Meet the 2011 Red Sox
Starting rotationLH Jon Lester
Fast fact: Lester is 31-10 at Fenway Park in his career, the best winning percentage (.756) for a lefthander (minimum 25 decisions) at the old ballpark since Lefty Grove was 55-17 (.764) from 1925-41.
Lowdown: Now one of the elite pitchers in baseball, Lester was named the Opening Day starter following a season in which he finished 19-9 with a 3.25 ERA. For the Red Sox to return to the playoffs, they need their ace to stay at the lofty level he has reached so quickly in his career. The immediate goal is to avoid another slow start.