Remember at the beginning of this season when pundits were coming out of the woodwork to tell everyone just how stacked the Red Sox are going to be?
Much was made of their vaunted offense, but we were led to believe that there was reason to be excited about all the new arms Theo added to the bullpen. And it was pointed out to us that if Jon Lester remained Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz kept on getting better, Josh Beckett found his old ways, and John Lackey reminded himself to not throw hanging sliders in 3-1 counts, the BoSox rotation would be rather formidable.
As it turns out, only a few of those if-then scenarios came true. The Bobby Jenks and Dennys Reyes experiments were disasters, Buchholz is likely done for the season, and John Lackey has had another abysmal season on the mound.
Thankfully, Beckett and Lester have been solid at the top of the rotation giving them a good one-two punch to go along with their big bats.
But, is that pitching tandem truly enough to carry the Red Sox to another title?