Aside from newly acquired ace David Price, the Boston Red Sox pitching staff is nothing to brag about. With the inconsistent and always "injured" Clay Buchholz, the average, at best, Rick Porcello, and a cast of characters that doesn't get any better than that, the 2-5 spots in the rotation are a huge question mark.
We know what we're going to get from most of those guys, but there's one guy in that group that has the potential to put up a dominant performance every time he takes the mound.
Joe Kelly was acquired from the Cardinals a couple of seasons ago, and the 27-year-old is the definition of inconsistent. Kelly is one of the hardest throwing starters in all of baseball, but can't seem to figure out how to put that to good use and put the team in a position to win on a regular basis.
Several things can be attributed to Kelly's lack of success. For one, the guy just doesn't seem to have it together between the ears. He never seems to be in a great mental state when he takes the hill, and he appears to get easily rattled when opponents start to put pressure on him.
Kelly also struggles to command his pitches, as his blazing fastball often misses its intended location. If he is able to gain a little control over his biggest asset and put his fastball where it needs to be, Kelly could potentially be an elite strikeout pitcher for the Sox.
With so many question marks surrounding this team's pitching staff, the Boston Red Sox can't afford to have Kelly struggle. If this team is going to be a serious contender, Joe Kelly needs to figure it out mentally and live up to the potential that he's flashed many times.