Red Sox pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka and Jon Lester have struggled a bit as of late, but despite what they're stat line looks like at the end of the night, pitching coach John Farrell is pleased with what he's seen for the most part.
NESN's Heidi Watney caught up with Farrell before the Red Sox' finale in Oakland on Sunday afternoon and asked him about the two veteran pitchers, both of whom will be pitching this week in Seattle.
With Matsuzaka, Farrell says it's been what the righty has done to improve first-inning woes that's giving the Sox reason for optimism going forward.
"The one thing that he has done, in the past six, seven weeks is come out and establish himself in the early going," Farrell said. "He had some first inning troubles there for awhile, but he's been able to make some adjustments and really get into the flow of the game."
For Lester, it's just a matter of continuing to battle and continuing to make quality pitches.
"We know that the weapons that he has and the ability to slow some hitters down and attack guys with multiple approaches, that's still there with him," Farrell said of the left-hander. In the four starts that he has remaining, he has a chance to punctuate a pretty strong season for him."
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