Jon Lester Rockin' a Stellar ERA, an All-Star Nod, and a Beard, and Other Bullets

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Jon Lester Rockin’ a Stellar ERA, an All-Star Nod, and a Beard, and Other Bullets

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With The Wife away at a conference and the kiddos having all kinds of summer activities, I’m playing the role of part-time taxi service today. And, in between, writing …

  • With yesterday’s win, the Cubs are now a season-high 15 games over .500, a mark they did not reach last year until SEPTEMBER 2.
  • The Brewers keep winning – now at an even .600 clip, by far the best in the NL – and are 1.5 games ahead of the Cubs, who have the second best record in the National League by 2.0 games over the Phillies. We kept thinking the last year or so would be the time those two teams, in particular, could turn the corner, and here they are. Those were well-executed rebuilds.
  • Jon Lester may not be able to sustain a 2.45 ERA all season, but, in complimenting his big lefty on making his fifth All-Star Game, Joe Maddon touched on why you can bank on Lester having more success in the results column than you might expect by simply looking at the numbers underneath ( “He knows what he’s doing out there. He has this calm way. I think a big part of the ascendance has been based on his fielding and ability to control the running game better. I think that’s taken a little bit of a burden off him and he can just pitch now. He’s a pitch-maker. He’s old school. Jonny doesn’t have that mid-90s stuff that he used to have but he knows what he’s doing out there. I think that’s what you’re seeing is a guy who really understands his craft.”
  • It all matters. Executing to the scouting report. Making in-game adjustments. Subtly pitching to your defense. Committing fully to a given pitch. Focusing on the batter at the plate. Etc. That’s Jon Lester, and that’s a huge part of the reason he’s an All-Star. It’s also why he may very well go down as the Cubs’ best big-time free agent signing ever.
  • Lester also passes on the love:

  • And rockin’ a serious beard these days:
(Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

  • If he were headed for the end zone, I would have said he started his celebration too early.
  • It me, professional dork:

  • It MBD, professional photog:

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Author: Brett Taylor

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