RSL Poll: Douby or Demp - Who ends up in the 'pen?

The Guru
Contributing Writer

With Clay Buchholz getting closer every day to a return to the Red Sox starting rotation, that means one of the starters will be headed to the bullpen.

Who's the odd man out?

It won't be Jon Lester. Lester is 4-1 with a 2.31 ERA since the All-Star break.

It can't be Jake Peavy. The Sox traded for the stud starter. Peavy is 2-3 with a 3.31 ERA since joining the Sox.

John Lackey? Lackey has arguably been the Red Sox most consistent pitcher this season at 8-11 with a 3.17 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. His ERA at Fenway Park is 2.07. The second best home ERA for any AL pitcher with at least five starts.

That brings us to Ryan Dempster and Felix Doubront. When Buchholz returns the rotation, likely around September 10, one of the two will have to move to the bullpen.

Ryan Dempster is 6-9 with a 4.77 ERA in 25 starts this year. He's 0-1 in August with an ERA of 7.40. Dempster, who has finsished his 5-game suspension for the A-Rod bean ball, is slated to start Friday against the White Sox. It may very well be Dempster's last chance to prove he belongs in the rotation.

Felix Doubront, coming off Tuesday's win against the Orioles, is now 10-6 with a 3.74 ERA and 129 strike outs in 144 innings. While Doubront can be a little Jekyll-and-Hyde with his performances, in his last five starts he's 3-1 with a 3.91 ERA.

What say you Red Sox Lifer's? One man stays, one man goes.

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