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Red Sox Game 120 preview: Wait, is this legal?

I mean, I know it’s okay to carry two catchers, but…you can really start the second guy? That must be new.

1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury – .305/.366/.440 (.352 wOBA)
2. RF Shane Victorino – .285/.333/.411 (.328)
3. 2B Dustin Pedroia – .292/.375/.406 (.345)
4. DH David Ortiz – .330/.409/.586 (.417)
5. LF Daniel Nava – .282/.370/.416 (.347)
6. 1B Mike Napoli – .251/.341/.441 (.342)
7. SS Stephen Drew – .252/.338/.437 (.338)
8. C Ryan Lavarnway – .250/.298/.365 (.292)
9. 3B Will Middlebrooks – .198/.233/.391 (.270)

SP John Lackey – 126 IP, 118 K, 27 BB, 17 HR; 3.21 ERA (131 ERA+)
3.66 FIP, 3.20 xFIP, 3.99 tERA, 3.27 SIERA

Of course, this being a day game after a night game and with the Royals running out their best starter, it is the perfect time to give Salty a breather. I’m a little surprised that John Farrell is willing to put Lavarnway behind the dish with the…let’s say “occasionally temperamental”…John Lackey on the mound, but it’s surprising in a good way.

Not surprising, and also not good, is the fact that Shane Victorino continues to play despite probably being hurt. Let’s look at this order of events:

  • April 2004 to August 3, 2013: Shane bats righthanded against a righthanded pitcher in eight games total*
  • August 4, 2013: Shane jumps into a wall trying to make a catch, banging his left side and walking away gingerly
  • August 4, 2013 to present: Shane bats righthanded against righthanded pitchers all the time
  • * One of those games was this year against RA Dickey; I think it’s safe to assume that to be the case with all the others, but I can’t prove it.

    Given Shane’s history, and the order of events above, I don’t think it’s a controversial statement to say that Shane is probably hurt. And if he IS hurt, then he shouldn’t be playing. I can’t believe I have to say this for the seventeenth time this season, but here we are. And we have two years of this crap to put up with, when he’s only going to be getting older, more injury prone, and generally worse even on those rare, magical occasions when he isn’t playing through some nagging injury.

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