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Game 42: Let's Talk About Playoffs. Just for fun.

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Playoffs? Are we talking about playoffs? Are you kidding--Playoffs?!

Well, sort of. Because there is an entirely unlikely scenario wherein the Sox could end the night tied for the lead in the wild card race.

Not really something worth talking too much about, but if the A's, Rangers, and Yankees lose tonight, and the Sox win, that would do it. It wouldn't be all that interesting, except for the fact that we had the worst record in the league about a month ago.

We have ourselves a game, as it were.

Now, we'll see how much of a game we have tonight. As I understand it, Fenway is fairly wet right now, and not expected to dry out, but hopefully the Sox can fit this one in. The Tigers won't be back again, so it's that or a double-header, and our rotation really doesn't need that right now.

The Red Sox will still be keeping J.D. Drew out tonight despite getting a day off on Tuesday. Mike Cameron subs in:

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
  5. David Ortiz, DH
  6. Jed Lowrie, SS
  7. Mike Cameron, RF
  8. Carl Crawford, LF
  9. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C

Clay Buchholz has been on a roll lately. Can he keep it up and get the Sox to two games over?


Clay Buchholz

#11 / Pitcher / Boston Red Sox

6-3

190

L

R

Aug 14, 1984



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Clay Buchholz 4-3 8 8 0 0 0 0 45.2 49 21 20 7 20 30 3.94 1.51

Or will Phil Coke prove as reliable against the Sox as he did with the Yankees?


Phil Coke

#40 / Pitcher / Detroit Tigers

6-1

210

L

L

Jul 19, 1982



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Phil Coke 1-5 9 7 0 0 0 0 41.2 43 26 21 3 14 25 4.54 1.37


Go Sox!