October 20, 2004

Who Will Pitch? Arroyo and Wakefield both say that it's Lowe. (So has Tito, apparently.) For New York, the most rested possibilities are Brown, Vazquez and Hernandez.

Pitches. Starts in bold.
Boston         1    2    3    4    5    6

Schilling 58 99
Leskanic 22 13
Mendoza 17
Wakefield 25 64 43
Embree 18 5 14 30 9
Timlin 20 8 37 20
Foulke 5 17 50 22 28
Martinez 113 111
Arroyo 60 17 23
Myers 42 4 4
Lowe 88

New York 1 2 3 4 5 6
Mussina 95 105
Sturtze 7 25 13 14
Gordon 17 16 16 26 19
Rivera 18 23 40 22
Lieber 82 124
Brown 57
Vazquez 96
Quantrill 27 8 13 19
Hernandez 95
Heredia 14 7
Loaiza 59
Part of a transcript of Red Sox doctor Dr. Bill Morgan's WEEI interview today. ... Kenny Lofton on Yankees injuries: "There's a lot of stuff going on with our team that nobody knows about, that we're trying not to let the media know." ... Gordon Edes on the Rodriguez slap: "I thought it was an act of desperation, and surprising coming from him. Clearly, the Yanks are feeling the pressure."

Eric Wilbur, Boston Globe: "There is a Game 7 tonight. Keep saying that and let it sink in. These are unprecedented moments in Red Sox history that we’re witnessing. Everything is going Boston’s way in this ALCS against the Yankees, and not against the Olde Towne Team. They've already overcome a 3-0 deficit, something no team in baseball history has ever done. There are no records for what a team has done in the seventh game after completing such a historic turnaround because again, IT HAS NEVER BEEN DONE."

Karen Guregian, Boston Herald: "For the Yankees, this is no longer just about advancing to the World Series. It's no longer just about continuing to torture their archrivals, and their fans. ... Tonight, in Game 7, it's about saving face. It's about avoiding the biggest choke job baseball has ever witnessed. It's about sparing themselves the embarrassment of living with that dubious label for posterity: losers of a 3-0 lead. No team has ever coughed up that kind of lead in a baseball best-of-seven series. No team has ever come back from that deficit. No team has ever rallied to win from that far behind. Ever."

Thomas Boswell, Washington Post: "What are the stakes now? If the Red Sox, the team synonymous with collapses, misfortune and despair, win Game 7, then, in a blink, the blackest mark in Yankees history will actually be darker than any disgrace in all Boston annals. If the Red Sox somehow win one more game, it won't make up for the last 86 years without a world title, while the Yanks have amassed 26 of them. ... But it will, for at least the next decade, and perhaps the next century, allow every Red Sox fan anywhere to face any New York fan and say, without fear of contradiction, 'How does it feel to root for a team with the biggest payroll ever that has the biggest choke in the history of the game?'"

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