Wednesday, July 19, 2006

No lack Luster is Lester

I, for one, was waiting for a performance like last night from this kid. You could see it is in his stuff, but control problems, while not major, kept his pitch up early in games and held him to 5 to maybe 6 innings. He was very efficient needing only 100 pitches through 8 innings of work. He through nearly 2/3 of his pitches for strikes, 57 to be exact, this is usually where you see Schilling and Beckett. This means he's usually ahead in the count and that's a good place to be.

Those pesky Yankees just won't go away though, winning in extra innings last night. But the story of the night was A-Fraud. Getting booed off the field, 3 errors and a strike out with bases loaded and the game on the line, typical. Can we finally stop this talk about this guy being the best all around player? With guys like Albert Pujols, Ichuro Suzuki, and Chipper Jones out there, that play gold glove caliber defense and are clutch performers, isn't it time to wake up and smell the fraud? Not to mention the fact that none of the afore said have left a game because of being booed.......I mean for a toe injury. When you look at guys like Chipper Jones, Soriano and our own Youkilis that have changed positions and adapted very quickly, isn't it time to stop making excuses for this guy? It's his third season of playing third for the Yankees, if hasn't adapted now, he's not going to. If he can't adapt, and others can, he can't be the best player in baseball, it's that simple.


Zebster said...

I agree on ARod. He's better off not playing in NY.
I've been waiting for this kind of outing from Lester, where he's not panicking you every inning. Let's hope this is the beginning of the confidence to throw more strikes and go after hitters (though it was KC)

LittleCuz said...

Yeah Zeb I had the same thought, it was only KC, that's why I looked at his pitch count and strikes thrown. If he's throwing strikes I don't think it matters who's at the plate, he's going to be effective. The problems in his prior starts had to do with not locating his pitches. Getting behind and then having to throw the fastball over the plate.

TrotRocks said...

I didn't watch the game, but it's all good with Lester these days. With him pitching that way, the playoff rotation looks good. Poor Wake!:(