Jon Lester needs to get back to being the ace of this staff?
Aside from injuries and clubhouse drama, the disastrous performance of the starting rotation, as a whole, was likely this team's demise in 2012.
Jon Lester stumbled to, by far, the worst season of his career. Clay Buchholz was possibly the worst pitcher in baseball before regaining his old form around June. Felix Doubront showed promise, but ran out of gas toward August. Nothing else was even worth mentioning, as most other members of the rotation were far more disastrous.
John Farrell has worked with Lester and Buchholz for years, and is a vital reason for them having the success they have had. Ryan Dempster and Lackey should provide much more stability than Daisuke Matsuzaka and Aaron Cook provided for much of last season. Hopefully, Doubront can take a big step forward as well.
The David Ross acquisition will also prove monumentally important, as he is one of the better defensive catchers in baseball and stands to see a lot of playing time. Having Jason Varitek and Pedro Martinez around the team a little more as assistants couldn't hurt either.
All in all, this rotation needs to get back to being the group of workhorses that Boston Red Sox fans are used to. Lester, Buchholz, Lackey, Dempster, and Doubront, as a group, have immense talent, and how they look early on can ease many of the questions this fan base will have, and help erase's last season's hangover.