In 2012 the Red Sox suffered their first losing season in 15 years and fired manager Bobby Valentine just one year into his tenure with the organization.
Injuries, poor play, and attitude problems have plagued the Red Sox since September 2011, when they suffered an epic collapse, going from being the best team in baseball to missing the playoffs entirely.
The turmoil surrounding the team manifested itself in several ways, but nothing was more noticeable than the underachieving starting pitching staff which combined for a 5.19 ERA in 2012, ranking 27th in league.
That ultimately led to the departure of former ace Josh Beckett in a blockbuster deal including Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto heading to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Entering this year Boston will attempt to rectify the shortcomings of last year's pitchers.
Let's take a look at what the new season has in store for the 2013 version of the Red Sox starting rotation.