I'm officially concerned about Jon Lester.
He struggled again in Seattle. Through the first five innings, he allowed just one run, a home run to Ichiro Suzuki, but was in trouble most of the game. He pitched out of it, but finally was hit hard for four runs, which included another homer from Suzuki that chased him from the game.
The Mariners, who had lost 9 of their last 10, wound up winning, 5-4.
These are the games that stick in my craw. The Sox blew a 4-0 run lead for the second time on the West Coast, and this time to a guy whose name I couldn't pronounce or spell. You don't want to look back on games like this later this year if the Red Sox eventually come up short. The starters continue to have big problems, and it is putting a strain on the pen.
David Ortiz took a seat last night, and will sit for this entire weekend.
Josh Beckett gets the ball tonight, and we'll see if he can end the Red Sox three-game losing streak tonight at Safeco Field.