Back from commercial

On Sunday those of us watching the Clay Buchholz no-hit bid on MLB.tv were returned to live pictures from the NESN broadcast before the end of the commercial break and treated to Jerry Remy giving a rendition of the 1967 Frankie Valli hit “Can’t take my eyes off you”.

A fitting ode to the performance of Buchholz who was imperious through 7 innings before Kelly Johnson would end his bid for a second no-hitter with a broken bat single in the top of the 8th.

Buchholz and Jon Lester can both tell the story of the time they pitched a no-hitter and both tales will doubtless mention John Farrell.

Farrell was Boston’s pitching coach from 2007 until 2010 and Buchholz and Lester compiled impressive statistics over that time.

PitcherERAWHIPHR/9K/9
Buchholz3.681.3560.87.0
Lester3.401.2560.88.6

When Farrell left to manage the Toronto Blue Jays for two years, 2011 and 2012, both pitchers saw a decline in their statistics.
PitcherERAWHIPHR/9K/9
Buchholz4.241.3161.26.3
Lester4.171.3221.07.9

Now with Farrell back in Boston the early results have been extremely encouraging.

PitcherERAWHIPHR/9K/9
Buchholz0.410.9550.49.4
Lester1.420.9470.08.5

Curt Young, Bob McClure and Randy Niemann all tried and failed to effectively replace John Farrell but from the results so far it seems the Farrell and Juan Nieves combination is working out just fine.

 

 

 

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