John Farrell: Felix Doubront 'could play a pivotal role in this series'

October 15, 2013 - 11:12 am

DETROIT -- Prior to the start of the American League Championship Series, it was intriguing to note the success of one overlooked bullpen option against the heart of the Tigers order. Left-hander Felix Doubront had held the trio of Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez to a 1-for-15 mark, a performance unmatched by any other Red Sox bullpen member. He added to his resume with a similarly overlooked performance in Game 2 of the ALCS, when he recorded four outs -- including outs against both Fielder and Martinez -- to keep the deficit in check and permit the Red Sox to stage their memorable comeback. Manager John Farrell took notice, to the point where it's possible that the left-hander's role could grow in significance going forward -- particularly given that left-hander Franklin Morales permitted two of the three Rays hitters he faced in his only postseason appearance to reach en route to absorbing the loss in Game 3 of the ALDS. What did Farrell see in Doubront's maiden postseason appearance? "A lot, given it was 15 or so days since he last pitched," said Farrell. "When you past Cabrera in this lineup, left-handers fit this lineup better to keep Victor on the right side of the plate. [Jhonny] Peralta, the way he's swinging the bat, I don't think it's right-handed or left-handed. You have [Alex] Avila, [Don] Kelly and [Andy] Dirks to maybe neutralize a little more. I know we're only two games in, but Felix could play a pivotal role in this series."