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|Friday, Oct 12th||7:07 pm EDT||C.C. Sabathia vs Josh Beckett|
|Saturday, Oct 13th||8:07 pm EDT||Fausto Carmona vs. Curt Schilling|
|Monday, Oct 15th||7:07 pm EDT||Daisuke Matsuzaka vs. Jake Westbrook|
|Tuesday, Oct 16th||8:07 pm EDT||Tim Wakefield vs. Paul Byrd|
|Thursday, Oct 18th||8:07 pm EDT||Josh Beckett vs C.C. Sabathia|
|Saturday, Oct 20th||TBA||Fausto Carmona vs. Curt Schilling|
|Sunday, Oct 21th||TBA||Jake Westbrook vs. Daisuke Matsuzaka|
The one match-up here I don’t like is the Wakefield start. He shouldn’t start in the post-season. The Red Sox can put out a better pitcher. When you have three strong starters, there is no need to start anyone else. On Tuesday, Josh Beckett should pitch on four days rest against Byrd, obviously a would-be great match-up for Boston.
Then Curt Schilling, our definite second-best pitcher, can go on Thursday on five days rest instead of his now planned seven days off.
On Game 6, Dice-K can pitch on five days rest.
This schedule works out perfectly because, if Game 7 is needed, Josh Beckett could start on Sunday with five days rest when he’ll be fully rested. The Red Sox will then have used their Ace out three times in one series, an obvious advantage over any other strategy, assuming that, on four days rest, Beckett can be effective. If there is no Game 7, Beckett would be ready for Game 1 of the World Series.
It is still possible if the Red Sox get down early they will move Beckett into a Game 4 start. We’ll see. Hopefully it won’t have to come to the Red Sox losing to get the pitching schedule changed. Read my blog Theo Epstein!