There is little question that the Red Sox rotation has been one of the many keys that has allowed them to lead the AL East for an extensive time. Anchored by future Cy Young winner Chris Sale, the Red Sox have compiled a 3.73 ERA as a pitching staff – good for 4th lowest in Major League Baseball.
When October comes around, it becomes increasingly crucial that pitching is your strength. If you look at previous World Series winners, and teams that found postseason success, one thing is a staple among them – pitching. A few years ago, we saw the Kansas City Royals become the darlings of baseball with their late game trio of Kelvin Herrera, Greg Holland, and Wade Davis. The dominant bullpen, and solid starting pitching, propelled them to a World Series title.
More recently, the Cleveland Indians found strength in both their starting pitching and dominant bullpen. Behind Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Josh Tomlin, and others, the Indians made a surprise run to the World Series before falling to the Chicago Cubs.
Now, in 2017, the Red Sox are faced with the challenge of setting up their postseason rotation. It is clear that Chris Sale and Drew Pomeranz are going to have crucial roles within the starting rotation, but who will pitch Games 3 & 4?
The initial answers may be simple, but who will John Farrell find faith in during the postseason? David Price is most likely – if his arm allows – but he has found very little success in October. Rick Porcello, the reigning Cy Young winner, has had a poor 2017 campaign. Eduardo Rodriguez has been a question mark for the Red Sox after a strong start to the season, and Doug Fister has been really good, or really bad in a Sox uniform.
Though this isn’t an issue that will need to be addressed immediately, the rest of the season will prove to be an audition for these Red Sox arms that are hoping to find a starting role in the playoffs.
The Red Sox will travel to New York to face the 2nd place Yankees in a crucial series for both teams.
The Sox currently hold a 5.5 game lead after a three game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays. Meanwhile, the Yankees have lost three straight at the hands of the Cleveland Indians.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.