From Toucher and Rich
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Red Sox pitching started the season strong, but now things are slowly turning. This past Saturday Clay Buchholz left the game against the Los Angeles Angels with what the team called “neck tightness” and is set to miss his scheduled start on Friday.
Jon Lester is sitting there with a 6-3 record and his numbers over his last few starts are not good. Over his last five starts Lester has given up 38 hits in 30-innings pitched, 23 earned runs, 18 walks and six home runs.
“I don’t think he’s hurt,” Red Sox insider Peter Gammons told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich. “I think it’s just he’s gotten out of whack and he’s throwing the way he did last year.”
Gammons is staying positive about things, but thinks the starter might need to relax in order to regain his form from earlier this season.
“I think he gets out of it. I think he can get back to driving the ball down in the strike zone, maybe not trying to throw as hard.”
“He has to relax and get back to where he was because they’re in first place because Buchholz and Lester have had great, great years and they’ve gotten a lot out of some guys that they might not have expected…but they need those two guys to win.”