His emergence as the new force of the staff is confirmed by manager Terry Francona's choice to have him start Game 1. If
you think he appeared to pitch with a mission during his 21-win season, you ain't yet seen him at his most obsessive: He
has a lifetime 5-1 postseason record, with a 1.66 ERA in 11 starts.
As Shakespeare, a noted Red Sox fan, would say, "Wherefore art thou, oh real Pedro?" Martinez's late-season unraveling
was so dramatic, it's hard to remember that, until then, he was pretty much the same old Pedro: 16-5, with a 3.44 ERA.
If it's all in his head, maybe the playoffs is just what Dr. Phil ordered.
Pitches: Fastball, hard curve, cutter, changeup, slider Speed: 78-94 mph
Including him in the Series rotation was an easy call. The 27-year-old traveled down the stretch with Boston's hottest
arm: 5-0 in his last nine starts, with a 3.78 ERA. Either it was the hair, or a coincidence, because he began
streaking when he adopted the Bo Derek look.
The staff's old reliable, Wakefield and his rubber-armed knuckleball are always the wild card in a short series. He'll
start a Fenway Park game, but is liable to pop up in relief before and after. However, Francona may scratch him if its
an elimination game: He staggered to the end of an off-year.
Never the overpowering sort, Washburn has relied on control even more after an injury-interrupted 2003 season. After
missing all of August with a ribcage injury, he did return in September with his most consistent month of the season. A
battler who'll get the most out of what he has on a given day.
Formerly one of baseball's prime heat throwers, Colon's maturation into a pitcher has been impressive. He'll pace
himself, no longer into chalking up triple-digit radar readings, but can still reach back for the white-heat stuff when
he needs it. Being backed by a deep bullpen, without the need to extend himself, has also helped.
Pitches: Four-seam and two-seam fastball, slider, changeup Speed: 86-98 mph
Yes, this is the same guy who had 38 saves for Toronto a couple of years ago. His varied repertoire is ideally suited to
starting, and the Angels finished the project begun by the Blue Jays in 2003. May have supplanted Colon as the hardest
thrower in the league.
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