Among Rick Porcello, Clay Buchholz, Joe Kelly, Wade Miley and Justin Masterson, it would be fair to say that each pitcher could rightfully be placed into any of the slots, one through five. Though Farrell said earlier in the week that he believes he has five No. 1’s, the manager was asked what goes in to making the order of the rotation.
“Well, there’s merit, is one. And you factor in what has taken place either in the year or years before. That’s one factor,” Farrell said. “You’re also looking at, when you start to slot guys in, if there are pitchers that have anticipated higher innings projections, you try to stagger them so you’re not potentially over-taxing a bullpen on consecutive days "
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