Friday, March 18, 2016

'Starting' To Get A Bad Feeling About Red Sox Chances

Louis Was Pessimistic, Too
Let's face it, Red Sox fans are born pessimistic. It's something about the weather, the politics and the traffic. It doesn't help that we had to endure 86 years of championship drought before we tasted glory. So, even with three recent rings on our collective fingers, we can't help but see the dark cloud inside the silver lining. Which brings us to Boston's 2016 starting rotation. Granted, we have an ace at the top in David Price. But after that, to paraphrase King Louis XV of France: "the deluge". The knee injury to Eduardo Rodriguez (putting him on the DL until sometime after Opening Day) was the first blow. Then, crappy—or just "OK"—Spring performances by Clay Buchholz, Rick Porcello and Henry Owens make you think long and hard about just how deep this staff really is. The strengthening of the bullpen is predicated on the assumption that starters can get the team into the 6th or 7th inning with a lead. That assumption is by no means a certainty. Something is seriously wrong when your second best starting pitcher might be Steven Wright.