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When Jon Lester took the mound last night, he was trying to become
the first Red Sox lefty starter since 1973 to go at least 7-0 to begin a
But he also was facing his personal kryptonite.
his best and worst seasons, Lester struggles against the White Sox. He
can’t explain it, but it has become as predictable as winter blizzards
in Chicago. In nine previous starts against the White Sox entering the
series opener here, the Red Sox ace lefty had a 5.20 ERA, by far his
highest against any AL team.
And, true to form, Lester got roughed up again in a 6-4 loss that snapped the Red Sox’ five-game winning streak.
whatever reason, I’ve never pitched well here,” Lester said after
allowing five runs, all with two outs, over the first two innings. “Talk
to them. See what they’ve got on me. Maybe you can get some info for
me. It’s just one of those gigs. If I knew (why), I’d stop giving up a
bunch of runs to these guys.”
Herald: Not Jon Lester's kind of town
This isn't out of the norm for any pitcher. However, I've always wondered as to what makes a pitcher suck against one particular team. Have the batters figured him out? Do they have a solid strategy and approach? Does the ballpark not suit him? Is there an issue with the mound? Or does the pitcher flat out hate the city?
I'm curious as to what Lester thinks on the plane ride over to play the White Sox. He has to know his history against this team. The fact that he was attempting to continue his undefeated record most likely didn't help his mindset either.
Luckily, the Red Sox don't see the White Sox until late August for a three-game series. Until then, Lester can sit in a dark room and watch tape for hours to figure his struggles out versus this club. Seriously, that three-run bomb by Adam Dunn may still be in orbit.
Rest of the links:
Globe: White Sox get to Lester again | Globe: Victorino leaves with 'mild' hamstring injury | Globe: Ross cleared to start working out | Herald: Healthy issue in Bailey | Herald: Shane Victorino aching again | Herald: Salty, Middlebrooks go deep, but fall short | Herald: Jonny Gomes: 2-year deal with Red Sox has allowed him to emphasize the intangibles | CSNNE.com: Lester done in by White Sox once again |
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Red Sox lefty Jon Lester stumbled for the first time this season on Monday night against the White Sox, suffering his first lost since September 26, 2012. Lester allowed six Chicago runs (five earned) on seven hits and three walks over six innings in the Red Sox’ 6-4 loss.
The Sox had to try and claw their way out of a 3-0 hole after the first inning, and Lester chalks his struggles...
Sean Riley, contributing writer
2012 is a year that most fans and Red Sox players wish they could permanently erase from their memories for so many reasons. The mindset of everyone in Boston was that this 2013 season would be a fresh start with a clean slate to start the year and hoping that there would be no overlap between last season and this one.
Jon Lester is no exception...
It seemed like every time that Boston Red Sox starter Jon Lester put people on with two outs, it would cost him. Well it did as the Chicago White Sox took advantage and held off the visiting nine in a 6-4 win at U.S. Cellular Field on the south side of Chicago on Monday night.
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It’s probably a safe bet that Jon Lester isn’t singing Sweet Home Chicago whenever the Red Sox southpaw gets set to toe the mound against the White Sox.
In nine career starts against the Chicago South Siders, Lester is 4-5 with a 5.43 ERA.
Last night at U.S. Cellular Field Lester didn’t stray far from the...
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Adam Dunn's 3-run home run off Jon Lester in the bottom of the 1st inning helped end the Red Sox 5-game winning streak as the White Sox topped Boston 6-4 at Cellular Field.
For Lester (pictured) it was his first loss of the season. He went six innings and was charged with all 6 Chicago runs on 5 hits and 3 walks.
Boston was held to just...
Well it was bound to happen, Jon Lester finally lost his first game of the season. Lester gave up 5 runs in the first two innings of the game and then recovered but the offense was never able to get going. The White Sox snapped the Red Sox 5 game winning streak and won the first game of the series of the battle of the Sox in Chicago. Here are the...
The White Sox are doing their damage with two outs on Monday night, meaning that once again, timely hitting is not working to the Red Sox’ advantage.
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Adam Dunn hit a three-run homer in the first inning and the Chicago White Sox handed Jon Lester his first loss of the season with a 6-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night.
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First Pitch: Monday 8:10, Tuesday 8:10, Wednesday 8:10
Arms: Monday: Jon Lester, LHP (6-0, 2.72 ERA) vs. Dylan Axelrod, RHP (1-3, 4.27 ERA)
Tuesday: Felix Doubront, LHP (3-1, 6.03 ERA) vs. Jose Quintana, LHP (2-1, 3.97 ERA)
Wednesday: Clay Buchholz, RHP (6-0, 1.78 ERA) vs. Chris Sale, LHP (5-2, 2.53 ERA)
After sweeping the Minnesota Twins over the weekend, the Boston Red Sox head to the south side of the Windy City to finish up their nine game road trip. Tonight they'll kick off a three-game set with the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
First pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. If you live in the Red Sox television market you can catch the game on NESN. If you live...
Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester have effectively anchored an inconsistent starting rotation in an overall strong season for the Boston Red Sox. On Wednesday night, Buchholz continued his stellar season with a strong start, helping the Red Sox in a 6-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox.Buchholz worked seven strong innings, surrendering just one run on five hits, while striking out four...