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This is the fifth of five in a series focusing on the Red Sox starting pitchers.
Red Sox Nation might not have figured out yet which particular Jon Lester is going to take the hill on any given night, but one thing is evident: this ain’t your 2012 Model-L.
You know the one: bad brakes. Leaked like a sieve. Terrible mileage.
2012 Lester finished up The Year That Never Was with a 9-14 record and a 4.82 ERA. He served up a career-high 25 home runs. Batters hit him at a .273 clip. If you’re one of the Wins Above Replacement crowd, Lester went from a WAR of 4.4 in 2011 to a frigid 0.7 in 2012.
Through his first 12 games last year, Lester was 3-4 with a 4.64 ERA.
During the same stretch of games one year later he’s 6-2 with a 3.53 ERA.
Of course, he’s receiving more run support from a revitalized Red Sox dugout this time around, as well: an average of 6.07 runs per game versus 4.02 a year ago. And the team is als...