McAdam: Back end of rotation carrying Red Sox

McAdam: Back end of rotation carrying Red Sox
July 6, 2013, 11:15 pm
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Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester’s dominance in the opening weeks of the 2013 season propelled the Red Sox out to a 20-8 start. It was assumed that the two would need to continue to pitch at a torrid pace for the team to stay afloat.

Yet with Buchholz idled by injury and Lester underperforming for the better part of six weeks now, the team still hold the American League’s best record at 54-34.

Largely in part to the other three pitchers in the Red sox opening day rotation – John Lackey, Ryan Dempster, and Felix Doubront – who kicked it up another gear when the engines atop the rotation stalled out.

Over the last eight times through the rotation, the back end has emerged of the fearsome threesome of sorts, combining for a combined 10-5 record with a 2.87 ERA in 23 combined starts. In those 23 games, the three have thrown an aggregate 147 1/3 innings, an average of 6 1/3 innings per start.

For Red Sox insider Sean McAdam’s take on the trio, click the video above.