With the addition of pitcher John Lackey, the Red Sox have what can only be interpreted as the best starting pitching rotation in the big leagues. Period. Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, John Lackey, Clay Bucholz, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Tim Wakefield are the 6 possible starters the Red Sox could use next season. And those names are pretty daunting – especially since Bucholz and Wakefield are their “worst pitchers” – two guys who could be #2 or #3 guys on many other AL teams!
It’s hard not to be worried a little.
Then I remember its only December and just because something looks good, doesn’t mean it is or will be. Rewind back to December of 2008, and I would have told you (and did for that matter) that the Yankees had the best rotation – Sabathia, Burnett, Wang, Pettitte, Chamberlain – but then Wang’s pitching abilities took a nose dive, Burnett proved he still does not have control over his, well, control and Chamberlain failed to quiet all the critics who say he belongs in the bullpen not the rotation.
But, it’s hard not to worry a little.