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?