The Boston Red Sox had a season to forget in 2022, following up an ALCS appearance with a 78-win campaign and finishing in last place in the American League East, 21 games behind the New York Yankees.
The offseason is now underway, and the Red Sox are doing everything in their power to try and retain Xander Bogaerts.
One of the major question marks for the Red Sox is their starting rotation.
Needless to say, the Red Sox have some holes to fill.
But one Red Sox insider pointed out a few silver linings with the current state of the rotation.
The positive way to look at the current 2023 Red Sox rotation:
1. Sale – An ace when healthy
2. Paxton – Shown he can be a #2
3. Bello – Limitless potential
4. Whitlock – Limitless potential
5. Pivetta – Shown all-star caliber flashes
— Boston Sports Gordo (@BOSSportsGordo) November 14, 2022
Where The Red Sox Rotation Stands
The Red Sox have a ton of question marks with their rotation and could find themselves in need of a frontline starter, but with pitchers such as Brayan Bello and Garrett Whitlock, there is a lot of untapped potential.
Upon his return from the injured list in 2021, Sale began pitching like his old self again.
In nine starts, the left-hander went 5-1 with a 3.16 ERA.
With Nick Pivetta, there is also plenty of potential.
While the 29-year-old isn’t ace material by any means, he can still be counted on for innings.
At the same time though, there are a lot of question marks, and while there are silver linings, the Red Sox would be banking on a lot to happen if they left their rotation the way it is now.