Rest up the team or go for Home field aadvantage?

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    Rest up the team or go for Home field aadvantage?

    Fewer than 40 games remain for the Red Sox and Yankees this season, and all indications point to both teams playing in October.

    New York leads the AL East with an overall record of 76-47, which is also the top record in the American League. Boston sits a half-game behind the Bronx Bombers at 76-48 overall and has a healthy 8 1/2 game lead over Tampa Bay in the wild card standings. For either of these teams not to make the playoffs would take a historic collapse, as well as an unforseen late-season run by another wild card contender.

    Boston and New York will meet each other six more times before the season is over with three games at Fenway Park the final week of August and three games at Yankee Stadium in late September. The teams have taken turns atop the division throughout the season, so August and September figure to feature a battle for the AL East crown.

    But with the postseason a virtual lock at this point for the Red Sox, how important does the division crown become?

    On the one hand, winning the division is every team's first goal in spring training, and in the case of the AL East, winning the division holds more incentive. The AL East winner is currently in line to also gain home field advantage throughout the American League playoffs, which would allow Boston to host the ALDS and ALCS, if the Sox advance that far. Having an extra game at Fenway with the AL pennant on the line is certainly preferable, whether the opponent be the Yankees, Rangers, Tigers or any other team.

    On the other hand, setting the team up for its first playoff game is also of consideration to Terry Francona. After all, Boston is a little bang-ed up right now with Kevin Youkilis forced to go on the disabled list with a sore back and David Ortiz missing time with an ailing heel. Tito has also hinted at neck pain for Adrian Gonzalez. Rather than force these players into the lineup in late September, it may be advantageous for Francona to allow his stars to rest up for October, as well as give some off days to Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia down the stretch.

    Jade McCarthy - NESN

     
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    How about this concept..... Give certain players with various ailments some rest in order to go for home field advantage. I fail to understand the "EITHER/OR"!??
     
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    [QUOTE]How about this concept..... Give certain players with various ailments some rest in order to go for home field advantage. I fail to understand the "EITHER/OR"!??
    Posted by playball01[/QUOTE]

    Then you are moving up the Either/ Or question to right now?  Give Ortiz, Youk, and Gonz extra rest now and fall behind the Yankees further  and then storm back later? Is that what you are proposing?

     
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    [QUOTE]How about this concept..... Give certain players with various ailments some rest in order to go for home field advantage. I fail to understand the "EITHER/OR"!??
    Posted by playball01[/QUOTE]

       I agree a little to early to concede anything, if decision is to be made it should come with about two weeks to go, and by then it maybe clear where Sox will finish. IMO health of team and especially pitching staff should take preference.
     
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    Ironically, I think the Sox would be better off without home-field advantage, given we suddenly have a very lefty-oriented rotation.  It would mean holding Beckett back until game 3, but especially against the Yankees, having Lester & Bedard start on the road would be a pretty big advantage.
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Rest up the team or go for Home field aadvantage? : Then you are moving up the Either/ Or question to right now?  Give Ortiz, Youk, and Gonz extra rest now and fall behind the Yankees further  and then storm back later? Is that what you are proposing?
    Posted by PawsoxPhil[/QUOTE]

    Ortiz and Youk are not simply resting!! They have legitimate ailments that if not dealt with "NOW" could very well derail any opportunity for a WS Championship. Isn't that the big picture?

    Personally I don't want to win the division and fall flat on our face in the playoffs due to lingering injury concerns. I haven't moved up any question to right now. You deal with the hand that you are dealt and hope for the best. If this were mid-September as opposed to August then I may view the scenario differently.

    Being extremely cautious with Youk, Ortiz and Buch is the proper call to make. Hopefully the rest of the team can produce in their absence. The Red Sox Brass haven't, nor will they, concede anything!!
     
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    Re: Rest up the team or go for Home field aadvantage?

    There is one letter difference between 'rest' and 'rust.'
     
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    If players are healthy, they should play.  If they are not, they should be on the DL.  An occasional day off for a position player is usually enough to rejuvenate them if they are obviously tired or slumping, but it should be rare other than for catchers.   Managers owe fans who pay a lot of money to see the team play their most competitive lineup on any given day.  Most quality and motivated players want to be in the lineup every day especially when there is a title of any sort on the line and they do not need to be "ready to play" in October.  They are excited to be in the postseason.  I cannot imagine any manager would give up an opportunity to aggressively compete for a division championship title for the sake of "resting players."  That would send an incredibly bad message to both the team and its fans. 
     
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    [QUOTE]Ironically, I think the Sox would be better off without home-field advantage, given we suddenly have a very lefty-oriented rotation.  It would mean holding Beckett back until game 3, but especially against the Yankees, having Lester & Bedard start on the road would be a pretty big advantage.
    Posted by slomag[/QUOTE]
    Let me get this straight.  You are suggesting the Red Sox manager is going to take a pitcher who has never been in a single a postseason game, move him up in the rotation ahead of 2 starting pitchers who have extensive postseason experience as well as success.  And this would be done so the opposing team could face back to back left-handed starting pitching at home.  During the postseason, left-handed pitchers on the Sox as well as those on opposing teams have often had more consistent success than righties.   It's an interesting perspective, but is flawed on many levels not the least of which if taking your likely number 4 postseason starter and moving him into the 2 spot.  Not gonna happen!
     
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    You have to do your best to win every game at this point. Not only is home field important in the playoffs , but the wild card is by no means a sure thing as yet. Play to win the division. However , that does not mean putting injured players out there.
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Rest up the team or go for Home field aadvantage? : Let me get this straight.  You are suggesting the Red Sox manager is going to take a pitcher who has never been in a single a postseason game, move him up in the rotation ahead of 2 starting pitchers who have extensive postseason experience as well as success.  And this would be done so the opposing team could face back to back left-handed starting pitching at home.  During the postseason, left-handed pitchers on the Sox as well as those on opposing teams have often had more consistent success than righties.   It's an interesting perspective, but is flawed on many levels not the least of which if taking your likely number 4 postseason starter and moving him into the 2 spot.  Not gonna happen!
    Posted by WilcyMoore[/QUOTE]

    No, I don't think Tito would do it, because it means holding Beckett back to game 3, but I am suggesting it would be the smartest move for the club.

    Fenway is heaven for right-handed hitters, just as Yankee Stadium is heaven for lefties.  If they meet in a best of seven, wouldn't you prefer to have Lester and Bedard pitch in the Bronx?  Put another way, wouldn't you want Granderson and Cano facing lefties in the Bronx, and Swisher and Teixeira batting right-handed, and the opposite true at Fenway?  

    How do you put Bedard at #4?  Are you assuming that Buchholz will be back, or slating Lackey ahead of him?  


     
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    Starting Bedard ahead of Becket is more interesting than the OP.  I would not move Bedard up, but understand the logic.  The Yankees actually have three key lefty hitters--Gardner, Granderson, and Cano. 

    On the other hand, Beckett has been a stud in the postseason.  Hard not to lead off with him, except that lately he has been slippinng a little.
     
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    Echo...what???????? we are a game out....they can rest from Nov-Feb
     
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     Cinch the playoff spot and then rest anyone who needs it.
     
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    Lots of posters apparently haven't read or understand  the question presented in the article. Yet if the team goes into the postseason as Division winner but exhausted and with nagging injuries, they will complain and blame Terry and the medical staff for not resting certain players. The question is to you bring back those with injuries immediately or rest them for more days. No matter what management does you can be sure that there will be a faction in here that will blame them. It's par for the course in here.
     
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    Caution is the word on Papi, Youk, Bucholz, Ellsbury, Drew
     
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