This article is part of our Collette Calls series.
Every year, I make two appearances on the BaseballHQ podcast hosted by Patrick Davitt. I enjoy his show because he lets the guest do most of the talking and asks solid questions. One feature of his podcast that I enjoy is when he asks the guest to pick a hitter and a pitcher to pick up from each league as well as one to drop from each one in his "Boons and Banes" section. I was on the June 22 episode (linked above) and had this to say about the pitcher I chose as my NL boon, Jon Lester:
"Lester has stranded every single baserunner that has reached base in the month of June. He has allowed two runs – both solo home runs – but other than that, he has stranded everyone. He has five straight wins and has won 9 of his 15 decisions. To me, this screams 1989 (1990) Jack Armstrong…everything has gone his way despite when you look at some of the other stuff. This foundation is not going to last. To me, Jon Lester is Jack Armstrong and I am putting them in the same class and I would be