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Early Grades For Boston Red Sox’ Starting Rotation and Bullpen

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Early Grades For Boston Red Sox' Starting Rotation and Bullpen

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The defending World Series champions have gotten off to a lukewarm start this season and their pitching staff has been indicative of that. They've been up and down so far, sometimes turning in great performances, sometimes totally flopping. Whatever the case may be, here are the grades for the rotation and the bullpen so far this season.

Jon Lester - B+

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Jon Lester - B+

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Record: 2-2
2.17 ERA
1.034 WHIP
29:4 K:BB

Lester has been in a groove to start this season. When he's getting hit, he's getting hit hard, but he's also not getting hit very often. His K:BB is off the charts and he's well on his way to another great season.

John Lackey - B

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John Lackey - B

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Record: 2-1
3.86 ERA
1.125 WHIP
17:3 K:BB

Lackey has been more effective this season than in years past, but his ERA is still looking like it's going to be more toward 5.00 by season's end. His control on his repertoire of pitches is encouraging, but he will have to stay consistent throughout the entire season to convince people he's back to old form.

Jake Peavy - A-

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Jake Peavy - A-

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Record: 0-0
1.93 ERA
1.179 WHIP
20:10 K:BB

Peavy has been great since changing sock colors last trade deadline, although he's putting a lot of runners on base, which could balloon that ERA in the long run. If he can stay off the DL, he will be a solid contributor all year long.

Felix Doubront - D+

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Felix Doubront - D+

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Record: 1-2
6.75 ERA
1.773 WHIP
8:7 K:BB

Doubront was really promising at the beginning of last season, but he finished the season very poorly and has started this season even worse. His nearly 7.00 ERA is concerning enough, but he's also walking nearly as many guys as he's striking out. If he doesn't figure something out soon, Chris Capuano could be replacing him in the rotation.

Clay Buchholz - C

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Clay Buchholz - C

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Record: 0-1
5.51 ERA
1.714 WHIP
15:2 K:BB

Buchholz was lights-out last season before he got injured. After missing months of the season, he was never the same and it seems like that setback has extended into 2014. The righty has struggled so far this season, but he should get plenty of chances since the team knows the potential he has.

Bullpen - A+

Koji Uehara
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Bullpen - A+

Koji Uehara
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The back end of Boston's bullpen has been unhittable this season. In fact, they've been the best bullpen in baseball through the first two-plus weeks of the season. Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara have combined to pitch 13.1 innings this season and haven't allowed a single run. Production like that out of the bullpen is a good sign for the club going forward.