I know I should be terrified about Lester.
I know I should be breaking down his every start and wondering if this were the end.
I know 4 of his last 5 starts have stunk.
I know he is supposed to be our Cy Young contender.
But I just can’t panic.
Let’s say this is the 1/3 mark of the season…
Let’s say Lester has the exact same result each of the next thirds of the season.
He’d be 21-6 with a 3.94 ERA. 210 innings pitched and 207 strikeouts.
I’d take that.
And yeah, I know he would benefit from a lot of offense and good closer.
Would you rather have a 20 game winner who was lucky or a 12-12 pitcher with great stats who was unlucky?
I’d rather have the 20 game winner. Do you know why? That means my team is WINNING.
I’m not worried.
I often wondered why the historically superior Athletics left the city of Philadelphia to the hapless Phillies. Why did the team that gave us Jimmie Foxx and Rube Waddell and Connie Mack leave while the dreadful Phils stuck around.
My research on that question lead me to my latest for The Hardball Times. I stumbled across the beginning of the Phillies rise. For one strange season a young man named William D. Cox owned the Phillies. By the end of the year he was suspended for life, but set in motion the chain of events that kept the Phillies in town.
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Nick Stevens, creator of Townie News and the real identity of Paul Fitzy Fitzgerald and current smart ass on MLB Network, joins the Sully Baseball Show to talk Red Sox and about the 1/3 mark of the season.