Red Sox rotation had shown good potential. Was that a one hit wonder?
It's not hard to see the potential of the Red Sox starting rotation. This could be a good thing and also an extremely difficult one to watch.
When the Sox "failed" an attempt to lure back new Chicago Cubs ace Jon Lester to Boston, the Sox brass reacted quickly, sending OF Yoenis Cespedes to Detroit for SP Rick Porcello. They also swung a trade for Arizona Diamondbacks SP Wade Miley, sending SP's Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster packing. Days later they signed Justin Masterson to a one-year deal. So the Sox entered spring training with its current rotation that they sport today. All that to pair with now staff "Ace" Clay Buchholz and Joe Kelly, who was acquired via trade from the St. Louis Cardinals. This is not an ideal situation.
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While I give give the rotation a little more slack then most of you would, the potential to add another really good pitcher should be atop of the Red Sox to do list if they have playoff aspirations. I still think that the rotation the Sox boast is serviceable, but is serviceable good enough to make a deep playoff run? Probably not. There has been two turns through the rotation. The first go through, each pitcher spun very solid outings. The second time through, outside of Rick Porcello? Not so much. Not one of them finished 5 innings. 2 starts apiece isn't enough for me to justify it being a disaster for the rotation, but I will admit that if things don't change soon and for the better, something must be done, but I'm not willing to blow up the farm for that to happen.
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Many rumors (many we had heard over and over) over the course of the offseason, pegged Cole Hamels as a stone cold lock to join the Red Sox and while I believe it's not a terribly bad proposition, I believe the asking price for someone who hasn't had the best success against American League foes is a little too high. Mookie Betts you want? No, not happening. Oh, Blake Swihart? Probably not, pal. Until the Philadelphia Phillies lower that asking price for Hamels drastically, I do not forsee the lefty in Boston uniform anytime soon.
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Jordan Zimmerman you ask? After that disaster performance the other day, do you really want him taking the bump every fifth day? Arguably the second best pitcher on the Nationals staff, Red Sox Nation had the opportunity to see him pitch inside Fenway this week. Results weren't so hot, obviously. If anything positive came out of that start, it's the asking price that went down for Zim. But also you'd have to sacrifice alot of your future for a pitcher with his pedigree.
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Johnny Cueto? Free agent to be. Arguably the best pitcher potentially available before the trade deadline. While on paper this trade makes the most sense, financially it does not do it for me. Again, you'd have to sacrifice a big chunk of your future for a player of this stature, but without knowing if he is going to sign an extension to stay in Boston after this season, there is no point in taking that risk. We've seen it too many times. To me, that is far from worth.
So are the Red Sox in a World of hurt with the starting rotation? No. Not right now. Give it more time and I believe most of these pitcher's will turn it around. If they don't, then the Sox will have to make that big splash if they plan on playing into October.