As a first-place team, the Boston Red Sox have displayed impressive depth thus far. The team's ability to replace numerous injured starters has been the difference between this year's resiliency and the collapses of seasons past.
However, while Boston's offense continues to hum along at a league-leading rate, the team's pitching is teetering in dangerous territory. Attrition and ineffectiveness have worn down both the starting rotation and the bullpen, with the latest blow being Andrew Bailey's shoulder injury, likely ending his season.
The adage that pitching wins in the postseason may seem jaded, but it still largely rings true. Consequently, the Red Sox will probably have to acquire an impact arm at the trade deadline to validate their hopes of true championship contention.
The following pitchers are ranked not only by talent, but also by fit. That means both salary and pitching style are important considerations. With that in mind, here are the six pitchers who the Red Sox should hone in on the rest of the month.