Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Could The Sox Be In The Market For A Better Fifth Starter In Chris Archer?

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So far, the Red Sox rotation has been—for the most part—solid. The Big Three of Chris Sale, Rick Porcello and David Price have together notched eight of the club's twenty-one wins. But, Drew Pomeranz has been a puzzle—compiling a horrible 7.27 ERA over his first two starts back from injury. Moreover, Eduardo Rodriguez, while striking out a ton of hitters and generally performing well in the four spot, still has a 4.78 ERA. Add to these concerns the state of Price's elbow (which could blow-out at any minute), the lack of any real depth in Steven Wright and Brian Johnson (Hector Velazquez should be the long man in the bullpen), and you can make the case for Boston going out and getting another starter. Topping the list of candidates would have to be Tampa's Chris Archer. Still just 29-years-old, Archer owns a 3.72 career ERA and has given up just 905 hits in 1,005.2 innings pitched. Also, he's got three straight years of 200+ strikeouts under his belt. Archer would be a bit of a risk, but he also could be the kind of addition that would solidify the Red Sox rotation as the best in the AL East.