Recently, the Boston Red Sox have been seeing players get hurt, and the team has had to make some difficult roster cuts. What started out as a decent Spring Training for Boston now has had a few bumps in the road to the start of the regular season.
Yet the Red Sox have seen some great outings by a handful of players, two of which are Clay Buchholz and Allen Webster.
Buchholz was able to continue his success on the mound by pitching four scoreless innings against the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday. Clay was actually throwing first pitch strikes to Toronto’s batters, and was throwing his cutter with great success.
The Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 5-3, and Red Sox manager John Farrell enjoyed watching his pitcher go to work. Clay was able to retire first seven Blue Jays he saw.
On the offensive side, Dustin Pedroia and Mike Napoli added runs to help Boston get the win.
Another pitcher that is proving his worth is Webster, who was able to throw three innings of relief in yesterday’s game. With three strikeouts and one unearned run on three hits, Webster is making Farrell and the rest of the coaching staff take notice of him. Farrell even believes the youngster could get the nod to start a preseason game — so far, Webster just has been coming out of the bullpen to pitch.
Farrell was impressed by Webster’s ability to throw well during a full count. He told MLB.com’s Evan Drellich, “What’s been impressive is young pitchers that are able to throw that changeup on a 3-2 count. He’s showing the ability to throw a breaking ball to both sides of the plate, in addition to a live fastball, heavy sink. He’s done a great job.”
If Webster can impress his manager, he could be someone the Red Sox rely on throughout this upcoming season.