In 2012, the Boston Red Sox starting rotation combined to win a total of 46 games. It was awful. The team knows it, the fans know it and the players know it. Things need to get better.
Admittedly, the deal to the Dodgers that sent away Josh Beckett may have been the catalyst for change that this ball club needs. Only time will tell.
This winter, general manager Ben Cherington and company have strategically signed players to both fill holes in the roster as well as help to restore order in the clubhouse. This installment of the Red Sox will appear nothing like the team fans have seen take the field in 2011 or 2012.
Sure, there are still fan favorites: Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz and even the young, likable Will Middlebrooks. But, there have been a slew of changes that hope to restore this team as if ownership sent the entity that is the Red Sox to Rick Dale of Rick’s Restorations of History Channel fame to be brought back to life.
With that, the hope exists that this pitching staff can put together better numbers than last year's.
As mentioned before, the starters (players with 10 or more starts on the season) posted a record of 46-67 with a combined ERA of 5.66 and a 1.485 WHIP.
Thank you cards for those impressive stats can be addressed to: Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Josh Beckett, Felix Doubront, Aaron Cook, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Daniel Bard respectively.
This season under a new skipper and new team attitude, there will be changes.
The team’s official webpage lists the starting five pitchers as: Lester, Buchholz, Doubront, John Lackey and Ryan Dempster.
In order to project just how these players will do this season, several factors were taken into consideration. Career ERA, WHIP, winning percentage, K/9, games played/started and innings totals were compared to how well the individual has performed both at Fenway Park historically as well as their career numbers against Red Sox opponents during the 2013 season.
This is what fans can expect from their starting five in 2013.