Jon Lester new Josh Beckett of postseason for Red Sox?

In the 2007 MLB Playoffs, there wasn’t more dominant pitcher than Boston’s Josh Beckett. The Red Sox essentially rode his postseason performances to another World Series title and are doing the same thing again this year, only with a new face: 24-year old Jon Lester.

Boston set up an ALCS showdown with the Tampa Bay Rays by beating the L.A. Angels 3-2 in Game 4 of the ALDS Monday night. And as Adam Kilgore of The Boston Globe writes, Lester was superb.

Jon LesterFor the second time in a week, the Red Sox placed the hopes of their season on the broad, 24-year-old shoulders of Jon Lester. He had already replaced Josh Beckett, spitting at the pressure of the Game 1 assignment as easily as he dispatched the Los Angeles Angels. Lester did even more last night, taking a leap toward becoming every bit the October legend Beckett is.

Lester’s feats so far this postseason challenge belief, defy expectation. He has twice faced the lineup that won more games than any other major league team and for 14 innings has not allowed an earned run.

Lester hurled blinding fastballs and devastating curveballs for seven innings last night, giving up four hits and zero runs in the Red Sox’ 3-2, ALDS-clinching victory.

Lester has grabbed these playoffs by the throat and made them his personal showcase. He has now thrown 22 2/3 consecutive innings in the postseason without allowing an earned run.

Do you want to know why the Yankees and their billion-dollar lineup have continued to fail to reach the World Series lately? Because of pitching. It’s that simple. They don’t have the pitching that Boston continues to produce. Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jonathan Papelbon – the BoSox win in the postseason because of their pitching. And we’re witnessing let another great performance by a Boston pitcher this year.

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