Jon Lester named The Babe Ruth Award winner by the New York Chapter of the BBWAA
Jon Lester led the Cubs’ outstanding rotation throughout the season and into the playoffs. Lester was the co-MVP of the NLCS as the Cubs won the franchise’s first NL Pennant in 71 years. Lester made three appearances in The World Series and was pivotal in the Game 7 win in Cleveland.
Lester was recognized by the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) as the Most Valuable Player of the postseason with The Babe Ruth Award. Lester will receive the award in the annual dinner on Jan. 21.
Jon Lester was 3-1 in six games, five starts, with a 2.02 ERA and 0.93 WHIP in the playoffs. Lester beat the Giants in the NLDS with eight shutout innings in Game 1. Lester was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 0.62 WHIP in the best-of-five series.
Lester delivered two excellent outings in the NLCS. Lester was 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA and 0.84 WHIP. Lester gave up two runs on nine hits with two walks and nine strikeouts in 13 innings.
And in The World Series, Lester was 1-1 in three games, two starts, with a 3.68 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. Lester surrendered seven runs, six earned, on 13 hits with four walks and 16 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings. Lester made his first relief appearance since the 2007 ALCS on short rest in Game 7.
While the narrative focused on what he couldn’t do, Jon Lester did exactly what the front office signed him for, to help the Cubs win The World Series.