Pleading the fifth
So who will start Monday in place of Matt Clement? As of Saturday morning in the manager’s office, Terry Francona wasn’t saying, and neither was Jed Hoyer.
Will it be Kyle Snyder, who was claimed off waivers from the Royals? Will it be Matt Ginter, Abe Alvarez, David Pauley or somebody else from Pawtucket? Will it be a trade acquisition?
Fact of the matter is, Monday marks the last time the Red Sox need a fifth starter until July 1, when they play the Marlins. They have a day off next Thursday and again the Monday after that, which means they can go with a four-man rotation that would break down like this.
Tuesday vs. Nats, Wakefield; Wednesdy vs. Nats, Lester; Friday vs. Phils, Beckett; Saturday vs. Phils, Schilling; Sunday vs. Phils, Wake; Tuesday vs. Mets, Lester; Wednesday vs. Mets, Beckett; Thursday vs. Mets, Schilling; Friday at Florida, Wake; Saturday at Florida, fifth starter or Clement.
By the way, there should be some extremely intriguing matchups when the Mets come to town. Pedro will either pitch Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on whether the Mets want to give him an extra day of rest. That means he’d eitehr match up with Lester or Beckett, and while not as compelling as a duel with Schill, it should still make for great theater. Schilling could be matched up with Glavine, which would be fun.
As for other developments, Manny again woke up with a sore right knee and was out of the lineup. Considering he is in an 0-for-17 slump, the timing isn’t that bad.
Lester had the lineup card and a game ball in his locker this morning from last night’s game. Good stuff. I’m sure he’ll get that stuff framed and in a nice display case ASAP.