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The Odd Squad

The Red Sox 25-man roster for the ALDS is almost set; just one spot remains that will go to either Lenny DiNardo or Jeremi Gonzalez. My pick would be Gonzalez, who has been one of the unsung heroes of the season with his 56 innings of work with a 4.50 K/9 and 1.75 K/BB. DiNardo pitched only 14.2 innings, so his gaudy 9.20 K/9 and 2.50 K/BB is misleading. Terry Francona has opted for a 10-man pitching staff because of Bronson Arroyo’s ability to pitch on short rest.

  1. Bronson Arroyo
  2. Chad Bradford
  3. Matt Clement
  4. Alex Cora
  5. Johnny Damon
  6. Tony Graffanino
  7. Adam Hyzdu
  8. Alejandro Machado
  9. Kevin Millar
  10. Doug Mirabelli
  11. Bill Mueller
  12. Mike Myers
  13. Trot Nixon
  14. John Olerud
  15. David Ortiz
  16. Jonathan Papelbon
  17. Manny Ramirez
  18. Edgar Renteria
  19. Curt Schillling
  20. Mike Timlin
  21. Jason Varitek
  22. Tim Wakefield
  23. David Wells
  24. Kevin Youkilis

I’m calling it: Machado will be this year’s Dave Roberts. This utility player was Pawtucket’s Rookie of the Year, plays infield and outfield, is a switch-hitter, and has good speed. I track this player on the Royal Rooters message board and have earnestly hoped for his success since seeing him play back in April.

According to the Boston Herald, Jeremi Gonzalez will be the tenth pitcher. Good call! He pitched 3.1 scoreless innings of relief against the White Sox across three appearances this season, allowing only 2 hits.

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