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All hands on deck for Red Sox; Peavy, Buchholz to be available in relief

Oct 28, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

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Red Sox manager John Farrell said prior to Monday’s Game 5 that jake Peavy, who just started Saturday’s Game 3, would be available in relief tonight, and that Clay Buchholz, who started Game 4, could work out of the pen once the series returns to Fenway Park on Wednesday.

Farrell also declined to commit to starting John Lackey in Game 6 and Peavy in Game 7, though he indicated that things still line up that way.

For what it’s worth, Lackey in Game 6 still seems like a given, assuming that he bounces back fine from his between-starts relief appearance on Sunday. It’s likely that Peavy would go in a Game 7, too, but maybe there’s a chance that Felix Doubront could pitch instead after he looked terrific in his relief appearances in Game 3 and 4. Obviously, a Doubront start would hinge on him not pitching in relief in Game 6.

Peavy pitched four innings and allowed two runs in his disappointing Game 3 start, throwing 64 pitches. Buchholz, who showed diminished velocity last night, threw 66 pitches while allowing an unearned run over four innings in Game 4,

  1. tfbuckfutter - Oct 28, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    There is no way Peavy or Buchholz can take the ball in Game 7.

    Doubront taking the ball in Game 6 is a less attractive option than Lackey, but a more attractive option than Doubront taking the ball in a Game 7.

    But Peavy and Buchholz have to be non-considerations.

    Hell, Lester on 2 days rest might be a better option. Or at the very least, Doubront/Lackey with Lester available out of the pen.

    • tfbuckfutter - Oct 28, 2013 at 7:40 PM

      I would venture to say that if the Sox win tonight, Peavy pitches Game 6 and they pray for the best, but at least have Lackey available for 7.

      But if they lose, Lackey goes in Game 6 and Doubront or Buchholz starts game 7 on a very short leash.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 28, 2013 at 8:09 PM

      I honestly want to see Peavy get one more chance to do right by himself… The guy wants this so bad and loves being here so much. To feel like he’s the reason why we’ve almost lost the thing must be pretty hard to swollow.

      I also said this after Game 4 in the ALCS.. It didn’t take a single inning for me in Game 3 to already start sweating and realize it might just not be his time.. I’d still give him one more inning to start.

      • rc33 - Oct 29, 2013 at 2:51 PM

        I dunno, man. In all honesty, much as I like the guy, I’ve got little faith in Peavy on the mound right now. Rather keep him out of the mix but I’m guessing he’d start Game 7 on an extremely short leash.

  2. gameover78 - Oct 28, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Wow…bats on the shoulder with 2 strikes is fun to watch….smh

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 28, 2013 at 8:23 PM

      Gomes didn’t swing once in a 6 pitch at bat.

  3. drewzducks - Oct 28, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Someone please tell Peavy game 6 is in St. Louis.

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