Barring a sudden change of plans, it appears the Red Sox indeed will start Bobby Kielty instead of J.D. Drew in right field tomorrow night against the Cleveland Indians in the first game of the American League Championship Series.
Kielty, a switch-hitter who was signed as a free agent Aug. 7 after being released by Oakland, owns a .310 career batting average (9-for-29) against Sabathia with four doubles, two home runs and seven RBI. He did not face the southpaw during the regular season.
I mentioned this possibility in the post below this one, but does anyone have any thoughts on this? I probably would have put Kielty in RF and maybe given Drew the start in CF over Crisp for this game.