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At this point, it's hard to see Joe Kelly or Justin Masterson (currently on the DL) panning out. I don't have a ton of confidence in Wade Miley or Clay Buchholz, either, for that matter. They need to make a move, even if it's just promoting some new blood from the minors (Eduardo Rodriguez or Brian Johnson, maybe?).
The rotation is starting to come around, but I still expect them to make an addition in July, even if it's not a major one.
No, I don't think you have to have an ace and I do think you can win with 'a bunch of twos and threes.' What the Red Sox have gotten from the rotation so far isn't a bunch of twos and threes, though. It's like a a bunch of fives or worse.
Since that 6-2 start, they've been one of baseball's worst teams. Which one of these two versions are they?
They've now lost five of seven and the rotation continues to dig holes that are too deep. Tuesday night they scored eight runs on 12 hits and lost. On Sunday, they scored seven and lost by double digits.
That starting pitching has to be better, even if they have to dip outside the organization. I think they will eventually, but if this atrocious start by the rotation continues we might see a bit more urgency.
Chances to stick: Good. They are going to score lots of runs and the pitching staff -- while missing a true 'ace' -- is good enough to keep them in most games. Don't forget that they have tons of prospect depth should they choose to trade for a starter, too. As for being all the way up in the top three? That's tougher to say. They haven't really played strong competition to this point, since the Nationals are making like a horrific team.
Overreaction: They're baaaaaaaaaack.
Fearless prediction: Mookie Betts will be the best Mookie in MLB history.
I'm very intrigued by this idea of all heavy-grounder pitchers. Let's not discount the upside -- particularly in Clay Buchholz, Justin Masterson and Rick Porcello -- either. They seem to lack an ace, but Buchholz was the best Red Sox pitcher in 2013 when healthy, and Masterson was the playoff-bound Indians' ace that season, too.
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2015 Team Leaders
AVGDustin Pedroia , 2B.289
HRHanley Ramirez , LF12
RBIHanley Ramirez , LF27
OBPDustin Pedroia , 2B.354
SLGHanley Ramirez , LF.483
RHanley Ramirez , LF28
SBMookie Betts , CF8
WWade Miley , SP4
ERAClay Buchholz , SP4.33
WHIPClay Buchholz , SP1.29
KClay Buchholz , SP62
SVKoji Uehara , RP10

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