NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

Sports

October 26, 2013

Workman has provided strong playoff work

The Cardinals have several young pitchers with talent on display this World Series and the Red Sox have one of their own, too.

Rookie right-hander Brandon Workman, who turned 25 in August, is coming into his own this postseason with 6.1 scoreless innings. He has become a bullpen arm who manager John Farrell can trust in more high leverage situations.

He also is a candidate to give the Red Sox two or three strong innings out of the bullpen in Game 4 tomorrow if Clay Buchholz leaves early because of his tired shoulder.

Game 3 of the World Series, meanwhile, is tonight in St. Louis at 8:07 p.m. Red Sox right-hander Jake Peavy faces Cardinals righty Joe Kelly.

Workman started the year in Double-A Portland and worked his way to Boston by the second week of July. Since then, he’s been picking several of the veteran pitchers’ brains.

“I’ve definitely tried to learn off their routines,” Workman said. “We’re all a little bit different off the mound. So how we attack hitters is a little bit different. But the preparation of some of the veterans. (John) Lackey, (Jon) Lester, guys in the bullpen, (Craig) Breslow, (Matt) Thornton, Koji (Uehara), those guys’ preparation. I’ve tried to kind of grab onto little bits and pieces from each one of them.”

Workman made three starts for Boston during the regular season, posting a 2.45 ERA (five earned runs in 18.1 innings). But he struggled after being moved to the bullpen when the Red Sox acquired Jake Peavy.

The rookie had an ugly 6.94 ERA (18 earned runs, 23.1 innings) in 17 relief outings.

He always had displayed such strong command. Baseball America ranked him as having the top control of any Red Sox minor league pitcher entering the 2012 season.

But the righty struggled with his control when he moved to reliever. He walked 11 batters in his 23.1 innings.

Text Only | Photo Reprints

NDN Video
Goodell backs Rice ban Andre Reed reflects on Hall of Fame Man with no arms throws first pitch Wade supports LeBron's decision Steelers feeling a sense of urgency in camp 5 things I think I think about the Atlanta Falcons Paul Breitner: We're sure Julian Green will be a great player for Bayern Reaction to Ray Rice's comments How the MLB Trade Deadline Will Affect the Postseason Recapping a Blockbuster MLB Trade Deadline Marshawn Lynch Ends Holdout - @TheBuzzeronFOX Dombrowski on bringing David Price to Detroit Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Tiger Woods: 1 on 1 3 Questions with Gary Payton: Kevin Love, Andrew Wiggins and Derrick Rose Players Only: Marcus Mariota's Course Load at Oregon How We Almost Got Johnny Cowboy Donald Sterling Loses The Clippers For Good - @TheBuzzeronFox Franklin talks leaving Vandy Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX
Special Features