Spring training is in full swing for the Boston Red Sox. Many players have already made their spring debuts while others will get into games in the coming days. Felix Doubront debuts for the Red Sox on Monday against the Tampa Bay Rays at JetBlue Park.
Doubront spent his first full season up with the big club last year. While with the Red Sox in 2012, the lefty went 11-10 with a 4.86 ERA and 167 strike outs in 161 innings. Although he wasn’t the best pitcher on the staff, he performed well enough to grow and become a regular third, fourth or fifth starter for the Red Sox.
The 25-year-old will be joined in the starting rotation by Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, John Lackey and newly acquired Ryan Dempster. Doubront is projected to pitch third in the the rotation this season, behind Lester and Buchholz. The left-right-left order will give the Red Sox a much need advantage over some teams.
In his second full season with the Red Sox, Doubront will look to improve on his WHIP–last season it was 1.449–and his ability to go deeper into games. The native of Venezuela will benefit greatly from the hiring of new Red Sox manager John Farrell and new Red Sox pitching coach Juan Nieves.
This coming season, projections have the starting pitcher having a worse season that in 2012, but the Red Sox believe he will be much improved.
First pitch in Monday’s game against the Rays is set for 1:35 p.m. Eastern.
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