BOSTON -- Clay Buchholz and Jake Peavy are starting Wednesday’s simulated game at Fenway Park, putting them in line to start Games 3 and 4, respectively, of the ALDS on Monday and Tuesday at either Tampa Bay or Cleveland.
With Jon Lester expected to pitch Game 1 on Friday, that puts right-hander John Lackey in line to start Game 2 at Fenway on Saturday.
In addition to Buchholz and Peavy, manager John Farrell would like to get work for several pitchers in Wednesday’s game.
“We've got a number of guys that’ll get to the mound,” Farrell said. “Jake and Clay will have multiple innings . . . So you can deduct from that what you wish. But at the same time we feel like with the number of days off, we’ve got to get a good portion of our relievers to the mound as well.”
Farrell is not yet sure how many innings the game will go on Wednesday.
“It’s going to be dependent upon the number of innings needed by our pitchers,” Farrell said. “It’s likely not to be a full nine innings.”
With four days between the end of the regular season and the first game of the postseason, it’s also an opportunity for hitters to face live pitching, as opposed to batting practice speed.
“There’s going to be some guys that will probably elect not to face our own pitchers,” Farrell said. “But, again, the more we can either get them on the field and read some balls off the bat in as live a game situation as we can, that’s part of getting everything back to game speed.”
Farrell hopes to simulate game conditions as much as possible.
“There’ll be an umpire behind the plate,” he said. “But again, we’ll set out to replicate a game as best we can and we know that there’s going to be individual situations inside of that that might not be the same as Friday rolls around.”