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Red Sox Game 74 preview: To Hellickson and back

Didn’t take long for one big moment to negatively impact the team’s chances of winning future games, huh?

1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury – .278/.345/.387 (.323 wOBA)
2. RF Daniel Nava – .286/.387/.467 (.370)
3. 2B Dustin Pedroia – .317/.401/.432 (.365)
4. DH David Ortiz – .307/.386/.600 (.413)
5. 1B Mike Napoli – .263/.349/.466 (.353)
6. C Jarrod Saltalamacchia – .263/.329/.474 (.348)
7. LF Jonny Gomes – .209/.327/.372 (.310)
8. SS Stephen Drew – .213/.300/.371 (.295)
9. 3B Jose Iglesias – .435/.480/.554 (.449)

SP Ryan Dempster – 83.1 IP, 87 K, 40 BB, 15 HR; 4.21 ERA (102 ERA+)
4.82 FIP, 3.95 xFIP, 4.97 tERA, 3.94 SIERA

  • Given the choice between Victorino playing right and batting second against a righty, or Gomes playing left and batting seventh against a righty, I think I’d prefer Victorino. But Jonny hit a big homer yesterday, so that means he’s going to do something today.
  • It does not, in fact, mean that, but tell that to the collection of drooling morons that manage most baseball teams.
  • Middlebrooks has been so bad that I can’t even muster up the anger about Iglesias being in the lineup again. Hitting twelve-hop grounders isn’t a sustainable method of generating offense, but neither is striking out or popping up, and at least Iglesias can field really really well. At least until they get going, a Drew/Middlebrooks platoon probably isn’t the worst thing in the world.
  • Sportspun said before the series that he owes me a Femto if the Red Sox sweep. Given that he was betting on Aceves, Doubront and Dempster, I don’t think he thought he would be in position to maybe have to pay up.
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