So, now, the Red Sox will be throwing Yankee-killer Tim Wakefield on 10/1 at Fenway, against Randy Johnson, instead of Curt Schilling (who will throw the next day).
This could be interesting. Wakefield is 38. He’s already logged 213.3 IP this season – the most that he’s done since 1998. And, as far as I can tell, in the last three regular seasons, from 2003 through 2005, he’s never been asked to throw as a starter on three-days rest.
Yes, Wakefield does not have the “strain” that most pitchers do – because of what he throws. Still, it will be interesting to see if shorter rest, age, and season-workload perhaps impact him in some way.
Put it this way, as a Yankees fan, I’d rather face Tim under these conditions than have him under normal ones. Anything that could help New York, is a good thing.