Re: Is Lester a Choker?
posted at 6/1/2011 1:40 AM EDT
In Response to Is Lester a Choker?
[QUOTE]I'm sure I'll get blasted for this, as it sounds as if I'm bashing Lester. I guess you can say I am, although I do like Lester. But hasn't he choked when the Sox needed him most? He didn't pitch well the last time they were in the playoffs, and last year when they were in the playoff hunt, he went out and lost his last 4 starts, helping put the playoffs out of reach for the Sox. Although last night was not a must win, they needed that win to stay in first place and again, he pitched a stinker.
Beckett didn't pitch great the other night, but without his best stuff he came up with some clutch pitches and still gave the team a chance to win. Lester, not so much. I'm really disappointed in Lester. Hopefully he can turn it around.
Posted by cpjohn1[/QUOTE]
So he is a choker because he lost a game that dropped them in a first place tie on May 30? Tell me again, what post-season seeding does a team in first place in late May lock up?
And calling that team last year in the playoff hunt is a bit of a reach. They played ridiculously well given the amount of injuries they had, but in the end, trying to make the post season without Youkilis, Pedroia, and Ellsbury and with Beckett injured and ineffective, and with losing significant time from Martinez and many others were all much bigger factors than any 4 game stretch from a starting pitcher.
The real problem is fan expectation. They label far too many games as “must win”, even when they try to tell you they don’t. This team is going to lose at least 40% of its games, and some of those will be started by Lester. Deal with it…