Jason Varitek: Starting Pitching Will Continue to Stabilize Over Time Although Jason Varitek hasn’t been able to spend much time catching the newest member of the Red Sox’ pitching rotation, he still sees something special in John Lackey.

“I’ve only had the luxury to catch him once,” Varitek told Heidi Watney on Monster Monday. “He works quick, he’s got a little deception and movement with his ball, he can do different things. I think even early he’s just now getting to the point where he’s settling in … to his stuff and his season.”

In his last start on May 5 against his former team, the Angels, Lackey threw seven strong innings, allowing two runs on six hits. But unfortunately, the rotation as a whole has struggled with inconsistency.

“It can only move forward,” Varitek said. “We still have youth in our rotation, we have some newness to our rotation, and when they’re talking about pitching, they’re talking about it with our starting rotation. When we’ve had good quality starts, we’ve put this team in a position to win a lot of games, and that starting staff will do that over the course of time.”

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