One of my favorite quotes of all time comes by way of Rogers Hornsby, who said, "People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring."
Well folks, spring has arrived and now is the time for the Boston Red Sox to sift through their plentiful bounty of starting pitchers and narrow the field down to fill out the final two slots available in the rotation.
While many believe that the fourth spot is Daniel Bard's spot to lose, there are eight pitchers vying for just two openings. Of the list, Bard is the most obvious and heavily rumored starter. Among the other players who have a dog in the race: Aaron Cook, Vincente Padilla, Carlos Silva, Andrew Miller, Alfredo Aceves, Ross Ohlendorf and Felix Doubront.
Looking at all eight men I decided to examine the last five years of work (where applicable) and rank the likelihood of each man landing a spot in the starting rotation. With the help of both the Fangraphs and Baseball Reference websites, I examined each man in the following categories: games played (which served only as a gauge for my own personal reference and bears no weight on my actual decisions), K/9, BB/9, ERA, WHIP and WAR.
That being said, here is how each player fared.