John Farrell: Starters Must Focus On Executing To Break Sixth-Inning Trend

The sixth inning has not been kind to the Boston Red Sox rotation this season.

The Red Sox have started a troubling and puzzling trend this year, as their starting pitchers seem to run into a wall after the fifth inning. Joe Kelly cruised for five frames Wednesday night against the Tampa Bay Rays, allowing only one run on four hits, but it all fell apart in the next inning.

It’s not just Kelly, though. The wheels fell off for Wade Miley in the sixth inning Tuesday, and Rick Porcello experienced the same fate Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles.

While this clearly is wearing out the bullpen, Red Sox manager John Farrell is more focused on getting his pitchers to think about executing one pitch at a time rather than worrying about working deeper into games.

“But first and foremost we’ve got to address particularly the sixth inning, and being mindful and relentless in the mindset of recording an out,” Farrell said. “Not thinking about getting through seven innings. It’s executing this pitch, recording this out in this moment.”

Check out the video above to hear more from Farrell.

Thumbnail photo via Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports Images

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