“We fully expect he (Clay Buchholz) and Jake (Peavy) to be pitching (over) the weekend in St. Louis,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
“The way John came out of his game over in Detroit, and not allowing too many days of rest to get away from that previous start of his. So those are the primary — that’s the primary reason to get John back in there in Game 2.”’
As of yesterday, Farrell said the Red Sox will use the same 25-man roster in the World Series that is has used throughout the entire postseason.
Nava on bench
It seems as though the Red Sox will start right-handed batting Jonny Gomes in left field for Game against the right-handed Wainwright.
That would leave switch-hitting Daniel Nava — who batted .322 average vs. right-handed pitchers (seventh in the AL this year) — on the bench.
Nava isn’t sweating his platoon role and has changed his approach.
“It hasn’t really changed for me because of what happened in the past when I first got called up,” Nava said. “That was my role. And that really helped me just to get prepared and knowing roughly what inning I’m going to get ready for — physically ready and mentally knowing that at any point you can go in. The bench coaches obviously do a great job at least for me communicating, ‘Hey, be ready, you might be going in in this situation.’ Give me a little heads up. That helps a lot.
Nava joked he always has to be ready because right fielder Shane Victorino might get hurt one of the 50 times he’s hit by a pitch each game.
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