If Jon Lester's October is as successful as his September has been so far, the Red Sox could be in for a fun postseason ride.
The 24-year-old lefthander this afternoon was named the American League Pitcher of the Month for September. Lester went 4-1 with a 2.14 ERA and 28 strikeouts in five starts this month. In 33 2/3 innings, allowed eight earned runs on 26 hits and 13 walks.
It is the second time this season (and in his career) that Lester has won the honor, the first coming in July, when he was 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA.
Lester, who will start Game 1 of the ALDS at Anaheim Wednesday night, finished the regular season with a 16-6 record and a 3.21 ERA.
He collected 152 strikeouts in 210 1/3 innings pitched, including two complete-game shutouts, one of which was his no-hitter at Fenway Park May 19th against the Kansas City Royals.