John Farrell on Salk & Holley: Jon Lester expected to start Game 1, Red Sox to determine rotation thereafter

October 09, 2013 - 6:54 pm
Red Sox manager John Farrell, in his weekly interview on WEEI's Salk & Holley show, said that left-hander Jon Lester will "probably lead off" as the Sox' Game 1 starter in the American League Championship Series, the same spot he occupied in the American League Division Series against the Rays when he allowed two runs on three hits in seven innings for a win. However, Farrell suggested that the Sox were still deciding the order of the potential rotation behind Lester, with the identity of the team's ALCS opponent -- the Tigers or Athletics -- leaving some question about who will start at home in Game 2 and who will pitch after that. "After we go from [Lester], I think we'll take a look at things as we move forward," Farrell said. While the Red Sox used John Lackey as their Game 2 starter in the first round due to his considerable success at home (6-3, 2.47 ERA at Fenway; 4-10, 4.48 ERA on the road), Farrell noted that the fact that Lackey has enjoyed a long track record of strong performances in Oakland (seven innings and two runs in a win this year; 9-5, 2.83 ERA in Coliseum in 18 career starts) could be a factor in deciding how to deploy the starters in the next round of the playoffs. (Lackey is 4-1 with a 3.83 ERA in six career starts in Detroit.) To listen to the complete interview, click here.