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He was supposed to be an ace, the stopper, one of the best lefties in the game. Instead he’s been mediocre, and that may even be giving him too much slack.

Jon Lester is the 90th overall ranked starting pitcher in ESPN standard leagues. He’s got an ERA in the mid 4′s and a WHIP that doesn’t inspire confidence in anyone except the opposing team. He also owns one of the worst first inning ERA’s in all of baseball. Not exactly what you want out of your ace, stopper, one of the best lefties in the game.

There was a lot wrong with the Red Sox first half and Jon Lester is far from the only problem. But  with the the positives since the All Star break, he could be a big part of the solution. If he can come back from his self described “********* first half.” Then maybe the Red Sox could find that ace that they have been desperately looking for ever since Josh Beckett stopped caring.

Catching the Yankees may be out of the question but the Sox are only a game out of the Wild Card right now. A statement game from Lester would certainly announce to the rest of the leaugue – and the fans – that the “varsity” really is back.

Now is the time for Jon Lester to pitch like everyone has expected him to.

Travis Wood? More Like Kerry Wood, Eh?

Okay, so that may be a bit of an overstatement but the guy has been good. In his last four starts (all wins) he’s only given up three runs. As long as he continues to pitch his was out of jams he should be able to compensate for the fact that the Cubs struggle to score runs.

Carlos Villaneuva Is Worth A Stream

The last two times out as a starter he hasn’t given up a run and has struckout 15 hitters. His next start is against Boston, but the Red Sox lineup is more unpredictable than a meth addict. If you need a one day stream, Villaneuva is your man come Saturday. And no, I don’t think there’s any relation to Charlie, and I as far as I know Carlos doesn’t have alopecia.

Derek Holland Is Back To His “Normal” Self

He’s a weird guy with a great Harry Carry impersonation, but up until recently he hadn’t been pitching like we had become accustomed to. With a WHIP close to one and only three earned runs given up so far in July – weird may be good.

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