|Game 4 Bullpens: Unrested but ready?||10.06.08 at 5:36 pm ET|
Red Sox relievers absorbed seven innings of labor in the Game 3 marathon, while their Halos counterparts produced a colossal 22 outs. It seems safe to suggest that both bullpens will have that not-so-fresh feeling today.
Sox manager Terry Francona said that he expects everyone in his bullpen to be available. This is, after all, October, when pitchers are asked to assume a larger burden than is the case in the regular season. But clearly, some of the Sox relievers would be traveling in relatively uncharted waters if they end up pitching tonight.
Here is a breakdown of the performances by Sox relievers when pitching on back-to-back days in the regular season:
Manny Delcarmen: He pitched on back-to-back days 12 times in the regular season. Delcarmen had a 4.97 ERA in the second game, as compared to a 3.27 ERA overall. He threw 25 pitches in Game 3 of the ALDS, just shy of his season high of 30. He once pitched the day after throwing 26 pitches in a game.
Javy Lopez: Had zero days of rest in 19 games this year, forging a 3.95 ERA (compared a 2.43 overall mark) in those games. He threw 20 pitches on Sunday. His season high for pitches was 37, and he once returned to the mound the day after throwing 25 pitches.
Justin Masterson: Following his mid-year conversion to the bullpen, he pitched on back-to-back days just twice, and had a 5.40 ERA (compared to a 2.36 mark as a reliever). He threw just 16 pitches in Game 3, less than half of his season high as a reliever (34). He once pitched the day after throwing 12 pitches in a game.
Hideki Okajima: He pitched in back-to-back games a dozen times, and thrived when doing so. He had a perfect 0.00 when getting zero days of rest, as compared to an overall 2.61 mark. He threw 17 pitches in Game 3, less than half of his single-game high of 35 this year. He once pitched the day after throwing 23 pitches.
Jonathan Papelbon: The Sox closer threw without rest in 17 games this year, posting a 2.00 ERA that was slightly better than his overall 2.34 mark. He threw 31 pitches over two innings in Game 3, nearly matching his season high of 33 pitches. He once pitched the day after throwing 23 pitches this year.
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