Clark’s Corner 9/22

Joe Clark, Sports Editor

With the Red Sox clinching a postseason berth on Wednesday night, it’s time to think about their playoff rotation. More on the Sox and other thoughts from this week in sports.


-After a young girl was hit by a line drive at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday afternoon, it’s time for expanded netting in MLB stadiums. When this issue came up a few years ago when a woman was hit by a bat at Fenway Park, I was against the idea of expanded netting, but at this point with players hitting balls harder and faster than ever before, it’s probably time to expand it. The net doesn’t really change the view of the game, and if it helps keep people safer it’s better for baseball in the long run.

-The Franklin High football team has their first home game tonight at 7:30 against Mansfield at Pisini Field. This 2-0 Mansfield squad will be a good test for Franklin early in the season

-With the first home football game, tonight will also be the first real event for Rattle City this year. The past couple of years, Rattle City has declined to the point that they allegedly won’t even be featured in the yearbook this year. This year’s edition of Rattle City will have to make major strides to turn around FHS’ student section and try to bring it back to their 2015 heights when they won the Battle of the Fans competition. For more on Rattle City, check out Tony Calderone’s article here

-Also be sure to check out Shane Truenow’s interview with FHS Track Coach Nick Bailey here

-What John Farrell does with the Red Sox playoff rotation should be interesting to see. Assuming the Red Sox go with a four man rotation, expect to see Chris Sale, Drew Pomeranz, and Eduardo Rodriguez at the top. What to do at #4 is where things get interesting. David Price is all but confirmed to be pitching out of the bullpen (Farrell said this week Price could be deployed in an Andrew Miller-esque role), and reigning Cy Young award winner Rick Porcello has struggled this year. That brings us to Doug Fister. Fister has the most playoff experience on the Red Sox staff, and while he’s also largely struggled this year, he had a stretch from August 22nd to September 6th where he looked like one of the best pitchers in baseball. Ultimately though, expect Porcello to earn the #4 spot in the playoff rotation and Fister to pitch out of the bullpen in a multi-inning role.


Be sure to check back tomorrow for another edition of Clark’s Corner where i’ll take a look at some intriguing College Football matchups this weekend.