Red Sox to Keep Same Roster For ALCS, Lester to Start Game One
After defeating the Tampa Bay Rays in five games, the Boston Red Sox will keep the same roster for the American League Championship Series. They will play the winner of tonight’s game between the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics.
The Red Sox took advantage of their roster nearly in full, using several bench players in different situations. Xander Bogaerts pinch hit for Stephen Drew against lefties while Jonny Gomes also started twice against left handed pitchers. Catcher David Ross was also used in defensive situations as needed.
The only player who did not see any time on the active roster was left handed pitcher Felix Doubront. Doubront was a starter in the regular season but currently serves as the team’s third lefty reliever. John Farrell spoke on WEEI radio earlier today and expressed that since they already had 11 pitchers on their roster in the ALDS they would not have much of a need to change.
He also said that Jon Lester would start for the Red Sox in game one no matter who the opponent. However, they will wait until after the series between Oakland and Detroit to decide the order for the rest of the rotation. They will have home field no matter what after clinching the best record in the American League.
Though the Red Sox might opt to keep John Lackey pitching at home they might decide he is best fit to pitch in Oakland, if that is who they end up playing. Lackey has allowed nearly a home run and a half per nine innings and Oakland has a ton of room to work with, with most would-be home runs dying before the warning track.
Farrell also mentioned the possibility of using Jake Peavy out of the bullpen like the Tigers used Max Scherzer when needed and the Rays used Matt Moore in the fourth game of the ALDS. The pitching staff will have no problem due to the series ending so early. Game one will be Saturday night at 7:30 PM.