Is Lester Ready?: Sox-Tribe Gamer IV

We’ll find out tonight, but these numbers are interesting:

  • ’07 AAA: 4-5, 3.89 ERA, 71.2 IP, 31 BB, 51 K, 1.14 WHIP, 3.89 BB/9, 6.40 K/9
  • ’06 AAA: 3-4, 2.70 ERA, 46.2 IP, 25 BB, 43 K, 1.46 WHIP, 4.82 BB/9, 8.29 K/9

And for fairness’ sake, Julian Tavarez this season:

  • 5-8, 5.17 ERA, 97.1 IP, 36 BB, 59 K, 1.54 WHIP, 3.33 BB/9, 5.46 K/9

A lot’s been made, here and elsewhere, about Lester’s poor results in Pawtucket this year, and whether that means he should be called up, traded or written off. I was surprised that his numbers are actually better this season than they were before his callup last year. The most disturbing stat is his dropping K/9 numbers, which fell far more than his BB/9 numbers. His hits/9 have dropped slightly, so fewer walks are making up the majority of that WHIP. Also, his ground balls have outnumbered fly balls this year, unlike in 2006.

So let’s have at it. It’s a great story either way. And does anyone doubt he can do better than Tavarez?

300 comments… add one
  • it is a great story! Cheers and good luck to Jon Lester.

    Nick-YF July 23, 2007, 4:34 pm
  • I second that Nick, best of luck to him. Two Cancer survivors on one team, that’s a VERY unfortunate coincidence about the Cancer, but wonderful that they are both survivors!

    John - YF (Trisk) July 23, 2007, 4:41 pm
  • Great story, whatever the results.
    Go JON!!!!!

    SF July 23, 2007, 4:56 pm
  • Make it happen Jon, everyone if rooting for you, even Yankee fans, so don’t miss this opportunity to do something that is very rare.
    Make every baseball fan happy on the same night.

    LocklandSF July 23, 2007, 4:59 pm
  • //I was surprised that his numbers are actually better this season than they were before his callup last year.//
    His ERA this year is significantly higher than last year, which ultimately is more important than WHIP or K/9. I’m not sure I agree with your statement.
    Having said that… GO LESTER! I would love to see a new arm in the #5 spot, as well as Jon making an amazing comeback from what could have been a fatal disease.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 5:02 pm
  • ERA is imporant, Altheose, but is dependent on luck more than WHIP or looking at WHIP together with walk and strikeout numbers. if his hits and walks are down and his ground balls are outnumbering his fly balls but his ERA is higher, I would guess that his higher ERA is somewhat undeserved. Plus, the sizes of the samples mean we should be looking at who his opponents were and whether they had better or worse offenses from 2006 to 2007.
    Although using ERA as a determinant for who’s had a better season is a good rule of thumb, it’s not 100 percent foolproof — particularly if you want a good overall view of a pitcher’s season. His higher ERA to me is not nearly as troubling as the lower K/9 because his current walk and K rates are sure to get worse in the majors, in which case his ERA is sure to rise.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 5:11 pm
  • Just saw that the Indians are 2nd in baseball–behind the Red Sox–in walks, so hopefully Lester has some control tonight. The last thing we need is walking the bases loaded for Thome *looks at Papelbon*

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 5:20 pm
  • Is he guaranteed the spot? Or is it between him and Gabbard for when Schil comes back?

    SF Kevin July 23, 2007, 5:24 pm
  • I’m hoping they keep both and dump Wakefield. He’s been far too inconsistent.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 5:28 pm
  • I’d love to see Wake in the pen, but that would mean losing Tavarez. And then when Donnelly returns, you’ve got a problem anyway. I guess it depends on how Lester does over the next couple of weeks, but I would hate to send Gabbard down…

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 5:35 pm
  • I think if both Lester and Gabbard pitch well enough to prohibit their being sent back down, the team will have a big lead in the standings (unless the Yankees don’t lose at all), in which case why not go to a 6 man rotation to keep everyone fresher for the postseason? Kind of a pie in the sky idea, but Matsuzaka’s going up in innings from last year and well-rested pitchers are a good thing.
    As for Donnelly, who knows if he’ll even be back before Sept. 1. If they have to send Lopez or MDC down for a week, that’s not the worst thing. The only way Tavarez leaves is via trade–he’s got an option for next year and he’s a useful #6-7 starter/swingman to have.

    Froggywomp July 23, 2007, 5:58 pm
  • I, for one, hope Lester gets traded for a player who doesn’t succeed for the Sox.
    That way I can actually root for him on a day-by-day basis, and the Yankees’ chief rival gets worse.
    I have hope.

    AndrewYF July 23, 2007, 6:09 pm
  • I for one am happy that we are sitting here talking about the possible abundance of pitching that we suddenly have. Here’s to the FO keeping these guys for the second half of the season when we experience more mediocrity from Wake and Schill? If Lester or Gabbard cannot net Tex, then we need to leave them on the team.
    Here’s the big question: What number will Lester wear tonight (Gabbard has his #61 from last year..) Ooh the drama.

    TheFens July 23, 2007, 6:15 pm
  • I’m not so concerned about the drop in K’s, especially since his WHIP has dropped significantly as well. Schilling and others (I just read a good quote from Glavine) have talked a lot about not trying to strike everybody out, to make guys hit into outs. Maybe some of that way of thinking rubbed off on Lester.

    Tyrel SF July 23, 2007, 6:25 pm
  • Here’s hoping the bad feeling in the pit of my stomach with regard to Lester’s chances is just from that vending machine sandwich I just ate…Not thrilled about throwing him against the Tribe, either; they’re only 8th in baseball against lefties in OPS, but .811 isn’t something to sneeze at…
    Well, good luck Jon. An accomplishment just to be back this quickly. I’d be thrilled with 5 innings of 3-run ball.
    Appropos of nothing, and sorry to rain on a parade, but I just saw this story on Yahoo about a minor-league coach in the Rockies organization who was struck and killed by a linedrive today while coaching first base. Guy was only 35, and had two young kids and a third on the way. Just awful…
    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-coachkilled&prov=ap&type=lgns

    desturbd1 July 23, 2007, 6:46 pm
  • Yay, wireless! I no longer have to choose between the game threads and the television when the Sox are actually on TV…

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 7:05 pm
  • Ugh, Steve Phillips and Gary Thorne. Are you effin’ kidding me? Phillips has already referred to the “Reds’ lineup.”

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 7:08 pm
  • Line-drive single for Coco. Remains blistering…

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 7:10 pm
  • God bless Coco. We need hits with Papi out of the lineup.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 7:11 pm
  • Pedroia!

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 7:11 pm
  • Now DP with the hit. Awesome. Comon, Youuuuuk!

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 7:12 pm
  • What the hell? The announcer thought the crowd was booing Westbrook, when we all know they’re cheering Youk.
    Thorne and Phillips suck.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 7:12 pm
  • Greek God gets his walk, bases loaded for Manny.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 7:13 pm
  • The ump’s been pretty inconsistent thus far. Not that I’m complaining, but it could burn Lester, too.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • MANNY!! Down the line, 2-0 Sawx.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 7:16 pm
  • Way to go Manny!! 2-0 Sox.

    Anonymous July 23, 2007, 7:16 pm
  • Yeah, the ump squeezed the strikezone on Youk methinks.
    Manny being Manny, 2-0 Sox. Still 0 outs.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • Westbrook looks like crap — three line-drive hits and a four-pitch walk.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • Manny stays wicked hot, 2-0 Sox, runners on 2nd and 3rd, no outs. Westbrook looks terrible.
    Either that, or there was a heckuva clubhouse meeting today, with the team fired up to win one for Lester.

    Hudson July 23, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • “He just needs to play baseball in this at-bat”
    Great commentary.
    Drew gets another hit!

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • Drew with the rib-eye.

    Anonymous July 23, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • DREW! 3-0 on the fourth line-drive single.
    Since the Sox’ closed-door meeting four games ago, this team’s offense has been on fiiire.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • “Either that, or there was a heckuva clubouse meeting today, with the team fired up to win one for Lester”
    I’m buying that reason Hudson ;-)

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • Drew continues the pile-on: single, 3-0 Sox, runners at the corners, still no outs.

    Hudson July 23, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • Drew got a hit AND his leg didn’t fall off, good signs everywhere.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF July 23, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • I wouls rather listen to Thorne and Phillips than Joe Morgan.
    DP, but Manny scores.

    Anonymous July 23, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • Lowell with the DP, Manny scores. Even that was hit pretty hard, but on a hop right to third.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • Lowell grounds into a DP but we still plate another run, 4-0 Sox.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • Can the Sox bottle whatever they’ve got going here, and inject it in later games? ;^)

    Hudson July 23, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • DP by Lowell, brings Manny home, 4-0 Sox.

    Hudson July 23, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • Jesus, I knew Jake Westbrook blew, but not this much.
    Hard to imagine this is one of the best prospects the Yankees have given up during the last 15 years.

    Anonymous July 23, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • For that matter, can they inject it in later innings? I’ve seen this team too often start hot, then go quietly the rest of the game while the other team climbs back.
    Tek with the walk. Sheesh.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • ^Me. Stupid browser not keeping my name.

    AndrewYF July 23, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • Who’s they trade him for, Andrew?

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • 33 pitches for Westbrook that inning. Fantastic.
    Let’s see if Lester can start it off right.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • I was hoping they would not cut to a commercial so I could see Jon Lester walk out to the mound. I loved the camera shot of his parents, they look ready to cry.
    I’m getting choked up just IMAGING him walking out to the mound right now!

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • Errr, imagining*

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • First pitch a strike. Good start.

    Anonymous July 23, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • First pitch a strike.
    Methinks the ump was gonna give him anything close.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • Anyone else think that curveball was strike 3?

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • That 1-2 pitch sure looked good.
    He should have kept the facial hair; he looked better.
    One down, Youk unassisted.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • True Paul.

    Anonymous July 23, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • I also thought that 1-2 pitch looked very good.

    Anonymous July 23, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • God bless, he’s a lucky guy. 1 down betches.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF July 23, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • Both of those were mine.

    Anonymous July 23, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • Lester K’s him up for out #2.
    I’m going to start tearing up if they keep panning the camera to his parents.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • Okay..computer leaving my name off again.
    Rob

    Anonymous July 23, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • lol, You’re still anon, whoever you are.
    There’s the first strikeout.
    This ump:
    1. Does not give high strikes — or low ones.
    2. Has a zone slightly in to righties/away to lefties.
    Rough game for the pitchers if that holds.
    Blake singles.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • Okay, this ump is starting to get inconsistent for Lester.
    Single to left field for Blake, thanks in part to the ump calling strike 1 a ball instead.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • Damn, there goes Lester’s no-hitter.
    [smiley]

    Hudson July 23, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • Jon Lester finishes the hardest inning of his comeback.
    Congrats to him.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • This ump is consistent: consistently shitty!
    Pronk flies out to center field. The first inning back in the majors will hopefully be the toughest.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • Fine inning by Lester. Tip of the hat to him.
    Anyone see what his pitch count was?
    Rob

    Anonymous July 23, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • No joke, Atheos. Usually I adhere to the old saw: “As long as he’s consistent,” but he doesn’t seem to call anything higher than the belt, which is very small.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • 15 pitches, 9 for strikes.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • 15 pitches, Rob.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Coco with the double.
    Rob

    Anonymous July 23, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Crisp with the double — halfway to the cycle ;-)

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • God bless Coco. Triple and HR short of the cycle.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • Dave Magadan deserves huge props — he’s ben credited by Crisp, Lugo and Ortiz for turning their seasons around. (Not that Ortiz’s season really needed turning around, what with his 1.000 OPS).

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • Who is this new Coco? The iHit model, can we keep him, mom?

    no sleep til brooklyn SF July 23, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • Yankees got Justice for Westbrook according to WRKO. Not a bad deal.

    Hudson July 23, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • I loved that part about Pedroia yelling at Mussina for not throwing the fastball. I hope Pedroia sticks around for a long time.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • You with the RBI
    5-0

    Anonymous July 23, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • YOOUUUUK drives in Coco with the line drive! I think he’s out of his slump, too.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • That was me..sorry.
    Rob

    Anonymous July 23, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • Yoooooooooooooooooooooooouk

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • Youks gets Coco home with a bloop single, one out, the carnage continues.

    Hudson July 23, 2007, 7:40 pm
  • I almost hope the Red Sox don’t get any extended rallies going, so that Lester’s arm doesn’t get still in the dugout.
    There should be a backwards-K on the keyboard. Manny strikes out staring.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • Manny Ks.
    I like Orel Hersheiser… when he talks about pitching. He can get kinda dumb when he discusses hitting (like saying Drew should go for the groundout to second because he hasn’t hit for power this year), but he’s actually intelligent and has actually had success at what he’s talking about (unlike Steve Phillips, Dusty Baker, et al.)

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 7:44 pm
  • But this group is better than Joe Morgan IMO.
    Rob

    Anonymous July 23, 2007, 7:46 pm
  • Hit by pitch with 1-2 count? Ouch.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Double play takes care of the hit-batsman. Awesome.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Yeah I love Orel Hersheiser, he knows more about pitching than anyone not named Nolan Ryan and Tom House.
    But Thorne and Phillips make my ears bleed.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • Agreed, Rob. Thorne has a good voice comparable to Miller, and Phillips is far better than Morgan. Hersheiser is gravy.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • 27 pitches thusfar, 18 for strikes.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • All that breaking stuff, and he made a 91-mph fastball look like Papelbon’s…
    27 pitches through two, 17 for strikes.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • 12 pitches that inning for Lester.
    Rob

    Anonymous July 23, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • Coco up over .280!

    SF July 23, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • Everyone paying attention to the same thing.
    Rob

    Anonymous July 23, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • Drew grounds out on the first pitch. He hasn’t been the “work the count hitter” lately.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • Why swing at the first pitch tonight? Westbrook has been giving better pitches to hit.
    Rob

    Anonymous July 23, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • lol
    See, Hersheiser seems oblivious to the fact that Drew was out only because Garko made a very good play. He hit the ball well.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • What a catch!

    Anonymous July 23, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Damn..my bad.
    Rob

    Anonymous July 23, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Barfield nearly made an amazing play. Just counts as a single in the scorebook.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • Why the hell was Lowell stealing 2nd? Did Varitek miss the “Hit and run” sign? He’s usually really good about that.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • WTF was that? That’s like the old Sox.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • Either Tek missed the H&R sign or Lowell missed the “don’t steal” sign.
    Whatever happened it was ugly.
    Rob

    Anonymous July 23, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • The good thing about scoring 5 runs in the first 2 innings is that mistakes like that really don’t hurt you at all.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • I’d guess Tek missed the sign. Lowell ain’t a runner.
    Too bad what with Tek ending up taking fur straight balls. And now Hinske takes the walk. Should be loaded with 1 out; instead it’s 1/2 with 2.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 7:58 pm
  • Come on Lugo, drive in some more runs.
    Rob

    Anonymous July 23, 2007, 7:58 pm
  • Did anyone else see Papi trying to curse Westbrook by waggling his fingers at him?
    Hinske draws a 2 out walk, Lugo up with RISP.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 7:58 pm
  • Lugo taps it to short on the first pitch. That’s like the old Lugo…

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • mistakes like that really don’t hurt you at all
    Or until well later.
    Two left on. Boy, I tune in for the crap, don’t I?

    SF July 23, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • Again..why swing at the first pitch? The guy is struggling and walked two batters in a row. If anything try to draw the walk and let Coco hit.
    Scary to realize that we are finally asking for that.
    Rob

    Anonymous July 23, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • The Red Sox made three outs on two pitches there. Against a guy who can’t find the plate. Whee!

    SF July 23, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • Nice hook on Shoppach for the K.

    SF July 23, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • Lester makes Shoppach look silly on the curveball.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • I think it’s pretty clear you’re to blame, SF.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • I think it’s pretty clear you’re to blame, SF.
    So I get blamed because Julio Lugo just isn’t very good?
    And there’s a bloop, cheapie. Man, I really can’t catch a break here. Can’t the baseball gods show me something nice, like a 1-2-3 inning, or something?
    I suppose Lester’s return should be good enough, though. I’ll take it, and now shut up.

    SF July 23, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • Crushed. Damnit.
    5-2 Sox.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • Ouch. Sizemore with the dinger.
    I blame SF.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • Dong. 5-2 game as Sizemore homers. OK, I am tuning out now.

    SF July 23, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • Damn..Sizemore got a hold of that.

    Rob July 23, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • Comes right back and gets the popout.
    We didn’t really expect a shutout, did we? That homer was about the only hard-hit ball Lester’s given up.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • Kind of hoping for the SO.
    Rob

    Rob July 23, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • Argh. Walk, and Hafner up.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • I smell trouble here, Hafner up and can pull the Tribe within one.

    SF July 23, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • Nice high fastball blown by Hafner, 2-2.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • Way to challenge Hafner there, another K.

    SF July 23, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • And another one for the K!
    A HUGE strikeout! Very impressive!

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • Lester thus far has looked very good. The home runs notwithstanding, he’s getting swings and misses at low-90s fastballs, which means he’s locating his off-speed extremely well.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • Just one home run :-P

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • Coco rocks.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Coco 3-3

    Rob July 23, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Coco stays afire. Single to right. Another couple of runs here would be calming, there’s a long way to go with a good Cleveland offense.

    SF July 23, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Crisp is all in the mind of Westbrook.

    Rob July 23, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • Coco now hitting .283.

    SF July 23, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • Coco does a great job of distracting pitchers. 3-3 tonight, he’s beginning to make me smile.

    Anonymous July 23, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • Westbrook getting some luck going his way now. Pedroia scalded that.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • Tough luck, Pedroia rips a ball RIGHT at Barfield. Westbrook gets away with a bad pitch. Frack.

    SF July 23, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • Damn, Pedroia GIDP.

    Rob July 23, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • Lester and Westbrooks’ K’s/BB numbers are reversed. Giggle.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • 80 pitches for Westbrook.

    Rob July 23, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Gary Thorne: “Sox ground into a lot of double plays … 10th in the league.” So wouldn’t that mean they actually ground into fewer DPs than all but five other teams?

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Well the Sox had been very efficient on offense, now they are starting to regress big time, and what could have been a blowout is looking like it’s going to be a tight ballgame. Eight hits, four walks in only 4 innings and only five runs. The game feels like it’s turning a little, Westbrook gets through the inning unscathed.

    SF July 23, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Think positive, SF!

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • Think positive, SF!
    I am positive this game is much closer than it should be.

    SF July 23, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • Leadoff double. Crap.
    And the Yanks are up 2-0.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • Ump isn’t calling that great sweeping curveball.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • Woohoo! Double play is on now.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • This inning has started off poorly. Two on, none out. Bottom of the order — come on, Lester.

    SF July 23, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Gutierrez just tried to tie the game on one swing there.
    #7 and #8 hitters both batting over .300. Crap.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • Come on Lester. Bear down and get yourself out of this.

    Rob July 23, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • Well, this sucks now.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • Jeez, Lester can’t find the plate now. Get Snyder (or Tavarez!) up, Tito.

    SF July 23, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • Insert joke about Tavarez. He’s up in the bullpen now.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • Tavarez starts to warm. Just threw up in my mouth a little.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • Gutierrez putting on a nice at-bat here.

    SF July 23, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • Lester gets the crucial strikeout!

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • Strikeout! Phew. Let’s go, double play!

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • High strike gets Gutierrez swinging at something near his eyes, another K. One down.

    SF July 23, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • Strikes him out!
    Now get the DP.

    Rob July 23, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • Tavarez is usually good for 2 so that’s fine. Then we can turn it over to someone in the ‘pen who doesn’t make us vomit.

    DW-sf July 23, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • Uggghhhhhhhh

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • Lester right back to being wild. 2-0.
    Now 3-0. Yuck.

    SF July 23, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • come get him tito.

    Anonymous July 23, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • Loads the bases with the four-pitch walk. This is where Lester seemed to excel last year.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • Oy, not even close.

    SF July 23, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • Come on Lester, pull a “I just walked the bases loaded, but now I’m going to induce a ground-ball double-play to get my ass out of it” just like Papelbon last night.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • Nice try on that check swing Tek.

    Rob July 23, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Another one way high. Lester has no clue where the ball is going. Last batter for him I think, unless he gets the DP.

    SF July 23, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • nice heads up move!

    Anonymous July 23, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • VICTORY!
    Lester nervously fields the ball and throws him out at home.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Wheeeeewwwwwwww
    Good job by Lester staying calm to get the force.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Lester almost crapped himself when he knocked the ball down.

    Rob July 23, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Whew, Lester awkwardly fields a comebacker and throws home, off target, but in time to force the runner. Two down.

    SF July 23, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • Ugh, Sizemore….

    SF July 23, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • So not exactly the player I’d like to see up here.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • Clemens is throwing a no-hitter!
    Granted it’s the 2nd inning, but I want to go ahead and kill his buzz quickly. The Royals won back-to-back series against the Sox and Tigers, why are they losing to the Yankmees?

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • 2-1 to Grady. I smell a hard hit ball on one of the next couple of pitches.

    SF July 23, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • YEAH!!!!!!

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • wow wow what a strikeout. this guy has guts.

    josh59x July 23, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • WOW!! Lester strikes out Sizemore stranding the bases juiced!

    Rob July 23, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • K!
    Lester’s dad gets up and in the grill of the entirety of the Jake following the strikeout.

    SF July 23, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.
    Lester shows some testicles and puts Grady away. Glad Sizemore used up his homerun in the 2nd inning.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • That was indeed an impressive performance by Lester, rallying his guts and blowing Sizemore away on two consecutive pitches.
    Unfortunately, Lester’s probably only good for one more inning unless it’s particularly quick.
    Hey, bats: Runs, please.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • Looks like KC is back to being KC. No matter, the Sox just need to do their own thing.

    SF July 23, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • I thought Manny had that.

    Rob July 23, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Manny needs to stop show-boating at home plate and run out his goddamn base hits.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • Oy, Manny, nice hustle.
    Infuriating.

    SF July 23, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • Manny, Manny, Manny…
    Was he gazing at that one? Indeed, he was. Just jogging until just before first. Not sure he coulda made two on that one anyway though…

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • Manny would have had a double if he hadn’t gone on “Fly Ball Watch.”

    Rob July 23, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • Maybe a double

    Rob July 23, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • Double play. Of course.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • Another f*cking DP. Thanks, Manny.
    Should the Sox lose they have nobody to blame but themselves, 9 hits and 4 walks and 5 runs. This is another poor performance.

    SF July 23, 2007, 8:50 pm
  • Bats really let Westbrook off the hook. Some of it has been luck — Drew with two hard shots, one for a DP; Pedroia with a line shot for a DP. Still. Losing a baserunner on the failed hit-and-run, Manny not hustling… These frustrate.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • I’m a-shoot Manny in the foot and then see if he finds that funny.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF July 23, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • I’m really hoping Lester gets through the 5th so he can get the win. His ERA would be less than 4.00 too, then.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • 1 pitch 1 out, which almost became a shake-your-head-and-sigh play. Whew.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • 4 pitches, 2 outs in the 5th. Starting to look like he’ll be coming out for the 6th, unless I just jynxed it.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • Continuing the topic of Yankee-trading of the late 90s, they essentially turned Hideki Irabu into Ted Lilly and David Justice. Unfortunately, the Yankees dealt Lilly for Jeff Weaver, who turned into Kevin Brown, which was a dead-end, nullifying that good part of the trade. But, essentially, Irabu was not a bust for the Yankees, as he was a pretty big part of the ’98 squad, and then was dealt for a huge part of the ’00 squad. This gives me hope for the trade possibilities of Kei Igawa, as his $4 million salary is very tradable.
    BaseballReference.com has quickly become one of my favorite internet sites ever.

    Anonymous July 23, 2007, 8:56 pm
  • Well, 10 pitches will probably earn him the sixth inning.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • Rocket is perfect through 3 now. PERFECT GAME PERFECT GAME PERFECT GAME!
    Okay, I’ve officially jynxed it 4 times now. Why hasn’t he blown it yet?

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • You’re doing it in the wrong thread, lol

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • To clarify, Hideki Irabu was dealt for Jake Westbrook. Ted Lilly and Christian Parker (he of the one horrible loss for his major league career in 2001) were players to be named later. Pretty nice trade.

    AndrewYF July 23, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • Roger’s no-hit bid is over.

    Rob July 23, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • HAHAHA Rocket just gave up the single.
    Sorry Paul, I’ll return to bashing Hinske now that my work ruining Rocket’s night is done.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • Yay Tony Pena!
    And way to go Hinske for trying to thin the Indians-herd.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF July 23, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • Hinske with another line drive to the wrong part of the ballpark, i.e. right at an outfielder.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • SF must have left: Lugo with the hit ;-)

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • Lugo extends both the inning and his hitting streak.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • why isn’t julio on second yet?

    josh59x July 23, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • Lester better get through the 6th–it will make my stomach ache if he ends up pitching less than Westbrook’s 6.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • I’m back! Caught stealing imminent…

    SF July 23, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • Weird play, that. Lugo fakes the steal, and Crisp seems to just poke at it — almost like a hit and run, except there’s two outs.
    I wonder if Lugo hadn’t of run if Crisp would have taken Ball 3.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • Westbrook somehow goes six, the Sox get a ton of baserunners but can’t put the stiff away.
    Off to the room sans internet. Go Sox!

    SF July 23, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • Westbrook should be gone now. He is at 111 pitches.

    Rob July 23, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • Little dinky hit for Peralta. Double play would be nice.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • hot DP. go jon.

    josh59x July 23, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • Pitcher’s best friend. Lester might come out for the 7th?

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • And just like the doctor ordered!
    95 pitches. Farrell said he’d be on a 110-pitch count. I say let him open the 7th and pull him if he lets anyone on.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • Another good inning from Lester.

    Rob July 23, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • Lester’s done for the night. Great shots of Lester getting a hug from Lowell in the dugout, and his parents celebrating in the stands. Moving stuff.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • Please do not put Tavarez in.

    Rob July 23, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • Pedroia lead off single.

    Rob July 23, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Pedroia with the leadoff single. Let’s score him this time.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • When did Youk hit his last HR?

    Rob July 23, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • I’m loving Crisp and Pedroia at the top of the lineup.

    Anonymous July 23, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • Youk with the single. Manny with the opportunity to atone.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • Ump hasn’t been calling that strike all game.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • Two pitches, two outs, runners cannot advance.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • Youk’s last HR was June 30th.

    Rob July 23, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Drew not helping out again.

    Rob July 23, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • Two singles to start the inning and nothing knocked in.

    Rob July 23, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • I sure hope we don’t come to regret this split:
    Innings 1 and 2: Six hits, two walks, five runs
    Innings 3 through 7: Six hits, two walks, no runs.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • Thankfully it is Timlin.

    Rob July 23, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • Timlin on. I know a lot of people wanted him off the team, but I’m glad he’s proving them wrong.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • Timlin in… Don’t give this one away, Timmah.

    Hudson July 23, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • How about throwing strikes Timlin?

    Rob July 23, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • Holy cow, 231 comments! What’s the score?

    John - YF (Trisk) July 23, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • Quick inning for Timlin. Final two outs on three pitches.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • I have to say, the baseball postseason commercials are actually pretty good. Narration’s a bit over the top (or a lot over the top), but there’s something pretty cool about all those classic clips with rousing music in the background.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • 5-2 Sox, Trisk.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • 5-2, I got it. Thanks anyway.

    John - YF (Trisk) July 23, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • 5-2 Sox

    Rob July 23, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • How did Lester pitch?

    John - YF (Trisk) July 23, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • I love how Tek just runs straight back to the dugout.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF July 23, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • Pretty good, got himself into a pretty rough jam with the bases loaded, but pitched his way out of it K’ing Sizemore.

    Rob July 23, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • Great, all things considered, Trisk. One mistake to Sizemore accounted for the two runs, but Lester got him back with the bases loaded two innings later by striking him out on high heat. That fourth inning was really Lester’s worst outing. A couple walks and a single, but he didn’t allow any runs. Really a terrific performance.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Oops. One inning later. Lester was terrific for four innings (1, 2, 5, 6), and two shaky ones (3, 4).

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • It’s great to see the dominant Timlin back on the mound. Is Paps coming out for the save, or is Tito saving him?

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 9:45 pm
  • Well congrats guys, that’s a great story.

    John - YF (Trisk) July 23, 2007, 9:45 pm
  • Here’s a stat for you: Timlin hasn’t given up a run since June 25.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • Steve Phillips going on and on about how the Sox need a reliever at the deadline. Not that that’s not true, but more than they need a decent fourth outfielder? A middle-rotation starter? No.
    Timlin out after giving up a single. Lopez in.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • I love Timlin’s attitude. After getting pulled he jogged off the mound, rather than sulking all the way back.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • Where the heck are all the Yankee fans? Just my luck.
    Anyway, any word on Papi, will he be back this week?

    John - YF (Trisk) July 23, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • Paps threw ALOT of pitches last night.us I think its Oki for the save

    Dionysus July 23, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • Papi back on Wednesday

    Dionysus July 23, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • Phillips is an idiot. Timlin, Declarman, Okajima and Papelbon combined is the best bullpen in the majors.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • Sorry. I just don’t trust Lopez. He’s gotten some great outs in big spots, but he has a lot of walks for a short reliever.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • You know what makes me smile? Hafner going 0 for 4 with 2 K’s.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • And Lopez says: “Screw you, Paul.” Strikes out Hafner, with Delcarmen coming on.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • >>Steve Phillips going on and on about how the Sox need a reliever at the deadline. Not that that’s not true, but more than they need a decent fourth outfielder? A middle-rotation starter? No
    You wonder why the Mets fired him?

    Rob July 23, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • Thanks D. I just traded for him in my fantasy league gave up Lincecum, Andrew Miller and Tulo for Papi. So I suppose I partly responsible for the injury.

    John - YF (Trisk) July 23, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • I like Lopez a hell of a lot more than Romero. Lopez is young and there is a certain amount of risk with him. But he tries and you can see where he is trying to make the perfect pitch.

    Rob July 23, 2007, 9:54 pm
  • Paul you were almost right there Moral Orel was right, you don’t want to miss to a big lefty down and in……

    John - YF (Trisk) July 23, 2007, 9:54 pm
  • Thas a pretty good trade. You figure Ortiz is just getting hot, while Miller and Lincecum are too young/inconsistent to start every outing. Tulo is really your only player of consistent value, and he’s no Papi.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • I have Hardy and Michael Young at SS, so no big loss. Problem is it’s a keeper league, so it was risky. Hopefully (Gulp…) Papi gets hot.

    John - YF (Trisk) July 23, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • If they mention Cleveland being No. 1 in come-from-behind victories again, I’m gonna stab someone.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • All right, going to get the knives…

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • 3 pitchers strike out 3 batters in the 8th. Tito’s pitcher management is looking pretty good.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • Sharpen your spoon paul.

    Rob July 23, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • Delcarmen is nasty.us Send him down and you will know pain Theo

    Dio July 23, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • I hafta say, if Lester can continue to pitch like this (4 ERA, 6 IP per game), and Schilling comes back similarly, that’s better than any deadline acquisition.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • Any word on Donnelly’s progress?
    One wonders if Tavarez will be used for more than mop-up. He has generally been decent in early innings, it was on the second or third look that opponents started lighting him up. He might just prove useful for an inning here or there (though that wasn’t so much the case last year, oy).

    Hudson July 23, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • I thought the same the other day Paul.

    Rob July 23, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • Crisp with another single, moves to second on the throwing error.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • Thorne thinks that’s a single, but I think it’s an error. In any case, Coco crisp is amazing.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • Nah, Blake made a nice play just to keep it on the infield, and Crisp is so fast, there was no guarantee he was out, even if it was fielded cleanly by Garko…

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 10:03 pm
  • Shoppach passed ball moves Crisp to third.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • We scored a run after the 7th inning!!

    Rob July 23, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • Pedroia! First tries to murder the ball and looks bad hacking, then plunks the ball the opposite way for an RBI single.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • Wouldn’t Lesters ERA be 3.00 not 4.0? (2/6)*9=3

    Anonymous July 23, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • That’s a big run because, as you may have heard, the Indians are No. 1 in the league in come-frm-behind wins. ;-)

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • Oh, I’m just saying in general. I don’t expect him to pitch this well every time out…

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • Lester’s ERA is showing as 3.00 on CBS Gamecenter

    Rob July 23, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • The math thing was me

    Dionysus July 23, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • Coco and Pedroia are 7 for 10 tonight. Giggle.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • Two runs is 3.00, three runs is 4.50. So I’m just saying, in that neighborhood over six innings consistently would be a huge boost.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • Umpire these past few innings has suddenly started calling those high strikes.
    Glad that Hersheiser/Phillips/Thorne rag on each other. It keeps them honest and they say fewer outrageously dumb things…

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • Holy crap, Youkilis gets K’d by a ball 14 inches outside.

    Atheose - SF July 23, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • This kid’s breaking ball is nasty.

    DW-sf July 23, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • But Paul… lets not forget havee faced the Indians. They KILL the ball. 2ER VS them is like 0-1 against many teams

    Dionysus July 23, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • This ump has had a inconsistent strikezone all night.

    Rob July 23, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • Okay Drew. How about a nice fat hit this time and knock a run or two in?

    Rob July 23, 2007, 10:14 pm
  • What’s up with the Sox and the awful umpiring lately? Not just bad strike cals here and there but AWFUL calls…

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 10:16 pm
  • This ump is PURE crap

    Dionysus July 23, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • When Buckner works behind the plate I usually end up grinding my teeth.

    DW-sf July 23, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • Lowell looked like he checked, and the home plate umpire rings him up anyway. Ridiculous. Glad we’re winning.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • Well, at least Buckner is being crappy to both teams. Peralta takes a pitch high and inside for a strike.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • Trot pinch hitting.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 10:21 pm
  • Nixon flies to Hinske. Two down.

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • Buckner’s zone is different batter to batter.

    Rob July 23, 2007, 10:23 pm
  • Ballgame!
    Great game. Congratulations to Jon Lester!

    Paul SF July 23, 2007, 10:25 pm
  • Congrats to Lester on his welcome back to the bigs.

    Rob July 23, 2007, 10:25 pm
  • Bucknor often goes beyond his authority behind the plate, ESPECIALLY on check swing calls, it seems. The MFY-crew chief is at 1B. You don’t want his opinion? Don’t need it?

    QuoSF July 24, 2007, 1:27 am
  • Cool. Lester did far better then I thought he would, especially with a Bucknor behind the plate. That said…at least four of his strikeouts were on guys swinging at eye-level fastballs way out of the zone. He deserves some credit for setting them up, but that’s not always going to work…for one of the most patient teams in the bigs, the Indians looked pretty foolish at times swinging at balls nowhere near the plate. In fact, Cleveland is fourth in baseball in strikeouts against lefthanders, at 234. Assuming Lester gets another start, he’ll face 5th-place Tampa (229 K’s).
    And I sure am glad Wedge decided to sit Victor Martinez today…

    desturbd1 July 24, 2007, 1:46 am
  • d1:
    shoot us an email at yanksfansoxfan at hotmail dot com

    SF July 24, 2007, 7:14 am

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