Making his weekly appearance on Kirk & Callahan on Thursday morning, Curt Schilling said he believes the Red Sox matchup well against their likely opponent in the ALDS in the Indians. To hear the interview, go to the Kirk & Callahan audio on demand page.

Curt Schilling

Curt Schilling

Making his weekly appearance on Kirk & Callahan on Thursday morning, Curt Schilling said he believes the Red Sox matchup well against their likely opponent in the ALDS in the Indians. To hear the interview, go to the Kirk & Callahan audio on demand page.

The Red Sox in all likelihood will be the No. 2 seed in the American League and have homefield advantage against the Indians in the ALDS. Schilling believes given the Indians’ question marks with their rotation, the Red Sox will have an “enormous mismatch.”

“I think right now that is a potentially enormous mismatch,” Schilling said. “Given the amount of injuries Cleveland has suffered. You’re looking at [Zach] McAllister then [Josh] Tomlin. If you don’t have a pitcher on the mound who can make a hitter swing and miss, the Red Sox I think are going to bury you. I don’t think this is an offense — you cannot be a contact guy. This is very much like ’04 from the standpoint of offensively. That is why Cleveland initially was going to be a tough matchup because of the amount of the power arms at the top of the rotation with [Danny] Salazar and some of the other guys. Tomlin has had a good year, but look at the numbers. If you’re going to put a guy on the mound that relies on contact to beat you, I think the Red Sox are going to destroy any staff that does that.”

Schilling is already starting to look ahead to a potential Red Sox-Cubs World Series, but notes just how good the Cubs’ pitching is.

“If you look at the numbers, it’s a no-brainer: it’s the Cubs and the Red Sox,” Schilling said. “Both of them can mash like no one else in the playoffs. Offensively they are both the best in the league, but the similarities end there. You look at what the Cubs are going to run out there — [Jon] Lester, [Kyle] Hendricks, [Jake] Arrieta and [John] Lackey. I was looking across the American League. Is there a team in the American League you don’t want to see?”

One of the question marks for the Red Sox is how will some of their players perform in the postseason given their history, like David Price who has never won a playoff game as a starter. Schilling said he never looked at the postseason as having extra pressure like some players do now.

“I don’t know what the pressure thing is,” he said. “What I remember about October was right after Sunday’s game, it’s like the All-Star break. The clock resets and it’s kind of like a gigantic kind of exhale moment where OK, now it gets fun. Now it gets exciting. I never looked at that as pressure. I mean, I’ll tell you this, the first two rounds of the postseason are like a million tons of pressure compared to the World Series. The World Series is always fun, I thought. The playoffs, until you get there, it’s pressure.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Henry Owens

Henry Owens

The Red Sox and Yankees will face each other for the final time in the regular season on Thursday night. The Sox will send Henry Owens to the mound, while the Yankees will counter with veteran left-hander CC Sabathia.

Owens is 10-7 with a 3.53 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP in 24 starts with Triple-A Pawtucket. With the Sox this year, the southpaw is 0-1 with a 7.79 ERA and a 2.13 WHIP in four starts. Owens will be making the start in place of Drew Pomeranz, who will not make any more starts this season because of forearm soreness.

Owens’ last start in the majors was on Aug. 21. In that outing, the 24-year-old threw five innings, allowing eight runs, six hits (two home runs) and five walks with six strikeouts in a 10-5 loss to the Tigers.

“I worked tirelessly trying to command the fastball and I’ve been better lately, so I’m not going to be negative here, I’m going to continue to be positive and work hard and try to find that consistency,” Owens said after that game (via MLB.com).

Against the Yankees, Owens is 0-2 with an 8.53 ERA and a 1.816 WHIP in three starts. He last saw New York on April 29, pitching six innings and giving up eight runs, six runs, five walks and six strikeouts in a 4-2 Sox win.

CC Sabathia

CC Sabathia

Sabathia is 8-12 with a 4.02 ERA and a 1.340 WHIP in 29 starts. On Saturday the 36-year-old pitched seven scoreless innings but did not factor into the decision after allowing, four hits and three walks with two strikeouts in an eventual 3-0 loss to the Blue Jays.

Against the Sox, Sabathia is 12-13 with a 4.59 ERA and a 1.368 WHIP in 34 starts. This season against Boston, Sabathia is 0-1 with a 6.97 ERA and a 2.226 WHIP in two starts. His last start vs. Boston was on Sept. 18. In that outing, he threw five innings, allowing four runs, eight hits and three walks and five strikeouts in a 5-4 Sox win.

Red Sox vs. Sabathia (LHP)

David Ortiz (81 plate appearances): .219 AVG./.284 SLG/.342 OPS, 3 doubles, 2 home runs, 7 RBIs, 5 walks, 17 strikeouts

Dustin Pedroia (74): .262/.351/.308, 3 doubles, 3 RBIs, 8 walks, 15 strikeouts

Aaron Hill (37): .152/.243/.303, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 3 walks, 7 strikeouts

Xander Bogaerts (24): .125/.417/.188, 1 double, 1 RBI, 8 walks, 4 strikeouts

Jackie Bradley Jr. (22): .235/.409/.235, 1 RBI, 4 walks, 8 strikeouts

Ryan Hanigan (16): .375/.375/.625, 1 double, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts

Mookie Betts (13): .455/.462/.455, 2 RBIs, 1 walk

Hanley Ramirez (13): .154/.154/.385, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 2 strikeouts

Travis Shaw is 2-for-6 with 1 strikeout.

Chris Young is 1-for-5 with 1 walk and 3 strikeouts.

Sandy Leon is 3-for-5 with 1 home run and 4 RBIs.

Bryan Holaday is 2-for-3 with 1 double, 1 walk and 1 strikeout.

Brock Holt is 0-for-2 with 1 walk and 1 strikeout.

Deven Marrero is 1-for-2.

Yankees vs. Owens (LHP)

Jacoby Ellsbury is 1-for-4 with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.

Brett Garnder is 2-for-4 with 1 RBI, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts.

Did Gregorius is 1-for-4 with 2 strikeouts.

Chase Headley is 1-for-4 with 1 walk.

Brian McCann is 0-for-5 with 1 strikeout.

Mark Teixeira is 1-for-4 with 1 RBI, 1 walk and 1 strikeout.

Starlin Castro is 2-for-2 with 1 triple.

Blog Author: 
John Hand
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Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, who is in line to serve as the team's No. 1 starter heading into the postseason. Porcello offers insight in terms of how previous playoff experiences have shaped him heading into this October, while going into detail how he plans on preparing for these starts. The righty also talks about an interesting change he made this season on days he doesn't pitch.

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