Doubting The Red Sox Rotation. Wake Up, Beantown!

28 Feb

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Let me start this out by saying flat out that I hope I’m wrong.  As a Red Sox fan, nothing would be easier or make me happier than to go along with a lot of “expert” (oops – just did the dreaded quotation mark thing) opinions and say that the Sox starting rotation is among the best in MLB.

The truth is that it is one of the top rotations, IF all breaks right.  Here’s my look on what’s in question:

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Josh Beckett- No question here.  ACE.  Only injuries will keep him from another strong year.Go to fullsize image

Dice-K– With a year of America and MLB under his belt, this is the season when we find out how well that 100 Mil was spent.  Is Dice-K what we got last year?  A good but not top of the rotation major leaguer.  Or will he challenge Beckett for the top dog?  I don’t think it’s a given that the latter is gonna happen.  We’ll see.

Curt Schilling – I was so excited to see him come back for one more year.  Hope it’s not all ruined by his shoulder problems.  Safe to say, that whatever happens, he’s going to miss a lot of time.

Go to fullsize imageTim Wakefield– Usually, this guy is the guy we are sure about.  By the end of the season, usually he’ll have an ERA just north of 4.50 along with 12-17 wins.  On some nights he’ll be unhittable and on others he won’t make it out of the second inning. Usually, he’s not coming back from surgery, though…

Jon Lester – You’ve got to love his comeback story and the way he pitched under pressure last year.  That said, he’s still young and has never pitched a full major league season.  So, who really knows.

Go to fullsize imageClay Buchholtz– Sure, he’s got a no hitter to his credit already in his very young career.  Let’s hope shutting him down early last year, will pay dividends this year.  But, again he’s another young guy.  Could be great.  Could be Paul Wilson from the Met’s Generation K fame.  Sorry to be a debbie downer.

Bartolo Colon – Signed to a minor league contract recently.  Click on the link below to take a look at his recent body shape and tell me you’re confident he’s going to contribute:

https://fullcontactsports.wordpress.com/2008/02/26/bosox-land-colon/

In summary, if it’s a magical year then most of my concerns won’t matter.  But, with this many question marks, it seems to me the Sox are going to need some magic.

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2 Responses to “Doubting The Red Sox Rotation. Wake Up, Beantown!”

  1. FireDannyAinge February 29, 2008 at 5:43 pm #

    Last year we lost Beckett, Schilling and Wakefield and STILL won the division

    This year if we keep Wakefield healthy and the rest stays the same then losing Schilling is not as big of a loss and many think. We just need Schilling back for the post season

    http://firedannyainge.wordpress.com/

  2. tidewaterjackson March 1, 2008 at 5:00 pm #

    From your typing finger tips to the the baseball gods’ ears…

    Hope you’re right. Do think Sox rotation is more vulnerable than a lot of people seem to think. Silver lining for Sox fans is that you can say that about most teams given the state of pitching today.

    Thanks for taking time to reply.

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