Jon Lester is the Red Sox’ starter tonight, but given that this is basically a must-win game, it could be one of those games where the starter has a short (read: non-existent) leash. If Lester doesn’t have his mojo, where does Terry Francona turn? How about to Clay Buchholz?
That’s the possibility raised by WEEI.com, who reports that Buchholz, who was originally supposed to pitch an Instructional League game Florida, is going to stay with the team for tonight’s game with the Orioles and could in fact be activated. If he’s activated, you have to figure that he’s the top option for Francona in the event that Lester stumbles.
Buchholz hasn’t pitched in the majors since June. If he’s pitching tonight it could mean that the Red Sox’ season is effectively over. Or it could be the stuff that legends are made of.