Red Sox Update
Published: Friday, October 4, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 6, 2013 17:10
The regular season ended on Sunday afternoon as the Sox took the loss at the hand of the Orioles, but that doesn’t matter because the game was a throwaway that I’m sure even the owners did not watch. After the Sox pitching staff imploded as we love to see them do before the playoffs, our favorite starting nine got down to business as they prepare for their first playoff trip since 2009.
While the Wild Card playoff game gets underway the Sox will hold team workouts (some open to the public) and an intra-squad scrimmage to stay fresh (let’s collectively pray no one gets hurt). The last time the Sox won a playoff game was Game 6 of the 2008 ALCS, after that they have lost four straight and will likely be working hard to stop their losing streak.
In even more important news (cause there is only so much excitement in team workouts), the Rays squared off against the Rangers in a one-game playoff to determine which lucky team would head onward to face the Cleveland Indians. David Price tossed a complete game while letting up two runs on seven hits as the Rangers watched their playoff dreams die with each pitch. The winner of the Wild Card game will head on to Fenway to face the Red Sox on Friday night, as the ALDS gets under way.
They key factor for the Sox will be whether they will face the Rays or Indians on Friday. Historically, I think the Sox are better off against the Indians against whom they hold a 6-1 record than the Rays against whom they are a modest 12-7. The Sox would especially like to avoid facing the likes of David Price and Evan Longoria, as the Rays have a habit of being Sox-killers when it counts the most.
Manager John Farrell has been as tight-lipped as possible when it comes to the starting rotation for the playoffs, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say the Sox will stick with a three-man rotation for the ALDS, which will consist of Jon Lester, John Lackey, and Clay Buchholz in that order. Jake Peavy will be the fourth starter should the Sox advance to the ALCS, but for now I expect Farrell to have Peavy sit, especially if the Sox falter early and need their two aces back at it again.
Rejoice Sox fans because playoff baseball is here, for the first time in years we will be watching our favorite starting nine compete for the World Series rather than watching the 2007 DVD on replay.