Red Sox Need Lester of Years Past

Red Sox Need Lester of Years Past

Red Sox Need Lester of Years Past

Jon Lester was tabbed as the Opening Day starter, but this season he has not pitched liked an ace. It is no secret that Lester, along with Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholtz have not pitched to their full capabilities this season. However, Beckett and Buchholtz have shown stretches of dominance, but Lester has yet to find his old self.

Lester (5-6, 4.49 ERA) will take the hill tonight against the Chicago White Sox in game two of the four game set. On April 28, the lefty picked up his first win of the season in a 1-0 victory over the White Sox where he tossed seven shutout innings, giving up just five hits. Lester will look to find that same dominance again tonight and help the Red Sox pick up their third straight win (fourth since the All-Star break).

The Red Sox are starting to return to health as Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford made their returns to the lineup recently, but Lester needs to return to the pitcher who posted at least 15 wins over the past four seasons. In those previous four seasons, Lester has given up 75, 77, 75, and 74 earned runs respectively, but is already at 56 earned runs so far this season. Without Lester regaining his dominance, it will be hard to imagine the Red Sox making the postseason.

Opposing Lester tonight, on the mound for the White Sox is Philip Humber. The Red Sox faced Humber earlier in the season in his first start following a perfect game. In that start, the Red Sox tagged Humber for nine runs on eight hits in just five innings. The Red Sox will look for the same offensive output again tonight at Fenway.

The Red Sox will be without David Ortiz who is out with an Achilles injury. Ortiz underwent an MRI today that showed no tear, but the team will wait for Ortiz to receive a second opinion before deciding if it will put the All-Star on the DL.

Lester and the Red Sox enter tonight’s contest just a game behind the Detroit Tigers for the final Wild Card spot.

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By The Baseball Page
Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012


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