Prior to the start of the 2011 Major League Baseball season, the Boston Red Sox named Jon Lester as their Opening Day starter.
The 6'4", 240-pound, hard-throwing left-hander was considered to be the ace of the Red Sox staff.
Lester is the only member of the Boston pitching staff to have started at least 30 games each of the last two seasons. Lester is not only durable (97 starts the last three seasons), but he is consistently solid on the mound.
This year, Lester not only leads the team in wins (10) and strikeouts (105), but also leads the Red Sox in starts with 17. Lester's ERA is second on the team to Josh Beckett. Lester is also the only Boston starter not to miss a start or have been put on the disabled list.
Against the two teams with the best records in Major League Baseball, the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees, Lester is 3-0. In his last outing, Lester pitched seven innings allowing only two hits in a Red Sox 5-2 win over the Phillies.
Despite starting the season as the Opening Day starter, on Sunday, Lester was named to another team, the 2011 All-Star snubbed team.