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Let’s start off with overall experience.
Erik Bedard was acquired by the Red Sox on July 31, 2011 as part of a three-team trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Seattle Mariners after missing the 2010 season with a shoulder injury. Before becoming part of the Red Sox rotation, Bedard lent his services to the Baltimore Orioles for four years, posting a team-record 10.93 strikeouts per nine innings pitched in 2007. He then signed with the Seattle Mariners and pitched for them off and on, battling a shoulder issue. He has an overall record of 55-48 with a lifetime earned run average of 3.69.
However, Bedard lacks one key element that can play a crucial role in succeeding in the MLB—he has no playoff experience. In fact, not one of Bedard’s teams, barring this year’s Red Sox team, has finished above third place in its respective divisions. Nonetheless, Bedard is a lefty who has success at the major-league level and should never be taken lightly by his opponents.
Andrew Miller is a new-comer to the Sox organization. Solidifying a spot in the rotation for now, the 6'7'' lefty has done quite well in the limited experience he has had with the Red Sox. With a 5-1 record to go along with a chunky 4.99 era, Miller has gotten major production from the bats in the Sox lineup. Miller was also thrown right into the fray, having 11 total appearances on the hill this season, with nine of them in the starting pitcher role. Much like Bedard, Miller is new when it comes to postseason play. He has not seen any experience pitching on the big stage against a great team like the Yankees or Rangers, let alone the playoffs.
John Lackey has had an up and down year for the 2011 Red Sox. Having played in the Boston organization for almost two full seasons now, Lackey has posted an overall 128-91 record over his career with a 4.02 earned run average. As a member of the Sox, he is a pedestrian 26-20 with an ERA just under 5.20. Despite putting up average numbers at-best this season, Lackey may have something that sets himself apart from both Bedard and Miller, and that is experience in the postseason. As a starter for the Angels, he has had 14 postseason appearances, including a 3-4 record with a 3.12 ERA. While not posting unbelievable stat lines, Lackey is still a respectable pitcher with the most experience out of all three of these hurlers.