Wake In, Penny Possibly Out
According to Adam Kilgore of the Boston Globe, Tim Wakefield will start for the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday as the Sox take on the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park. With Wakefield back in the rotation means either Brad Penny or Junichi Tazawa will be the odd man out of the starting five.
After giving up 10 hits and eight runs in four innings, Penny looks to be the person on the move. Where that will be is still yet to be determined. It could hinge on the effectiveness of Junichi Tazawa today against the Yankees, to see whether or not Tazawa or Penny will fill the last spot in the Sox rotation.
Penny has won one of his past 11 starts with Boston and for a pitcher that features mainly just one pitch for a strike, the bottom line is that Penny just can’t get it done in the AL East. A la John Smoltz, maybe it’s best for Theo Epstein and Terry Francona to give up on the reclamation projects and cut another fish, like Penny, loose.
If the Red Sox can make by with Tazawa or possibly, Penny, until Daisuake Matsuzaka comes back, Boston could be a danger as the wildcard in the playoffs. But than again, there may be too many “ifs” in that sentence and the Red Sox future.