Is it possible that the Sox could move to a 6-man rotation? I don't think it has been discussed, but if a team could do it, this would be the one.
Consider that Schilling looked tired in his last two outings. Maybe cutting back on his amount of starts by giving him an extra day in between would keep him fresh for the rest of the year?
Daisuke pitched on 5-days rest in Japan.
Wakefield could pitch in that rotation.
With off days you get Tavarez not always on 4-days rest, anyway.
Throw in Lester who you don't want to overwork anyway, and I think you could do it.
Notice I left out Beckett. I haven't tried to figure this out, yet...But is it possible to throw him on his regular rest and still have the other guys pitch on longer rest? I am sure that it is...
This gets Lester back to the bigs...Puts Daisuke back on his regular pattern...allows Schilling to not throw as much...Tavarez and Wakefield are flexible. Plus, one or both of those guys could be used in a bullpen appearance in a pinch.
I say it is something the Sox should consider. It is better to be rested for the post-season than to wear yourself out on the way there.