In June, when Jake Arrieta showed he was just human instead of superhuman, Jon Lester put together a month of performance that made him, perhaps temporarily, the team's ace.
It also got him Major League Baseball honors. Saturday, Lester was named National League Pitcher of the Month for June.
In June, Lester went 4-0 in six starts with a 1.41 ERA and 0.784 WHIP. Hitters batted .178/.223/.306 against him for the month. Among his June starts was this complete-game, one-run, 10-strikeout effort against the Dodgers at Wrigley Field on June 1 in which he retired the final 14 Dodgers he faced.
Lester also produced with the bat in June. Though he had only two hits, one was a double and the other accounted for his first RBI of the season.
It's the second Pitcher of the Month award for a Cub this year. Jake won it in April.
Congratulations to Lester on this award. He stepped up at a time the team needed him most. His first July outing will be Sunday at Citi Field against the Mets.