Jon Lester Was a Beast, Despite Feeling Rough Enough to Tell Joe Maddon He Was Done

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Jon Lester Was a Beast, Despite Feeling Rough Enough to Tell Joe Maddon He Was Done

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Although I think it’s fair to question the way the bullpen was deployed again last night – specifically, the heavy taxing of Steve Cishek instead of just letting Rowan Wick start that 8th inning (and then going to Tyler Chatwood instead of Wick) – there can be no questioning of when Jon Lester was pulled.

Joe Maddon pulled Lester after the 7th inning, at 94 pitches, because Lester asked him to.

Jon Lester more or less never says he is done, so yeah, he was done. Pretty incredible performance for Lester, coming off his bout of bronchitis: 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 5 K.

It’s a shame the bullpen couldn’t make it stand up.


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