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Allen Webster has five starts under his belt and finally got his first win of the season on July 4 with a six-inning, two-run performance against the San Diego Padres. He struck out four and walked four, but was able to get out of some tough jams throughout the contest. It also helped that the Red Sox scored eight runs in the game too.
The 23-year-old may have some great stuff as a starter, but the Red Sox need to be patient as he works out the big-league jitters that some of these youngsters have. Webster already has five starts under his belt, but it may take a solid 10 or 15 before he starts to look like the guy that has dominated Triple-A in 2013.
Webster has a 7.88 ERA and has struggled in three of his five starts at the big league level. In 24 innings, he has given up five homers and walked 12 while striking out 19. He has the potential to be a solid two or three starter, but he needs to make sure his sinking fastball stays down in the zone and his changeup stays sharp and doesn’t miss too often. The walks are what keep the greats from being solid on a regular basis.
The youngster has a high-end fastball that can reach up to 98-99 mph and if he can locate that pitch, then everything will work out. As long as one of the five starters is on the shelf, Webster should be the guy the Red Sox turn to for a spot start or an extended stay in the rotation.
Webster will eventually find his groove and will make some solid strides as he gains confidence after finally getting his first win in the majors. His next start is against the Seattle Mariners and he should enjoy another solid outing if he can keep his pitch count in check.