Former Cubs ace Jon Lester adds 200th win to decorated career

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Jon Lester adds 200th win to decorated career originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Former Cubs ace Jon Lester added another accomplishment to his decorated résumé Monday evening with the Cardinals.

Lester picked up his 200th career win, the 119th pitcher in MLB history to hit the mark, as the Cardinals beat the Brewers.

Lester's first 116 wins came with the Red Sox (110, 2006-14) and A's (six, 2014) before he signed with the Cubs in December 2014.

He won 77 games in six seasons with the Cubs, standing at 193 after last season. He signed with the Nationals in January after the Cubs declined his 2021 option.

He picked up three wins with Washington before being traded to the Cardinals in July. He's gone 4-1 in 10 starts with St. Louis.

Cubs manager David Ross, Lester's longtime personal catcher in Boston and Chicago, discussed the milestone Friday in Milwaukee. 

"I'm rooting for him," Ross said. "I know he's pitching for a team that we're not supposed to root for, but I'm rooting for him to get 200.

"I think that's a significant number in today's game, especially with how we're using starters and some of the things where you feel like you're trying to protect guys and health and longevity."

Had Lester not reached the milestone Monday, his next chance likely would have been this weekend against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. 

"I'm definitely hoping he gets it on Monday, because we're going to try to kick his tail," Ross joked. "But there's some losses that, every once in a while, you're like 'Eh.'"

Lester has also picked up nine wins in the postseason, three with the Cubs — including Game 5 of the 2016 World Series that started the Cubs' comeback from a 3-1 deficit.

He could add to that total this season. The Cardinals hold a three-game lead for the National League's second wild-card spot.

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