The Red Sox will send Allen Webster to the mound for his fifth start of the season Tuesday night, still waiting for the once (and perhaps still) highly-regarded prospect to make good on his considerable potential.
|LOS ANGELES ANGELS||BOSTON RED SOX|
|Kole Calhoun - RF||Brock Holt - RF|
|Mike Trout - CF||Dustin Pedroia - 2B|
|Albert Pujols - 1B||David Ortiz - DH|
|Josh Hamilton - LF||Mike Napoli - 1B|
|Howie Kendrick - 2B||Daniel Nava - LF|
|Erick Aybar - SS||Will Middlebrooks - 3B|
|David Freese - 3B||Xander Bogaerts - SS|
|Brennan Boesch - DH||Mookie Betts - CF|
|Chris Iannetta - C||Christian Vazquez - C|
|Jered Weaver - RHP||Allen Webster - RHP|
Looking at Allen Webster's performances to date in 2014, there's really only the one disaster in the 2.2 inning, four-run meltdown agaisnt the Yankees. Still, if his 4.79 ERA is bad-but-not-awful, there's little question for those actually watching Webster that something just isn't right. So often the individual pitches still look good, but with 16 walks in 21 innings, there's no reason to believe that Webster actually has any idea where the movement will take them.
Perhaps today is the day we start to see something different. Webster might actually be building some confidence after a pair of serviceable starts earned him wins against Houston and these very same Angels. In fact, that game against the Angels is probably Webster's best since his first in the majors. Depending on how you evaluate these things, it may even be his best period. For a guy who needs to show nothing so much as a willingness to challenge hitters before the count forces him into it, confidence could go a long way.
First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.