What to expect from Red Sox Starting Rotation

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The Boston Red Sox are looking to put a tremendously bad 2012 campaign behind them, and start fresh as the 2013 season rolls in. The Sox finished 69-93 last year, the first time they have lost 90 or more games in a season since 1966.

The key to this season for the Red Sox is going to be their starting rotation, who are coming off of a season that they would like to forget. The number 1 guy that has to turn it around this year is Jon Lester. He is coming off of his worst season in the bigs. He held a dismal record of 9-14 record and an ERA just south of 5.

The next guy that needs to have a good year for the Sox to be successful is Clay Bucholz. The young pitcher showed huge promise in 2010 but has been hindered by multiple injuries since. He was 17-7 with a miniscule. 2.33 ERA.

Of the 5 pitchers that are projected to be in the starting rotation, only 2 have posted a sub 3 ERA. One of which is Bucholz and the other is Ryan Dempster.

Dempster, brought in over the off season posted a 2.96 ERA in 2008 with the Chicago Cubs. Dempster has spent most of his career in the NL, up until last year when he was a member of the Texas Rangers.

The third guy that is key for success is second year starting pitcher Felix Doubront. Doubront, coming off of his rookie year where he went 11-12 with a 4.86 ERA. He showed that he can be a power pitcher in this league, fanning 167 batters in 161 innings.

I really think if the Red Sox starting rotation can stay healthy, and there are minimal injuries to the hitters, they could make it back to the playoffs this year. If these 3 guys can pitch well and stay healthy for the duration of the season, then the Sox have a legitimate shot at a play-off push.

 

Kevin Freitas – Multi Sport Contributor – TitleTown Sports

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