Jon Lester was dominant again as the Red Sox shut out the Kansas City Royals 6-0 at Fenway Park on Sunday to complete the three-game sweep and have yet to lose a game since the All-Star break.
Boston has been a force on offense as of late with Daniel Nava hitting in the two-hole. Nava was 2-for-3 with three RBI in the contest, while Shane Victorino collected two hits in his second game back from the disabled list. Having those two guys back in the batting order and contributing will really change the complexion of this offense, and if one of the younger players struggle, Mookie Betts will be back in September.
Lester tossed eight shutout innings yesterday, surrendering only four hits and two walks while striking out eight batters en route to his 10th win of the season. He lowered his ERA to 2.50 and is currently fourth in the American League in the category. His 142 strikeouts puts him sixth in the AL, and is Lester cruises at this pace, he may enter that Cy Young conversation with Felix Hernandez and maybe David Price. The “PayLester” hashtag is gaining steam and this writer is fully in favor of paying the man.
After yesterday’s victory the Red Sox sit seven and a half games behind the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East, and are six games out of the second wildcard spot, which the Seattle Mariners currently occupy.
Next on the schedule is a big, four-game set in Toronto against the Blue Jays. Boston will face AL East opponents for 13 games in a row, starting with John Lackey going up against the Jays at the Rogers Centre.