According to ESPN.com, Scott Kazmir will be starting Game 5 tomorrow versus the Red Sox. Why? Because Rays manager Joe Maddon is conceding the game to Boston.
Shields will be pushed back to Game 6, if needed, Maddon said, because he wants Shields to pitch at home, where he is “very good.”
Strange to be shuffling your rotation when you have the OTHER team on the ropes. But if Maddon thinks the Rays have no shot against the Sox in Game 5, well, I can’t argue with that. If I were a Rays fan, however, I’d question why their manager plans to lose a game that could send them to the World Series.
I wondered when the Rays would start acting like a team that’s never been in this position before.
If Maddon were really smart, he’d save Shields for game 7, since “Big Game” is very good in those kinds of situations.