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Red Sox Game 138 preview: It’s still fashionable before Labor Day

It’s a good thing this series is ending when it is; I’d hate to appear tacky by wearing out the whites after tomorrow.

1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury – .299/.356/.422 (.341 wOBA)
2. RF Shane Victorino – .297/.350/.452 (.352)
3. 2B Dustin Pedroia – .299/.376/.416 (.349)
4. DH David Ortiz – .312/.395/.556 (.399)
5. LF Daniel Nava – .297/.382/.439 (.361)
6. 1B Mike Carp – .307/.362/.551 (.390)
7. C Jarrod Saltalamacchia – .267/.336/.449 (.341)
8. SS Stephen Drew – .248/.332/.426 (.331)
9. 3B Xander Bogaerts – .333/.375/.400 (.344)

SP Felix Doubront – 146.2 IP, 129 K, 59 BB, 11 HR; 3.74 ERA (112 ERA+)
3.56 FIP, 3.93 xFIP, 4.03 tERA, 4.06 SIERA

Some might see this as a bit of a “take the foot off the gas” lineup from Farrell, owing to the absence of Mike Napoli and Will Middlebrooks, but I choose to see those two benchings as a routine off day and addition by subtraction, respectively. It’s been a few days since I was around to point it out–damned work, forcing me to be productive when all I want to do is watch baseball and play Mass Effect–but in case you forgot: Will Middlebrooks is bad, and going to the minors didn’t do a damn thing to fix him. Since his return from Pawtucket, he has 16 strikeouts against just five not-in-front-of-the-pitcher walks. Sure, he has a shiny .880 OPS, but that’s bolstered by three walks he didn’t earn and a .405 BABIP. Sadly, I don’t think we’ll find some sucker willing to give us Jake Peavy if we part with Middlebrooks. But hey, we caught lightning in a bottle once, right?

Programming note: Some of you–either the very dedicated or the very capable of clicking a link–will remember that last September I wiled away the last pointless days of a lost season with a little feature called 40 Guys in 30 Days. It was fun, and I intend to do it again, but now obviously isn’t the right time. There’s still meaningful baseball to be played, and I don’t want to write surprisingly glowing things about Felix Doubront next week only to have him turn back into Felix Doubront and cost us a playoff spot. So the feature will be shelved, for now; it’ll be back when there’s a ton of time to fill and no baseball with which to fill it.

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