Red Sox mulled, then decided against, Lester in Game 4

Red Sox mulled, then decided against, Lester in Game 4
October 26, 2013, 7:30 pm
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ST. LOUIS -- With all the speculation and uncertainty surrounding Clay Buchholz and his scheduled Game 4 start against the St. Louis Cardinals, Red Sox manager John Farrell said the team gave brief consideration to having Jon Lester start Game 4 on short rest, with the idea of doing the same thing with him for Game 7.

Ultimately, however, the Sox discarded the idea.

"There was some conversation," said Farrell, "but I think history shows that that has not been successful."

Also, as Farrell pointed out, the Sox were often able to take advantage of some of the off-days in the schedule to pitch Lester on five days' rest over the final two months of the season, with terrific results.

"He went with [four days' rest] in Detroit [in the ALCS] . . . a little bit different stuff," said Farrell. "It was noticeable. I recognize we're in the World Series, I recognize the time of year. [But] I would rather have Jon Lester at full strength, at normal rest than three days of rest."