|Where is this version of Jon Lester?|
Not including his July 3rd start (6 2/3 innings, ER, 9K), Lester is averaging four innings per start in July. He has given up four, six, and 11 earned runs in his last three starts. So far this month his earned run average is a whopping 6.60. Coming into this season, this guy was seen as the ace of the staff. Imagine if you will, a Sox team with Lester performing the way he should be. They would be right there with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
The 28-year old lefty's ERA in 2011 was 3.47 which is more than respectable, but compared to this season's 5.46 ERA it is almost as if Lester has forgotten what he did his previous four years when he was a stud. The Red Sox need him not only to be viable in the playoffs but to just get to the second wild card. Without a strong Lester the Sox face an incredibly up hill battle.