Red Sox: Starting pitchers pushing each other to get better

Clay Buchholz has looked phenomenal in this young 2013 season.
Clay Buchholz has looked phenomenal in this young 2013 season.

With so much at stake following a disastrous 2012 season, the key everyone talked about regarding the Red Sox was the starting pitching. This was especially true coming off of a year in which Boston finished second to last in the American League in both ERA and wins.

No one could have scripted a better start after 12 games for the Red Sox starting rotation in 2013. Red Sox starters have held opponents to three runs or less in all 12 games this season, which is the longest such streak in team history. The starters have also allowed two runs or less in eight of the 12 games, a very impressive feat.

“We’ve talked about the importance of starting pitching and that being a cornerstone of how far this team will go and not getting too far ahead of ourselves, but through 12 games they have set a very good tempo, and very good tone to each ballgame we’ve played,” said manager John Farrell.

Leading the way for the Red Sox staff has been Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz. The two are a combined 5-0 in their six starts with 1.42 and 0.41 ERAs respectively. The Red Sox are a perfect 6-0 in the pair’s starts. The most impressive performance of all came last Sunday when Buchholz took a no-hitter into the eighth inning while striking out 11 in a game against the Rays.

The success has carried over to the other members of the rotation as well. Although Ryan Dempster is 0-1 record-wise he’s pitched quite well, including a two-hit, one run seven-inning performance Monday afternoon in which he took a no-decision. Felix Doubront, John Lackey and Alfredo Aceves have all been solid in their first starts of the year as well.

Seeing the success of the other starters does motivate the others to go out and do the same thing, something that has played a part in the team’s success to open the season.

“I think the nice part is you see guys in the rotation pitching as well as they have, even Ace [Aceves] and the start by Lackey, they have all thrown so well,” Dempster said, following his start Monday. “You don’t want to be the leaky wheel, you want to be the one who goes out there and keeps the streak going. You see how well [Lester] and [Buchholz] threw in those first three games and you want to do that as well. I think it is fun to push each other, it’s a competitive push to get the best out of each other and you get good results from that.”

With the success of the starting pitching and the timely hitting, the team is starting to develop an identity, something which never ever materialized last year. A new attitude, a new identity, and atop the American League East standings. What more could Red Sox fans have asked for to open the season?

Follow Metro Red Sox beat writer Ryan Hannable on Twitter @Hannable84



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.