Red Sox beat Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to win ALDS, advance to the ALCS

The Jake Peavy trade paid off for the Red Sox when it mattered most

10/9/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Oct 8, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy (44) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in game four of the American League divisional series at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY SportsWhen the Red Sox gave up Jose Iglesias for Jake Peavy in a deadline deal, some Red Sox fans were livid. Iglesias was hitting over .300 at the time, and providing Gold Glove-caliber defense, as he is known for doing.

Last night, however, Peavy showed exactly why the Sox made the trade, providing the team with 5 2/3 innings of quality pitching, helping secure a win over the Rays and a trip to the ALCS.

Peavy allowed only 5 hits and 1 run, and then gave way to Craig Breslow, who was also outstanding. Breslow pitched 1 2/3, gave up one hit and struck out 4.

Those two pitchers, along with close Koji Uehara, were instrumental in the Red Sox advancing ot the next level.

The ability to have Jake Peavy come out as their 4th starter was incredibly valuable for the Red Sox, and he easily outperformed Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson, who only lasted 1 inning before being lifted by Rays manager Joe Maddon, who had an extraordinarily quick hook.

The Red Sox will play the winner of Thursday's Athletics-Tigers game. The Sox might be the favorite heading into that one, thanks to a slew of quality offseason acquisitions.

Not a lot has been made of the job that GM Ben Cherington did in the offseason. Stephen Drew, Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino, Mike Carp, David Ross and Koji Uehara were all outstanding acquisitions, and helped put the Red Sox in the position they are today.

Congrats to the Red Sox on an outstanding season so far, and hopefully there's plenty more to come.

I'll leave you with this awesome gif, starring David "Big Papi" Ortiz getting nailed in his Lil' Papi.

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10/9/13   |   PAULLEBOWITZ   |   109 respect

The Hellickson thing might've been pre-planned. Jim Leyland did it in 1990 with Ted Power. Others have used the strategy and it's worked. I'm not really a big fan of it. If the pitcher's not in trouble, it strikes me as being too clever, but there's some matchup logic to doing it.

10/9/13   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

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Goodbye, Rays!