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Jon Lester Named National League Player Of The Week

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Not "pitcher" of the week, mind you, but "player" of the week.

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Adding yet another honor to what's likely going to be a crowded trophy shelf this year, Major League Baseball named Cubs lefthander Jon Lester the National League Player of the Week for June 6 through 12.

In Lester's two starts this past week, against the Phillies and Braves, he threw 15 innings, allowed nine hits and no walks, one earned run, and struck out 16. He now hasn't issued a walk in his last three starts, the first time in his career he's done that.

Lester's ERA now stands at 1.89, just a tick below his teammate Jake Arrieta's (1.88). The Cubs are the first team to have two starters with ERAs under 2.00 this late in the year since the 1981 Astros (Nolan Ryan and Bob Knepper) and 1975 Dodgers (Don Sutton and Andy Messersmith).

It's the second Player of the Week award for a Cubs pitcher this year; Arrieta won it for the week of April 18-24, the week he no-hit the Reds.

Keep up the great work!