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Jon Lester to start Wednesday on short rest … unless the Red Sox make a trade

Sep 26, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

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There’s speculation that the Red Sox may still trade for a veteran starting pitcher solely to have him pitch what could be a win-or-go-home game Wednesday, but barring that manager Terry Francona announced Jon Lester will start Game 162 on short rest.

Not only would Lester be pitching with just three days off between starts, he’d be doing so after coughing up eight runs in 2.2 innings against the Yankees on Saturday. He hasn’t thrown a Quality Start since shutting out the Blue Jays for seven innings on September 11, allowing 16 runs in 13.2 innings over three outings.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Sep 26, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Way to go out on a blaze of glory, Sox.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Sep 27, 2011 at 7:50 AM

      I always thought the phrase “Now isn’t the time to panic” is idiotic as there’s NEVER a time to panic. That said. NOW is the time to panic.

  2. Ari Collins - Sep 26, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    Seems like a very bad idea unless the Sox enter Wednesday tied or worse. If they’re a game ahead, the likelihood of a Sox loss and a Rays win isn’t that great, and you only decrease those odds by a bit by starting a less-rested Lester. And you’ve seriously hurt your chances in the playoffs by taking a start away from Lester.

    • Ari Collins - Sep 26, 2011 at 5:57 PM

      And if the Sox are going to lose and the Rays win, you’d have to throw someone in the one-game playoff.

      Anyway, I’ll hush up now, since I’m arguing the strategy in a hypothetical situation, when we’ll know soon enough.

  3. cleareye1 - Sep 26, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Start Papelbon.

  4. pisano - Sep 26, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Good God have they no AAA or AA pitcher they can use? I have always heard how deep their farm is supposed to be, oh that’s right they gave all their good ones to San Diego for Gonzalez. What a screwing they gave San Diego, five nobodies for one of the best players in the game, but then again San Diego will trade anyone so long as they don’t have to pay that player the going rate.

    • Ari Collins - Sep 26, 2011 at 7:28 PM

      So did they give up all their good ones to SD, or were they all nobodies?

      Their minor league pitching depth is definitely depleted from trades, though it’s not like Casey Kelly would be getting a spot start anyway. And fortunately, they have some very good position player prospects, and had one of the best 2011 drafts.

    • uyf1950 - Sep 27, 2011 at 5:58 AM

      pisano, my friend how are you doing today? How good do you think Kevin Millwood would look right about now to the Red Sox management. They had him and unlike the way he was pitching for the Yankees in the minors his Sox numbers in the minors weren’t bad.

      • pisano - Sep 27, 2011 at 9:54 AM

        uyf1950…. All’s well, especially with the Sox on the brink of disaster. On that staff Millwood would probably be the ace. Notice as the season went on Beckett’s era went up. I look back to the start of the season and how everyone (other than Yankee fans) had already crowned Boston world champs, my how things have changed. My other least favorite team (the Angels) were eliminated last night and I hope Boston isn’t far behind.

  5. dailyrev - Sep 26, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    The old proverb about closing the barn door doesn’t quite fit here, does it? It’s more like buying the horse after the barn’s burnt down…

  6. aceshigh11 - Sep 26, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Wow. This is just embarrassing.

    Can you rent a pitcher from another team for, like, $500,000?

  7. oikosjeremy - Sep 26, 2011 at 8:17 PM

    I hear Pedro Martinez is available!

  8. southofheaven81 - Sep 26, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    They can have AJ burnett for a pack of wet matches.

  9. dondada10 - Sep 26, 2011 at 9:17 PM

    This seems like a perfect situation for Livan Hernandez.

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