BOSTON -- Jake Peavy, who recovered from a rocky first inning to pitch fairly well in Game 3 in St. Louis Sunday night, is the Red Sox' scheduled starter for Game 7, should it be necessary.
But manager John Farrell was careful to couch his plans for a possible Game 7 in a certain way each time he was asked.
In his office Wednesday afternoon, a reporter asked if Peavy was still Farrell's Game 7 starter.
"As of now, yes," said Farrell cryptically.
Later, in the interview room, the same question was posed.
"Right now, Jake Peavy will start [Thursday]," said Farrell.
When someone noted his phrasing seemed to suggest that he was open to a change if necessary, Farrell maintained otherwise.
"It's probably more the way it's prefaced," said Farrell.
Peavy sports a 7.11 ERA this postseason. Of his three starts, one has been good (one run in 5 1/3 innings of Game 4 of the Division Series); one has been poor (seven runs in three innings in Game 4 of the ALCS), and one has been in-between (two runs in four innings in Game 3 of the World Series).
Boston's alternatives for Game 7, however, are limited.
Jon Lester, who was brilliant Monday in Game 5, would be pitching on just two days' rest.
Felix Doubront, who has allowed just one run in two relief outings covering 4 2/3 innings in the World Series, would make the most sense, especially given the Cardinals' troubles with left-handers. But Farrell made clear that he wouldn't hold Doubront back from pitching in Game 6. And if the Sox find themselves losing in Game 6, it would seem likely Doubront would be pressed into some middle- or late-inning duty . . . taking him out of consideration for Game 7.
All of which doesn't preclude the Sox taking a bullpen approach to Game 7, in which they could use a multitude of pitchers -- Peavy, Doubront, Lester and Clay Buchholz -- to pitch an inning or two, depending on matchups.