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Game 100 recap: Death comes in the form of dingers

Before tonight, Melancon had been the Sox' best reliever since his return. I mention this here because it would get laughed at if I said it on Twitter.

Highest WPA: Dustin Pedroia, .064
Lowest WPA: Aaron Cook, -.391

Well, dingers and Mike Aviles’ defense, naturally. But Aaron Cook just didn’t have it tonight, and when a pitch-to-contact guy like him doesn’t have it, the results can get ugly in a hurry.

By the end of Cook’s outing, Jerry Remy was openly calling for Franklin Morales to take Cook’s spot in the starting rotation. Jerry is forgetting, or ignoring, the fact that Morales was pretty bad in his last two starts before being put back in the bullpen, but he can be forgiven for wanting to see Cook take on a less important role now that we’ve seen the downside of his “tons of strikes, absolutely no strikeouts” style.

If you’re looking for a legitimate silver lining, and “we lost ground and therefore became less likely to make a stupid win-now trade” won’t do, take solace in the fact that Dustin Pedroia actually might be healthy for the first time all season. That would be really nice, if only to show that he isn’t irreparably broken as we look ahead to 2013.

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