Red Sox Inconsistent Pitching Has Been an Issue

The Red Sox starting rotation has yet to come full-throttle. Sox fans are beginning toInconsistent Pitching grow tired of the team’s inconsistent pitching. Despite Chris Sale’s massive success, the rest of the rotation has been inconsistent to say the least. Drew Pomeranz is the only starter with a winning record, and David Price has not returned from injury. Speaking of injuries, Steven Wright can’t stay away from them. Not to mention, Rick Porcello has not found his groove from last year quite yet. It’s still early, but when will it be time to press the panic button?

David Price’s Return Should Aid Red Sox Inconsistent Pitching

If all goes well, LHP David Price is slated to pitch one more simulated game before he goes on his rehab assignment. This is the best news we have heard so far concerning Price’s injury. News broke last month that he was still experiencing elbow soreness during long toss, but now he seems to be making progress. According to John Farrell, Price threw a 50-pitch simulated game on Thursday, maxing his fastball out at 95 mph. Price’s next sim-game will be Tuesday in Milwaukee, and he is expected to make his first rehab start next Sunday. Again, if all goes well, David Price could be back in the Sox rotation at the end of May or in early June.

Red Sox Inconsistent Pitching Does Not Include Chris Sale

At this point in the regular season, Chris Sale could be a legitimate Cy Young candidate. With an ERA of 1.38 and 63 strikeouts, he has been nothing short of electric. His average fastball velocity is up from last year, and he has yet to give up more than 2 earned-runs in a game. The problem is that the Red Sox have trouble scoring when Sale pitches. They have averaged 2.5 runs/game when Sale starts. I do not see this as a huge problem; Chris Sale is one of the best pitchers in all of baseball and we will win games for him. It has to happen.

If the Red Sox want to succeed as much as they were expected to this year, they have to start pitching like they mean it. Also, David Price has to return to the rotation for them to have a chance of repeating their AL East championship.

Is the Red Sox Pitching Staff Coming Around?

It’s finally happening. The Boston Red Sox are finding that groove they couldn’t quite grasp all season. For a while the Red Sox took a “two steps forward, one step back” approach. It didn’t work. Particular frustration fell on the Red Sox pitching staff. Blown leads and poor relief pitching added to that “one step back” mentality. But with the Red Sox in a safe lead in the American League East, it’s clear that the pitching staff is finding its groove.

Let’s start with Clay Buchholz. I gave up on Buchholz as a Red Sox pitcherRed Sox Pitching Staff  after he gave up a home run on his first pitch last summer. Enraged, I left Fenway Park. The first inning hadn’t even ended yet. For the next several weeks, I watched Buchholz struggle on the mound as he gave up numerous runs in his first few innings. Recently, however, Buchholz has won the two of his last three starts. While the teams Buchholz has beaten aren’t exactly contenders (Tampa Bay, San Diego), it’s still an improvement, especially compared to where he was last summer. He still has to bring his ERA down, but for now, let’s be thankful it’s not going up!

After being on the disabled list for almost two months, Koji Uehara is finally back. Uehara doesn’t seem to have lost much of his magic either. As of September 17th, Uehara has a 0.67 WHIP and a 0.00 ERA in the last seven days. While he hasn’t registered a save since mid-July, it’s good to know that Uehara’s time on the DL didn’t affected his performance.

Red Sox Pitching Staff Still Has Some Work To Do

While Clay Buchholz and Koji Uerhara are improving, there’s a few pitchers who have a ways to go before they’re dependable again. Eduardo Rodriguez, who everyone expected to have a strong season, is 2-7 in 17 starts. He only lasted 2.1 innings against New York on September 15th, yielding eight hits and four runs. He hasn’t won a game since July 16th. As for Steve Wright, fans haven’t seen him at all in September as he  works on rehabilitating his arm. Wright, like Rick Porcello, emerged as a surprise success this season. It’s only obvious that the team wants to get him back as soon as he’s healthy.

Run support hasn’t been much of an issue this year. The bats have been on fire all season. The Red Sox pitching staff suffered from inconsistency throughout much of the season. However, it’s clear that the pitching is finally synching with the hard hitting lineup. With that said, this optimistic fan and sports writer is growing more and more confident that he’ll see the Red Sox in the World Series.

Buchholz Back to the Rotation

The back of Boston’s rotation has been a mess lately. Their lack of a stable fourth and fifth starter is their most glaring weakness, albeit one they can hopefully address through the trade market. That may not be necessary, however, if Clay Buchholz can return to form. The Red Sox welcomed Buchholz back to the rotation Monday night following a brief stint in the bullpen.

Buchholz was solid in his first start since May 26, allowing three runs on four hits and one walk in five innings while striking out five Buchholz Back to the Rotation. The way Boston’s been hitting this year, that would have earned him a win most nights. Not against Chris Sale, however, who limited the Sox to one run across seven innings.

It looked like Buchholz had a long night ahead of him after surrendering a leadoff homer to Tim Anderson on the first pitch. When he allowed another run in the first, Sox fans started wondering how long John Farrell’s leash would be. But Buchholz settled down after that, keeping Boston in the game by allowing just one more run over the next four innings. He exited after just 78 pitches, as Farrell did not want to over-extend him in his first start back.

Buchholz reclaimed his rotation spot after his first extended run in the bullpen. Before this season, Buchholz had relieved just twice in his 10-year career. But after allowing a 6.35 ERA through his first 10 starts, Buchholz was removed from Boston’s rotation. He quickly earned his way back with several strong relief appearances.

Unlike Roenis Elias, Joe Kelly, Frank O’Sullivan, and Henry Owens, Buchholz has a track record of success. At his best, he’s been one of the best pitchers in the American League. None of the aforementioned starters have that kind of upside. He’s only one year removed from a 3.26 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 4.65 K/BB ratio. The Red Sox should give him a few more starts, and if he’s still struggling then they can trade for someone at the deadline. For now, though, moving Buchholz back to the rotation is their best option.