Which 2 pitchers make up the 1-2 punch for the current Boston Red Sox? Lester and Beckett? Beckett and Lester? Lester and Buchholz? Beckett and Buchholz? This particular week, Beckett and Wakefield? With so many options, you can easily forget when the team didn’t have bonafide aces in more than one spot in the rotation.
Bruce Hurst is considered a part of one of the best 1-2 punches the Boston Red Sox ever had, when he and Roger Clemens pushed the team into the postseason in 1986 and 1988. He left Boston after 1988 for sunny San Diego, and pitched admirably for four seasons. The Red Sox didn’t recover right away, and when Roger Clemens left, they didn’t really have a #1 until Pedro Martinez arrived in 1998.
Beckett isn’t starting today, so Alfredo Aceves is going to need to dig deep to do his best impersonation of an ace starter. He’s pitched very well as a spot starter and reliever. The Padres have struggled over the last two weeks. It’s a great mix for the Red Sox to continue their roll.