8 a.m. ET: The Red Sox are firing on all cylinders right now, but it’s the starting pitching that remains most impressive.
With Alfredo Aceves allowing three earned runs over five innings on Wednesday, Red Sox starters have now allowed three earned runs or fewer in all 14 of the team’s games. That’s a pretty amazing start to the season for a team that was plagued by pitching woes throughout all of last season, especially since the starting rotation is mostly the same as last year’s unit.
Jon Lester will take the ball for his fourth start of the season on Thursday against the Indians. He’s been tremendous in his first three starts, although he didn’t factor into the decision his last time out. Lester enters the contest 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA, and him and Clay Buchholz have formed a lights-out 1-2 punch at the top of the rotation to kick off the new year.
Lester will be opposed by Zach McAllister, who carries a 1-1 record and a 2.19 ERA into Thursday’s game.
Thursday’s action is scheduled to start up at 7:05 p.m. ET. Be sure to tune in to NESN, and keep it right here with NESN.com as the Red Sox look to complete a sweep of the Indians.