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Doubront Struggles, Sox Fall 7-0

As my colleague Paul detailed in his latest piece, the Red Sox once again had their troubles in Texas, falling to the Rangers 7-0 on Friday night. Starter Felix Doubront played with fire all night, as he gave up eight hits but just one run in his first three innings of week. In the fourth, he got burned, giving up five runs in the process (all of which coming with two outs). All told, Doubront would surrender six runs, twelve hits, and strike out just two batters in 3 and 2/3 innings of work.

May 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Felix Doubront (22) throws to the Texas Rangers during the first inning at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Following Doubront was Alex Wilson and Clayton Mortenson, who did manage to log some valuable innings to save the pen the rest of the series. The duo combined for 4 1/3 innings of mop up work, allowing just one run to the potent Rangers offense.

As evidenced by the donut on the scoreboard, the Sox never got much going throughout the night against Rangers’ starter Derek Holland. They scattered six hits with a multi-hit effort coming from Jacoby Ellsbury, but struck out nine times with twelve men left stranded.

The Sox will try again tomorrow with John Lackey on the bump, opposing the hard-throwing Alexi Ogando  going for the Rangers.

Topics: Felix Doubront

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  • Michael Macaulay-Birks

    I’ve always been a fan of Dubront..his swing and miss stuff dazzles sometimes, but man…he hasn’t looked in control of his pitches at all this year….. I wonder how many more clunkers like last night will be tolerated before Webster gets a shot at the job. living around 89-90 mph his swing and miss stuff becomes more swing and hit, lol…either way, I hope he works it out for the sox sake IMO of course

    • John Fahrer

      There was an article at CSNPhilly where the author thinks Cliff Lee could be made available. If we can get Lee for a package of Doubront, Sean Coyle, Keury DeLaCruz, and two of Workman/Britton/Lavarnway (all three if the Phils kick in some of the remaining salary), the deal could be worth making.

      It wouldn’t necessarily roadblock any pitching prospects. Webster still has some development to do (lowering the HRs he gives up) and it’ll buy him some time. They could let Lester walk after this season. Dempster and Lackey are FAs after next season.

      I like Doubront too. But the control problems are bothersome and his ceiling is probably no higher than a number three starter.

      • Michael Macaulay-Birks

        I agree on Doubront’s ceiling, but fail to see the upside of letting a 30 year old Lester ‘”walk” in favor of 3 or 4 years of Lee (assuming Lester’s deal is in the range of 5/100)…if I’m not mistaken, we have a reasonable option on Lester next year, and not 1 but 2 years left of Lackey (the 2nd @ league minimum via elbow injury clause in his contract)…. again and as always, respectfully…
        JMO

        • Harry Burnham

          I have to agree with Michael. I like Doubront, he has always struck out a bunch of guys per nine, but he just cant find it this year. But I would also prefer Lester over Lee… One point Michael didnt bring up, is that’s also a MAHOOSIVE package to surrender for Lee. I’d take that package, and Lester+Lackey over 3 or 4 of Lee.