Shaughnessy: Sox 'have enough pitching to go deep'

Shaughnessy: Sox 'have enough pitching to go deep'
September 1, 2013, 11:30 pm
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It's no longer a question of if the Red Sox will make the playoffs, say The Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy and The Boston Herald's Steve Buckley. Now, it's how deep can they go into the postseason?

With memories of the the September 2011 collapse still in their heads, the two columnists joined Mike Giardi on "Sports Sunday" to talk about the Sox chances of now making it an October to remember.

A doubter most of the season, Shaughnessy is now fully on-board that this team will reach the postseason and make some noise there.

"Every time it looks like they're going to stumble, they rip off another one of these streaks," Shaughnessy said.

"They have enough pitching to go deep into the playoffs," Shaughnessy said. "I didn't think so until the last 10 days. I do now."

Still, Buckley raises concerns about the lack of a true No. 1 starter.

Other Red Sox playoff teams, "they had Clemens, they had Pedro, they had Beckett,  Schilling, Tiant, Lonborg," Buckley recalled. "Who is that No. 1? I assume it's [Jon] Lester, but what if [Clay] Buchholz comes back and rips off three great starts?"

Shaughnessy said the pitching depth makes up for the lack of a true ace.

"Two years ago, we all know what happened," Shaughnessy said. "No one sees that happening this time."