View Full Version : 2016 Starting Rotation: Price, Buchholz, Kelly?, Porcello?, Wright?

03-29-2016, 11:49 AM
It was absolutely no surprise, but it had to be announced at some point. Tuesday morning was that moment.
According to Red Sox manager John Farrell, David Price is going to be the Red Sox Opening Day starter.

It will be Price’s fifth Opening Day start, three of which came with Tampa Bay, and the other occurring last season when pitching for the Tigers. In that 2015 opener, Price pitched 8 2/3 innings of shutout ball against the Twins, allowing no walks and five hits.

Farrell also said Clay Buchholz is slated to pitch the second game of the regular season, April 6 in Cleveland. After that, however, the team’s pitching rotation is still undetermined.

“I think he’s throwing the ball well,” said Farrell of Buchholz. “He’s gained command of his secondary stuff the last three times out. You look at pitchers and you’re hopeful that their command and their execution of secondary stuff improves as you get deeper into camp. I think that’s happening for the most part with guys. We still have work to do in some areas, but in Clay’s case, he’s showing that.”

Both Joe Kelly and Rick Porcello are slated to make their last exhibition starts Saturday in Fort Myers. It should be noted that Porcello has a history of pitching well in Cleveland, where he has totaled a 2.84 ERA in 12 starts. His track record as the Rogers Centre, however, isn’t as impressive, with the righty turning in a 1-5 mark and 7.39 ERA in his five starts.

Steven Wright, who appears to have made the starting rotation to fill in for the injured Eduardo Rodriguez, is also in the mix. (Wright has never pitched in Cleveland or Toronto.)

Farrell, however, noted that the decisions would be primarily predicated on who was pitching best heading into the regular season.weei.com

For 217 million reasons, Red Sox confirm David Price as Opening Day starter. Clay Buchholz will follow as No. 2 starter. Sounding a lot like Joe Kelly for third game, though nothing set in stone.

No official announcement yet, but John Farrell says he's "leaning" toward Steven Wright as fifth starter. Given how ill suited Roenis Elias is for relief role, he's looking more like odd-man out.espn.com

03-31-2016, 10:32 AM
Red Sox announce LHP Roenis Elias has been optioned to Triple-A, which means Matt Barnes and Noe Ramirez have made the team as relievers. As expected, knuckleballer Steven Wright wins final spot in the rotation. Roster is set for Opening Day.espn.com

Bo Sox Fan
03-31-2016, 01:23 PM
We should pick up Miguel Gonzalez who was just released by the O's. Has a nice track record with the exception of 2015 and Baltimore players seem to be pissed they let him go.

With Edro out, Buchholz to eventually follow and Porcello continuing to trend even further backwards, Gonzalez could only help. Maybe a staple as the #5 when/if everyone was healthy.

04-01-2016, 02:50 PM
FIP and WHIP declined each year in MLB. IP declined the last two years from career high of 171 in 2013. Meh, I'd rather roll the dice with Owens/Johnson.