Speier: Lester 'fringe candidate' for playoff rotation

Speier: Lester 'fringe candidate' for playoff rotation
August 6, 2013, 12:00 am
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Since beginning the season 6-0 with a 2.72 ERA through his first nine starts of the 2013 season, Jon Lester has been mediocre at best. In 14 starts going back to May 20, Lester has gone 4-6 with an ERA of 5.81. Opposing hitters are batting .304 off him, and Lester has just five quality starts of the stretch.

With Clay Buchholz set to come back by late August, John Farrell will be pressed with some decisions to make regarding the Red Sox starting rotation. One of the five current starters (Lester, Jake Peavy, Felix Doubront, John Lackey, Ryan Dempster) will be the odd-man out when Buchholz returns. That odd-man out could very well be Lester.

“Jon Lester is almost a fringe candidate for the postseason rotation if Clay Buchholz comes back,” said Alex Speier on UNO Sports Tonight.

In 23 starts this season, Lester is 10-6 with a 4.52 ERA. His last time out was his shortest outing of the season, lasting 4 1/3 innings and allowing 6 runs in a 7-6 Red Sox loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday night.