Re: Game thread 66: Red Sox at Rays
posted at 6/11/2013 8:51 PM EDT
In response to 37stories' comment:
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In response to TheExaminer's comment:
Part of the trouble with us fans is that we keep buying into the hype that Lester is an ace, and keep getting disappointed when we see games like this. Hes not an ace, never has been. Hes a number 3 starter at best, lower your expectations. Hes a great guy, I love his story, but the guy is not a number one pitcher. Thats just it.
I don't see him as worse than a number two. He stats screams number two, his periodic domination screams number two and his stuff is screams number. Number two would be aces if they didn't have bad stretches.
His stuff sucks #3-4. It screams nothing. Coming into this game in his last NINE starts his ERA was 4.42. Its worse now.
He averages 15 wins a game. He is on pace for 15 wins.
He is a 2 and he is pitching badly tonight. Nothing really to get all freaked out about.
Fair enough, but what's he done since 1 September 2011? Because, per my recollection, and perhaps I'm off point, he (and other starters) stunk it up in September 2011, stunk it up for the entirity of 2012, and although he has a decent record this year - hasn't done anything to write home about (except lose) for his last three starts. So he's not just pitching badly tonight - for over a year he's been woefully mediocre given his supposed talent. So at what point do we presume he's past his peak and on a downward trend?