Six-Man Rotation: Breaking It Down

A look at how the Red Sox could utilize a six-man rotation next season, using the 2007 schedule (as projected in April; we did not account for the five games that were postponed nor the four doubleheaders the Sox played ) as a guide.

Josh Beckett's starts are bolded because each of his starts signifies the start of a new rotation cycle. In addition, the pitcher(s) who is/are skipped are listed at the end of each cycle.

Apr. 2: Josh Beckett
Apr. 3: OFF-DAY
Apr. 4: Daisuke Matsuzaka
Apr. 5: Jon Lester
Apr. 6: Clay Buchholz
Apr. 7: Curt Schilling (Tim Wakefield skipped)
Apr. 8: Beckett
Apr. 9: OFF-DAY
Apr. 10: Wakefield
Apr. 11: Matsuzaka
Apr. 12: Lester
Apr. 13: Schilling (Buchholz skipped)
Apr. 14: Beckett
Apr. 15: Buchholz
Apr. 16: Wakefield
Apr. 17: Matsuzaka
Apr. 18: Lester (Schilling skipped)
Apr. 19: Beckett
Apr. 20: Schilling
Apr. 21: Buchholz
Apr. 22: Wakefield
Apr. 23: Matsuzaka (Lester skipped)
Apr. 24: Beckett
Apr. 25: Lester
Apr. 26: Buchholz
Apr. 27: Schilling
Apr. 28: Matsuzaka (Wakefield skipped)
Apr. 29: Beckett
Apr. 30: OFF-DAY

May 1: Wakefield
May 2: Lester
May 3: OFF-DAY
May 4: Matsuzaka (Buchholz/Schilling skipped)
May 5: Beckett
May 6: Schilling
May 7: OFF-DAY
May 8: Buchholz
May 9: Wakefield (Matsuzaka/Lester skipped)
May 10: Beckett
May 11: Lester
May 12: Matsuzaka
May 13: Schilling
May 14: Buchholz
May 15: Wakefield
May 16: Beckett
May 17: Lester
May 18: Matsuzaka
May 19: Schilling
May 20: Buchholz
May 21: Wakefield
May 22: Beckett
May 23: Matsuzaka
May 24: OFF-DAY
May 25: Schilling
May 26: Lester
May 27: Wakefield (Buchholz skipped)
May 28: Beckett
May 29: Buchholz
May 30: Matsuzaka
May 31: OFF-DAY

June 1: Schilling (Wakefield/Lester skipped)
June 2: Beckett
June 3: Wakefield
June 4: Buchholz
June 5: Lester
June 6: Matsuzaka (Schilling skipped)
June 7: Beckett
June 8: Schilling
June 9: Wakefield
June 10: Lester
June 11: OFF-DAY (Buchholz/Matsuzaka skipped)
June 12: Beckett
June 13: Matsuzaka
June 14: Buchholz
June 15: Lester
June 16: Wakefield
June 17: Schilling
June 18: Beckett
June 19: Matsuzaka
June 20: Buchholz
June 21: OFF-DAY
June 22: Wakefield
June 23: Schilling (Lester skipped)
June 24: Beckett
June 25: Lester
June 26: Buchholz
June 27: Matsuzaka
June 28: OFF-DAY
June 29: Schilling (Wakefield skipped)
June 30: Beckett

July 1: Wakefield
July 2: Lester
July 3: Matsuzaka
July 4: Buchholz
July 5: Schilling
July 6: Beckett
July 7: Lester
July 8: Matsuzaka
July 9: ALL-STAR BREAK
July 10: ALL-STAR BREAK
July 11: ALL-STAR BREAK
July 12: Wakefield
July 13: Lester
July 14: Beckett
July 15: Matsuzaka
July 16: Buchholz
July 17: Schilling
July 18: Lester
July 19: Beckett
July 20: Wakefield
July 21: Matsuzaka
July 22: Buchholz
July 23: Schilling
July 24: Beckett
July 25: Lester
July 26: Matsuzaka
July 27: Wakefield
July 28: Schilling
July 29: Buchholz
July 30: OFF-DAY
July 31: Beckett

Aug. 1: Lester
Aug. 2: Matsuzaka
Aug. 3: Buchholz
Aug. 4: Wakefield (Schilling skipped)
Aug. 5: Beckett
Aug. 6: Schilling
Aug. 7: Lester
Aug. 8: Matsuzaka
Aug. 9: OFF-DAY (Wakefield/Buchholz skipped)
Aug. 10: Beckett
Aug. 11: Buchholz
Aug. 12: Wakefield
Aug. 13: Schilling
Aug. 14: Lester
Aug. 15: Matsuzaka
Aug. 16: OFF-DAY
Aug. 17: Beckett
Aug. 18: Wakefield
Aug. 19: Schilling
Aug. 20: Matsuzaka
Aug. 21: Lester (Buchholz skipped)
Aug. 22: Beckett
Aug. 23: Buchholz
Aug. 24: Wakefield
Aug. 25: Matsuzaka
Aug. 26: Lester
Aug. 27: OFF-DAY (Schilling skipped)
Aug. 28: Beckett
Aug. 29: Schilling
Aug. 30: Buchholz
Aug. 31: Wakefield

Sept. 1: Lester (Matsuzaka skipped)
Sept. 2: Beckett
Sept. 3: Matsuzaka
Sept. 4: Schilling
Sept. 5: Wakefield
Sept. 6: Buchholz (Lester skipped)
Sept. 7: Beckett
Sept. 8: Lester
Sept. 9: Matsuzaka
Sept. 10: Schilling
Sept. 11: Wakefield
Sept. 12: Buchholz
Sept. 13: OFF-DAY
Sept. 14: Beckett
Sept. 15: Matsuzaka
Sept. 16: Schilling
Sept. 17: Lester
Sept. 18: Buchholz
Sept. 19: Wakefield
Sept. 20: OFF-DAY
Sept. 21: Beckett
Sept. 22: Matsuzaka
Sept. 23: Lester
Sept. 24: OFF-DAY
Sept. 25: Buchholz
Sept. 26: Schilling (Wakefield skipped)
Sept. 27: Beckett
Sept. 28: Matsuzaka
Sept. 29: Lester
Sept. 30: Wakefield

TOTALS:
Josh Beckett: 32 starts (13 on 4 days rest, 12 on 5 days rest, 5 on 6 days rest, 1 on 7 days rest)
Daisuke Matsuzaka: 29 starts (6 on 4 days rest, 11 on 5 days rest, 8 on 6 days rest, 2 on 7 days rest, 1 on 8 days rest)
Jon Lester: 27 starts (5 on 4 days rest, 7 on 5 days rest, 9 on 6 days rest, 4 on 8 days rest, 1 on 9 days rest)
Clay Buchholz: 24 starts (2 on 4 days rest, 9 on 5 days rest, 4 on 6 days rest, 2 on 7 days rest, 2 on 8 days rest, 1 on 9 days rest, 3 on 11 days rest)
Curt Schilling: 25 starts (1 on 4 days rest, 11 on 5 days rest, 6 on 6 days rest, 3 on 8 days rest, 2 on 9 days rest, 1 on 11 days rest)
Tim Wakefield: 25 starts (1 on 4 days rest, 10 on 5 days rest, 4 on 6 days rest, 5 on 7 days rest, 2 on 8 days rest, 2 on 10 days rest)


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