Jon Lester shut down the Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series in Boston Wednesday night. The Red Sox lefty scattered five hits over 7 2/3 inniings without allowing a run while striking out eight.
Naturally, a Cardinals minor league pitcher, Tyler Melling, posted a picture of Lester’s glove on Twitter and everyone is now in a tizzy wondering if Lester was using a foreign substance to doctor the ball.
From screenshots, it’s hard to even guess what the blotch on Lester’s glove might be. It would take some serious cojones to try to use Vaseline on a ball during the World Series. There are six umpires on the field, thousands of people in the stadium, millions watching at home and yet nobody noticed except one person on Twitter?
Amateur conspiracy theorists can point to this video evidence that, yes, Lester was clearly doctoring the baseball.
Lester’s pitching also didn’t cause the Cardinals to commit three errors, leading to four unearned runs in their eventual 8-1 defeat either.
For what it’s worth, Melling is a 39th round pick for St. Louis in the 2011 draft. He put up a 4.93 ERA in high A ball this summer.
[UPDATE: Buster Olney of ESPN has spoken to MLB spokesman Pat Courtney, who says, “We cannot draw any conclusions from this video. There were no complaints from [St. Louis] and the umpires never detected anything indicating a foreign substance throughout the game.”