With Lackey on the DL and Matsuzaka possibly next, who would you replace them with?

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    With Lackey on the DL and Matsuzaka possibly next, who would you replace them with?

    Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff May 17, 2011 11:29 AM

    John Lackey is on the disabled list (retroactive to May 12) with what is being described as a strained elbow. Based on the fact that he played catch yesterday and threw in the bullpen over the weekend, it doesn't appear to be a serious injury.

    But given his poor performance on the field and personal issues off it, it's fair to guess that his stint on the DL could last longer than 15 days.

    Then there is Daisuke Matsuzaka, who last night seemed unwilling to throw his fastball or "let it go," as Terry Francona described it.

    Since he tweaked his elbow on April 29, Matsuzaka has been awful (11.1 IP, 13 H, 11 ER, 10 BB, 6 K) in three appearances. Said Francona: “We’re going to sit and talk to him a little bit to try and figure out more what’s going on because it didn’t look completely right."

    According to my Francona translation dictionary that means, "There's a fairly good chance he could be going on the DL soon, too."

    The Sox are fortunate to have Jon Lester, Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz. But with Lackey down and Matsuzaka holding onto the ropes, here is what the Sox have for rotation depth:

    Tim Wakefield: The 44-year-old is back in the rotation again, at least for tonight. Wakefield is 4-13 with a 5.42 earned run average since Aug. 1, 2009. But these situations are why he is still around. He wants a meaningful role and here it is.

    Alfredo Aceves: He is 15-1 with a 3.14 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP in 143.1 career innings and that includes five starts. Stretch him out a little bit more and the Sox could have a legit starter.

    Andrew Miller: The lefty is 1-2, 2.35 for Triple-A Pawtucket. He has allowed only 15 hits and struck out 25 in 30.2 innings. But he also has walked 24. The Sox would prefer not to bring him back to the majors until his control issues are resolved.

    Brandon Duckworth: He is 4-2 with a 2.37 ERA in seven starts for Pawtucket and has started 84 games in the majors over parts of eight seasons.

    Felix Doubront: The Red Sox would really like to put their young lefty in the rotation. But he is down with a groin strain, the latest in what has been a series of injuries. He had pitched very well for Pawtucket, too, posting a 1.98 ERA over four starts.

    Junichi Tazawa: He has come back from Tommy John surger
    y done 13 months ago and will make his first rehab start for Class A Salem on Friday. In theory, Tazawa could be ready for the majors in late June.

    So there you have it, six possible starters for at least one opening and maybe two. How the Red Sox juggle their options over the coming weeks will be interesting to watch.

    It's a matter of time before somebody suggests they promote Anthony Ranaudo out of Low Class A ball.

    In two words: Um, no.

     
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    Re: With Lackey on the DL and Matsuzaka possibly next, who would you replace them with?

    Try Wally. Anything but Wakefield. Even when he's supposed to be good, he's still bad. 5 innings and change is around his limit, and he will break down if he was taking regular starts. He's in the proverbial baseball wheelchair, with the Mike Lowell Memorial squat roster spot. He needs to go, with the innings invested in guys who don't remember double knit leisure suits and double digit inflation and gas lines. 

    Lester, Beckett and Clay, and pray for rain for more than a day.
     
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    Re: With Lackey on the DL and Matsuzaka possibly next, who would you replace them with?

    In Response to Re: With Lackey on the DL and Matsuzaka possibly next, who would you replace them with?:
    Try Wally. Anything but Wakefield. Even when he's supposed to be good, he's still bad. 5 innings and change is around his limit, and he will break down if he was taking regular starts. He's in the proverbial baseball wheelchair, with the Mike Lowell Memorial squat roster spot. He needs to go, with the innings invested in guys who don't remember double knit leisure suits and double digit inflation and gas lines. 
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    whats to remember? those are coming back..
     
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    Re: With Lackey on the DL and Matsuzaka possibly next, who would you replace them with?

    Hill used to be a starter and did well.
     
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    Re: With Lackey on the DL and Matsuzaka possibly next, who would you replace them with?

    Gas lines are getting smaller, as $4 gas prices climb. But, just ride a bike and go green, so says Obama as he burns jet fuel to a golf match or campaign fundraiser.

     
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    Re: With Lackey on the DL and Matsuzaka possibly next, who would you replace them with?

    When the knuckler is working, and it has worked this year, Wakefield is hands down the best available backup starter, which is why he is starting today.

    Aceves has talent, but is also hard to deal with, which is why the Yankees let him go.  But, if Matsuzaka goes on the DL, ostensibly because of the elbow, Aceves is the best choice.

    Miller is the same age as Bard, but hasn't yet figured out how to keep hitting the strike zone.  He might, however, be worth one start just to see.  

    Meanwhile, Francona's job of managing the bullpen just got an awful lot harder.  This will not, however, prevent guys like majorleague, georom, bosox1941, and a few others from blaming Francona for every loss and his presumed mismanagement of the bullpen.   
     
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    Re: With Lackey on the DL and Matsuzaka possibly next, who would you replace them with?

    When Dice hits the DL I'd like to see Aceves get a start.  Miller may be an intriguing choice if/when he gets his BB count down but I wouldn't expect it before the AS break (if ever ... but fingers crossed).  I don't mind seeing Wake on the mound TBH ... better than bad-Dice anyway.  Too bad Doubront isn't available.

    In other news:
    I have no stats on the president's fuel consumption but suspect is isn't much different from any other recent president.  That said, I saw him do a belly flop on a campaign question once that a conservative would have gotten to very easily.  Plus his House/Senate splits are weak ... should go to a platoon methinks.
     
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    Re: With Lackey on the DL and Matsuzaka possibly next, who would you replace them with?

    Using Duckworth until Aceves is streched out is probably your best option.
     
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    Re: With Lackey on the DL and Matsuzaka possibly next, who would you replace them with?

    Good point Louie. I forgot about Duckworth.  Too bad we didn't resign Billy Hall ... he'd but up for it and he did have a 0.00 ERA last year.
     
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    Re: With Lackey on the DL and Matsuzaka possibly next, who would you replace them with?

    Peter Abraham reporting Michael Bowden is en route to boston... move pending........

    Guessing Dice is en route to the DL
     
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    Re: With Lackey on the DL and Matsuzaka possibly next, who would you replace them with?

    At least the bottom rotation guys are hitting the DL, and not Lester, Buch or Beckett. Bowden has one final option left. A committee pen start might work for a spot start or two.

    Pray for rain.
     
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    Re: With Lackey on the DL and Matsuzaka possibly next, who would you replace them with?

    I'd go with Wakefield and Duckworth.  Will it be pretty?  No (especially Duckworth).  But there really are no better options (maybe Aceves if he could be stretched out...)

    Tazawa's not ready yet to pitch 5 innings in an MLB game.

    Bowden needs major stretching out and could have a future in the bullpen.

    Doubront's still hurt.

    Miller needs to sit in AAA longer.

    So yeah, for the good of the future I'd go Duck/Wake.

    Once someone else is ready to take Duck's place (hopefully within 2 weeks), you could then DFA Duckworth....
     
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    Re: With Lackey on the DL and Matsuzaka possibly next, who would you replace them with?

    Duckworth isnt on the 40-man roster so the Sox would have to make some moves for that to happen...
     
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    Re: With Lackey on the DL and Matsuzaka possibly next, who would you replace them with?

    15-day as of right now Beantowne
     
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