ALDS Game 4: Tampa Bay (Sonnanstine) at Chicago (Floyd), 5:07 p.m.
ALDS Game 4: Los Angeles (Lackey) at Boston (Lester), 8:37 p.m.
The Rays and Red Sox each have 2-1 series leads and can clinch tonight. … Interesting game in Boston as both teams wore their bullpens out last night. Lackey is 2-4, 6.34 in eight career regular-season starts at Fenway Park. His one postseason start there (in 2007) was a loss as he went six innings and allowed four runs. Lackey’s last playoff win was Game 7 of the 2002 Series.
Yankees and Mets fans are all excited because CC Sabathia said yesterday he is open to all teams. What did you expect him to say? The first rule of free agency is to say how much you love New York, whether you actually do or not.
Sabathia will create some interesting debates in front offices across the game.
Should the Brewers change the way they do their business and make him a deal?
Should the Dodgers pay him or Manny?
Should the Giants adds another huge contract after their Barry Zito disaster?
Should the Yankees just wait until everybody has their say and offer $10 million more?
Should the Mets get in the mix?
Should the Angels try and keep Mark Teixeira or go after Sabathia?
Counting the playoffs, Sabathia has thrown 513 innings over the last two seasons. Whoever signs him will dismiss that and talk about what a good athlete he is for his size. But that’s a lot of innings. Make a list of all the long-term contracts for free-agent starters that worked out well. Let’s see there’s … um … Mike Mussina.