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Red Sox Game 30 recap: Texas toast

Chart of mediocrity

Highest WPA: Daniel Nava, .047 (1-3, RBI)
Lowest WPA: Dustin Pedroia, -.189 (0-4, K, 4 LOB)

Maybe I’m being my stupidly Sox-optimistic self here, but I actually thought John Lackey could’ve won this game. (Goog edit: John Lackey’s line: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 K, 3 BB, HR [given up on his very first pitch]) He wasn’t dominant, but he was solid, with swing-and-miss stuff and a nice number of ground balls. Unfortunately, he saw his first and fourth innings extended by the fielding failures of Will Middlebrooks, and a decent outing with post-error damage control wasn’t good enough.

Meanwhile, the offense couldn’t seem to muster up many timely hits. In some instances, it was just unimpressive at bats; in others, it was ridiculously bad luck – most notably, Jacoby Ellsbury lining into a double play on a ball hit hard enough that it could have resulted in runners on second and third with no outs.

The return of Koji Uehara’s home run problems ended up irrelevant. Still, I’m starting to remember why fly ball pitchers are pretty terrifying when they’re not 100% on their game.

So, a winnable game that just wasn’t won, thanks to everything from bad defense to bad luck to bad judgement on the part of Dustin Pedroia turning him into a walking injury who seems unable to hit for power anymore. I hope John Farrell is a better manager than I am a fan, because I’m already looking past tomorrow’s game and eager to get back to Fenway to face the Twins.

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