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Red Sox Game 39 recap: John Lackey excuse bingo

Highest WPA: David Ortiz, .113 (1-4, HR, 3 RBI)
Lowest WPA: John Lackey, -.501 (4.1 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 3 K, BB)

Last time out it was “defense didn’t get the job done;” tonight it’s “working with a shitty rookie catcher” mixed with “Tropicana Field is an abomination and should never house a baseball game.” Now, all of those things are true, but they also serve to mask the fact that John Lackey is pretty bad. There’s a reason I said you shouldn’t bet on the Sox to win this game, after all.

Special credit goes to John Farrell for failing to maximize the team’s chances of making a comeback late in the game. With two men on and two out in the seventh, he let Shane Victorino hit against righthanded rapist Josh Lueke. Victorino hit the ball hard, but still made an out–something he does with much more frequency against righthanders than he does against lefties. Then in the ninth, Farrell allowed first Jonny Gomes (who hits righties even worse than Victorino does) and then Will Middlebrooks (who can’t hit anyone right now) bat against Fernando Rodney, while saving Daniel Nava to stand in the on-deck circle in place of Ryan Lavarnway while Stephen Drew made the last out of the game.

It’s very hard to deny that Farrell’s presence has had some positive impact on Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz (although it is interesting that that same impact hasn’t translated to the pitchers on the staff who don’t have that kind of talent). But trading a Major League caliber player for a pitching coach, and then making that pitching coach the manager, doesn’t seem to be paying absolute dividends.

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  1. April 22, 2014 at 9:33 PM

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