When big Jon Lester isn’t painting the outside corner with perfectly placed cutters, he’s pimping oppo homers with ease. The legendary lefty’s offensive production is so good that even Cardinals exec John Mozeliak probably wishes Lester was manning first base in St. Louis at the moment.
Stats as of this moment:
Jon Lester: .250/.357/.417 (.336 wOBA, 107 wRC+)
Paul Goldschmidt: .250/.339/.420 (.326 wOBA, 102 wRC+)
Numbers don’t lie.
— Corey Freedman (@CFCubsRelated) July 14, 2019
Indeed, BDJ is now batting .250, walking in 14.3% of his plate apeparances, and putting up a 107 wRC+ with a .336 wOBA. For reference, Daniel Descalso is batting .181 with a .250 wOBA and 50 wRC+. Yup, Lester’s batting average is the same as Descalso’s wOBA. You tell me who you’d rather see pinch-hitting in a big spot?
Lester’s offensive numbers are actually better than 60% of MLB players who get paid to swing a bat. The list just goes on and on and…
Sure, Lester has only batted 28 times this season, but he’s also pitched over 100 innings. Don’t ever forget that Jon Lester is an athlete.