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Jon Lester - 2009 to date: 30.0 IP, 1 W, 33 K, 5.40 ERA, 1.53 WHIP
Beckett’s teammate, Jon Lester, has also struggled some, if his ERA and WHIP tell the entire story. Lester only allowed 14 home runs last season, but in 30 innings, he has already surrendered five home runs, which might be correlated with a spike in usage of his curveball. Lester is no stranger to the home run ball; prior to 2008, he yielded eight home runs in 81.1 innings in 2006 and the following year, he surrendered 10 home runs in 63 innings. There is reason to be bullish on Lester, as his fastball velocity continues to remain at the level it was during his second half and it has shown with a 9.90 K/9. Inducing more grounders will be key to avoiding the gopher ball tendencies, but it seems like it’s more of a matter of pitch selection than it is a simple regression. Now is an opportune time to target Jon Lester.
Slayer Rules wrote:Lester has a career ERA of 4.07 and a career WHIP of 1.41 - yet he came into this year being mentioned as a CY candidate???!?
I guess I'm not sophisticated enough to understand why he's considered the second coming.
Curtis Pride wrote:Slayer Rules wrote:I guess I'm not sophisticated enough to understand why he's considered the second coming.
You said it.
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