Thursday, February 18, 2016

Joe Kelly Has Inside Track For Number Five Starter Job

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According to Manager John Farrell, Joe Kelly is the "leading candidate" to nail down the number five starter slot. However, Farrell also said this, "...we can't ever take for granted that injury, performance might cause us to make decisions." Of course, this is the prudent approach, since Kelly's "yo-yo" 2015 season is hardly a confidence-builder. Kelly does deserve the inside track—since he reeled off wins in eight consecutive starts from August 1 through September 9. According to's Christopher Smith, that's the longest winning streak for a Red Sox starter since Pedro Martinez won nine in a row way back in 1999. If Kelly and Rick Porcello can just regress toward the mean, the Sox rotation (with the huge addition of David Price) should be significantly stronger than last season.