Boston Red Sox: Jon Lester to get much needed rest

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester did not have a memorable Memorial Day holiday. At Fenway Park against the visiting Chicago White Sox, Lester gave up seven runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings, throwing a whopping 127 pitches in the process.

Lester admitted after the game that he struggled with his command right from the start.

“It was just one of those nights where I just battled myself and couldn’t get in a rhythm,” Lester told the Associated Press. “The ball was up. When I actually did throw it over the plate, it was up.”

Monday’s start marked the fourth time in his last five appearances that Lester had given up at least four earned runs while not going past six innings in those starts.

Fortunately for Lester and the Red Sox, they have days off on Thursday and Monday, meaning Lester will have a full seven days off until his next start on June 7.

The Red Sox have gone 19-9 in the month of May with one game remaining, and manager Terry Francona doesn’t put much stock in that at all, or any other deadlines that are arbitrary in nature.

“I don’t care one bit about May. That means nothing to me. I feel better about the way that we’re playing. Those arbitrary deadlines mean nothing. We’re playing better, and that’s what we feel good about. For the most part, we’re giving ourselves a chance to win. That doesn’t mean we’re always going to win, but we’re giving ourselves a chance.”

Playing their way back to the top of the American League East after a 2-10 start definitely qualifies as giving themselves a chance.

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