The season will open with Lester
The news is hardly surprising, but it is fitting. Jon Lester, Boston’s best starting pitcher and one of the best in baseball, will pitch Opening Day on April 1 against the Rangers in Arlington.
Josh Beckett pitched Opening Day for the Red Sox the last two years, but Lester has been Boston’s most productive starting pitcher since 2008.
Still just 27 years old, you wonder how many Opening Day starts are in Lester’s career. Quite a few, I’m sure.
Last season, Lester became an All-Star for the first time. He finished 2009 with a 19-9 record and a 3.25 ERA. Lester has notched 225 strikeouts in each of the last two seasons.
He has been a machine over the last three years, averaging 17 wins, 207 1/3 innings and a 3.30 ERA.
Since entering the Major Leagues in 2006, Lester is 61-25 in 124 games, all but one of those outings starts.
Lester’s rookie season came to an abrupt halt when he was diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma. After undergoing six chemotherapy treatments, Lester was declared cancer free in Dec., 2006.
He fired a no-hitter against the Kansas City Royals on May 19, 2008.
And now he can add an Opening Day start to the list of his already impressive accomplishments.