Josh Beckett, suffering from a stiff neck was a late scratch for first game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Tuesday night will be replaced by starter David Pauley, who was called up from triple-A Pawtucket only hours before game time.
Pauley, who is 1-1 with 1.17 ERA this season with Pawtucket, had a terrible stretch of games with the Red Sox last season allowing 14 runs on 31 hits during a period of only 16 innings.
The negatives of the situation are clear, but with Boston winning nine of its last 10 games and the hitting core revived with David Ortiz and his recent hot streak, not to mention a grand slam or two, Boston should be able to come away with a win.
Who knows, maybe Pauley has become what the Red Sox will need when the time arises?
It will all depend on whether he can shake off the ghost from last year and come out with the meanest stuff he has.
Red Sox nation cannot have any less than the best on its roster.