2011 MLB Playoffs: Why John Lackey Is a Lock for Red Sox Postseason Rotation

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2011 MLB Playoffs: Why John Lackey Is a Lock for Red Sox Postseason Rotation
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The Red Sox and their fans are nearing what seems to be yet another great finish to a nearly dominating regular season, boasting a 78-50 record, a league-leading .278 batting average, and even managing to crack the top-three in fielding percentage at .987. Life is good if you are a Red Sox fan.

However, pitching has been the main concern this year and will prove to be a potential "X-factor" for this coming postseason play. With Clay Buchholz out with a stress fracture in his lower back, there will most certainly be a vacant spot in the playoff rotation. Many believe this gap will be filled by Erik Bedard, John Lackey or Andrew Miller. Who will rise to the occasion and claim this spot? Let’s take a look and compare these three.

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