photo Matthew West/Boston Herald
This is one of those classic “You want the good news first or the bad news first?” type of posts.
Okay, fine. Bad news first:
Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster got shelled like a Maine lobster at a church dinner against the Blue Jays on Sunday, serving up seven hits, six runs and three long balls in just five innings of work. Prior to that, Dempster hadn’t allowed more than one home run in a game all season.
Easy, now. Here’s the good news:
Dempster entered the game with 55 strikeouts over the span of his first seven games, which ranks second-most in a pitcher’s first seven games with the Boston franchise only behind some guy named Pedro Martinez, who recorded 66 Ks in his first seven games in 1998.
Dempster and Pedro are also the only two hurlers in Red Sox history to record seven strikeouts or more in their first five starts.
Dempster and Clay Buchholz are also the first two Sox starters to post back-...