Red Sox manager John Farrell said on WEEI’s Salk & Holley show that the Sox would be inclined to carry 11 pitchers on their postseason roster in a best-of-five American League Division Series. He would not say whether Ryan Dempster and Felix Doubront might be considerations for the bullpen in the postseason, but he did offer some insight into the likely shape of his roster to kick off the postseason.
“Everything points to us going with 11 pitchers,” said Farrell. “So we just by virtue of the schedule are going to drop down to four starters. That’s going to cause some decisions. … We’ll get to that point in due time.”
He added that he would like to see any starters who will be moved to the bullpen for the postseason work in relief prior to the conclusion of the regular season.
“That would be ideal,” said Farrell. “If it’s one of the starters that we have going to the bullpen, I think it’s in that pitcher’s best interests to also get a couple of appearances out of the bullpen to reacclimate or acclimate to that role. We’ve got some time here in the last 10 days.”
Farrell also touched on a number of additional points. Among them:
– He suggested that he did not anticipate a significant celebration for the clinching of a postseason berth. If the team does lock up the American League East, however, that would be another matter.
“Our stated goal in spring training was to win the division,” said Farrell. “Just getting in, there will be an acknowledgement and maybe something we’ll share as a group, but I would not want that to be the pinnacle, by any means.”
– Farrell did not subscribe to the notion that seeing the epic streaks of Koji Uehara — his 37 straight batters retired and 30 1/3 scoreless innings — come to an end prior to the playoffs might be a good thing.
“No. I will argue that to the Nth degree, because if he doesn’t put a guy on last night, maybe we win that game,” said Farrell. “We’re fortunate that [GM Ben Cherington] signed him in the offseason. What he meant to this team in the second half, you can argue that it’s maybe the most important role on this team.”
– Farrell said that Shane Victorino‘s route to the triple by Danny Valencia off of Uehara, which ended the closer’s streak of perfection, wasn’t perfect. However, he also added that he has full confidence in Victorino as a center fielder at times when Jacoby Ellsbury is not available. At the same time, the manager suggested that the team’s most impactful outfield combination features Ellsbury in center and Victorino in right.
“Shane has been a very good center fielder for a number of years,” said Farrell. “[But] when we have Jacoby in center and Shane in right, you can make the argument that that’s the best defensive outfield in the game.”
We had an impromptu visit from Peter King from SI / MMQB to our Fenway Studios and decided to talk some NFL and Patriots with him.
Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball with his very outspoken father Lavar Ball. The guys touch on the Celtics, his feud with his sons' high school coach, Lonzo being better than Steph Curry and much more.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox left fielder, who had five hits in the Sox win in Baltimore.
Rob Bradford is joined by both Lou Merloni and Curt Schilling to discuss the recent controversy involving Manny Machado, Dustin Pedroia, Matt Barnes and their respective teams. The two former major leagues offer insight to how baseball handles (and should handle) hitting batters as an act of revenge, with their own stories of involving similar situations as the one that unfolded in Baltimore. They also break down the decision to take Chris Sale out of his last start after eight innings. The former pitcher and batter cover it all from every angle.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after he provided the big hit in the 10th inning driving in 3 runs as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 4-1. Mookie talks about playing behind a pitcher like Chris Sale, and the amount of strikeouts from Sale lightens his work in the outfield.
Hour 4. The guys think the Globe was looking for more with Brady, possibly a Trump connection. Crazy Al joins the show multiple times.
Hour 3. Gerry and Mut defend Brady while Kirk thinks it’s a little suspicious. Callers weigh in on the Tome Brady piece. Climate marches are taking place across the country.
Hour 2. Gerry, Kirk, and Mut discuss the Celtics win against the Bulls and continue their conversation about Brady and Best Buddies. Headlines with Kirk features a new accusation against Sean Hannity.
Hour 3 - The guys talk about the rivalry that is building between the Sox and Orioles as Matt Barnes threw at Manny Machado's head. They also talk about Pedroia's actions during the game and his comments after the game.
Hour 2 - The guys talk about the Boston Globe article attacking Tom Brady and his charity work. Pete Abe's is an idiot saying his twitter account was hacked but in fact he is just an ass man.
Hour 1 - Glenn, Lou, and Christian react to the Bruins losing another overtime game and being knocked out of the playoffs by the Senators. They also talk about the Celtics and Bulls series and how the Celtics were able to win another game in Chicago.
Last two hours focused on our winter teams as they struggle in their first round match-ups.
Finish out the week on Freestyle Friday talking mostly about the Aaron Hernandez suicide and how it will affect his family in hour #2.
Hour One of freestyle Friday focused mostly on the Celtics and their matchup vs the now Rondo-less Bulls.
Kirk Minihane, Springsteen super fan, is joined by Garry W. Tallent, founding member of the E Street Band. Kirk and Garry talk about what it's like on tour with Bruce, how the band goes about selecting songs for the tour, Garry's projects away from the band, and Garry's upcoming solo tour that will bring him to the New England area.
Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
Christian Fauria and Dr Gill talk about the beginning of the Baseball season. Why players need as much time as they do to get ready for the season, and what they should be doing in their offseason.
Ken & Chris are back at the postgame recaps after a Monday K&C with Mut.
Danny talks about the Red Sox and Orioles game and the fireworks in the 8th inning when Matt Barnes threw at Manny Machado. Pedroia was shown talking to Machado saying he wouldn't have thrown at his head and Danny wants to know how bad does this make Pedroia look throwing a teammate under the bus.More from this show
Michele McPhee joins Kirk, Gerry, and Alex to talk about Hernandez’s suicide and the accusation that she may have contributed to his suicide.More from this show
Hour 1. Mut joins Kirk and Gerry. The guys can’t believe neither Boston newspaper covered the Hernandez sexuality story. Over the weekend, the Globe’s Bob Hohler wrote a slanted piece about Tom Brady’s work with charity.More from this show
Hour 4. While discussing what kind of music Aaron Hernandez may have liked, the guys realize they hate musicals. Robert Kennedy Jr. has voice spasms. The week ends with a tragedy.More from this show