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.
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.
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