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Red Sox Game 101 preview: Everybody’s Workman for the weekend

Yes, I know it’s Monday, but I have to get all of my Workman jokes out as quick as I can, because he’ll probably be out of baseball before he makes a weekend start.

1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury – .307/.372/.430 (.351 wOBA)
2. RF Shane Victorino – .290/.336/.401 (.324)
3. 2B Dustin Pedroia – .310/.388/.426 (.357)
4. DH David Ortiz – .321/.406/.605 (.420)
5. 1B Mike Napoli – .258/.342/.459 (.348)
6. LF Jonny Gomes – .243/.333/.438 (.335)
7. C Ryan Lavarnway – .243/.310/.351 (.293)
8. 3B Brandon Snyder – .231/.259/.423 (.296)
9. SS Jose Iglesias – .356/.405/.455 (.374)

SP Brandon Workman – 8.1 IP, 9 K, BB, 2 HR; 5.40 ERA (82 ERA+)
4.37 FIP, 3.26 xFIP, 4.50 tERA, 2.86 SIERA

Wait, why are we so negative on Workman? Scouts like him, and his minor league stats are actually pretty good. I’ll have to consult with Sportspun on this one. For the meantime, I’ll assume that it’s just because he’s a pitching prospect, and those are the kind of assets that you want to trade as soon as you can before everyone realizes they’re shit–especially if you can get, say, a near-elite first baseman, a well above average left fielder, and damnit this running gag was more fun before Josh Beckett broke.

This lineup is actually better for not having Salty or Drew in it, but it damn sure looks crappier. And of course, there is the presence of Jose Iglesias, who is working on a 12-game “made his OBP go down” streak. That needs a catchier name, because he’s going to be at it for a while.

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  1. July 22, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    “Iglesian Regression?”

    Re: Workman, he’s not terrible or anything. But like Webster, I just don’t see much evidence he should be getting regular starts in the majors. He’s been moving steadily up the minors, and that seems to fit with the organization’s attempts to challenge prospects until they fail hard rather than letting them dominate a level. But while six starts is a small sample, his AAA numbers are just okay, and “just okay” AAA guys don’t translate well to “help a team with pitching depth problems in a tough division.”

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