Tonight marks the beginning of Tim Wakefield’s 16th season as a Boston Red Sox. The 43-year-old right-handed knuckleballer will start his 422nd game tonight, 389th in a Red Sox uniform. He is 11 wins away from grabbing his 200th career win and only 18 away from being the Sox all-time leader.
This year’s spring training brought a lot of uncertainty for Wakefield though. Wakefield is coming off his first All-Star season in 18 major league seasons, but he also coming off of off-season back surgery to repair a herniated disk that kept him out for the better part of 2009. The question remains, does he still have what it takes to earn a spot in the starting five? Or will Terry Francona be forced to move him to the bullpen due to the abundance of starters on the Red Sox roster?
These questions were temporarily erased when Daisuke Matsuzaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list to begin the season. Tim Wakefield now has a chance to prove he deserves a spot in the starting five rotation. He will get the nod tonight against Kansas City Royal, Kyle Davies, to kick off a six game road trip for the Sox.
First pitch is at 8:05 PM. Good Luck to our Wicked Knucklah!