Jon Lester has gone up against two Cy Young winners to begin the season. He’s 2-0.
Yet while Lester’s Opening Day performance in the Bronx against CC Sabathia was fairly solid, Sunday’s victory over R.A. Dickey and the Blue Jays was much more impressive.
Lester never faced any trouble on Sunday, as the Red Sox’ offense gave him a five-run lead before he ever took the mound and continued to pile on throughout the game. But when the Sox weren’t crushing baseballs all over Rogers Centre, Lester looked very sharp while twirling seven shutout innings.
Lester gave up five hits and struck out six. His cutter was its usual effective self, and the lefty’s offspeed stuff kept hitters off balance. That’s especially encouraging, as Lester noted after the game that it usually takes six, seven or even eight starts before his breaking ball really starts to click.
“It was better. I was able to throw some curveballs for strikes, both ahead and behind,” Lester said. “I threw a couple good changeups t...