Relieving certainly was a much different experience and not the easiest transition for Workman who was mainly a starter in the minors.
When asked what the biggest transition and adjustment was for him in the ‘pen, Workman said: “Just the consistency every day of their pregame routines, their routines during the game to get ready. How consistent they are. That way they kind of know what they’re expecting out on the mound from their body. And I’ve been trying to grab on to some of that.”
Workman has walked two batters this postseason, but he feels more in command.
“I think in the beginning I was trying to make perfect pitches every single pitch and not just attacking hitters,” Workman said. “I’ve been kind of trying to make good pitches but also be attacking the strike zone. It’s been something I’ve been working on.”
Entering spring training, Workman’s goal was to make his major league debut this season.
“I prepared in the offseason, trying to be ready if the opportunity presented itself,” he said. “But to be able to achieve that and be here right now and be able to be contributing, it’s unbelievable.”
Workman has learned a great deal from watching Lester pitch so well this postseason.
This intense Red Sox playoff run and the experience Workman has gained from pitching in these games and watching Lester as well as other veterans will only help him as he enters spring training next year competing for a job in the Red Sox starting rotation.
“He’s not giving up runs and he’s throwing deep into baseball games,” Workman said about Lester. “He’s had a great postseason and that’s something as a young pitcher, (it helps) watching. He had a great season, too, but the way he took it to the next level in the postseason, it’s been really fun to watch.”
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