As we approach the end of the 2017 MLB season, the Boston Red Sox appear to be the favorite to win the AL East once again. If they do their top 2 starters are easy: Chris Sale who is going to win the AL Cy Young, maybe even AL MVP, and Drew Pomeranz who may also be a Cy Young Finalist. Now from there, it’s up in the air as to who would finish out the playoff rotation.
Rick Porcello, who started Game 1 a year ago has come crashing back to earth this year after winning the Cy Young last season, and probably would not be trusted to take the mound for a playoff game. Eduardo Rodriguez has not been anywhere near what he was in April and May since returning from an injury. And I think we can all agree we don’t want a healthy David Price anywhere near the mound in the playoffs, never mind an injured one.
So the only option left is a man the Red Sox claimed off waivers to just be an emergency option, Doug Fister. After a rough start to his Red Sox career, Fister has turned in a month of good pitching including one hitting the Cleveland Indians last week. The Red Sox had no intentions of putting this man on their playoff roster now they might have to not only do that, but starting him in Game 3 would be a good option, especially pitching so well against Cleveland, who the Sox could end up seeing again in a rematch of last year. Is this good or a bad thing? Time will tell.