The Boston Red Sox managed to do the remarkable during this World Series. Somehow, they went to Busch Stadium, stepped on the St.Louis Cardinals home turf and took two out of three games in the NL park with no designated hitter, no Mike Napoli and David Ortiz having to play first base.
A lot of their success can be credited to their pitching which has been absolutely amazing. One particular standout in the pitching performances has been starter turned reliever, Felix Doubront. He originally did not want to be in the bullpen. However, once he realized that it was either become a reliever during the postseason or not be on the roster at all, Doubront has embraced his new role.
Jonny Gomes got the recognition for his huge home run during Game 4 to give the Red Sox the lead, but the unsung hero of that game would have to be Doubront. He came in after Clay Buchholz gave them four gutsy innings and was simply dominant, retiring the first eight Cardinals batters that he faced. going 2 1-3 innings and striking out three.
Sometimes in a game, it can be the middle relief that makes all the difference and can completely stop the momentum of the opposing team. The 2003 ALCS between the New York Yankees and Red Sox was a classic, and Boston had scored quite a few runs against Roger Clemens. Mike Mussina came in and shut the door. You kind of had this uncomfortable feeling that even though Boston had the lead, it wouldn’t be enough, and it wasn’t. Mussina put out the fire and what Doubront did was very similar.
With his great stuff, deceptive delivery and the fact that St.Louis was not remotely familiar with him undoubtedly worked in his favor. It has been said that Doubront reminds some people of the great Andy Pettitte. It’s a very small sample size but this last performance was pretty reminiscent of what Pettitte might have done in that situation.