Associated PressRed Sox Nation has to wonder: can John Lackey redeem himself with a win in Game No. 163? With the Red Sox needing a win in Wednesday’s scheduled regular-season finale, this may be a bit premature. But Red Sox Nation has to wonder: can John Lackey redeem himself with a win in Game No. 163? We may not even get there. But if the Red Sox and Tampa Bay both win tonight — or both lose — there would be a one-game playoff Thursday in Tampa. There’s a feeling throughout the media, both locally and nationally, that there seems to be no other way for the American League Wild Card race to end than in a playoff. With all that said, Thursday would be Lackey’s spot in the starting rotation for the Red Sox. …And the plot thickens… Given the way he has pitched in 2011 and the region’s seemingly collective thoughts on John Lackey, following Sunday’s text-message meltdown and the news of his divorce, could he use his start in the one-game playoff to change the way he’s seen in the eyes of Red Sox Nation? Lackey has been hailed as a big-game pitcher and he may very well get his chance to prove us all wrong Thursday. As a card-carrying member of Red Sox Nation, what are your thoughts? Would a shut-down performance Thursday provide Lackey redemption? Would it take another victory in the postseason? Is there no chance for Lackey to change his image in Boston? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.