Many suspected the Red Sox’ pitching would be improved this year, but no one could have predicted just how hot the starters and relievers would begin the 2013 campaign.
Through 11 games, the Red Sox have a 2.76 team ERA and 1.18 WHIP. They have 109 strikeouts in just 98 innings to average 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings. They currently lead the AL in ERA and batting average against, and they lead all of MLB in strikeouts per nine innings.
New faces like Koji Uehara and Ryan Dempster have helped, but the key pieces of Boston’s rotation have been the team’s No. 1 and 2 starters, Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz. Buchholz’ adjusted ERA+ after three starts sits at 1,005 — 10 times the average 100 score.
No one’s more qualified to talk about Red Sox pitching that Tim Wakefield, who joined NESN’s Tom Caron to discuss the 2013 staff. Watch the video above to hear Wake’s take on Boston’s improved pitching.