After struggling at the plate, Lester managed to become an effective hitter for the Cubs.
What a wild game this was. Down 6-0, the Cubs fought back on Sunday night baseball in a matchup that featured former Cub pitcher Travis Wood making a catch running back into the ivy in left field. They tied the game in the bottom of the ninth and eventually played into the 12th inning, setting the stage for pinch-hitter Jon Lester.
Talk about clutch. Down to his final strike and the game on the line, Lester comes through with the squeeze play for the win.
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Most Cubs fans will remember Lester’s first season with the team, where he looked miserable at the plate. Spending most of his career in the American League will do this, considering he never had to worry about batting with the designated hitter. A big kudos to Lester for putting time in the batting cages because his improvements were shown in the past few seasons.
In his first year with the Cubs, Lester managed just four hits in 62 at-bats–yikes. Lester transformed himself into a solid hitting pitcher, cranking three home runs over his last three seasons.
He even held a batting average of .188 and an OPS of .556 last season. Now that I think about it, those statistics are pretty similar to some Cubs position players we see this season, which is kind of alarming.