Friday, October 01, 2010

Lester Doesn't Have His Fastball Control

Jon Lester gave up eight runs on nine hits in only four innings and the Chicago White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox by a score of 8-3, denying him a twenty win season. Lester did not have command of his fastball and that, I believe, threw off his entire repertoire. Here's Jon himself...

“One of those days. Bad day to have one of them. It’s more disappointing not making the playoffs,’’ he said. “Would it have been nice? Yeah, I’m not going to lie to you. But regardless of all that we didn’t make the playoffs. We didn’t meet our goal this year and that’s more disappointing.’’

Hey Jon, you had a tremendous season. Do not hang your head in shame. When you're on (which is most of the time), you're the best left handed pitcher in all of Major League Baseball. We'll see you next year along with all the "missing due to injuries" players.

There is only one series, three games to go and it will be with the NY Yankees. They are tied with the Rays. Both have a record of 94-65 so these games matter a whole lot. One team will be the division winner who will earn home field advantage and the other will be the wild card entry with NO home field advantage. I'm sure the Red Sox players and coaches would love to relegate those pinstripers to a wild card berth. The Yankees do much better at home, by the way. Here are the final pitching match-ups for these two hated rivals...

Fri. 1 *NYY 7:10 PM ET* WWOR/NESN **Matsuzaka (9-6) vs. Pettitte (11-3)
Sat. 2 *NYY 4:10 PM ET* FOX **Buchholz (17-7) vs. Burnett (10-15)
Sun. 3 *NYY 1:35 PM ET* YES/NESN** Lackey (13-11)8 TBA

Enjoy your Friday and your weekend. I hope you saw part two of the new Ken Burns baseball film last night. I was too busy to see it last night on my DVR (I love my DVR) so I plan to watch all two and a half hours of it as soon as I proofread this post. Thank you for stopping by, click on this post's title for more on the Sox and as always, BE WELL.

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