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Game 91 preview: What the future will look like

Specifically, a Red Sox lineup without David Ortiz. I’m sure that the front office will come up with some narrative about him being greedy or lazy or secretly a dick between now and the time he starts mashing for the Indians or whatever team signs him this winter.

1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF – .250/.313/.341
2. Carl Crawford LF – .333/.500/.333 (Sample size? Sorry, never heard the term.)
3. Daniel Nava DH – .265/.384/.425
4. Adrian Gonzalez 1B – .288/.332/.427
5. Will Middlebrooks 3B – .294/.328/.535
6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C – .231/.285/.496
7. Ryan Sweeney RF – .279/.318/.393
8. Mike Aviles SS – .266/.290/.421
9. Pedro Ciriaco 2B – .464/.483/.571

SP Jon Lester – 112.1 IP, 94 K, 30 BB, 11 HR, 4.49 ERA, 3.57 FIP, 3.60 xFIP

Jon Lester has the highest BABIP and lowest strand rate of his career in 2012. Keep that in mind whenever you hear someone say that he’s “not an ace anymore.”

In other news, the surprisingly successful “Franklin Morales: Starting Pitcher” experiment has come to an end, at least for now. There’s always a better than decent chance that someone winds up on the DL again, and I highly doubt that the front office has either the trade chips or the desire to actually improve what is still a very shaky rotation. But hey, maybe Clay Buchholz is actually good this time!

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