Lester, Delcarmen, Bard and Papelbon teamed up to one-hit the once-mighty Tampa Rays. The Sox scored two runs courtesy of His Papiness and it would be all they needed to make it two straight against the team with the best record in baseball. After languishing around the .500 mark for the first 40 games, the Sox have popped the lid off a can of spinach and suddenly look like legitimate AL East contenders. They stand now at five games above even and just six-and-a-half games out of first.
Willy Aybar got the lone Rays hit in the fourth on a 3-2 pitch from Lester. I don’t think Lester would have had a shot at going the distance even if he kept the no-no intact. He was well over 60 pitches with one out in the inning when Aybar broke it up. Lester finished six shut-out innings with five walks, nine K’s and 111 pitches. After a wobbly start, Lester is 5-2 with a 3.15 ERA and is tied with Toronto’s Ricky Romero for the AL lead in strikeouts. Is it too early to start thinking Cy Young?
For someone with his level of badassery, Lester needs a nickname. “Jon” without the “h” is pretty squishy. J-Les sounds too much like a shoe store, and the only thing that rhymes with Lester is “molester”…and even I can’t spin that into a positive.
As always, we leave it to you SG Nation: what shall we dub Mr. Lester? Leave your suggestions in the comments section. Red and I will tirelessly ponder them in epic session usually reserved for papal selection or Kevin Costner movies. We will then steal the best name and shamelessly use it as our own, sending the creator an awe-inspiring Red Sox shirt as hush money. Only in America…