Red Sox Confident In Plan For Starting Pitchers Despite Early Struggles

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Starter Rick Porcello delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on March 31, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Red Sox are in Oakland tonight to start a four-game set after losing three of four in Seattle and allowing 34 runs. Boston's starters posted an ERA over 13 the worst through four games in a decade.

But, manager Alex Cora won't second-guess a light spring training workload for starting pitchers. 

"Check what happened last year, we did the same thing," Cora said. "When I got here, I remember when people said that Cruz was throwing 100 in the first game of 2017. It's easy to second-guess now what we did ... it's a program, you have to be disciplined, that's the way I see it."

Mitch Moreland's confident in the starters.

Defending Champion Red Sox Not Alarmed By Slow Start
Defending Champion Red Sox Not Alarmed By Slow Start
Red Sox starting pitchers were horrible in Seattle—but manager Alex Cora says he's not worried.

"I'll run those guys out there every time," he said. "Our starters are some of the best in the league. Just because it didn't go their way for a couple games doesn't mean that that's the way the season's gonna go. These guys are gonna find their groove, and get us rolling."

David Price will get his first turn tonight. The World Series hero posted a 9.45 ERA in two spring starts.

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WBZ NewsRadio's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports

 

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