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Red Sox Game 156 recap: The Buch stops here

Highest WPA: Xander Bogaerts, .068 (0-3, R)
Lowest WPA: Daniel Nava, -.262 (0-4, 3 LOB, GIDP)

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: the Red Sox’ offense was stymied tonight by a fast-working, strike-throwing pitcher. It’s only happened a dozen or so times this year, and despite the fact that they put up three whole runs against Chris Tillman the other night, I stand by my nervousness about what might happen if the Sox have to face the Rays or Tigers in the playoffs. Of course, that’s still a couple of weeks away; tonight’s loss was disappointing more in the sense that it didn’t add to the Sox’ lead in the race for home-field.

Clay wasn’t terrible tonight, but he also wasn’t especially good; hopefully, John Farrell doesn’t decide to start him in game one of any series. You can call this bullshit if you want–and Sportspun probably will–but: The dude is a head case. An incredibly talented head case, sure, but a head case nonetheless. As a fan, I would be much more comfortable with Lester or Peavy getting the ball in a game one or game seven situation.
Sportspun: Clay has been frustrating enough in his career that if there are headcases who can be successful at the highest level of baseball, including no evidence of “choke-ness” in career stats, he’d probably be such a player. I’m not trying to be snarky; I do understand the nervousness, but if I was going to opt for Peavy (who has laid turds in both of his playoff starts, and isn’t as good with runners in scoring position; these are tiny samples, but that’s still more tangible evidence than for Buccholz’ on-field problems), I’d probably cite Clay’s four-walk start last time, not his weasel-face or repeated doctor visits for reassurance or criminally poor judgement when he was younger.

Speaking of guys I don’t want to pitch in a critical spot, Felix Doubront gets the start tomorrow. In a perfect world, he would walk 15 batters and throw a no-hitter. Let’s make that happen.
Sportspun: Is it “Bash Ex-White Sox Day?” Because my hope for Felix is taking over Matt Thornton’s spot in the bullpen. Thornton sucked tonight and has struggled to put away hitters most of the year. (Also, I’m mad at the White Sox for blowing a 6-0 lead in the 9th to let the Tigers get close to us.)

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