Jessica Moran, Mike Giardi, and Lou Merloni are down south in Fort Myers, Florida for Red Sox spring training.
The three have the report on the Sox pitching staff, with Merloni giving "The Eye Test" to Jon Lester and John Lackey.
Lackey looked good in the bullpen today, according to both Giardi and Merloni. He's lost roughly 17 pounds over the offseason, and it appears to be working wonders for him already.
Jon Lester is another pitcher looking to have a bounce-back season. We've seen how good he can be, but sometimes his problems are more mental than physical. It looks like the staff is working on that with him, too.
"I like the positive mindset because I think a lot of it has to do with mental- not makeup, but demeanor out on the mound.," Merloni said. "But he's another guy impressive out there. He's out there grunting on Day 1, throwing bullpen. And again, David Ross catching him not much above the knee. Both of those guys I thought were extremely impressive, and I'm not one to watch a bullpen and really kind of notice those little things, but when you sit there for five, ten minutes and don't see a pitch above the knee, you see a max effort guy giving it everything, already in game-mode."
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