Felix Doubront‘s season has undergone a major transformation.
The fortunate part about hitting rock bottom early is that you can only go up. Doubront is showing that there is no limit on how high you can climb, though, as he has evolved into a very reliable back-end starter after a very shaky start to the season.
There was a time this year when it looked like Doubront’s days in the Red Sox’ starting rotation were numbered. His ERA sat at 6.40 after he gave up six runs in back-to-back starts on May 3 and May 8, and it was the same old song and dance every time he took the mound. The walks piled up, the pitch count soared and the tightrope walk commenced.
Diminished velocity only compounded Doubront’s issues. The lefty had established himself as a pitcher who was capable of punching out hitters, and that swing-and-miss ability often allowed him to escape trouble that he pitched himself into. With his fastball suddenly sitting at around 90-92 mph, Doubront found it much more difficult ...