2008 Preview: First pitching reports from Farrell

Now that hitters are just beginning to step in against our pitching staff, pitching coach John Farrell had some comments to make. In summary:

  • Josh Beckett is just as sharp and focused as last spring.
  • Manny Delcarmen fans, rejoice. He’s looking great so far, conditioning-wise as well as on the mound.
  • Jon Lester‘s added weight is really helping him compared to last season, especially in the lower half of his body.
  • David Aardsma is impressing with his stuff, but control remains an issue.
  • Hideki Okajima has dubbed his new pitch the “doki-doki”, and it apparently works against right-handed and left-handed batters.

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