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Red Sox Game 119 recap: First place problems

Humbling wins are better than smug losses

Highest WPA: Jacoby Ellsbury, .248 (4-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, SB)
Lowest WPA: Felix Doubront, -.155 (4 IP, 6 H, 4 BB, 3 K, 3 ER, 98 pitches)

Sportspun here. The following is a list of complaints and concerns, even though we won and gained a game on Tampa Bay. Don’t confuse me with Goog’s stronger pessimism; I’m still very pleased with this club overall and think they’re as strong a contender as anyone outside of Detroit. But today… boy, everyone just seemed intent on giving the finger to our expectations and opinions.

A personal insult to my optimism, Felix Doubront sucked about as much as Goog thinks he sucks every time out; fortunately, John Farrell didn’t quite let the game get away in the name of chasing wins, and had enough sense to take the lefty out with the lead.

Shane Victorino looked as useless as Goog thinks he is every plate appearance. It seems pretty clear that Victorino is, once again, playing hurt to the detriment of his team’s chances to win, but will be praised for that decision because the media and many fans believe that playing badly while hurt is better than going on the DL when you can’t play well.

Brandon Workman, a guy I see massively overachieving compared to his true potential (home run issues demand to be taken seriously!), got the Sox out of trouble in the fifth and recorded the win.

Goog has felt my demands of replacing the Snyder/Holt platoon with Will Middlebrooks or Xander Bogaerts was too favorable to the talent of the former, but Middlebrooks avoided strikeouts and boosted his .228 on-base percentage for the year while driving in a pair of runs.

And, for what it’s worth… Ellsbury looked really, really good, contributing both at the plate and in the field. This shouldn’t be a negative, but considering his durability and unreliability (remember his .271/.313/.370 line last year?), a long-term contract is a very frightening proposition, yet one that looks more realistic with every great game.

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