Jon Lester is a good pitcher, but he's a monster against the Orioles over his short career. In 10 career starts, Lester is 8-0 with a 2.18 ERA. He's like a goateed Andy Pettitte, except better, because Pettitte's W-L record against the O's is largely a representation of the Yankees being much better than the Orioles over the bulk of his career.
On our side, we have Jeremy Guthrie, who looked good in Chicago in his last start. For anyone that ever wants to tell you that W-L records do matter for pitchers (and they're still out there), ponder the fact that Guthrie has been horrible this season and is 7-8, and in the two years before when he was good, he went 7-5 and 10-12. This has simply not been Jeremy Guthrie's year, but we're all still rooting for a strong finish. It would help ease the pain a bit.
Adam LaRoche did not wind up starting yesterday, but may do say today. It would be the bee's knees to win more than one game against Boston this year, so let's try starting that today.
|2009 - Jeremy Guthrie||7-8||21||19||1||0||0||0||109.0||113||68||62||22||35||67||5.12||1.36|
|2009 - Jon Lester||8-7||19||19||2||0||0||0||121.0||117||55||52||13||39||137||3.87||1.29|