Doubront's second game of the season was a disaster.
2014 stats: 1-1, 9.00 ERA, 8.0 IP, 8 ER, 12 H, 4 BB, 6 SO, 2.00 WHIP, .353 BAA
Felix Doubront pitched adequately enough to get a win in his first start, and he was doing fine through the first two innings of his second. But in the third inning against the Texas Rangers April 8, he surrendered five earned runs while retiring just two batters, and he allowed the final seven hitters he faced to reach base.
Sean McAdam of CSNNE wrote:
Manager John Farrell theorized that Doubront might have been fatigued at that point, given how long the inning lasted -- Texas sent 11 hitters to the plate, 10 against Doubront -- but the pitcher thought otherwise.
"Not really," said Doubront. "I wasn't tired. I don't know. I can't explain what happened. I was feeling really good during the first two innings and the whole day, and in the bullpen (beforehand). Then you forget and you start doing too much and I think that was what happened."
The night constituted the shortest start of Doubront's career, shorter even than an a three-inning start in Oakland on Sept 1, 2012.
"It's hard to explain," shrugged Doubront. "I don't know what happened. It was one of those games."
Given that the 2.2 inning stint was the shortest start of his career, it's easy to write this one off as an anomaly. As long as Boston fans are willing to temper their expectations with Doubront, there's no reason for concern.
Even though the 26-year-old is currently occupying the third spot in the Red Sox rotation, he should only be counted on to be the same No. 5 guy he's been the past two years.
Doubront's final numbers in 2012 and 2013 were remarkably consistent. In each season, he won 11 games and tossed just over 160 innings, while posting a WHIP of 1.45, followed by 1.43. Doubront's stats at the end of 2014 will likely be very similar.