Jon Lester has reached another milestone in his decorated career.
The former Chicago Cubs ace won his 200th career game Monday night in a 5-2 win for the St. Louis Cardinals against the Milwaukee Brewers. With the victory, Lester became the third active pitcher (Houston’s Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke) to reach 200 career wins and the 119th pitcher in MLB history.
Lester allowed three hits and two runs in six innings to record the milestone win.
Lester won 77 games with the Cubs from 2015-20 then signed with the Washington Nationals in January after Chicago declined his 2021 option. He won three games with the Nationals before he was traded to St. Louis in July. He’s 4-1 in 10 starts for the Cardinals.
If Lester didn’t win his 200th game Monday, his next opportunity to reach the milestone could’ve come next weekend against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. With that out of the way, Lester will be focused on delivering for the Cardinals, who have a three-game lead on the Cincinnati Reds for the NL’s second Wild Card spot.
Lester’s 200 wins
2006-14: 110 (Boston Red Sox)
2014: 6 (Oakland Athletics)
2015-20: 77 (Chicago Cubs)
2020: 3 (Washington Nationals), 4 (St. Louis Cardinals)