In response to craze4sox's comment:
In response to southpaw777's comment:
They also have 4 starters locked up and only need 1 to compete with a couple in-house options. They can acquire more, but they will be Cook like contracts for depth.
Southpaw, do you really feel confident we can win with those four? I really think we need a strong leader/#1 guy and one other who is battle tested and made it through big games.
Lester and Clay having a big year would be a great start but I don't see Lackey, or anyone else getting us through the tough games on a regular basis. I like our youngsters on the farm but don't have much faith in our present bunch.
I know that this is the four guys we will go with in 2013. I believe JL and CB can win 15 games. I also believe, after a strong finish, Doubie will improve. I think Lackey will start slow, but still can give us 12 wins at the back of the rotation. With Farrell back I think he can and will be a calming stable presence to these guys. They have had 3 pitching coaches in 2 years and its understandable their performance suffered last year with everything that was going on.
It doesnt matter if I trust them because this is what we have. But to answer your question, Im confident we will get good production from Buch, Lester and Doubie. I think Lackey will be better the second half.
Were not going to get an ace, unless we get incredibly lucky. That and BC is NOT going to empty the farm for one arm unless his name is Verlander.