Bits: Jon Lester's struggles continue 

July, 23, 2012

Boston Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester was hammered mercilessly for 11 earned runs by the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday, allowing nine hits and five walks in four innings. His season ERA rose to 5.46, and in his past three painful outings, he's thrown a total of 12 1/3 innings, allowing 22 runs (21 earned). However, dropping Lester in any league is dangerous, as the career achievements for the 13th pitcher chosen in ESPN average live drafts are well-known. Keep him owned, but on the bench for now.