Red Sox: 10 best MLB postseason performances in franchise history
7. Jon Lester – ’13 World Series
While he’s still out there making postseason history with Chicago Cubs these days, Jon Lester was out here doing the same for the Red Sox once upon a time. Remember those times? I do. They were fun.
But anyway! Let’s take a trip down memory lane and relive perhaps his finest moments in a Red Sox jersey with the 2013 World Series.
Coming into the 2013 Fall Classic, Lester had already had some outstanding outings in both the ALDS and ALCS. None of those previous outings however, would be able to match what he was capable of against the Cardinals this fall.
In two starts in this World Series, Lester went 2-0, posted a 0.59 ERA(!!!), surrendered just 9 hits, walked 1 batter, allowed just 1 run (a solo HR), and struck out 15 batters over 15.1 IP. Taking these numbers into consideration, it’s not far fetched in the least to suggest that maybe Lester – instead of Ortiz – should be wearing that 2013 World Series MVP ring. If you were to ask David, I’m sure he’d agree.
Lester was a massive player over the course of both the 2007 and 2013 World Series runs. His starts against St. Louis in 2013 though truly cemented him as a player Sox fans will forever be indebted to. His heroics should not be understated with Boston. Lester will go down as an all-time great playoff performer. With that in mind, I think I’m going to go start petitioning for Papi to share that ring with him after all…