Should the Red Sox Pursue More Starting Pitching Before the Trade Deadline?

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Should the Red Sox Pursue More Starting Pitching Before the Trade Deadline?The Red Sox' fortunes have seemingly taken a turn for the much better lately, as Boston has gone 8-2 over its past 10 games and finds itself now sitting just 1 1/2 games out of a wild card spot.

But this recent success is masking an issue that has hampered the team all season long: starting pitching.

Currently sporting an ERA of 4.83 — which ranks 27th in the majors ahead of only the Royals, Twins and Rockies — the starting rotation has been plagued by injury and inconsistency all season long.

Jon Lester was counted on to be the ace of the staff, but he has a losing record. Josh Beckett gave up seven runs in 2 1/3 innings in one start, threw seven shutout innings with nine strikeouts the next, and hasn't struck out more than five batters in a start since.

And that's not even mentioning the Daniel Bard experiment, or the latter stages of Daisuke Matsuzaka's recovery from Tommy John surgery.

There have been a few bright spots, however. After a horrific beginning to the season, Clay Buchholz has finally found his groove to the tune of a 2.43 ERA and 4-0 record in his last five starts. Felix Doubront has been a pleasant surprise at the back end of the rotation, striking out more than a batter per inning and winning eight games so far.

Beckett and Buchholz are now both on the disabled list.

But, with the trade deadline a little more than a month away, do you think the Red Sox should go after another starting pitcher to help shore up the rotation?

Do the Red Sox Need to Add Another Starting Pitcher Before the Trade Deadline?

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