Friday, September 12, 2008

Tim Wakefield bounced back from his disasterous 1.2 inning start against the Rangers last weekend by coming up huge tonight. Wake went 8 shutout innings to lead the Sox to a 7-0 win over the white-hot Blue Jays. Wake's start was doubly important, as it saved the bullpen with a doubleheader coming up tomorrow. The Sox pick up 1/2 game on the rained out Rays, who will be playing a twin bill of their own at Yankee Stadium tomorrow.

The rest of the series should prove interesting. Cito Gaston is taking a last minute run at the wild card and is putting his three best pitchers, Roy Halladay, A.J. Burnett and Jesse Litsch out on the mound on short rest this weekend. Burnett and Litsch will both go on three days rest in Saturday's doubleheader and Halladay will go with three days on Sunday.

Now, Halladay is a throwback who would be right at home with a starting rotation that included Bob Gibson or Whitey Ford as far as throwing complete games goes (his 8 so far this year are more than all but two other teams), so pitching on short rest shouldn't be a huge problem. However, Litsch and Burnett aren't used to pitching this way, and history has shown that in many instances the results aren't good. We'll see if Cito's gamble pays off this weekend.


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