Lester has been hurt this season by both a lack of run support and by his defense which has been pretty bad. If he had better help from his team he might be more involved in Cy Young talks. His pitching has been extremely effective since early May when he hit his groove.
Lester has been lights out this year. To the less trained (media) eye, it might look like his season has been worse based on ERA, W-L etc.
Not to be that guy, and I know people were pissed at that guy selling his site so I won’t push the envelope but I wrote a piece on Roy Halladay’s “struggles” (as the Toronto media called it). Take a look at Doc`s schedule the past month it has been ridiculous, needless to say…
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Don’t worry, this is one guy you don’t have to worry about being overlooked by the MSM, they’ve been gushing over him since long before he’d demonstrated the performance to support it. Partly because of his story and the team he plays for, but mostly because they report the gushing of scouts, coaches, and opposing hitters.
I went to high school with Lester. He was/is a ridiculous athlete. He had D1 offers for football and basketball by his sophomore year, could drive a golf ball almost 300 yards, and the Reds were looking at drafting him as a hitter. It’s awesome to see how good of a pitcher he’s becoming
2008’s ERA of 3.21 vs. 2009’s of 3.41 makes it look like he did worse. However, first off, he played in front of a better defense in 2008 (as reflected in his BABIP). Second, his HR/FB rate normalized to 10.6% (and his HR/9 was 0.89). Given this, 2009 was much more reflective of Lester’s “real” abilities, and his real abilities now is a K/9 of nearly 10. Lester’s clearly shown an ability to be a low to mid 3’s ERA guy for years to come.