With the loss of Clay Buchholz and the struggles of Jon Lester, the Red Sox have been in desperate need for other players in the rotation to step their game up.
Felix Doubront and John Lackey have been those guys.
Doubront was especially strong in his outing Friday against the Yankees, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits, three walks with five strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work.
Sean McAdam talked about the success of Doubront on The Baseball Show on Saturday, and even tried explaining what has led to Doubront's turnaround.
"They took him out of the rotation for one turn to work with Juan Nieves on the side, improve his pace, change his between start routine," McAdam said. "Since then, in 12 starts his ERA is 2.59 with a won/loss of 4-2, the team is 7-5. Not in one has he given up more than three runs and only twice has he given up as many as three runs.
"So he and Lackey have more than made up for the loss of Bucholz for the last five weeks and the downturn with Jon Lester."