Wednesday, May 21, 2008
As regular readers know, I’m no story teller. Others have done a much better job of describing the wonderful comeback that is Jon Lester’s last three years. And which hit a new high by no-hitting the Royals.
As with most no-hitters, the pitcher is good, lucky and has a favorable matchup. The Royals are nearly as allergic to going deep in counts and earning a walk, as I am to tree pollen. A lineup lacking patience minimizes Lester’s weakness – control and command. But Lester’s comments after the historic night are encouraging.
"When I walked the leadoff guy," Lester said, "I had to step back and tell myself I don't have to be too fine. Let them hit the ball, let them put it in play. Let the guys behind me make the plays."
Now that Lester appears to be fully recovered, understands his issue and likely gained confidence from this great game, he could be in line for more consistent productive outings. His repertoire and stuff is similar to Andy Pettitte’s, albeit a notch below. Lester can be a solid #2 or good #3 starter for the Sox for a long time. And one other thing, I want to see Senator Kennedy kick cancer’s ass like Jon Lester.