Jon Lester is Ridiculously Consistent

Before the trade sending him to the A’s on July 31, Jon Lester had a 2.52/2.62/3.02 ERA/FIP/xFIP.  Since the trade, he has a 2.60/2.64/3.09 line.  Not too much to analyze here, but I just wanted to point it out.  That’s why the A’s got him, a guy who is gonna perform no matter the circumstances.   There’s so much unheralded benefit of having your guy at the top be this reliable.  Manager knows that he won’t have to kill the bullpen for 1 of 5 days.  Way less chance of a guy lacking confidence in himself.  And, maybe most importantly for the A’s, that’s the kind of guy that you want for the playoffs, so Billy Beane won’t have to say this anymore.

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