How absolutely incredible to think that 274 days ago we celebrated a World Series Championship and now we’re on the verge of trading away the club’s best pitcher.
Jon Lester made his MLB debut and 15 starts with the Red Sox on June 10, 2006 before his season was cut short due to a diagnosis of anaplastic large cell lymphoma only two months later. He fought cancer and rejoined the club late in 2007 and from there wracked up some amazing feats.
It’s almost impossible to know where to begin. I could go on for days. Here are some highlights:
- 110 wins are the 9th most by any Red Sox pitcher in history. He’s just 14 wins from surpassing Mel Parnell for most Red Sox wins by a lefty.
- Lester’s .636 win percentage is the 4th best in Red Sox history among pitchers with 140+ career decisions.
- 1,386 strikeouts are the 4th-most in Red Sox history, the most by a Boston lefty and 343 more than No. 2 Bruce Hurst.
- Among active AL lefties only CC Sabathia (2,309) and Mark Buehrle (1,615) have more career strikeouts than Lester.
- Tallied 150+ strikeouts in each of the last 6 seasons from 2008-13, one of just eleven pitchers in baseball to do so.
- Only pitcher with 15+ wins in the American League in all 4 seasons from 2008-11.
And that just scratches the surface for regular season achievements. [Read more…]