Re: Do you think it's right? The Red Sox ownership this winter is acting like a small market team.
posted at 12/13/2011 11:13 AM EST
In Response to Do you think it's right? The Red Sox ownership this winter is acting like a small market team.
[QUOTE]Does the Sox really have a number one pitcher like Pedro or Curt? Does Lester Or Beckett have the bull dog determination, the heart and sole of a true competitor during the September heat of a pennant race? Beckett did in 2007, but can he do it again? Can he pitch with his nagging injuries and give the Sox 200 plus innings and be a stopper? Can Lester finally be that kind of pitcher? [/QUOTE]
Boy, I'm so sick and tired of this silly line of thinking.
How is it that some fools still have doubts about Lester? He's not Roy Halladay, but how greedy can you get?
Bull-dog determination? He overcame cancer AND won a WS game in the same season.
Postseason ability? In six career postseason starts, Lester has a 2.35 era, has pitched almost 6.5 innings per start (including his WS start when he had little stamina due to, you know, cancer), and a 1.12 whip. Not good enough for you?
The heat of the pennant race? Lester is 17-6 with a 3.42 era in September in his career (his third best month overall), and he also has his best strikeout rate in September. AND THAT INCLUDES LAST YEAR'S TERRIBLE SEPTEMBER!
Last year Lester had a 2.31 era in June, 1.56 era in July, and 2.78 era in August. As of September 10th, he was perhaps on his way to his best season, with a 2.93 era (and as a pitcher who gets better as the season goes along, in a typical Lester year he would have ended with a sub-2.75 era).
You're telling me because he had a mere THREE START bad stretch (4 innings/4 runs, 7 innings/4 runs, 2.2 innings/8 runs) that all of a sudden he's a bum? Get real. And don't forget, despite the fact that Lester clearly had some mechanical issues, he still gutted out 6 innings and 2 runs in his final start.
If he's not good enough for you, sorry, you just don't know baseball