The Sox Need Kenta Maeda

Mike DavisContributing WriterThe Boston Red Sox need to make every effort to sign Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda.  In recent years, there have been many successful pitchers that have come from Japan, like Yu Darvish.  The Sox really need a number one or two starter.  Their rotation has been horrible since the Jon Lester trade, but if we can get Maeda this would help solve one of...
Via RedSoxLife
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

James Shields - perfect fit for Boston

Brian Hines (@BringLesterBack)Contributing WriterA Lester return is wanted but not very likely AP Photo/Michael Dwyer The Red Sox are officially done this season and are now looking ahead to improve their team this winter. One thing they need is pitching, badly.The Red Sox were hoping for a Jon Lester return next season to lead the pitching staff but that is looking more and more...
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22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Birthday Boy Giles Earns First Career Save in Phils Victory

Heading into today's game, the Phillies were looking to change their fortunes not only in interleague play, but play on the west coast in general. Last night, the Phillies faced Jon Lester. David Buchanan had one rough inning and the Phillies couldn't recover. The rookie only allowed three runs, making...
Via Philliedelphia
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Rumors: Early industry buzz has Chicago signing Jon Lester in free agency

The Chicago Cubs will show interest in left-handed pitcher Jon Lester in free agency, according to multiple reports. They won't be the only team that will show interest, but they may be the favorites to sign him in free agency.#455075074 / gettyimages.comIn his Full Count video, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that the early industry buzz is that the Cubs will sign Lester...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
2 days ago  |  Discuss

A Minus

The Phillies landed in Oakland last night for a series with another team who once called Philadelphia home, the Athletics. An old fashioned pitcher’s duel unfolded, as David Buchanan faced off against Jon Lester. Unfortunately for the Phils, Lester would get the better of the matchup on this night. Lester allowed one earned run on five […]
Via Philly Sports Live
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Buchanan's Quality Start Not Enough Against Lester and A's

Jon Lester got the ball for Oakland in a somewhat dire situation for his new club as they are in a close Wild Card race with Kansas City. David Buchanan looked to continue a pretty decent stretch he's on right now. Domonic Brown was a late scratch with Grady Sizemore...
Via Philliedelphia
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Lester, Doolittle pitch A’s back to top of wild-card stack with win over Phils

Jon Lester did what he usually does. Sean Doolittle did what he usually does — but what he didn’t do in his previous outing. Those two left-handers did most of the heavy lifting Friday night at the Coliseum, and they helped lift the A’s back to the top wild-card spot in the American League. Lester held Philadelphia to a run on five hits in seven innings as Oakland prevailed...
Via Pro Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Lester, Crisp propel A's past Phils, Back into top AL wild-card spot

  Coco Crisp had two hits and drove in a run, supporting another strong outing from Jon Lester, and the Oakland Athletics defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 on Friday night to regain the top spot in the chase for AL wild cards. Derek Norris and Eric Sogard also drove in runs for Oakland, which moved a half-game ahead of the Kansas City Royals, who were beaten by the Detroit...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

A's Lester holds Phillies to 5 hits in 7 innings

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Coco Crisp had two hits and drove in a run, supporting another strong outing from Jon Lester, and the Oakland Athletics defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 on Friday night to regain the top spot in the chase for AL wild cards. Derek Norris and Eric Sogard also drove in runs for Oakland, which moved a half-game ahead of the Kansas City Royals, who were beaten...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Gameday 154: Phillies at Athletics

Philadelphia Phillies (70-83) at Oakland Athletics (83-69) Starting Pitchers: PHI: David Buchannan (6-7, 3.75 ERA) vs. OAK: Jon Lester (15-10, 2.45 ERA)  Time: 9:35 EST, Coliseum TV: CSN Weather: Partly cloudy, 72 Media: Twitter and Facebook A note for today: 60 years ago today, the A’s played their last home game in Philadelphia before moving to Kansas City and eventually...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Jon Lester Be Enough To Save Slumping A's?

Don't look now, but baseball may be witnessing yet another epic September collapse. The Oakland A's lost again last night (with Sonny Gray giving up four runs in the first inning), and are now in danger of dropping completely out of the post-season picture. This, despite the fact that former Red Sox ace Jon Lester has been lights out since joining The Green and Gold. The...
Via FenwayNation
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies-Athletics Preview

A postseason appearance once seemingly guaranteed for the Oakland Athletics is looking increasingly precarious after they were swept by baseball's worst team. Oakland looks to Jon Lester to help it avoid yet another pitfall Friday night when it continues its final nine-game homestand with the first of three against the last-place Philadelphia Phillies. The Athletics (83-69) fell...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Do the Oakland Athletics Have Enough Pitching?

The Oakland Athletics got off to a very strong start, and on August 9 they had a four game lead on the Anaheim Angels. Their 72-44 record was the best in baseball, and after acquiring Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs, they had recently traded for ace pitcher Jon Lester from the Boston Red Sox. From that point, the A’s have a woeful 11-22 record. While...
Via Baseball News Source
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Jon Lester Wins AL Player Of The Week Honors

(FenwayNation Photo)Why can't we get players like that? Jon Lester—he of the Oakland A's—won the American League Player Of The Week for the period ending on Sunday, September 14th. In two starts over that span, the former (and possibly) future Red Sox ace went 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA. In 14 innings pitched last week, the big lefty struck out 15 batters. He is almost single...
Via FenwayNation
7 days ago  |  Discuss

What is Going on in Oakland?

If you’re curious as to why coverage has seemingly been so scarce regarding the Milwaukee Brewers’ collapse from late August into September, it’s because one team out in the AL West figured they’d try to best them. Or something. I’m talking about the Oakland Athletics, and their tremendous fall from first place to struggling for a Wild Card spot. Sound familiar? That...
Via The Sports Post
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Moss, Fuld slug A's past Mariners, increase AL wild-card lead

  Sam Fuld and Brandon Moss hit solo home runs, Jon Lester combined with three relievers on a seven-hitter and the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0 on Sunday afternoon. Oakland won consecutive games for the first time in three weeks and more importantly stretched its lead in the AL wild card race. The A's now hold a 1 1/2 game advantage over Kansas City and a...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics Collapse as Team stops Playing ‘Moneyball’

By Anthony Weber The Oakland Athletics were in control of the American League West for much of the season, as the team was well on their way to having the league’s best overall record.  Then the Athletics General Manager, Billy Beane decided to play the Yankee way instead of the Moneyball way. As of July 5th, the Athletics had an MLB best 54-33 record, several days later the Athletics...
Via Beyond The Spread
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Theo And Cubs Aggressively Pursuing Lester?

Reports out of Chicago indicate that former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein is prepared to aggressively pursue Jon Lester this off-season. Those same reports suggest that Lester is "open-minded" about where he'll land in 2015—which, of course, could also include Boston and the Bronx. However, Theo is flush with cash, and has only about $30 million committed to his 2015 payroll—which...
Via FenwayNation
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Cubs Will Target Jon Lester In Offseason As Part Of Rebuilding

Jon Lester will have no shortage of suitors this winter, and the Chicago Cubs are expected to be on that list. CSN Chicago reported Wednesday night that the Cubs will make a push for the veteran left-handed pitcher who will be free agent this winter. “Multiple industry sources say the Cubs are targeting Lester and will make a run at him this winter, trying to set a foundation...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 5 Off-Season Moves The Sox Need To Make

As Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner reveals today that the NOG will spend heavily in the off-season, here are our Top Five Off-Season Moves the team needs to make:1.) Get two front-line starting pitchers. This is not Houston or Kansas City. We can afford it. Go out and spend for (or trade for) two top starting pitchers—Cole Hamels and Jon Lester; Hamels and James Shields; Max Scherzer...
Via FenwayNation
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Rumors: Chicago to target Jon Lester?

Current Oakland Athletics starter Jon Lester will be a free agent at the end of the 2014 season, and it is probably unlikely that he will return to the A's in 2015. So where could he end up?  One team that makes sense for Lester is the Chicago Cubs. As mentioned by Jesse Rodgers of ESPN Chicago, Lester has a good relationship with the Cubs' front office and the Cubs are...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Lester and the Cubs

This off season, the Chicago Cubs are likely going to target top of the rotation free agent starting pitchers. There is Max Scherzer, Justin Masterson, James Shields, but the one the Cubs are likely going to make their primary target is Jon Lester. I know what some of you are saying. Of course Lester is their primary target, he is a former Boston Red Sox player. The all too famous...
Via World Series Dreaming
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs will be in position to make a splash with Jon Lester

No matter what happens with the Wrigley Field renovations and the next TV contract, the Cubs will be in position to make a splash and sign Jon Lester to a megadeal. Multiple industry sources say the Cubs are targeting Lester and will make a run at him this winter, trying to set a foundation piece in the rebuild at Clark and Addison. That doesn’t mean the Cubs will win a bidding...
Via Pro Sports Daily
13 days ago  |  Discuss

FG on Fox: The Myth of Second Half Momentum

Back at the end of July, there was one overarching narrative: the Tigers and A’s engaging in an arms race to try and get an advantage for their inevitable October match-up. On the day the Tigers acquired David Price and the A’s acquired Jon Lester, Oakland had the best record in baseball, while Detroit had […]
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

As Long As We Are Looking Ahead to 2015

Is Yoenis Cespedes still going to be in Boston in 2015? Will Giancarlo Stanton be here? Jon Lester? What do we make of Jackie Bradley, Jr. and Mookie Betts’ 2015 destinations? These are all questions being asked about 2015, and the answers are less than certain and purely speculative. What is no longer speculative is the schedule for 2015, and the Red Sox will be welcomed as a...
Via Fire Brand AL
14 days ago  |  Discuss
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