H. Darr Beiser-USA TODAY Sports
Felix Doubront could be a vital member of Boston's pitching staff.
Jon Lester is the clear No. 1 starter in the Red Sox rotation, with Clay Buchholz the No. 2. Either could win 15 to 20 games in 2014, and it would come as no surprise. But after that, things get a little murky.
John Lackey posted a 3.52 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 29 starts in 2013, his best numbers since 2007. At 35 years old it's hard to imagine he'll replicate those stats again. Jake Peavy has made more than 23 starts only once in his last five seasons, averaging just 21.2 per year in that time.
For Boston to stay atop the American League East, it'll need to lean heavily on another starting pitcher outside of those four. Felix Doubront is a likely candidate, having finished third on the team in both wins (11) and quality starts (16) last season.
Chris Capuano started 20 games and threw 105.2 innings for the Los Angeles Dodgers a year ago. If the Sox could somehow finagle 15 wins out of the veteran from Springfield, Massachusetts, there's a good chance they will still be playing come October.