Red Sox offseason primer: Starting pitching – ESPN (blog)
The postseason is in full swing, but for the Red Sox, so is the offseason.
General manager Ben Cherington was surveying the team’s young players in instructional league in Fort Myers, Florida, last week, organizational meetings will soon be held, free agency begins as soon as the World Series ends and the general manager meetings are just over a month away.
With that in mind, we offer a position-by-position blog series on the Sox, providing a snapshot of their performance in 2014 and an outlook for 2015.
We open with the Sox starting pitching.
Performance this season:
- Record: 50-64
- ERA (AL rank): 4.36, 13th
- Quality starts (6 IP minimum, 3 ER or less): 87, 5th
- Average innings pitched per start: 6, 6th
- Strikeouts per nine: 7.06, 10th
- WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched): 1.35, 12th
- Strikeouts to walks ratio: 2.27, 14th
- Number of starters used: 11
Starters by ERA: Steven Wright 0-1, 0.00; Jon Lester 10-7, 2.52; John Lackey 11-7, 3.60; Joe Kelly 4-2, 4.11; Rubby De La Rosa 4-8, 4.50; Jake Peavy 1-9, 4.72; Anthony Ranaudo 4-3, 4.81; Allen Webster 5-3, 5.03; Felix Doubront 2-4, 5.19; Clay Buchholz 8-11 5.34; Brandon Workman 1-9, 5.36.
Best performance: Jon Lester
Worst performance: Brandon Workman
Biggest surprise: Joe Kelly, mostly because he had missed three months with a hamstring injury and was thus an unknown quantity.
Biggest disappointment: Clay Buchholz, who had to be shut down for nearly a month at the end of May for a reboot and had a plus-6 ERA at the All-Star break.
Summary: The Red Sox rotation underwent a complete makeover at the trading deadline, with the Sox trading away Jon Lester,
Outlook for 2015: Only Buchholz and Kelly are assured spots in the rotation …read more