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Red Sox Game 138 recap: It’s only the White Sox

I was afraid Koji would take the WPA lead at the end, but he did not. Just another reason why he's the best.

Highest WPA: David Ortiz, .188 (2-3, BB, 2 RBI)
Lowest WPA: Felix Doubront, -.147 (3.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, BB, 4 K)

Winning games is always good, especially in September. But there’s just something…off about beating up on the White Sox as thoroughly as we did this weekend. Even the Astros put up more of a fight than this. It just isn’t sporting, or something, maybe? Let’s move on before I grab my pith helmet and suggest that we give Adam Dunn a spear before setting him loose in our artificial jungle. Or even worse, before it turns out that Victorino and Ellsbury are out for the year, and that the Jackie Bradley Era is underway a month in advance.

True story: In my first draft, written after the third inning, I dedicated this paragraph to talking about how good Felix Doubront has looked over his last few starts, and how he’s spent most of this year annoying me by making me look bad for insisting that he really isn’t a very good pitcher. Maybe Felix heard me, because he then proceeded to stink up the joint so much that John Farrell yanked him–with a lead, no less!–before he could even finish the fourth. That’s an impressively quick return to the form that he showed in…well, his entire life save for about 15 starts spread out between May 21 and August 27 of this year, and even those had some real stinkers thrown in. As is our wont, Sportspun and I went to war over the difference between “slightly below average” and “good,” with my contention being that Doubront is a perfectly acceptable number four (and an overqualified number five, if Clay Buchholz ever pitches again), and his being that Felix should have golden statues carved in his honor, or something.

Speaking of head cases who have been injured for most of the year, Daniel Bard was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Quintin Berry. I don’t know why we felt the need to get Berry on in the first place–he’s pretty terrible, really–but this feels like something that was going to happen one way or another. Depending on who you listen to, it was either Bard’s stubbornness or Larry Luchhino’s penny-pinching that led to the disastrous attempt to convert him back into a starter; now, after a disastrous campaign that’s seen him walk 29 batters in just 16.1 innings (with ten of those walks coming in the three games since his return from the DL), it appears that his time as a member of the Red Sox has come to an end.

I really hope that Bard can catch on with some other team, maybe on the west coast or in the National League, and make another go of it. A change of scenery won’t turn him back into what he was before last year, but I think it’s the only way that he’ll even get started on that path. If there’s anything left in that right arm of his, he won’t find it in Boston. But I’ll be rooting for him, wherever he goes.

(Unless it’s to the Yankees. Or the Rays. Or the Orioles or Blue Jays. Or Atlanta, Houston, Miami, Kansas City…look, just sign with the Cubs or Mets and kick some ass, alright Dan?)

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