2015 Red Sox starting pitching rotation predictions

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Sep 6, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto (47) pitches during the first inning against the New York Mets at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Rick McNair:

Lester – Ervin Santana – Johnny Cueto – Buchholz – Kelly.

The set pieces are Kelly and the enigmatic Buchholz.  Buchholz has certainly got “the stuff” to be a top of the line rotation guy and has shown that, periodically.  My assumption is the Red Sox will hold on to Buchholz.

Kelly is certainly a middle of the rotation guy.

The trial runs of various starters during the summer was like eating saltines while someone else has rib eye. None left a feeling of confidence. So that means free agency and trades.

I would attempt to get Lester with Shields and Santana as fall backs.  The other possibility is a trade for Cueto.

The Red Sox will also import the usual mix of pitchers who are looking for opportunity after varying degrees of success at the MLB level.  A “toss it against the wall and see if it sticks” approach.