Despite a terrible end to the season, there is one thing the Boston Red Sox excelled at: offense. The team was first, amongst all MLB teams, in runs scored, total bases, and OPS. The Sox also hit the third most home runs in the big leagues. Even if David Ortiz and Marco Scutaro left in 2012, people would agree that the lineup would still be explosive.
However, the Red Sox did have a crux in 2011 which cost them their season: pitching. Down the stretch, the starters were a non-factor, struggling to get quality starts and keep runs off of the board. In September, Boston only won one game with less than seven runs. Due to the rotation's ineffectiveness, the bullpen got overworked and struggled down the stretch as well.
Here are 10 names to get the Red Sox's pitching back on track.