Re: Can Lester Handle the Pressure?
posted at 9/12/2011 8:53 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Can Lester Handle the Pressure?
[QUOTE]bean, let's give him the benefit of the doubt for 2011. Until he starts a playoff game this season, I can't answer your question, and really no one on this board can either. 2.57 ERA, 1.12 WHIP in 42 career playoff innings, I was at his 2009 playoff start, in fact I'm looking ironically at the ticket stub on my work wall...he threw 6 IP, 4 hits, and he gave up a 3-run homer to Tori Hunter...It was scoreless after 4 innings of work. His opponent pitcher threw 7-1/3 4 hits, and shutout the Sox offense---JOHN LACKEY....So how do you determine what a big game pitcher is. How many times has Lester thrown a great game in the regular season...countless times.
He's been pretty good overall in the postseason, dominating v. the Angels in the 2008 ALDS--14 IP, 0 ER (1 run) 10 hits, 0.92 WHIP...pretty big game to me...you guys just are fishing for whatever you can find to make Lester look bad.
Posted by dannycater
Many factors come into play with pitching, and it's not all about the pitcher himself.
In the game in question, Lester was throwing 91-93 MPH. That's a far cry from 96-97 last year. The difference is either the result of injury or poor mechanics.
With decreased velocity, one has to be more pinpoint. Lester's strength is his stuff. He has never had pin-point command. So, was he trying to be too fine against the Rays in a huge game and ended up sacrificing even more velocity/depth of break?
Was he trying to be something he's not?
To see many chastise him as a choke without knowing all the facts is ludicrous, but at the same time...board protocol.