The Potential 2010 Boston Red Sox Roster: Pitching Staff

Anthony EmersonAnalyst IAugust 21, 2009

The Potential 2010 Boston Red Sox Roster: Pitching Staff

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    ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 11:  Closer Jonathan Papelbon #58 of the Boston Red Sox throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on April 11, 2009 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Starter 1: Josh Beckett

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    BOSTON - APRIL 25:  Josh Beckett #19 of the Boston Red Sox throws against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park, April 25, 2009, in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Starter 2: Jon Lester

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    BOSTON - APRIL 24: Jon Lester #31of the Boston Red Sox throws against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park, April 24, 2009, in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Starter 3: Daisuke Matsuzaka

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    BOSTON - APRIL 9: Daisuke Matsuzaka #18 of the Boston Red Sox throws against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park April 9, 2009, in Boston, Massachusetts. The Rays won the game 4-3. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Starter 4: Clay Buchholz

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    BOSTON - AUGUST 13:  Starting Pitcher Clay Buchholz #61 of the Boston Red Sox delivers the pitch in the first inning during the game against the Detroit Tigersat Fenway Park on August 13, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Starter 5: Tim Wakefield or acquisition

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    ATLANTA - JUNE 27:  Starting pitcher Tim Wakefield #49 of the Boston Red Sox against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on June 27, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Closer: Jonathan Papelbon

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    ATLANTA - JUNE 27:  Relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon #58 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after defeating the Atlanta Braves 1-0 at Turner Field on June 27, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Reliever 1: Hideki Okajima

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    NEW YORK - AUGUST 07:  Relief pitcher Hideki Okajima #37 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the New York Yankees on August 7, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Reliever 2: Daniel Bard

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    FORT MYERS,FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 22:  Daniel Bard #72 of the Boston Red Sox poses during photo day at the Red Sox spring training complex on February 22, 2009 in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by: Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Reliever 3: Ramon Ramirez

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 14:  Pitcher Ramon Ramirez #56 of the Boston Red Sox throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on May 14, 2009 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Reliever 4: Manny Delcarmen

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    ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 12:  Manny Delcarmen #17 of the Boston Red Sox throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on April 12, 2009 in Anaheim, California. The Angels defeated the Red Sox 5-4.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Reliver 5: Michael Bowden

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Reliever 6: Takashi Saito or acquisition

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    ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 20:  PitcherTakashi Saito #24 of the Boston Red Sox on July 20, 2009 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Reliever 7: Billy Wagner or Acquisition

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    ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 16:  Closer Billy Wagner #13 of the New York Mets  pitches the ninth inning on the way to a save against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on June 16, 2008 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.  The Mets won 9-6.  (Photo by Stephen D

Review: Red Sox pitching staff looks STRONG in 2010

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    DENVER - JULY 11:  Starting pitcher Jason Marquis #21 of the Colorado Rockies delivers against the Atlanta Braves during MLB action at Coors Field on July 11, 2009 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)