Former Red Sox (and current Chicago Cubs) ace Jon Lester will miss his next start due to what is being described as a "dead arm". At this stage of Spring Training it's not unusual for pitchers to lose some velocity and effectiveness due to so-called dead arm syndrome. In his last start on Monday, Lester was shelled for seven runs by the Padres. According to new Cubs manager Joe Maddon, this setback will not affect the left-hander's scheduled start on Opening Day against the St. Louis Cardinals. Said Maddon, "I checked in this morning. He's feeling great so we just want to back off a little bit right now." The acquisition of Lester has led to a lot of excitement around the benighted Cubbies—vaulting them into discussions about making the post-season among both fans and odds-makers (If you are interested in legally betting on baseball games this season, you can find a wealth of information at http://www.legalbaseballbetting.com/). The Red Sox failed to lure Lester back this off-season after shipping him off to Oakland at the trade deadline last year.