The Boston Red Sox rode some postseason momentum all the way to last year's ALCS. Now, less than a month before Opening Day, Alex Cora and his team prepare for the 2022 campaign with an even better roster, headlined by the free-agent acquisition of shortstop Trevor Story.
As was the case last year, the pitching staff presents more questions than the offense. And with yet another injury to Chris Sale, the Red Sox rotation now has a new-look pecking order behind Nathan Eovaldi and Nick Pivetta.
Cora recently revealed his early thoughts on Boston's rotation heading into the new campaign.
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Cora reported that third-year pitcher Tanner Houck is now a virtual lock to make the starting five. The team then must decide between Michael Wacha, Rich Hill and Garrett Whitlock for the final two spots.
Houck impressed in a jack-of-all trades role last year. The youngster saw appearances in 18 games, touting 13 starts along with two games finished, one save and 69.0 innings of work. Houck tossed a 3.52 ERA while striking out 11.3 batters per nine innings. It's an exciting opportunity for the 25-year-old to work from a full-time rotation role.
Red Sox insider speculated that Cora will opt for veterans Wacha and Hill to fill out those remaining two rotation spots. The pair owns 376 combined career starts compared to the second-year Whitlock, who only made appearances out of the pen in his rookie campaign.
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