Southstandah's preview of tonight's matchup:
The Former Arvada West Wildcat had a career high 130 pitches in a 4-2 loss to the Indians on August 9. To make up the 130 pitches in 6 2/3 innings of work, Halladay has been given an extra day of rest to get ready for the Red Sox. The 6 2/3 innings was a short outing for Halladay, since June 20 he has had 7 games of 7 innings of work or more, including two complete games wins. The 2003 AL CY Young winner is 10-11 lifetime against the Red Sox, with an ERA of 4.66 in 34 career games.
This will be the former Indians first start as a Red Sox, but he is no stranger to Fenway as he was the starting pitcher Game seven of the ALCS for the Tribe last October. Coming into today’s game Byrd is 4-0 since the All Star Game, and has a 1.24 ERA in those games. With Buchholz struggling and Tim Wakefield and Bartolo Colon on the Disabled List, his durable arm, and veteran leadership, might just make the difference in the stretch run to the pennant.