Game 7 pitchers: How they stack up

Who's ready and who's weary? A pitcher-by-pitcher look at the Red Sox and Yankee staffs entering Game 7.

Updated: October 20, 2004, 5:50 PM ET
By Tom Candiotti | ESPN.com

Who's ready? Who's weary? Who's on the line for Game 7?

Because there's no tomorrow, both managers will have a quick hook in Tuesday night's ALCS Game 7 between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. This is want it's all about, and virtually every pitcher will be available ... after all, there are six months to heal.

Let's take a quick look at the Boston and New York pitching staffs, with their ALCS workloads:

Boston Red Sox

Pitcher Workload Game 7 Status

Bronson Arroyo
Gm. 1: DNP
Gm. 2: DNP
Gm. 3: 2 IP, 60 pitches
Gm. 4: DNP
Gm. 5: 1 IP, 17 pitches
Gm. 6: 1 IP, 23 pitches
Total: 4 IP, 100 pitches
Arroyo pitched in Games 5 and 6, so he might be used as a situational righty earlier in the game against someone like Alex Rodriguez or Gary Sheffield.

Alan Embree
Gm. 1: 1 IP, 18 pitches
Gm. 2: 2/3 IP, 5 pitches
Gm. 3: 1/3 IP, 14 pitches
Gm. 4: 1 2/3 IP, 30 pitches
Gm. 5: 2/3 IP, 9 pitches
Gm. 6: DNP
Total: 4 1/3 IP, 76 pitches
Embree could be used against a tough lefty bat, like Hideki Matsui or Ruben Sierra, or to turn a switch-hitter like Jorge Posada around (although I'd rather see Bernie Williams, another switch-hitter, hit as a lefty).

Keith Foulke
Gm. 1: 1/3 IP, 5 pitches
Gm. 2: 2/3 IP, 17 pitches
Gm. 3: DNP
Gm. 4: 2 2/3 IP, 50 pitches
Gm. 5: 1 1/3 IP, 22 pitches
Gm. 6: 1 IP, 28 pitches
Total: 6 IP, 122 pitches
Foulke will be available, but probably for only one inning because he's really been taxed with a huge workload in in this ALCS (100 IP in past three days).

Curtis Leskanic
Gm. 1: 1 IP, 22 pitches
Gm. 2: DNP
Gm. 3: 1/3 IP, 15 pitches
Gm. 4: 1 1/3 IP, 13 pitches
Gm. 5: DNP
Gm. 6: DNP
Total: 2 2/3 IP, 50 pitches
If starter Derek Lowe gets knocked out early, Leskanic might be the first guy out of the bullpen as part of a long-relief committee.

Derek Lowe
Gm. 1: DNP
Gm. 2: DNP
Gm. 3: DNP
Gm. 4: 5 1/3 IP, 88 pitches
Gm. 5: DNP
Gm. 6: DNP
Total: 5 1/3 IP, 88 pitches
The Game 7 starter is going on just two days rest, so the Sox will be happy to get five innings out of Lowe. He's thrown just 10 2/3 innings since Sept. 23.

Pedro Martinez
Gm. 1: DNP
Gm. 2: 6 IP, 113 pitches
Gm. 3: DNP
Gm. 4: DNP
Gm. 5: 6 IP, 111 pitches
Gm. 6: DNP
Total: 12 IP, 224 pitches
I wouldn't be surprised to see Pedro pitch tonight in relief. He was a setup reliever with the Dodgers when I was his teammate in '93, and he pitched great out of the pen in the deciding Game 5 in the '99 ALDS vs the Indians (he started Game 7 last year).

Ramiro Mendoza
Gm. 1: 1 IP, 17 pitches
Gm. 2: DNP
Gm. 3: 1 IP, 20 pitches
Gm. 4: DNP
Gm. 5: DNP
Gm. 6: DNP
Total: 2 IP, 37 pitches
If Lowe gets in trouble early, Mendoza is another option (besides Leskanic or one of the starters). Mendoza also could be used in extra innings as needed.

Mike Myers
Gm. 1: DNP
Gm. 2: DNP
Gm. 3: 2 IP, 42 pitches
Gm. 4: 0 IP, 4 pitches
Gm. 5: 1/3 IP, 4 pitches
Gm. 6: DNP
Total: 2 1/3 IP, 50 pitches
The submariner will be available as a situational lefty against Matsui or Sierra.

Curt Schilling
Gm. 1: 3 IP, 58 pitches
Gm. 2: DNP
Gm. 3: DNP
Gm. 4: DNP
Gm. 5: DNP
Gm. 6: 7 IP, 99 pitches
Total: 10 IP, 157 pitches
Unavailable in Game 7 after his gutsy Game 6 victory.

Mike Timlin
Gm. 1: 2/3 IP, 20 pitches
Gm. 2: 2/3 IP, 8 pitches
Gm. 3: DNP
Gm. 4: 1 IP, 37 pitches
Gm. 5: 1 2/3 IP, 20 pitches
Gm. 6: DNP
Total: 4 IP, 85 pitches
I expect Timlin to be used in the middle innings as needed, maybe for an inning or two beginning with the fifth or sixth (if Lowe goes that long). If the Sox need a ground ball in the middle innings, Timlin is a good man for the job.

Tim Wakefield
Gm. 1: 1 IP, 25 pitches
Gm. 2: DNP
Gm. 3: 3 1/3 IP, 64 pitches
Gm. 4: DNP
Gm. 5: 3 IP, 43 pitches
Gm. 6: DNP
Total: 7 1/3 IP, 132 pitches
If the Red Sox need Wakefield to go one inning or five innings, he'll be there. He's got that kind of heart and he's got that kind of pitch. He also could be used if the game goes extra innings. That's one of the X-factors of having a knuckleball pitcher on your staff.

New York Yankees

Pitcher Workload Game 7 Status

Kevin Brown
Gm. 1: DNP
Gm. 2: DNP
Gm. 3: 2 IP, 57 pitches
Gm. 4: DNP
Gm. 5: DNP
Gm. 6: DNP
Total: 2 IP, 57 pitches
I expect to see a special performance from the Game 7 starter. Brown thrives in big-game situations, and he'll be primed. I think he feels some responsibility for missing time after breaking his left hand with that ill-advised punch. What better way to make amends than an ALCS-clinching win?

Tom Gordon
Gm. 1: 2/3 IP, 17 pitches
Gm. 2: 2/3 IP, 16 pitches
Gm. 3: 1 IP, 17 pitches
Gm. 4: 2 IP, 26 pitches
Gm. 5: 2/3 IP, 19 pitches
Gm. 6: DNP
Total: 5 IP, 95 pitches
I see Gordon staying in his usual set-up role for closer Mariano Rivera. Gordon has thrown in eight of the 10 Yankee playoff games since Oct. 5.

Felix Heredia
Gm. 1: DNP
Gm. 2: DNP
Gm. 3: DNP
Gm. 4: DNP
Gm. 5: 1/3 IP, 14 pitches
Gm. 6: DNP
Total: 1/3 IP, 14 pitches
Heredia could serve as a situational lefty, but I get the sense that Torre doesn't have much confidence in him. I'm shocked that GM Brian Cashman didn't address the need for a lefty in the bullpen to match up with David Ortiz, Trot Nixon and other Sox lefties.

Orlando Hernandez
Gm. 1: DNP
Gm. 2: DNP
Gm. 3: DNP
Gm. 4: 5 IP, 95 pitches
Gm. 5: DNP
Gm. 6: DNP
Total: 5 IP, 95 pitches
If Brown isn't effective early, Hernandez might be the first guy out of the bullpen. His unusual motion and curveball make him tough on Boston's best right-handed hitters (think Manny Ramirez).

Jon Lieber
Gm. 1: DNP
Gm. 2: 7 IP, 82 pitches
Gm. 3: DNP
Gm. 4: DNP
Gm. 5: DNP
Gm. 6: 7 1/3 IP, 124 pitches
Total: 14 1/3 IP, 206 pitches
Unavailable in Game 7 after his loss in Game 6.

Esteban Loaiza
Gm. 1: DNP
Gm. 2: DNP
Gm. 3: DNP
Gm. 4: DNP
Gm. 5: 3 1/3 IP, 59 pitches
Gm. 6: DNP
Total: 3 1/3 IP, 59 pitches
Loaiza could be in the mix with El Duque as one of the first long relievers out of the bullpen, depending on Brown's effectiveness. Loaiza did a great job in Game 5, even though he gave up the game-winning hit to David Ortiz (I'm surprised the Yankees pitched to Ortiz, by the way).

Mike Mussina
Gm. 1: 6 2/3 IP, 95 pitches
Gm. 2: DNP
Gm. 3: DNP
Gm. 4: DNP
Gm. 5: 6 IP, 105 pitches
Gm. 6: DNP
Total: 12 2/3 IP, 200 pitches
I expect Game 5 starter Mussina to be an emergency guy if the game goes extra innings. Remember, Mussina came in on two days rest and relieved Roger Clemens in Game 7 last year.

Paul Quantrill
Gm. 1: DNP
Gm. 2: DNP
Gm. 3: 1 2/3 IP, 27 pitches
Gm. 4: 0 IP, 8 pitches
Gm. 5: 1 IP, 13 pitches
Gm. 6: 2/3 IP, 19 pitches
Total: 3 IP, 67 pitches
Quantrill's role has been the setup man for Gordon, but if all goes according to plan for the Yankees, El Duque could serve that role in Game 7. If Brown goes five or six, I believe El Duque will take it to Gordon. Quantrill has thrown in four straight games.

Mariano Rivera
Gm. 1: 1 1/3 IP, 18 pitches
Gm. 2: 1 1/3 IP, 23 pitches
Gm. 3: DNP
Gm. 4: 2 IP, 40 pitches
Gm. 5: 2 IP, 22 pitches
Gm. 6: DNP
Total: 6 2/3 IP, 103 pitches
Rivera is rested so he's ready to go two innings in Game 7. Having a fresh closer is a big edge for the Yankees. I don't count Rivera's second blown save in Game 5 (it really was Gordon's). If you're the Yankees, you can live with a Game 7 loss if Rivera is on the mound.

Tanyon Sturtze
Gm. 1: 1/3 IP, 7 pitches
Gm. 2: DNP
Gm. 3: DNP
Gm. 4: 2 IP, 25 pitches
Gm. 5: 1/3 IP, 13 pitches
Gm. 6: 2/3 IP, 14 pitches
Total: 3 1/3 IP, 59 pitches
I don't see the Yankees using Sturtze in Game 7. I believe starters like El Duque, Loaiza and Vazquez will take precedence over Sturtze.

Javier Vazquez
Gm. 1: DNP
Gm. 2: DNP
Gm. 3: 4 1/3 IP, 96 pitches
Gm. 4: DNP
Gm. 5: DNP
Gm. 6: DNP
Total: 4 1/3 IP, 96 pitches
Vazquez is another long-relief option if Brown falters. If Brown goes five-plus, Vazquez would be available for extra innings.

Tom Candiotti provides analysis for select ESPN Major League Baseball coverage, working at various games throughout the season. Candiotti joined ESPN's baseball coverage team in 2001, shortly after closing the door on his 17-year pitching career.

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