Friday, August 26, 2016

'Wright' On Time, Knuckleballer Returns To Face Royals

Wright (L) And Wright (R)
For a big part of this season—before Rick Porcello emerged as the #1 ace—Steven Wright was the most consistent Boston starter. Even during a bad stretch of pitching in July, he went 4-0 in six starts. It's been that kind of year for the soon-to-be 32-year-old (13-5, 3.01 ERA), who is no longer confused with the Boston-based comic of the same name (although, amazingly, the knuckleballer also has a seashell collection scattered across the world's beaches). Anyway, Wright is back from the DL (a stint caused by John Farrell's bizarre decision to use him as a pinch-runner) and he will start tonight at Fenway against the Royals. It is a welcome return.