The Boston Red Sox have the best one-two punch at the top of their starting rotation in Major League Baseball this season. Although they are just over a week into the regular season, Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz have seemed to be back to the top of their game.
It was only a few years ago when a number of media members had Lester on the top of their list of contenders for the Cy Young award. However, he hasn’t been the same pitcher since his outstanding season in 2010, where he won 19 games and posted a 3.25 ERA with 225 strikeouts in 208 innings.
Last season for the Red Sox, Lester tossed 205.1 innings, posting an ugly 4.82 ERA, striking out only 166 batters. Additionally, he surrendered a career-high 25 home runs on his way to his first ever losing season in the major leagues.
Over the first week of the season, Lester has pitched in two games and has looked dominant. He is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA and 13 strikeouts over 12 innings. The Red Sox ace looks back in great form and is pitching extremely well, something the team needs if they are to make a deep run into the postseason.
The Red Sox’ No. 2 starter is hopping right on board the winning train with Lester. Buchholz has tossed 14 innings in his two wins so far this season. The starter has posted a 0.64 ERA with 12 strikeouts and looks, much like Lester, back in 2010 form.
The two starters combined have tossed 26 innings with a 1.01 ERA and struck out 25 batters. The coaching staff and Red Sox fans couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season from their two top starters.
All this improvement for Red Sox pitching coincides with the return of John Farrell to a Red Sox uniform. The last time these two pitchers were at the top of their game was in 2010, the final year Farrell was the pitching coach in Boston.
In the two seasons he spent with the Toronto Blue Jays, Lester and Buchholz struggled. Something seems to be clicking at the moment and it seems to have a lot to do with Farrell being in charge.