Jon Lester laid another egg last night.
It’s not fun anymore, watching him pitch. On April 2, he threw a very nice game, a quality start with 6.2 shutout innings. In four starts since, he’s given up 29 hits in 21 innings, walked 13, struck out 9 and averaged — averaged — a Game Score of 37.
With Bartolo Colon slowly making his way back to the majors (slight delay for flu; yes, him too), it only seems a matter of time before the ticket to Pawtucket Lester seems insistent on writing for himself comes due.
That train may be coming faster than we realize. This afternoon, Justin Masterson makes his big-league debut. The kid who appears ready to challenge Sean Casey for his title as Nicest Guy in Baseball is shutting down AA hitters (4 starts, 19 IP, 14 H, 23 K, 5 BB, 0.93 ERA) and if he has any success today, it seems like it would be mighty hard to continue justify Lester’s existence in the rotation when it’s clear he has yet to figure out how to balance throwing strikes with throwing meatballs.
Feel free to use this as your all-purpose postmortem-slash-game thread.