#Cubs Lester unable to go deep in games

Jon Lester didn’t pitch poorly Tuesday night, he just didn’t go deep enough into the game.

Lester was lifted after giving up five runs over 4 1/3 innings and took the loss in the Cubs’ 6-0 loss to the Tigers at Comerica Park.

“It seems like right now, the good pitches I make are just through or just out of reach of guys and the bad pitches I make
are at the wrong times and getting squared up,” Lester said. “I think everything is magnified right now.”

Lester now has not gone beyond the fifth inning in his last two starts. The lefty served up nine hits over 4 1/3 innings, his shortest outing since the season opener, and took the loss, his third in a row. In his last two games, Lester has given up 11 runs on 18 hits over 9 1/3 innings. Maybe it’s the Tigers. He’s now 1-2 in five starts at Comerica Park, giving up 20 runs on 40 hits over 28 1/3 innings (6.35 ERA). The lefty had seemed to be back on track after going 4-1 in six May starts with a 1.76 ERA.

“It’s not good,” he said. “I’m not getting deep into games. Regardless of runs, hits, errors, walks, strikeouts, whatever, I’ve got to do a better job pitching innings. That’s what it comes down to.”

Lester had a stellar May, posting a 1.76 ERA in six starts. And he said he felt better his last two outings than he did in May. Go figure.

“That’s what I pride myself on is innings and I’m not doing it right now,” Lester said. ” Things are going to change.”

— Carrie Muskat


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For starters, just to shake things up, how about getting rid of the personal Catcher. It’s about as ridiculous as having a personal Catcher for Casey Coleman.

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