The Red Sox have hit a skid in the last few weeks, but it hasn’t been without a couple of bright spots. One of the most encouraging developments for the club in that time has been the performance of Jon Lester.
Despite Boston’s impressive season atop the American League East for much of the year, the struggles that defined Lester late in 2011 and for all of 2012 continued to haunt him in 2013. He hasn’t been nearly as bad as he was in 2012, but his numbers certainly haven’t indicated that he’s much of an ace right now.
As of late, though, he’s appeared to turn a corner. The latest proof of that came Monday night in San Francisco against the Giants. Lester went 8 1/3 scoreless innings, leading the Sox to a 7-0 win opening a six-game West Coast road trip.
With the shutdown performance, Lester is now 3-1 in his last six starts with a 2.52 ERA over 39 1/3 innings. In his last three starts, Lester is even better, with a 1.25 ERA and opposing batters hitting only .210 off the southpaw.
See the highlights of Lester’s Monday night performance below, and read more about it by clicking here.