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The Boston Red Sox, now winners of five of their first seven games, are cruising on the shoulders of their top two pitchers: Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz.
Is it too early for the Red Sox to give manager John Farrell a raise?
Whatever the Sox are paying Farrell, they should double it considering
the performances he’s been able to coax out of once-wayward starters Jon
Lester and Clay Buchholz this season.
Everyone knew that the redemptive duo of Lester and
Buchholz would be the compass for the Red Sox season. Seven games into
the season the Sox and their reinvigorated aces are pointing due north.
Buchholz matched Lester’s seven shutout innings on Sunday against
Toronto with seven shutout innings of his own, as the resurgent Sox sent
the Fenway Faithful home happy with a 3-1 victory over the Baltimore
Orioles in the home opener Monday.
Lester and Buchholz have combined to go 4-0, while allowing just three
runs in 26 innings. They’ve struck out 25. Their efforts are beyond the
best-case scenario for the Sox, who have put the malodorous and odious
2012 season in the rearview mirror with a 5-2 start.
They’re stud pitchers. They’ve always been really good,” said Sox
catcher David Ross. “I was excited when I signed here just to be able to
catch those guys. They’re front-end starters in the rotation in
anybody’s team in the major leagues. It’s nothing that is a shocker to
me. They know they’re good. We know they’re good, and I enjoy catching
Globe: Red Sox aces off to a strong start this season
Is the Red Sox dream pitching rotation finally developing in front of our eyes? Is John Farrell the savior? So far in this young season, it looks as if the Red Sox have not one, but TWO aces.
I know it's only been seven games, but Buchholz and Lester look like they've progressed and returned to form. Their pitching lines thus far speak for themselves:
Lester : (2-0) 12.0 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 13 K's, 1.50 ERA
Buchholz : (2-0) 14.0 IP, 9 H, 1 ER, 12 K's, 0.64 ERA
When Farrell was on the opposing bench managing the Blue Jays, he must have been so giddy to get to Boston to fix these two. Little tweak here, little tweak there and all of a sudden, these two seem to be completely turned around.
From a fan's standpoint, there's nothing more exciting than checking out the pitching matchup for a game and realizing the ace is taking the mound. The Red Sox haven't had that in quite some time.
Now, do they potentially have two? Ask me again in September, but so far so good.
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Clay Buchholz has become the best pitcher in the Red Sox rotation after years of disappointment
I never was a huge fan of Clay Buchholz. He started his Red Sox career with a no-hitter and every body who sort of followed the Boston Red Sox thought that they had an ace in the hole. Forget for a second that there have been plenty of middle of the road pitchers who have pitched no-hitters...
Jon Lester was the Red Sox’ Opening Day starter, and he’s considered the team’s ace in the minds of many. Clay Buchholz, the starter for Monday’s home opener, continues to match the southpaw step for step.
Buchholz tossed seven shutout innings against the Orioles on Monday. It marks the second straight outing Buchholz has gone seven innings, and he and Lester now hold a combined...
Clay Buchholz followed Jon Lester‘s strong performance Sunday with seven shutout innings of his own Monday afternoon, which bodes well for the Red Sox’ starting staff this year.
After sputtering last season, the starters will now be under the tutelage of John Farrell in Boston, which many onlookers theorized would result in a return to form that the Sox badly needed. With John...
The Red Sox were not short on offense Sunday afternoon as they led a 13-0 rout of the Toronto Blue Jays on their home field. Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks launched three home runs in the matchup, the youngest Boston player to go deep three times in a game since Jim Rice in 1977.
That offensive power took some pressure off of starting pitcher Jon Lester, who came away with...
Sunday’s game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox was incredibly exciting — if you’re a Boston fan. The Red Sox destroyed the Jays by a score of 13-0, with Jon Lester pitching a fantastic game and Will Middlebrooks leading the way on offense with three home runs and a double.
Perhaps it was the lopsided affair that inspired one fan as the Rodgers Centre to provide...
Opening Day is an exciting time for everyone, including the manager.
John Farrell’s focus through the first week of the baseball season was on getting the Red Sox off to a good start. With a 4-2 season-opening road trip now in the rearview mirror and Opening Day at Fenway Park upon us, though, Farrell can finally admit how excited he is to kick off the home slate.
Daniel Nava hit a three-run homer, Clay Buchholz pitched seven shutout innings and the surprising Boston Red Sox won their ninth straight home opener, 3-1 over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday.
Nava broke open a scoreless duel between Buchholz (2-0) and Wei-Yin Chen (0-1) in the seventh inning with his second homer in two days. He hit a shot over the Green Monster in left after Dustin...
The First Pitch
Paul Maholm and Clay Buchholz followed up solid season debuts with excellent second starts yesterday. They each went seven innings, allowed no runs and got a win. As a result, their ownership percentages are on the rise. But should you hop on the bandwagon and add them? Yes and no.
Yes to Maholm. He’s obviously going to give up some runs at some point, but...
The Red Sox just completed their first week of the season, a 6 game road trip starting in New York and ending in Toronto. The team went 4-2 on the trip and return to Fenway for a 7 game home stand against Baltimore and then Tampa Bay.
Wei-Yin Chen vs Clay Buchholz
Buchholz had a great outing in his first start of the season in the Bronx. He went 7 strong innings allowing...
For a role player like Daniel Nava, confidence is key. Although initially shocked when he was told that he would start in Monday's home opener instead of rookie Jackie Bradley Jr., Nava said he had plenty of time to get his thoughts straight and focus on the goal:
“Of course it gave me confidence,” Nava said. “John and Torey have done a great job of communicating with...
The Red Sox did something they weren’t able to do much of last year; send the Fenway faithful home happy. In their home opener, the Red Sox defeated the Baltimore Orioles 3-1, behind a very strong outing by starter Clay Buchholz, 2-0, and a Daniel Nava 7th inning 3-run home run.
With the game scoreless in the 7th, and Buchholz done for the day, the Red Sox offense was able to get...
After going 4-2 on their season opening road trip, the Boston Red Sox return home for a seven-game homestand. They'll start off with the home opener this afternoon against the Baltimore Orioles at historic Fenway Park.
The Red Sox pregame show will start on NESN at 12 p.m. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television...
Will Middlebrooks had himself a ballgame with three home runs and Jon Lester was outstanding on the mound as the Boston Red Sox went on to a 13-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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Will Middlebrooks hit 3 of the Red Sox' 5 homers in a 13-0 rout in Toronto. The Sox welcomed R.A. Dickey to the AL East by knocking him out of game in the 5th after he surrendered 8 runs on 10 hits. Jays reliever, David Bush, couldn't stop the bleeding, surrendering 5 runs on 4 homers in 3 innings of work. Jon Lester countered with...
The Red Sox front office is bracing itself for something they haven't dealt with since May 2003. For 794 games, Fenway Park has been sold out and unless there are a few thousand people that have nothing to do on a rainy Wednesday night, the infamous streak that Fenway Sports Group bragged about will end. It's the only statement that Sox fans have against an ownership that...