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Postby jh2031 » Sat Jun 17, 2006 11:55 am

tomdoyle3 wrote:
jh2031 wrote:Will he continue to start? I have him in my minors and was wondering if he's worth bringing up.


Yes, with Clement being put on the dl, and David Wells already being on the dl, he has a spot in the rotation. ;-D


Ok, thanks for the info. ;-D
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Postby BitterDodgerFan » Sat Jun 17, 2006 12:47 pm

whats so special about the kid? im looking at his AAA stats and his whip is not that good..

46.2 IP 2.73 ERA 1.47 WHIP
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Postby Pokey » Sat Jun 17, 2006 3:04 pm

BitterDodgerFan wrote:whats so special about the kid? im looking at his AAA stats and his whip is not that good..

46.2 IP 2.73 ERA 1.47 WHIP


Usually a low ERA high Whip combo like that in the minors means that a guy has dominant stuff, w's just not harnessing it yet. Lester definitely walks too many batters. If he continues to pitch the rest of the year, I'd expect numbers similar to Kazmir's first year, maybe a little worse ratios, but with a couple more wins.
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Postby Red Sox Nation » Sat Jun 17, 2006 5:14 pm

He still needs to control the ball and find the strike zone more often but he will get wins.
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Postby ThisOneGuy » Wed Jun 21, 2006 9:19 pm

Today's line:

6 IP - 102 pitches

3 hits
2 walks
1 ER
10 Ks

He left with a 9-1 lead, so you can probably add a win to that line in about an hour. :-)

Granted, this was against the Nationals, but I'm impressed so far! ;-D
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Postby Philliebuster » Wed Jun 21, 2006 9:35 pm

ThisOneGuy wrote:Today's line:

6 IP - 102 pitches

3 hits
2 walks
1 ER
10 Ks

He left with a 9-1 lead, so you can probably add a win to that line in about an hour. :-)

Granted, this was against the Nationals, but I'm impressed so far! ;-D


Very impressive, don't see how the Sox can take this kid out of the rotation after this start.
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Postby Philliebuster » Wed Jun 21, 2006 9:40 pm

His next matchup is vs the Mets, should be an interesting test.
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Postby bigken117 » Wed Jun 21, 2006 9:40 pm

BitterDodgerFan wrote:whats so special about the kid? im looking at his AAA stats and his whip is not that good..

46.2 IP 2.73 ERA 1.47 WHIP


No it isn't, but he also had a rough welcome to AAA. Over his last 5 starts there in 24.1 IP he had an ERA of 1.12. His WHIP was only 1.20 in his last 3 starts at AAA, suggesting improvement as well. He was still giving up too many hits, but he was limiting his walks with a 13/5 K/BB ratio.

Before this season BA called him the second best lefty in the minors behind Liriano.

Get on board the bandwagon. It's filling fast. :-b
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Postby Red Sox Nation » Wed Jun 21, 2006 10:49 pm

Philliebuster wrote:His next matchup is vs the Mets, should be an interesting test.


It should be but it depends on who he's facing.

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BitterDodgerFan wrote:whats so special about the kid? im looking at his AAA stats and his whip is not that good..

46.2 IP 2.73 ERA 1.47 WHIP


No it isn't, but he also had a rough welcome to AAA. Over his last 5 starts there in 24.1 IP he had an ERA of 1.12. His WHIP was only 1.20 in his last 3 starts at AAA, suggesting improvement as well. He was still giving up too many hits, but he was limiting his walks with a 13/5 K/BB ratio.

Before this season BA called him the second best lefty in the minors behind Liriano.

Get on board the bandwagon. It's filling fast. :-b


Haha, I'm glad I had started him today. Awesome. my team is full of rookies (I had Hamels for a couple starts) including Billingsley and Lester.

Anyone see him pitch? From the line, his stats were good and he had control but how'd he appear on tv? I couldn't watch it but from those stats he'll probably remain in the lineup for a while. (Liriano is a beast).
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Postby Kurtangletn » Thu Jun 22, 2006 3:18 am

Lester will stay, nobody really knows about Wells at the moment, I still think it could easily be his last pitch in the majors, I'm not sure he can do it anymore.

Clement may just be on the DL all year, even if he is not injured to keep the spot for Lester, if Wells comes back or Johnson is somewhat decent as the 5th starter.

Lester is the best prospect the Sox have, and he is doing what he has been doing in the minors in the majors, owning. There is no reason the sox would want to screw his morale up and send him back to Pawtucket after doing these types of starts, especially considering that he is improving with each start, his controll getting better, and overall being a smarter pitcher.

I think all he needs to learn is to go after hitters a bit more when he is ahead. Not nitpick for 2 pitches on an 0-2 count. But he is 22, and with more starts better confidence, he'll start going after them more I suppose.

Great start tonight, he was on. Nasty stuff. Mets will be a real test, lets see how he does..
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