Brandon Workman Needs to Stay in Starting Rotation

Brandon WorkmanThe Boston Red Sox season has been slowly becoming a repeat of two years ago, but Brandon Workman has been a pleasant surprise and has really made the fourth spot in the rotation his own.

In all seven career starts, the right-hander has gone at least five innings and has yet to give up more than three runs in any of those starts.

With a career 4.11 ERA through 70 innings with the Red Sox, Workman has been a solid back-of-the-rotation starter and should be used on a regular basis even when Felix Doubront and/or Clay Buchholz return from their respective injuries with their rehab stints starting sometime over the next week..

In 28.1 innings this season, the 25-year-old has a solid 2.86 ERA with 21 strikeouts and 10 walks. Sure, the walk totals need to go down and he needs to last more than the five innings each start, but he can handle his own on the mound and is a viable fourth starter in a rotation that also includes Jon Lester and John Lackey.

Workman is starting put things together on the mound and has pretty solid numbers against AL East opponents.

In his start against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday, he allowed just one hit and walked one in 6.2 innings of work while throwing just 67 pitches due to a couple rain delays in the early innings.

If Workman can continue to be this reliable, then the Red Sox have no choice but to let him keep his spot in the rotation.and let Buchholz and Doubront regroup in the minors until they can pitch consistently on the major league mound.

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