posted at 7/9/2013 7:25 PM EDT
In response to ADG's comment:
In response to southpaw777's comment:
In response to BurritoT-'s comment:
Honestly, as I mentioned in March, you would think by now if Lester hadn't turned it around that we could safely bet this is who he is. I myself had named July 15th as the day I could safely pass judgment, and I believe today he is exactly the same pitcher we have seen since August 2011. He isn't doing well.
Would you not agree that if he realed off 3 straight solid starts that it was more likely an oddity and that he will have far more streaks of going 5 and surrendering 5?
I understand your points, and they are valid. Personally, Im just not ready to give up on him yet. He just threw 2 solid games and then last night happened. Maybe he has lost it. I just dont think so. Not yet. I said I would wait til the year is over and evaluate his full year. He has an option to consider next year at a good price. Im just going to let this year play out...
Keep in mind a few things when you watch Lester:
He has lost 4-5 MPH off his fastball.
A cutter is his supposed out pitch.
When a pitcher nibbles like Jon Lester does, he doesn't have the pelota's to go after hitters. 94 pitches after 4 IP. Really?
After bad outings like last night, he comments that he thought he had good stuff. If he thought he had good stuff, there is something terribly wrong with his perspective.
It was a game where they needed a big game. He game them nothing.
you might wanna chech your stats. over the last 3 years Lester has gone from an average FB of 94.3 to 93.3...Thats 1MPH over the last 3 years. I went to a lot of games he pitched in 2012 and Lester was consistently at 94MPH and hitting 95. He was consistently at 93-94 his last start and hit 95 a few times.
He has a great change up as well. Hes relied on the cutter too much.
I agree that I dont really care for his comments.