The Boston Red Sox are looking to clinch the World Series tonight and end this season. They have a very formidable opponent standing in their way with the St. Louis Cardinals. This is a team that, in October, have seemed to play much better with their backs against the wall. Boston definitely has their work cut out for them.
If this series does go to a Game 7, it will be very interesting to see how the rest of the Boston staff lines up for that game. We do know that Jake Peavy would be starting that game and that if it gets to this point, Koji Uehara would finish it. What will be intriguing to see would be who would be pitching in the middle. It will have gotten to the point where it would be all hands on deck. Jon Lester would be available, as would Clay Buchholz.
About the only pitcher who probably wouldn’t be able to go would be John Lackey and that is only because he pitched the night before. Boston is really showing the definition of being a team because these starting pitchers are volunteering to go to the bullpen and help out wherever they are needed. The bullpen is taxed. At this point, it appears as though Craig Breslow is pretty much running on empty. Reinforcements are required and that is where these pitchers come in.
Lester has been dominating for the Red Sox during this series and Buchholz had the Cardinals off balance for the innings that he pitched. They could both be very useful if Peavy runs into some trouble early. You would have to think that John Farrell might go to both of those guys early if he has to.
If there is a Game 7 of one of the most interesting World Series in recent times, it will be a very crowded bullpen for Boston.