Buster Olney

Buster Olney on MFB: 'I have real concerns about the Red Sox'

March 20, 2015 - 9:08 am
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ESPN baseball analyst Buster Olney joined Middays with MFB to discuss the Red Sox and the upcoming MLB season. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page. One of the biggest question marks for the Red Sox heading into opening day on April 6 concerns the reliability of the pitching staff. "Other teams are seeing real problems with the rotation," Olney said, adding: "I have real concerns about the Red Sox, I just don't think they're going to have enough pitching to win this division." As of now, the Red Sox starting rotation will consist of Clay Buchholz, Rick Porcello, Justin Masterson, Wade Miley and Joe Kelly. Olney raised doubts about the reliability of each of them. Said Olney: "The reviews of Wade Miley's outing last week were awful, and people were talking about how flat his stuff seemed. ... Earlier this spring, scouts were telling me they had Buchholz at 90-93, in an outing last weekend, one scout told me he had him at 87-89, and if that's going to be the case, that could be an issue. ... Joe Kelly has been hurt, and he hasn't thrown more than 128 innings." Regarding Masterston, Olney said, "He could not get the ball down [in his last start]." The Red Sox reportedly have been looking at ways to strengthen their rotation. One of the more prevalent rumors concerns Phillies veteran Cole Hamels. "I have no doubt that Cole Hamels will be traded by July 31," Olney said. "But ... if I'm the Red Sox, I'm waiting." Added Olney: "I think there will be a lot of opportunities to trade for pitching during the course of summer." To combat the potential inconsistency of the pitching staff, the Red Sox added some bats in the off season, including Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. "In the eyes of other clubs, this is a team that's going to have to hit it's way to success if they're going to win this year," Olney said, adding, "I think it's possible that they could hit so well that they wind up making the postseason, but I just don't see it." For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.

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