See also: Jon Lester’s previous Prospect Diary
Well, things have been going pretty well for me lately. I’ve been throwing the ball well, I just haven’t been able to hit that stride where I’m pitching effectively enough–or at least that’s the way I see it.
I usually have an inning or two that I pitch into trouble and don’t get out of it with a limited number of pitches. Other than that my stuff has been good, command not bad, just working on pitching to contact. Maybe one of these days I can pitch into the sixth and seventh innings.
What goes through your mind when you see Jonathan Papelbon doing what he’s been doing in the big leagues this season?
–Julie, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Watching Papelbon has been a lot of fun for all of us in the organization–especially the pitchers. It reminds us that we aren’t that far away. With Papelbon, its almost like he throws an invisible fastball. I say that because it’s almost like ‘here it is right down the middle see if you can hit it.’ It’s a great mentality that doesn’t fit everyone, but that’s his game.
Do you have an iPod or are you still a CD player kind of guy?
–Roger, Flint, Michigan
Yes, I have an iPod. I don’t think I have ever left home without it. I love that thing. The only thing is I don’t think that I will ever listen to all the songs on it. It’s almost too much to have. The nice thing is though you can listen to any kind of music you want at anytime, without changing anything or carrying anything more than a little box with your entire music collection right there with you.
Do you guys go to see many movies when you have time? What was the last movie you saw?
–G.G., Sacramento, Calif.
G.G., The last movie that I saw was Mission Impossible III. It wasn’t half bad. I’ve never been a big fan of the trilogy of Mission Impossible movies, but this one was pretty good. I go to see some movies, but I’d rather be out on a lake fishing. Still, the movies are a nice way to get away from everything too.
Who is the toughest hitter you’ve faced?
–William, Palm Beach, Fla.
William, I can’t think of the toughest hitter I’ve faced. But there are types of hitters that I do not like facing–and that’s definitely leadoff guys that like to take a lot of pitches and foul lots of pitches off and power guys that don’t strike out.
I throw a lot of pitches as it is and if you have a leadoff guy that makes you work from the start it just adds pitches to your total and when you run into those guys, sometimes it seems like you’ll never make it out of the first inning.
Power guys that don’t strike out are tough because you know that they are going to put the ball in play and its probably going to be hit hard. With those guys you just have to make quality pitches and hope that nobody is on base when they get up.
I hope that I answered your questions and please keep them coming.