It’s Wakefield

After Josh Beckett’s dominating win over the Indians four days ago, I wrote: “Beckett has pitched on three days’ rest before. But I have to believe if Terry Francona was going to do it, he would have pulled him after five. Bottom line: It wouldn’t be a good risk to take and the Red Sox seem to have signaled they don’t intend to do it. They want Beckett to play longer than Koufax did.” (See here for full post.)

We now know it’s knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. Beckett will be well rested for game 5, if there isn’t some deeper reason for holding him back. Francona would be more likely to pitch him tonight down 2-1 than up 2-1. Red Sox are down but feel Wakefield (#3 in Red Sox wins behind Cy Young and Roger Clemens … good company) squares up well against the Indians.

Should be a good game.


2 Responses to “It’s Wakefield”

  1. 1 FireDannyAinge October 16, 2007 at 11:04 pm

    Pitching Beckett would have won us this game and it would not have hurt Beckett’s future at all but why pitch a pitcher that can pitch when we can pitch old man that needs to retire.
    Why play Jacoby who can hit when we can play JD Drew. If I was in charge Cora would be in this game over pedroia

  2. 2 yorel47 October 16, 2007 at 11:10 pm

    I didn’t think they would, but they should have gone with Beckett. Red Sox would probably be even with a chance to bring Beckett back in a game seven. Is there more to the story that we’re not hearing?

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