From early on in this spring training season, the Boston Red Sox have known that they need a good season from starting pitcher Jon Lester in 2013. While spring numbers cannot be totally relied upon as a guide for what the regular season will bring, it is safe to say that the numbers Lester has put up mean something.
He pitched 20 innings this spring with a 0.90 ERA. His WHIP is way down at 0.500. It goes on and on across the board but one thing is clear: Lester had the best spring of his entire baseball life this year. That has to mean something even if you discount part of the numbers based on it being preseason. I think it is safe to say that those numbers are proof that Lester is ready to have a season that at the very least will be a return to form. It is possible that he could be ready for a career year as well, though that might be a stretch.
It is a shame that spring numbers don’t count for something. If there were awards given away for spring performance, you can bet that Lester would win something for his this year. How exactly that transfers to the regular season will determine how much better he does than last season. For each individual player there has to be some relation between spring and regular season. For Lester, he has never had anywhere close to this good of numbers in the spring. Even if it just helps out his level of confidence going in, it is worth something. Look for a good to really good year from Lester.