So, another year where the team is near the top of the league in offense but is absolutely bottom of the barrel in terms of starter ERA and overall pitching.
Guess it shouldn't be a surprise. 2013 was flukey at best and this team is a long way off from sustainable success. I'm losing faith in ownership to institute the changes necessary to fix things. They've got all this young positional talent but it doesn't translate to wins because everywhere else is horrendous.
Well hey, at least we get the David Ortiz retirement tour mentioned at every turn.
It doesn't look good now, but if the following things occcur, we could be just fine.
1. E-Rod and Carson Smith get healthy.
2. We trade for a number 2 or 3 arm without losing any of the big four prospects, giving us a rotation of Price-Trade-Rodriguez-Buchholz-Porcello/Owens/Johnson. We could either move Johnson/Owens and use Porcello, or move Porcello and use the young guys. With Kelly, Taz, Uehara, Smith, and Kimbrel in the bullpen, we'd be in pretty good shape.
Things look bad now, but they could turn around very quickly.