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For Jon Lester, it’s not about how high-wattage his pitching matchup Sunday against Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish will be. It’s about how few and far between the runs will inevitably be.
Whether it’s CC Sabathia or Justin Verlander, the mentality Lester takes into battles with marquee pitchers is straightforward.
“You’re not pitching against him,” Lester said.
But he added, “At the same time, you know who’s on the other side.”
Darvish, the 26-year-old pitcher that the Texas Rangers invested more than $111 million into a year ago, will be on the other side.
So will his 5-1 record, his 2.33 ERA, his major league-leading 58 strikeouts, and the center-of the-universe pull he currently has on the baseball world.