Shaughnessy: Why Lackey is the Game 2 starter

Shaughnessy: Why Lackey is the Game 2 starter
October 2, 2013, 10:30 pm
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Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy tells Andy Gresh on "Uno Sports Tonight" that starting John Lackey in Game 2 of the A.L. Division Series is the right move for the Red Sox.

"I'm good with it," Shaughnessy said. "I know it looks weird with Lackey 10-13 and Buchholz's numbers off the charts [11-1]. He had a little command issue after the three-month layoff. With Lackey they know they're going to get a professional start, he'll keep them in the game. Obviously, there's is the home-and-away split, too."

Lackey is 6-3 with a 2.47 ERA at Fenway Park and 4-10 with a 4.48 ERA on the road.

Does Lackey going in Game 2 put more pressure on Game 1 starter Jon Lester?

"The shorter the series, the more pressure," Shaughnessy said of the five-game ALDS. "[Lester] has got his work cut out for him against either [the Indians' Ubaldo] Jimenez, the A.L. pitcher of the month or [the Rays'] Matt Moore, who kills the Red Sox."