If Not Bruce Chen Thursday, Then Who?

Remember all that Super Fun Talk about the Red Sox trading for Bruce Chen, just in case they have to play the Rays tomorrow in a one-game playoff?

Apparently we're not going to be that lucky.

Source: #RedSox have given up trying to make trade for starting pitcher. Should there be play-in game, starter will come from within.
Sep 28 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

 

What does "from within" mean, exactly?

Josh Beckett, Erik Bedard and Jon Lester will all be unavailable. The Red Sox' other starters lately have been John Lackey and Tim Wakefield, both of whom have struggled badly in their recent outings. Other options include Alfredo Aceves, Andrew Miller and Kyle Weiland, with Weiland -- a rookie with a 7.66 ERA -- perhaps the longest of long shots.

Aceves is 10-2 with a 2.63 ERA, but he's started only four games all season and he threw 36 pitches in a long relief outing Tuesday night.

Given his lack of attractive options -- there was a reason for all the Bruce Chen talk -- Terry Francona will probably just toss all those names into a hat, hope for three or four good innings, then work through his bullpen and hope for the best.

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