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Sunday’s Red Sox-Mariners matchups: Allen Webster vs. Hisashi Iwakuma 08.24.14 at 10:12 am ET
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Allen Webster

Allen Webster

The Red Sox will close out both an 11-game homestand and a three-game set with the Mariners on Sunday afternoon, sending Allen Webster to the mound against Hisashi Iwakuma in the series finale.

Webster (3-1, 4.73 ERA) has turned in three straight quality starts for Boston, compiling a 3.86 ERA with a .239/.333/.388 line during that stretch.

In his last start Tuesday against the Angels, Webster gave up seven hits and three runs with three strikeouts over six innings of work in what was eventually a 4-3 Los Angeles win.

“When he’s right like for the vast majority of tonight, put the ball on the ground, ground balls,” manager John Farrell said. “It’s good to see him continue to back up outings in a positive way and build some momentum and I’m sure some confidence in his own right.”

While Webster has settled down after his shaky debut this season, the third inning has continued to be a thorn in the side of the 24-year-old. Twelve of the 15 earned runs that Webster has allowed this season have come during the third.

Webster was rocked in his only career appearance against the Mariners on July 9, 2013, surrendering six hits and seven earned runs over just 2 1/3 innings.

Iwakuma (12-6, 2.57 ERA) has been extremely effective as of late, posting a 7-2 record with a 1.63 ERA over his last 10 starts.

In his last outing Tuesday, the 33-year-old shut down the Phillies for eight innings, holding his opponents to just four hits and no runs while racking up 11 strikeouts.

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Tuesday’s Red Sox-Angels matchups: Allen Webster vs. Jered Weaver 08.19.14 at 9:50 am ET
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Allen Webster

The Red Sox will continue their four-game home series against the Angels on Tuesday, as Boston will send Allen Webster to the mound against Jered Weaver.

After turning in a dismal six-walk start over 2 2/3 innings on Aug. 2, Webster (3-1, 4.79 ERA) rebounded by winning his last two starts, surrendering five earned runs over his last 12 2/3 innings (3.55 ERA).

The 24-year-old righty was solid in his last outing Thursday against the Astros, giving up four runs (three earned) over six innings while striking out two en route to a 9-4 Red Sox win.

“We’re seeing some small gains here,” manager John Farrell said after the game. “When you compare it to two starts ago, where things might’ve gotten away from him a little bit … he did bend today, but he didn’t break. That was an encouraging sign. I think more than anything, he’ll wake up tomorrow knowing there’s another win next to his name. Hopefully that’s added confidence along the way.”

While Webster may have improved over his last few starts, he has struggled at Fenway this season, compiling a 7.27 ERA in two home appearances.

Tuesday will stand as Webster’s second career start against the Angels. In his last appearance against Los Angeles on Aug. 8, Webster gave up two runs over 6 2/3 innings of work.

Weaver (14-7, 3.66 ERA) battled in his last start Wednesday against the Phillies, surrendering eight hits and walking two over six innings but only giving up two runs in what was a 4-3 Angels win.

“With the bullpen we’ve got, quality starts from a starting pitcher are pretty key,” Weaver said. “If you can limit these guys to three runs or less in six innings, we’ve got those guys coming in behind us doing a heck of a job. I’m just trying to keep us in it. This offense is going to break through one of these days.”

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Thursday’s Red Sox-Astros matchups: Allen Webster vs. Scott Feldman 08.14.14 at 8:58 am ET
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The Red Sox return to Fenway Park on Thursday night to begin a four-game series against the Astros. The Sox begin the 11-game homestand by sending Allen Webster to the mound against Scott Feldman.

Allen Webster

Allen Webster

After a troubling outing against the Yankees in which he lasted just 2 2/3 innings and walked six batters, Webster (2-1, 4.91 ERA) came back with arguably the best outing of his short major league career last Friday. The 24-year-old went a career-high 6 2/3 innings, allowing just two runs on four hits in a 4-2 win over the Angels. He walked two and struck out three.

Webster’s start Friday is a step in the right direction after the rookie posted an 8.22 ERA in his first 10 major league appearances. Perhaps the most encouraging sign was the low walk total after after he issued 11 free passes in his first eight innings this season.

“I just started going after batters,” Webster said after the game. “After every single pitch, I told myself to just trust my stuff and let it work. Let my defense work behind me.”

Webster has never faced the Astros in his career. His only experience against a National League opponent came in a start against the Padres on July 4, 2013. Webster allowed two runs on five hits over six innings in an 8-2 Red Sox win.

Feldman (6-8, 4.14 ERA) has been one of the Astros’ most reliable starters as of late. The righty is 2-0 with a 1.39 ERA in his last three outings and has had seven quality starts in his last nine. His below-.500 record is indicative of that of a pitcher on a bad team.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Friday’s Red Sox-Angels matchups: Allen Webster vs. Jered Weaver 08.08.14 at 8:39 am ET
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The Red Sox head out to the West Coast during the second leg of their eight-game road trip to take on the Angels for a three-game set in Anaheim. Boston will send Allen Webster to the mound against Jered Weaver in the series opener.

Webster (1-1, 6.75 ERA) will be looking to bounce back from his last start Saturday against the Yankees, as the right-hander completely lost command on almost all of his pitches.

Webster only lasted 2 2/3 innings, surrendering four earned runs and six walks in what was a 6-4 Yankees victory.

“Yeah, it was clear he lost command of the strike zone,” said manager John Farrell after the game. “And while there’s plenty of stuff in terms of fastball action, swing-and-miss to his changeup, just the ability to make an adjustment from either pitch-to-pitch or hitter-to-hitter was elusive.”

While Webster — who carries an 8.22 ERA in 10 career major league appearances — has had his fair share of growing pains with the Red Sox, Farrell said that the 24-year-old righty is making strides in his goal to gain more consistency in his outings going forward.

“I would say yes, he’s repeating his delivery on his side day,” Farrell said. “We’re also looking forward to seeing the adjustments that might be needed inside a given game be accomplished. That’s always the challenge of bringing the bullpen [session] into the game and executing it, having the wherewithal to step off and regroup if those situations call for it and make necessary adjustments. That’s where our evaluation probably stems. It’s not about stuff; it’s a matter of making adjustments.”

Friday will stand as Webster’€™s first career appearance against the Angels.

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Red Sox option Alex Wilson, call up Steven Wright 08.03.14 at 10:10 am ET
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One day after he threw 2 1/3 innings of relief and logged 38 pitches, right-hander Alex Wilson was sent back to Triple-A Pawtucket, according to multiple sources. With the Sox in need of long relievers on their staff at a time when their rotation is skewing young, the team is calling up knuckleballer Steven Wright, who in 11 starts this year in Pawtucket is 5-2 with a 2.80 ERA. Wright has shown an impressive ability to throw strikes with his signature pitch, punching out 7.1 and walking just 1.9 batters per nine innings.

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Red Sox still waiting for Allen Webster to make big league adjustments 08.02.14 at 9:46 pm ET
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This was not the case that Allen Webster wanted to make for a spot in the 2015 rotation. The 24-year-old has long been viewed as having potentially elite stuff. But on Saturday — in his second start this year, one outing after navigating through five walks to last 5 1/3 innings against the Rays for a victory — he melted down in a four-run third inning in a fashion that raises red flags about his ability to compete at the major league level.

After he opened the contest by breezing through two scoreless frames, Webster could not make it out of the third, an inning in which he issued five of his six walks while losing his release point completely, ultimately becoming the Red Sox pitcher of record in a 6-4 loss to the Yankees.

“I felt good in the first two innings, really struggled with my release point in the third and never got it back,” said Webster. “It was just my fastball. If I could’€™ve found my release point on my fastball I could’€™ve got my other pitches working on it.”

Webster had shown signs of improved control in Triple-A this year. He’d cut his walk rate from 3.7 per nine to 3.2 per nine, and his hit batters from 1.4 per nine innings to 0.4 per nine while showing an improved ability to harness his two-seam fastball in the strike zone.

But in two big league starts, he’s issued 11 walks in just eight innings. And his inability to show an ability to reel in his struggles in the third inning on Saturday bordered on alarming.

“While there’s plenty of stuff in terms of fastball action, swing-and-miss to his changeup, just the ability to make an adjustment from either pitch-to-pitch or hitter-to-hitter was elusive,” said Sox manager John Farrell. Read the rest of this entry »

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Saturday’s Red Sox-Yankees matchups: Allen Webster vs. Shane Greene at 8:48 am ET
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The Red Sox continue their three-game series with the Yankees at Fenway Park on Saturday when they send Allen Webster to the mound against Shane Greene in a battle between young, unproven pitchers.

Webster (1-0, 3.38 ERA) was called up to start last Saturday after Jake Peavy was traded to the Giants, and had an effective season debut. The right-hander allowed two runs on three hits over 5 1/3 innings to earn a 3-2 win over the Rays. Webster, however, did have some command issues. He walked five while striking out four, throwing just 42 of his 86 pitches for strikes.

“My body felt really good,” Webster after the game. “My command wasn’t as there as I wanted it to be, but I made the pitches when I needed.”

Saturday will be the 24-year-old’s first career start against the Yankees. His lone appearance against New York came in one inning of relief on Sept. 15, 2013. Webster allowed one run on a hit and a walk in a 9-2 Red Sox win.

Greene (2-1, 3.28 ERA) has been a nice surprise for a paper-thin Yankees rotation. The 25-year-old has allowed nine runs over 24 1/3 innings in four starts and has been consistently reliable.

While Greene hasn’t had any significant drop-off, he has regressed some in his last two starts, allowing three or more runs on each occasion and failing to make it out of the sixth inning. The righty made the shortest start of his major league career in his outing last Sunday. He went just 5 1/3 innings and gave up three runs on eight hits, two walks and two strikeouts in a 5-4 Yankees loss.

“I felt pretty good,” Greene said after the game. “I made some good pitches. I’ve just got to be better later in the game.”

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