Ever since Joe Kelly got demoted to Triple A after his last start, the Red Sox have been using a four-man rotation. However, the two week time limit where the Sox could afford to forego a fifth starter has just about run out and the Red Sox need an answer.
Obviously, the Sox could have traded for a starter such as James Shields or they could have signed someone sitting at home like Mark Buehrle. In the end, they have opted to find a potential solution within the organization.
The question becomes whether Roenis Elias can be the answer to the Red Sox woes on the mound.
Elias has mainly been stationed in Pawtucket this year and came over in the Wade Miley deal this past offseason. Elias has appeared in only one game for the Red Sox, a relief outing in which he was rocked for 3 runs in 1.2 innings pitched.
He has fared slightly better in Pawtucket with a 4-3 record and a 3.54 ERA. As of late, Elias stepped up his game and has allowed two earned runs or fewer in four of his past five starts.
“You know, when we looked at Seattle and the matchups, we felt like a left-handed starter has proven to maybe negate some of their left-handed power,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. [Robinson] Cano, [Kyle] Seager, particularly. So this is as much matchup as the guys that are available to us. And Roenis’ last four or five starts have been very good and much more consistent. [We] felt like it’s time to take a look at him, particularly in this matchup.”
Elias has beaten out Clay Buchholz and Henry Owens for this last spot. However, if Elias falters the Sox could be quickly running out of options on the mound. They will need to find an answer and soon if they want to stay in contention in the AL East.