BOSTON – Red Sox manager John Farrell isn't yet ready to announce his starting pitcher for Game 1 of the ALDS, which begins Friday.
“No, not yet,” Farrell said Tuesday. “What we’re planning to do -- [any kind] of roster adjustments, Game 1 starter, rotation -- we’ll wait until we get through [Wednesday's] workout and [simulated] game.”
But, barring anything unforeseen, the starter will be Jon Lester.
Lester has appeared in eight postseason games, with six starts, posting a record of 2-3 with a 2.57 ERA. He was the winning pitcher in the clinching Game 4 of the 2007 World Series at Colorado. His last postseason appearance was in Game 1 of the 2009 ALDS, losing to John Lackey and the Angels.
“Going back to pitchers who have had postseason experience, he certainly has it in every round of the playoff has to offer,” Farrell said. “The biggest thing for Jon to get back to the consistency that he’s shown for a number of years here . . .
"I think we all gain confidence from every starting pitcher that goes out and keeps a game under control. He’s done it very consistently, particularly in the second half. When he walks to the mound, we feel pretty good about our chances that night.”