Boston Red Sox: Pitchers Appear to Be Getting in the Right Mindset, Finally

Christopher Benvie@CSBenvie81Correspondent IIMay 16, 2012

BOSTON, MA - MAY 15:  Josh Beckett #19 of the Boston Red Sox delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners on May 15, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Boston Red Sox have managed to string together five wins in a row.

Over the course of the last several games, the team has only allowed eight runs, while scoring 34 of their own, showing that the offense is clearly clicking at the right time as well.

While I think it would be a bit premature to say that the team is set to tear up the rest of baseball, there are still some positives that can be drawn from the performance of the pitching staff.

The obvious positive is what we saw from Jon Lester. His complete game, one-run performance was impressive.

The next obvious positive was seeing Josh Beckett come out and throw seven scoreless innings against the Seattle Mariners, striking out nine.

The blemish on the record comes at the hands of Clay Buchholz. While he did not pitch poorly, and the Red Sox were able to win, he did give up four runs in 6.1 innings in a game that the team needed to put up seven runs to win.

What is truly inspiring is the team ERA over the past five games: 1.40. 

If you look at just the past four games, the starters have only allowed three runs in 28 innings of work, which translates into a 0.75 ERA. In other words, they're getting it done.

As much as Josh Beckett has frustrated Red Sox Nation, right now he is showing that he can still perform, having dropped his ERA from 5.97 to 5.02 after his fine performance against the Mariners.

What the team needs to do now is string together a few runs through the rotation with similar results. Once they manage to do that, then perhaps we can assume a new leaf has been turned.

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