The Red Sox’ starting pitching was the biggest reason for the team’s success out of the gate, as both Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester were pitching at an ace level. But Buchholz has since battled injuries and Lester has battled inconsistency, so that kept the Red Sox’ starting pitchers from acing their first-half exam.
The Red Sox’ rotation still earned a solid mark, though, because the rest of the rotation has picked up the slack in Buchholz’s absence and during Lester’s rough patch. John Lackey has been fantastic, Felix Doubront has turned a corner and Ryan Dempster has been fairly consistent despite not receiving much run support.
Red Sox starters are second in the American League with a 3.82 ERA, and Boston’s 57 quality starts rank fourth in the majors.
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