It will be a daily fixture here on RedStockingsThoughts, where I will present an argument for one side of the coin, and invite any reader to share their thoughts, whether they agree or disagree, via the comment section.
On the other side of this spectrum is Jon Lester. Lester is a home grown product, who got his first big break in 2006, going 7-2. Unlike Beckett, Lester is on the rise in his career, and is coming off his best season to date. All of the hype that accompanied his ascension to the majors is being realized right now. Last season, Lester posted a 3.25 ERA to go along with his 19-9 record and 225 strikeouts. The season earned Lester an All Star appearance (his first) along with a fourth place finish in the Cy Young voting (a career best finish). Furthermore, every team wants their ace to be the guy they can count on for stopping losing streaks. Well, it's impossible to do that from the disabled list. The Sox want a guy who will log innings for them, and that man is Lester. While Lester has pitched just four full years in the majors, and Beckett has pitched nine, they both have the same number of 200 inning seasons, each with three. That means Beckett has only reached the 200 inning mark in a third of his career. That's not ace-material. But perhaps I have saved my best argument for last. As I remarked earlier, the year when one typically reaches the peak of his career is at 27 years old. Guess how old Lester is going to be this year. That's right, 27 years old. For all of those reasons, Tito would be crazy to hand the ball over to ANYONE other than Jon Lester on Opening Day.
Here's to hoping I didn't completely jinx him.