Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 10/21/12
The Red Sox hired a familiar face to manage the 2013 team, but will their past pitching success return as well? John Farrell will make his return to Boston as the new manager of the Red Sox. In his previous stint in Beantown, Farrell served as the pitching coach under then manager Terry Francona from 2007-2011. In his first year with the team, the Red Sox pitching staff was second in Major Legaue Baseball with a 3.87 ERA, and also second in shutouts with 13. They won their second World Series in three years with a sweep over the Colorado Rockies. The Red Sox pitching staff never had a team ERA higher than 4.35 in his five years with Boston, and the team qualified for the playoffs in three straight years before their recent streak of postseason absences. Now, the question remains if his magic touch will come back from Toronto. The Red Sox team ERA was 4.70 in 2012, the fourth-worst mark in all of baseball. With Farrell returning, will Jon Lester return to his ace status? Will John Lackey's return signify a turning point in the right-hander's Boston career? And will the bullpen regroup from a disastrous season to help save a struggling team from another sub-.500 season? What do you think? Will Farrell's hiring dramatically change the Red Sox pitching staff? Will the Red Sox pitching staff improve dramatically with John Farrell as manager?
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Garcon: RG3 can be ‘great player on any team that he goes to’

Report: Cavs ‘convinced’ LeBron would not leave Cleveland again

Fred Jackson is upset Bills GM Doug Whaley wasn’t honest

Report: Jaguars won’t let Justin Blackmon leave for CFL

Report: Antii Raanta wanted Blackhawks to lose in playoffs

A-Rod snaps photo for couple while out in Boston area

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Tim Tebow has ‘pretty good shot’ of making Eagles

Polian: I'd have my scouts looking awfully hard at RGIII

Report: Patrick Kane generating significant trade interest

Why Alabama will and won't win the National Championship

Tom Brady: ‘It’s been such an enjoyable offseason’

Andrew Luck: Reggie Wayne is not a traitor

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Ryan taking leap of faith with Bills

Top 10 storylines for Week 1 of college football season

Underdogs: Hopefuls that can shock in the World Cup

Manfred digs Shoeless Joe a deeper grave

Why Mike Trout ain't right

The Opening Drive: Jamal Anderson warns UM fans before heading to Salt Lake City

Best and worst MLB players in August

RG3 blames intern for liking Instagram post trashing owner

Four most surprising roster cuts from NFL teams

Raiders cut Trent Richardson

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker