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Wednesday, 27 March 2013 17:09

Red Sox: Jon Lester to Start on Opening Day

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[caption id="attachment_59273" align="alignnone" width="620"]Fans will be pouring into ballparks across America on Opening Day. Fans will be pouring into ballparks across America on Opening Day.[/caption]  April 1st is just around the corner. It marks the first day of April as well as the first day of the regular season for Major League Baseball. In some parts of the country it may still feel like winter. As a matter of fact, only a few days ago snow was falling along the East Coast. But, like it or not, baseball is back and so is spring. The Red Sox will be opening up their season at the home of their most hated rival, the New York Yankees. After an offseason of major changes, the Red Sox will look to get back to winning baseball. It may be the best thing for the club to start off in a tough environment like New York. The Yankee faithful will definitely be charged up hoping to be celebrating a 28th World Series title. A tough test to start off the year may prove to be an important step for a newly formed roster. For some of the newer players this gives them a chance to get into the spirit of the rivalry for the very first time. Taking the hill for the Red Sox will be Jon Lester. Most of the Red Sox pitching staff had strings of lack luster performances last season. Lester is at the top of that group. He has the arsenal to be a dangerous pitcher. There is no shortage of information about how good he can be when he has command of the stike zone. For him, and almost anyone else who has ever picked up a baseball, it is all a matter of actually doing so. Pitchers are creatures of habit. Lester has started the last few seasons as the Opening Day starter but has had mixed results. Last year he had a very solid outing but ended up not getting much run support in a loss. The season for the Red Sox was a disaster. The year before, Lester didn't even last more than half the game. He was battered the entire appearance. The Red Sox season was actually a very successful one. I'm not saying that his first start has had any bearing on the team's overall success, but it's just something random to ponder. One way or another the team will count on who they believe is their ace in the hole. John Farrell knows a bit about the staff he has to work with. He made mention that Lester was who he wanted to start. He didn't have many considerations for anyone else. Farrell stressed that Lester, like other members of the staff, needed to focus on repeating his delivery and make necessary adjustments. During parts of the last few seasons, Lester has had some command issues. Farrell seems to like the difference in Lester's approach so far in Spring Training. One of the biggest positives of Farrell returning to the Red Sox is his knowledge of the pitchers. I'm sure Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz are especially happy he's the manager. So far, I have to agree with Farrell. Lester has shown plenty of improvement. He should be given the chance to get the team in the win column. He will need to keep up the good work because the Yankees will be putting their own ace on the mound for Opening Day. CC Sabathia is set to start. It should be an exciting game and a great day for baseball.