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Red Sox Game 39 preview: Is it Lester time yet?

No. It is not.

1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury – .257/.311/.365 (81 OPS+)
2. RF Shane Victorino – .308/.370/.393 (106)
3. 2B Dustin Pedroia – .331/.421/.405 (125)
4. DH David Ortiz – .333/.370/.613 (158)
5. 1B Mike Napoli – .268/.327/.537 (127)
6. LF Jonny Gomes – .194/.346/.339 (86)
7. 3B Will Middlebrooks – .206/.238/.404 (68)
8. SS Stephen Drew – .228/.314/.359 (81)
9. C Ryan Lavarnway – .313/.408/.475 (AAA, where OPS+ doesn’t exist)

SP John Lackey – 22.1 IP, 24 K, 7 BB, 3 HR; 2.82 ERA (154 ERA+)
3.55 FIP, 3.23 xFIP, 3.82 tERA, 3.30 SIERA

Lackey’s ERA is misleading, even more so than ERA as a stat can be, because it doesn’t count the meltdown he experienced in his last start–one that started thanks to his own inability to throw the ball to second base. However, he has pitched pretty well this year (as shown by all four of the advanced metrics I now throw out to make it seem like I know what I’m talking about), and if he can keep it up tonight against the Rays then maybe, just maybe, the offense can steal a few runs off of Matt Moore and get out of the Trop with a victory tonight.

Don’t bet on it.

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  1. May 14, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    The Rays have an awful offense, let’s make sure to keep this in mind.

    • May 14, 2013 at 6:03 PM

      Wait, you mean James Loney ISN’T a superstar?

  2. May 14, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Nonono, you have to remember that “Superstar” James Loney is just his gimmick, and in real life he’s average like you or me.

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