June 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Boston Red Sox pitching coach Juan Nieves (47) talks to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (39) and starting pitcher Jon Lester (31) against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Lester Scratched From Sunday Start

Red Sox manager John Farrell announced today that Jon Lester‘s scheduled Sunday start is being pushed back two days to Tuesday. Farrell was not specific about the change. “We felt like two things: One, we have an opportunity right now to give him a couple extra days coming out of the break,” Farrell said. “And two, he’ll benefit from it,” as reported on red sox.com.

If two more days can get Lester straight then go for it. After starting the season 6-0, Lester is now 8-6 with a chubby 4.58 ERA. He has allowed at least five runs in five of his last 11 starts, giving up four in three others. Over a span of eight starts Lester has posted an ugly 6.36 ERA and opponents have hit .311 off him. Ouch.

Some analysts are saying that one of Lester’s major problems is his almost exclusive reliance on the cutter. Batters know they’re going to get a steady diet of them and measure their stride accordingly. That would account for the 10 homers in 46 2/3 innings during that span. He’s also created man of his own problems, walking 22 against 38 strikeouts.

If the Red Sox are to stay ahead in the AL East in the second half, Lester’s got to figure it out. Time is running out.

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  • John Fahrer

    His last two starts have been better. Still not where he needs to be though.

    • John Fahrer

      Correction: two out of his last three starts have been better. Had a subpar outing in Seattle sandwiched between a decent outing vs Oakland and a really good outing vs San Diego.

  • Rick M

    I’d rather have him matched against the primary target – TB rather than the secondary – NY. You look at the various stats and Lester should be doing better. Seems he still has his power. Maybe what you see is what you get? At least he takes the ball and goes rather than another ACE in hiding.