If the Red Sox win: Then we get a Game 5 matchup between Sale and Justin Verlander, which is about as good a pairing as you’ll ever see in an ultimate game (Game 5 or Game 7). After throwing four shutout innings and 57 pitches in Game 3, David Price will certainly be unavailable for Game 4, but with two days of rest, he should be ready for Game 5. So John Farrell has to have a plan in place that doesn’t involve Price in case Porcello doesn’t hold down the Astros in the early innings. He could go again to Joe Kelly, who threw 22 pitches on Sunday, or maybe even Game 2 starter Drew Pomeranz, who threw 47 pitches that game. He should also be prepared to use Craig Kimbrel for at least two innings — and not necessarily the final two, if he needs to stop a rally.
The league’s first rookie quarterback to start in 2017 was also the first to get benched.
What happened? Some teams allow their rookie quarterbacks to play through mistakes in hopes they are learned from and not repeated while further development continues. Not the Browns, for whom embattled coach Hue Jackson was feeling the heat to win with a slightly more seasoned quarterback (Kevin Hogan) rather than having a longer-term view of the position seeing that he might not be around much longer.
Kevin Hogan became the 28th different starting quarterback the Browns have fielded since 1999 when coach Hue Jackson announced Hogan would start Cleveland’s Week 6 game against Tennessee. He was set to replace DeShone Kizer, who had bested Hogan, Cody Kessler and the now-departed Brock Osweiler (Denver) for the starting spot during the 2017 preseason.
The Browns were 0-5 entering Week 6, having lost 19 of 20 games dating back to 2016, and were in line to draft another quarterback in 2018 who would hopefully stop Cleveland’s carousel at the game’s most important position.