Re: A Realistic Look At 2013: Part I
posted at 1/23/2013 9:34 PM EST
In response to hill55's comment:
Tons of potential, yes!
In my humble opinion, the Red Sox have great potential with a starting rotation of Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Ryan Dempster, John Lackey and Felix Doubront (the latter raising the most serious concerns).
However, honestly tell me how much "potential" you thought last year's staff had last mid-January?
Beckett (Coming off a 2.89 ERA/1.026 WHIP)
Lester (Coming off better numbers than now)
Buchholtz (All about health then and now)
Dice-K (Slight hope he'd come on at the end)
Bard (Wow! All the fans here last year talking this guy up as a starter.)
Doubront (I might be in a minority, but my hopes are even with 2012 here.)
Aceves, Padilla, Cook (Many here wanted Aceves to start.)
Now, we have this...
Dempster (Older and not AL dominant? liked beckett more in '12)
Lester (4.82 and 1.383- felt better last winter here)
Buch (4.56 and 1.326- felt better last winter here)
Doubront (4.86 and 1.468- I don't get all the hype over 2012)
Lackey (Was the worst pitcher in 2011, but he pitched hurt. He has good upside, but so did Dice-k, Bard, and others last winter.)
Morales, Tazawa, Mortensen, Aceves, de la Rosa... (I like our depth better this winter.)
Lots of bad things happened last year, and I know that doesn't mean it will this year, but this board has been talking up our rotation's great potential for too long.