Amongst other aspects of the team, the Red Sox pitching through the 2019 season failed to meet expectation. Frankly, the starting pitching didn’t come anywhere close to said expectation. And with that, the Red Sox continue their coaching staff shakeup as they elect to re-assign pitching coach, Dana LeVangie, to a Pro Scouting position within the organization–a position he has held in the past.
Overall, the club’s bullpen and starting rotation combined for a 4.70 ERA in 2019, ranking in the bottom half of the league at 19th. However, as previously mentioned, it was the starting rotation that really put on a lackluster performance. Boston’s starters built an ERA of 4.95–ranked 20th in the MLB–with a WHIP of 1.37, also ranked 20th.
Headed into the season, there was the assumption that the bullpen portion of the roster wouldn’t be anything spectacular. With the notion that they’d enter the year with a closer by committee approach coupled with multiple other question marks, it was clearly the most concerning aspect of the roster.
The starting pitching, however, topped off with two of the league’s premier arms in Chris Sale and David Price, held the anticipation of another great year. But as the numbers indicate, they became one of the Achilles’ heals of the franchise. Though, the abundance of injuries didn’t help the cause.
LeVangie has held multiple roles with the Red Sox during his time here in Boston. His previous positions range from bullpen catcher from 1997 through the 2004 season, and bullpen coach, amongst others.
He was moved from his spot as bullpen coach to pitching coach in late 2017 as the Red Sox began their transition from the John Farrell era. In his first year as pitching coach, the Red Sox brought home the World Series title with the starting rotation holding the 8th ranked ERA during the regular season at 3.77. More than a point lower than it was in 2019.