If starting pitcher John Lackey and the Boston Red Sox can’t close out the St. Louis Cardinals in game 6 Wednesday night, the Red Sox will likely turn to veteran pitcher Jake Peavy in game 7.
Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters Peavy is “as of now” the game 7 starter.
Tony Lee of ESPN Boston has the story:
Farrell left the door open for changes depending on how Game 6 progresses Wednesday night at Fenway Park with the Red Sox ahead in the series 3-2. Peavy has struggled in his past two postseason outings, and the Red Sox figure to have all hands on deck if the teams meet in a winner-take-all scenario Thursday.
The Red Sox acquired Peavy in a three-team deal with the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox just before the 2013 trade deadline. They sent shortstop Jose Iglesias to the Tigers.
Peavy was solid during the regular season (12-5, 4.17 ERA), but has struggled in the postseason. Peavy has an ERA of 7.11 in three postseason starts. He gave up two runs and lasted just four innings in Boston’s game 3 loss to the Cardinals.