Felix Doubront is averaging just 90.18 mph
on his fastball through five starts this season.
A lot was made of Felix Doubront showing up to Spring Training out of shape and with some soreness in his throwing arm. Here we are nearly three months later and Doubront (and the Red Sox) finally paid the price for his laziness.
Boston fell 7-0 to the Texas Rangers Friday night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Doubront, who was 3-0 through four starts heading into the game, took the brunt of everything. He allowed 12 hits and six earned runs in just 3.2 innings. That took his ERA from an already above-average 4.24 to 5.67.
Digging a little further back before Spring Training, one has to wonder if Doubront’s first full season in the majors had an adverse affect on his arm. In 2012, Doubront threw a career-high 161 innings, surpassing his previous total of 129.1, which came back in 2008. In 2011, the season prior his 161 innings, he only threw 87.2. Tha...