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Not even Lester is immune


You know a pitcher is having problems when John Farrell is surrounded by reporters after a game.

The subject tonight was Jon Lester. He is 0-4 with a 4.39 ERA on his last four starts. A Red Sox starter hasn’t dropped four in a row since Tim Wakefield in 2005.

Of course it hasn’t helped that the Sox have scored three runs in those four games. Or that shoddy defense has led to four unearned runs scoring. But Lester hasn’t been himself, either.

“I’m in a little funk right now. Weird things are happening,” Lester said. “I’ve just got to keep working. It can only get better.”

Farrell said there is nothing physically wrong with Lester. His mechanics are fine, too. One of the games he lost was in Seattle, the day he looked certain to throw a no-hitter before everything blew up.

Just chalk it up to the unusual, unlucky and uncertain times the Red Sox have been living through the last month.

Justin Masterson is 2-0 in two starts against the Red Sox, allowing one run over 14 innings. He is 2-10, 5.98 against everybody else. Try and explain that one.

Wrote this earlier in the week and it remains true: The Red Sox have been awful against the dregs of the league

They are 15-15 against the Indians, Orioles, Royals and Mariners. If they were 20-10 in those games — which seems pretty reasonable to expect — they’d be 1.5 games out.

Injuries only explain so much. The Sox are the team still with something to play for yet the Indians seem to have all the energy. Even the long anticipated return of Jacoby Ellsbury didn’t produce any excitement.



That’s it for tonight. Thanks to everybody for reading,

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