none.

The Cubs would win this ballgame 3-2, and the rest, as they say, is history.

That entire 2016 postseason for Lester was pretty remarkable, and the game five start was the icing on the cake.

Jon Lester 2016 postseason game log:

Game 1 vs. San Francisco Giants: W (1-0) 8 IP 5 H 0 ER 0 BB 5 SO

Game 1 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers: W (8-4) 6 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 3 SO

Game 5 @ Los Angeles Dodgers: W (8-4) 7 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 SO

Game 1 @ Cleveland Indians: L (0-6) 5.2 IP 6 H 3 ER 3 BB 7 SO

Game 5 vs. Cleveland Indians: W (3-2) 6 IP 4 H 2 ER 0 BB 5 SO

Game 7 @ Cleveland Indians: W (8-7) 3 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 4 SO

I guess you could say the only blemish comes in the game one loss against Cleveland, but considering how he performed that entire playoff run, he more than made up for it.

These are the kind of starts we imagined when the signing was announced, and Lester gave the Cubs their money’s worth.