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Red Sox Game 67 preview: Was that so hard?

Of course, John Farrell only runs his best lineup out when he has a terrible pitcher on the mound. Fortunately that should happen about 60% of the time.

1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury – .282/.351/.392 (.327 wOBA)
2. RF Daniel Nava – .300/.394/.469 (.373)
3. 2B Dustin Pedroia – .328/.414/.453 (.379)
4. DH David Ortiz – .315/.397/.618 (.423)
5. 1B Mike Napoli – .263/.346/.467 (.351)
6. LF Mike Carp – .322/.367/.667 (.433)
7. C Jarrod Saltalamacchia – .289/.349/.523 (.375)
8. 3B Will Middlebrooks – .199/.230/.398 (.269)
9. SS Stephen Drew – .228/.324/.394 (.315)

SP Alfredo Aceves – 24.2 IP, 19 K, 15 BB, 7 HR; 6.57 ERA (67 ERA+)
7.04 FIP, 4.96 xFIP, 8.26 tERA, 5.04 SIERA

I get that Felix Doubront is a terrible pitcher, but wouldn’t it make sense to start him on short rest, rather than turn to Aceves? Hell, Allen Webster hasn’t pitched since June 6; wouldn’t he be a better choice? At least with him there’s the chance that he might look like something resembling a major league-caliber pitcher over five or six innings. With Aceves, your only hope is that the BABIP gods smile on you, and the line drives find gloves and the walks turn into double plays.

Watch this game turn into a 1-0 pitchers’ duel.

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