Originally posted on RedSoxLife  |  Last updated 4/30/13
The Boston Red Sox arguably have the best 1-2 punch in baseball right now and it's the same two guys that were on the club last year. Same pitchers, different results and Juan Nieves is a big reason why. When ownership kicked the tiny demented monkey, Bobby V, off the Sox shoulders, the pitching staff instantly got better. Bringing back John Farrell immediately gave them a renewed confidence in themselves knowing there previous issues on the mound would be worked on by a true professional. With Juan Nieves coming into the mix this staff was rejuvenated and ready for a fresh start in this 2013 season. Nieves has brought a quiet, yet strong and forceful focus back into the minds of the Red Sox pitching staff. Jon Lester said he noticed the difference between the 2012 an 2013 season from the jump in spring training. "It was a lot different,” Lester said. “We all know what we have to do, but sometimes it helps when somebody gives you direction, especially guys that have been around a...
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