One of the biggest questions that the Red Sox organization had coming in to the 2016 season was that starting rotation. With Eduardo Rodriguez on the DL till Mid-May, it was up to David Price, Rick Porcello, Clay Buchholz, Joe Kelly, and Steven Wright to hold down the fort and impress. You can view the Red Sox Depth Chart here. David Price and Clay Buchholz have so far been horrible, and Joe Kelly went on the DL. He was replaced by Henry Owens, who didn’t fair much better. Steven Wright and Rick Porcello have combined for a 8-4 record and have both have ERA’s below 3.00.
As for the bullpen, the Red Sox have an outstanding bullpen from top to bottom They built it on young flame throwers like Craig Kimbrel (closer), Matt Barnes, and Heath Hembree. Even CNNSI picked the Red Sox to be a surprise team because of their deep bullpen. The 7th inning belong to Junichi Tazawa, the 8th to Koji Uehara and Carson Smith, and then the 9th to Craig Kimbrel. I’m willing to bet that Red Sox win 90% of their games when leading going into the 7th inning. That’s not including the help for Tommy Layne and the possibility of Joe Kelly moving to bullpen with his 100 M.P.H. fastball.
The sky is the limit for the Red Sox pitching staff. After a miserable 2015 season, they look to rebound and build one of the best pitching staffs in the American League.