CLEVELAND -- Things looked fine for the Boston Red Sox when Josh Beckett blew the Cleveland Indians away in Game One. But the Tribe has won two straight now and the Sox are throwing Tim Wakefield in Game Four -- even though he hasn't pitched since Sept. 29 and Beckett, who threw only 80 pitches, could come back on three days rest.
And that's just part of Boston's problem. Daisuke Matsuzaka (left) again proved that his $103 million wasn't much of an investment by failing to get out of the fifth for the second straight time this month. The offense has suddenly cooled, scoring just two runs in the last 15 innings. David Ortiz's knee is clearly hurting him and it seems that only Ortiz (right), Manny Ramirez and Mike Lowell are capable of driving in many runs.
The way the Cleveland bullpen is pitching, that's easier said than done. The Red Sox went basically wire-to-wire in the AL East this season and destroyed the Angels in the division series. Now their hopes in the ALCS might rest with a 41-year-old knuckleballer. They haven't dealt with a crisis this deep all season. It will be interesting to see how they react Tuesday night.
Sox fans, I know you're out there squirming over this one. Is your confidence shaken? Do you believe in Wakefield or should Beckett be on the mound tonight?
(Photos: Associated Press)