Jon Lester has been named an American League All-Star, the only member of the Red Sox to make the team so far this season.
This one was kind of a no-brainer. Even while the rest of the Red Sox can't seem to get to their feet, Jon Lester is in the midst of a career year. His 2.73 ERA is the sixth best in the American League, and by Fangraphs' measurements his 122 innings against American League lineups, many of them coming in Fenway Park, have made him the second most valuable pitcher in the game, trailing just Felix Hernandez.
This is Jon Lester's third time making the All-Star team, having previously represented the American League in both 2010 and 2011. While he certainly shined in 2013, he experienced a prolong slump heading into the All-Star break before breaking out again later in the year, explaining his absence from that particular roster.
While Lester is the sole Red Sox representative at the moment, there's every likelihood that Koji Uehara with his 1.30 ERA will find his way onto the roster before long as well.
The 2014 MLB All-Star Game will take place on July 15 at 8:00 p.m. ET at Target Field in Minnesota.