Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell was all business Monday morning. Boston’s skipper announced his Opening Day starter and how he plans to stack the pitching rotation out of the gate. The same arms that helped the Sox capture the World Series will make up the five-man contingent.
Jon Lester will toe the rubber on March 31, Opening Day, against their AL East division rival Baltimore. It will mark his fourth cosecutive start in a season opener.
Lester posted a 15-8 record in 2013, a 3.75 ERA, and logged 213.1 innings.
Jake Peavy is slated to start Boston’s home opener on April 4. The Sox will be battling the Milwauke Brewers in an inter-league matchup.
Peavy went 12-5 in 2013, had a 4.17 ERA, and tossed 144.2 innings.
After missing much of 2013 with a lingering neck injury, Farrell has Clay Buchholz penciled into the numer five spot in the rotation. Buchholz will not only see added rest time at the onset of the season, he’ll also match up against weaker competition. Nobody has a number five guy who can oppose his talent.
According to Peter Abraham of WEEI.com, here’s how Boston’s rotation will look:
Farrell said how the starters are lined up now — Lester, Lackey, Doubront, Peavy, Buchholz — is how they want to start the season. #redsox
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) March 10, 2014
1. Jon Lester
2. John Lackey
4. Jake Peavy
5. Clay Buchholz