7. Is the rotation as good as everyone thinks it is?Generally speaking, yes, but there are still things to worry about. Last season, Red Sox starters finished a mediocre sixth in the AL in innings, a number that becomes more worrisome when you consider this: Minus Jon Lester (213 1/3 innings), Sox starters averaged slightly more than 5 2/3 innings per start. Ideally, that workload should be distributed far more evenly. Given Beckett's history of nagging injuries and Daisuke Matsuzaka's inefficiency, the Nos. 4-5 spots need to be reasonably stable. Keep an eye on them.
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