The starting pitching begins with Lester and Beckett. They need to pitch like they're capable, plain and simple. [I am an Idiot] needs to stay healthy and throw 180-190 innings. And then you get to the four-five spots which will probably include Bard/ Aceves (who knows how he'll respond; I've heard theories in support of him being a success/failure as a starter, but no one will know until it actually happens) and a bumper crop retreads.
We'll also need to see what the revamped bull pen does: Does Melancon's second half success last year/ development of a cutter translate going to the American League? Can Bailey throw more than 40+ innings? Can Aceves keep working his BABIP black magic? Does Juggalo give anything of substantial value?
The Sox have a number of question marks to be anxious about, and they're evenly sprinkled throughout the lineup, starting pitching, and relief pitching. I guess every team has these uncertainties, but the Sox seem to have more than they usually do. If they trade Scutaro and sign Oswalt, they create a hole at short, and plug a hole in the rotation (but it's not a certainty with Oswalt's back injury history). I think that move would make sense, but it's not without considerable risk.
Edited by greek_gawd_of_walks, 21 January 2012 - 04:17 PM.