Red Sox Rumors: Boston Focused on Starting Pitching

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 25: Newly named Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Boston Red Sox Ben Cherington answers questions during a press conference at Fenway Park October 25, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The Boston Red Sox continue to focus on adding starting pitching this summer, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.

The Red Sox have been focused on adding starting pitching, despite some surprising performances from Franklin Morales to Aaron Cook. That Morales was asked to contribute four outs of relief on Wednesday while being lined up to start against the Yankees this weekend tells you that Boston's pitching is stretched.

The Red Sox have been targeting starting pitching seemingly since the season began. On the year, Boston starters have combined to log the fifth-worst ERA in the majors (4.64) and the league’s seventh-worst WHIP (1.36).

Daisuke Matsuzaka and Clay Buchholz are currently on the disabled list, Daniel Bard is in Triple-A, and Franklin Morales has been the club’s best starter of late. Felix Doubront has come back down to earth, and Josh Beckett and Jon Lester could use some help in the rotation.

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Which pitcher(s) should the Red Sox target this summer?

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