Ryan Weber has earned spot in Red Sox starting rotation
“If you look at what I did during spring training, it’s not like Ron committed to me giving up six runs or whatever,” Weber said Saturday afternoon. “I was sharp every outing. I went out there and did my job. That’s what Ron expected me to do.”
Ryan Weber believes he made the decision easy for manager Ron Roenicke. He doesn’t feel like a potential rotation spot was just given to him. The opportunity in front of him is a product of his own performance.
Nevertheless, the sample size is small and dominant spring numbers aren’t a good indicator of what will happen in the regular season. Furthermore, it’s fair to question what type of impact he’ll make as a starter in the upcoming 60-game season. He struggled last year, with a 5.09 ERA in 40⅔ innings, as opponents hit .284 against him. The 18 appearances with the Red Sox were the most in the big leagues after stints with the Braves, Mariners, and Rays.
To project that he had the potential to be a starter wasn’t a thought. But the David Price trade to Dodgers, in addition to the injury to Chris Sale and, more recently, Eduardo Rodriguez likely missing Opening Day after contracting COVID-19 have given Weber a seat at the starters’ table. The spring numbers amplified his case. But even coming into the spring, Roenicke was encouraged by Weber’s stuff.
“I like him because he goes right after hitters,” Roenicke said. “You know ...
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