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Manager Big Papi wants Alfredo Aceves in the rotation

Sep 19, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

Alfredo Aceves Reuters

Not that he’s the only one.

David Ortiz, though, said after the first game of Monday’s doubleheader that Alfredo Aceves should be in the Red Sox rotation.

“To be honest with you, the way things are going, he should be starting. It’s as simple as that,” Ortiz was quoted as saying by the Boston Globe. “I think at one point, he might be a starter. It all depends what the front office decides, but he’s got good stuff, and we definitely need a guy that can come in and give us six or seven good innings. He seems like he’s capable to do it, so we’ll see.”

There was some push to give the Aceves a start in the doubleheader today, but the team decided to keep the versatile right-hander in the pen and pitch Kyle Weiland in Game 1 instead.  Weiland gave up six runs — five earned — in 4 2/3 innings and took the loss in what ended up being a 6-5 game.  Aceves came in to start the seventh and pitched three scoreless innings to give Boston a chance to come back.  He has a 2.74 ERA in 105 innings for the season.

If Erik Bedard shows he’s healthy when he returns on Tuesday, it would probably eliminate any chance of Aceves joining the rotation for the final week of the season.  However, if Bedard struggles, the team just have to take the plunge.  Obviously the Red Sox are far from locks to advance at this point, but without a healthy Bedard, Aceves would probably be the team’s best option to start the third game of the ALDS.

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 19, 2011 at 7:37 PM

    Why not? He is better than all but 2 of the current Red Sox starters. I was impressed by him when he pitched against the Jays.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Sep 19, 2011 at 11:10 PM

      the jays are a .500 team, that proves nothing

  2. pisano - Sep 19, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    Papi should worry about his roid head friend Manny, and let Francona worry about the pitching. Aceves is a good mid reliever, when the Yankees had him they thought they could spot start him a few times and he got hammered. His best place is where he is right now and he’s real good at it.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 19, 2011 at 10:09 PM

      His best place is in mid relief; however, he is better than Lackey, Wakefield etc.

      Lackey did not go very deep. As expected, it is a high scoring second game as both Lackey and Matuz stunk.

      The Jays beat the Angels in a well pitched game, so Boston, Texas and Tampa Bay probably do not have to worry about the Angels.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Sep 19, 2011 at 11:12 PM

        nobody cares about the jays, they clinched 4th place and another .500 season. In otherwords they simply dont matter and never will again no matter how many sandwiches you eat proudly, it wont change this simple fact

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