It makes perfect sense. Why pitchers get so out of whack with it is the great unknown. It’s driven managers and pitching coaches crazy. They mention it to their pitchers and it usually goes in one ear and out the other. Pitchers can be stubborn. They also don’t want their routine disrupted. But because the Sox staff had such a horrible season last year, the pitchers were open for anything.
And it seems like Farrell’s and Nieves’s message is being heard.
Of course, it has to carry into the regular season, and that’s where the tension sets in. Will Lester and Buchholz pitch quickly in the heat of the battle? When there are men on base at Yankee Stadium? That’s the next step.
But so far the message is being heard.
The staff is buying into it, and that may explain why the Sox starting rotation may be the best one in spring training right now.