Red Sox Report: Farrell Was Wrong With Wright
One inning Tuesday night. That is all John Farrell had to see from Steven Wright on the mound before he brought in Brandon Workman. Wright of course a knuckle baller, was making his first start in the major leagues last night. The Red Sox wanted to give their starters an extra day of rest but I feel they started the wrong guy. Wright, had some nice long relief appearances, but should have not started that game last night. Four passed balls, a wild pitch, a hit batter, and three runs. The knuckle ball was all over the place last night inside Minute Maid Park. Knuckle balls thrown inside a closed stadium seem to dance more and that was certainly the case last night and John Farrell pulled the plug after one inning.
Last week Brandon Workman pitched six innings of one run ball in what was though to be his last start for a while on the same night the Sox acquired Jake Peavy from the White Sox. Workman seemed to be the perfect sixth starter for the time being. He had a 2.45 ERA in games started, and had a high strike out rate. Sixth starter and long man was his perfect role for him now as he is still developing after starting in Double A Portland. When John Farrell announced Steven Wright would start, it was quite the head scratcher. I understand giving your pitchers an extra day of rest but start the guy you know is capable of handling the situation in Workman. Whether it was Steven Wright or Ryan Lavarnway’s fault last night the two were familiar from their time with Triple A Pawtucket and Workman should have been the starter.
I am not sure the attachment with knuckle ball pitchers with the Red Sox. I understand Tim Wakefield was a great Red Sox player for a time but he was also one of the most aggravating, never knowing what you would get out of him any given night. Consistency is key to sticking in the big leagues and there is nothing consistent about a knuckle ball especially inside.
Besides a horrible first inning the game was a roller coaster in itself as the Red Sox won 15-10 behind two home runs from Jacoby Ellsbury and another pinch hit home run from Jonny Gomes, his fourth on the season. Workman proceeded to throw 4.2 innings surrendering 6 runs of his own. But not knowing he was going to basically start the game in the second inning cannot really fault him for that. Drake Britton then pitched 2.1 while giving up the first run of his career in the majors. Rubby De La Rosa pitched a quiet ninth in his Red Sox debut while getting his fastball up to 98 mph on the radar gun.
The part I see John Farrell taking was the Red Sox play sixteen of nineteen on the road and wanted to give the starters some rest. They were playing the lowly Astros who’s entire payroll is only $16 million which is less than what John Lackey is making. But the Astros came to play both night’s so far in the series winning 2-0 on Monday and they will certainly come to play tonight.
Clay Buchholz said he felt good after throwing 29 pitches off a mound yesterday and will throw again in Kansas City this weekend. Buchholz is obviously a while from pitching in a game and it might be September by the time he starts for this team. If they stick with the five man rotation, which they should, Dempster has to be the one who is sent to the bullpen. Doubront is having a great season. Lackey, who rolled his ankle on Monday but came out to pitch a great six innings, has been a victim of poor run support. Lester has struggled this season and it really is aggravating knowing he can be better. Peavy had a great debut and will certainly not be demoted to the pen.
Dempster is on the mound tonight against the Astros and he certainly will need to hold runners as they have run an awful lot in the first two games while getting six steals in one game on Monday while attempting twelve in two games. This is their season right here playing spoiler so the Red Sox cannot take them lightly as they took care of the Orioles last week.