Predicting the Boston Red Sox’ 2014 Starting Rotation
Predicting the Boston Red Sox' 2014 Starting Rotation
It is no secret how good the Boston Red Sox were in 2013. When you win the World Series, it generally tells the MLB world that you are going to be a force to be reckoned with. That is not always the case however as we all saw with the 2012 champion San Francisco Giants. Whether or not the Red Sox go back to the heights of last season could well depend on the success of their starting rotation. Luckily for them, most everyone is coming back.
Recently we saw the news that Ryan Dempster is sitting out the 2014 season. That should not really affect the Red Sox rotation. Dempster most certainly is a quality arm to have on the staff but he wasn't likely going to make the rotation anyway. What he could provide the team should be able to be provided by someone else along the way. Time will tell how that develops.
Possibly to help make up for the Dempster news or possibly to add some competition to the final spot in the starting rotation, the Red Sox signed Chris Capuano recently. He should do everything they want him to do for sure. It was a good signing. Again he is probably not going to make the rotation however.
There could be some noise made by the prospects for the Red Sox but look for most of them to start the season in the minors for a while and possibly rise to the MLB occasion around mid season. Take a look at the prediction for what the Red Sox' starting rotation will look like. Leave a comment below if you feel the need.
5 - Felix Doubront
Doubront looks like a safe bet to get the nod out of Spring Training this year unless he really fumbles. Having said that, the Red Sox obviously have other options in young prospects and of course the recently signed Chris Capuano. If Doubront wants to keep his job all season long he will need to stay healthy and perform.
4 - Jake Peavy
Though there were some whispers that the Sox might want to trade Peavy away before this season or even during the first part of the season, I think Peavy might be pretty solid right where he is. Not that he didn't do fine during the postseason and the end of last season but the Red Sox are likely to really be able to appreciate what Peavy can bring.
3 - Clay Buchholz
Though he will not get the Opening Day start or the first start in a playoff series, it is very likely that Buchholz is the ace of the Red Sox' staff in the making. His ERA was much lower than the two at the start of the rotation and he still has a ton of good years left in his arm.
2 - John Lackey
Lackey only pulled down 10 wins a year ago but showed in the playoffs why he is slotted so high in this rotation. He is a competitor and will fight for every strike until he cannot fight anymore. That is something any team would love to have and it is why the Red Sox are proud to have Lackey.
1 - Jon Lester
Lester is the ace and one of the best in MLB. He sets the mark for this team and absolutely deserves the top spot on their rotation. Look for at least 15 wins this season and he could push that number upwards towards 20 if things go his way.