10 Bold Predictions for Daniel Bard in the Boston Red Sox Rotation

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10 Bold Predictions for Daniel Bard in the Boston Red Sox Rotation
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Making the transition from being a reliever to a starting pitcher is not an easy one.

That task will be upon Daniel Bard come the start of the 2012 season, barring any jaw-dropping moves or trades to alter the fate of the Boston Red Sox.

While pitchers have been transitioned successfully from a starter to closer (see: Mariano Rivera, Jonathan Papelbon, Dennis Eckersley, to name a few), there are far fewer who transition from reliever to starter.

Bard is certainly not a stranger to starting.  He did so in the minor leagues on 22 occasions.  True, it is not a supremely large body of work to go on.

Daniel Bard is going to be thrust into the role of (likely) being the fourth starter for a team with one of the most rabid fanbases with extremely high expectations.  Here are my predictions for how he will transition into his new role in 2012.

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