SP Felix Doubront has always been a very baffling pitcher to watch since he has been with the Boston Red Sox. There are times where he has stretches of absolute brilliance where he looks to be turning the corner into a strong quality left-handed pitcher. Then there are other times where he is at 90 pitches and it isn’t even the fifth inning yet. When will the real Doubront show up?
Lefties are an unique brand. Always have been. In terms of MLB, they are interesting because y0u might see a left-handed pitcher struggle and struggle and then it appears all of a sudden, they just sort of figure it out. Andrew Miller is like that. He really had a hard time as a starter and then it seems one season, he turned the corner and became a shutdown reliever.
Boston has to be hoping that happens with Doubront sooner rather than later. There is no guarantee right now that Jon Lester will be returning to the Red Sox next year, although it is extremely possible. If Doubront can consistently pitch like he is capable of, losing Lester would hurt a little less.
The Red Sox have a bunch of prospects in Pawtucket who are knocking at the door, ready to step in the rotation. We have seen how well Brandon Workman can pitch already. Rubby De La Rosa has been unhittable so far this season. They could be viable replacements if Doubront continues to struggle.
I hope not, though. Doubront reminds me of an Andy Pettitte when he is on. If he could be half the pitcher that Pettitte was, that would be fantastic for Boston.