September 12, 2004

Fun with Numbers. The Red Sox have won 22 of their last 25 games (and 25 of 30 and 28 of 34). They are 30-9 since the Nomar trade and have not lost on consecutive days since Orlando Cabrera joined the team. ... If Bronson Arroyo wins another game, Boston will have five pitchers with 10 or more victories for the first time since 1977 and only the 12th time in team history. The records right now: Curt Schilling (19-6), Pedro Martinez (16-5), Derek Lowe (14-10), Tim Wakefield (11-9) and Arroyo (9-9).

Schilling will try for his 20th win on Thursday at Fenway against Tampa Bay, meaning that contrary to what I wrote this morning, he will not face the Yankees next weekend. Now the Sox starters in that series look like Arroyo, Lowe and Pedro. ... Lowe will likely have three Gold Glove winners in the infield today: Doug Mientkiewicz, Pokey Reese and Orlando Cabrera. Trot Nixon is also expected in the starting lineup.

Sean McAdam writes that the Red Sox rotation is tentatively set for the rest of the season Martinez will pitch the final game in Tampa on September 29, followed by Wakefield on October 1, Schilling and Arroyo in the October 2 doubleheader and Lowe on October 3, the last game of the season. That would give Martinez the ALDS Game 1 start on Tuesday, October 5, with five days rest."

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