Boston needs starters to stay healthy

It is probably unrealistic to expect Curt Schilling and Pedro Martinez to produce 68 to 70 starts in 2004.

Updated: December 1, 2003, 8:57 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
These are happy days in Boston now that Curt Schilling is headed to town. Adding Schilling to a team that won 95 games is an exciting development, especially considering that Pedro Martinez is already anchoring the rotation.

The last time Schilling showed up to be the "two" in a one-two punch, the Arizona Diamondbacks won the World Championship. The Red Sox and their fans are certainly hoping history will repeat itself in their neck of the woods in 2004 -- especially considering they have a decent No. 3-man in the person of Derek Lowe and an interesting and sometimes very effective No. 4 in Tim Wakefield.

However, before getting too excited about the Martinez/Schilling coupling, consider this: In only two of their last 10 combined seasons did they make their full complement of starts.

Jim Baker is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at bottlebat@gmail.com.

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