The pitching depth has evaporated
Remember when it seemed the Sox had an embarrassment of riches for their starting rotation? Feels like last season right about now, doesn't it? A quick recap of how it all has gone wrong behind Josh Beckett and Jon Lester: Daisuke Matsuzaka was painfully ineffective, Wakefield got hurt, Clay Buchholz has not translated his Triple A success to the majors, Penny is consistently inconsistent, Smoltz looks finished, Michael Bowden has hit a rough spot in Pawtucket . . . and that's how you end up with Traber throwing meaningful pitches at Yankee Stadium.
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