How's Jon Lester doing?

Jorge Camargo
Contributing Writer

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Remember those cold November days, when we were sure that Lester was coming back and then he chose to sign with the Chicago Cubs? Do you remember that we thought that it was actually a wrong move and that the rotation couldn't work without an ace (not that they actually  can...)? Well, let's see how our beloved Jon Lester is doing right now. Obviously Lester would have been the first man of this rotation so we'll compare his number to our current "ace", Clay Buchholz.

Jon Lester is currently pitching in the National League, the pitcher-friendly League without a DH. I'm not saying that pitching is easier in the National League, but it's proven that your stats will be better if you switch from the AL to the NL. Stating this, take the following with a grain of salt:

The lefty has has the following numbers in 14 games:

IP: 85.1
Homeruns allowed: 9
SO: 81
Wins: 4
Losses: 5
ERA: 3.80

I've been seen Lester pitch practically since his first start in the Majors and I know that he's able of turning his season around but this numbers do not look convenient for a guy that was one of the biggest free agents of last offseason.

Meanwhile, as Red Sox fans we've been talking about Buchholz not performing and this rotation lacking a true ace like well, Jon Lester. But is there really a huge difference between Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz?

Our "ace" has the following sats in the same number of games as Lester:

IP: 86.00
Homeruns allowed: 5
SO: 84
Wins: 4
Losses: 6
ERA: 3.87

Clearly Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz have almost the exact same numbers. I'm not saying that not signing Lester was the right move, it's way too early to say something like that. Maybe we should analyze more the way he's been pitching with Chicago before saying that things would be different with him. At least for me, the huge difference between Buchholz and Lester is the attitude. Lester is a leader that can add a lot to a rotation just with his approach to the game, and maybe that would be his contribution to this season but his numbers do not look "ace worthy" right now. Let's just wait and see how this season ends.

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