Originally posted on Razzball  |  Last updated 7/23/12
It’s not easy to give up 11 runs in 4 innings.  You have to have the faith of your manager, first of all.  Second of all, why does Jon Lester have the faith of his manager?  Or anyone, for that matter.  After today, his ERA is at 5.46 and WHIP is 1.46.  Symmetry is about all he has going for him.  You don’t get near August with a WHIP and ERA that bad with one or two shaky outings.  He’s been terrible all season.  People were saying he’s throwing to more contact this year, hence the drop in K-rate.  Yeah, a pitch-to-contact approach is great for the hitters he’s facing.  You know who else pitches to contact?  A batting practice pitcher.  Also, who’s bright idea was it for him to pitch to contact in Fenway?  Isn’t this about one of the worst parks for that?  Petco = pitch to contact; Fenway = strike people out.  He’s all but abandoned his cutter, which was his most effective pitch last year.  Speaking of cutter, in some shallower leagues, I’d stop waiting for him to come aroun
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