If it stays healthy, that is.
With all five starters expected to be ready to go and the retooled lineup looking as dangerous as ever, Red Sox Nation is gearing up for what's expected to be one of the most exciting summers Fenway Park has ever seen.
While Jon Lester and Josh Beckett unofficially jockey for the title of ace of the rotation, there are three other All Star-caliber hurlers in John Lackey, Clay Buchholz and Daisuke Matsuzaka — as well as spot starter Tim Wakefield, who is at the ready should something go awry. But which one of these starters will lead the team in wins when the last out is recorded in the regular-season finale?
In 2010, Lester led the group with 19 wins, followed by Buchholz (a career-high 17 wins) and Lackey, who posted 14 wins in his first season in the AL East. Matsuzaka notched nine victories in 25 starts last season — two years after collecting 18 wins in just four more starts. Beckett, who dealt with injury issues for the majority of the campaign, had just six wins in 2010, as he was limited to just 21 starts.