The Red Sox announced their rotation for the American League Division Series. There were no surprises.
Game 1 on Friday: LHP Jon Lester
Game 2 on Saturday: RHP John Lackey
Game 3 on Monday: RHP Clay Buchholz
Game 4 on Tuesday (if necessary): RHP Jake Peavy
Manager John Farrell said his decision was based on Lester’s strong second half of the season and Lackey’s home/road splits.
The Red Sox will play the winner of Wednesday night’s wild-card game between Cleveland and Tampa Bay.
Earlier, Farrell offered up a few hints about the playoff roster. The Red Sox will carry 11 pitchers, he said. He also said the roster was heavy with outfielders and spoke of the versatility of players like Daniel Nava and Mile Carp.
That would indicate that lefty reliever Matt Thornton will make roster at the expense of Jackie Bradley Jr.
Doubront has more upside than Thornton. But his reluctance to pitch in relief and poor performance last Sunday give Thornton an edge. Thornton also has three games of postseason experience.