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World Series Game One recap: In play, no out

Highest WPA: Jon Lester, .210 (7 2/3 IP, 5 H, BB, 8 K, 0 R)
Lowest WPA: Xander Bogaerts, -.028 (0-3, 2 K, RBI)

It’s not always gonna look that easy.

The Red Sox took advantage of the Cardinals’ numerous defensive miscues, including a rare but correct reversed call on a missed catch that was at no point being transferred for a throw. Even ice cold slumping Stephen Drew got credited with a hit, because when a popup falls between the catcher and pitcher, well, there’s just no way it’s anyone’s “error,” right?

The amusing scoring of our sport aside, the Sox were firing on all cylinders tonight. David Ortiz added a home run for score-padding later on, but once he had a 5-0 lead, there was little doubt that Jon Lester had the game under control. I’ve been hard on Lester this year, but tonight was the best of a very good postseason; the southpaw didn’t give the Cardinals much hope of scoring, and shut down their strongest threat by getting a 1-2-3 double play in the fourth.

Meanwhile, it’s a good thing the Red Sox didn’t opt for a second pinch-runner or third catcher; not many pitchers could give them the inning Ryan Dempster did tonight when he turned an 8-0 lead into an 8-1 win! …what’s that? I’ve just been informed that all pitchers, and many position players, could have given them that inning. Oh well. Much like the team’s Jonny Gomes fetish (0-3 today; Daniel Nava got a pinch hit double), it hasn’t cost them dearly, and we’re three wins away from winning it all, so… consider it a frustrated footnote instead of a real complaint.

Game two will give the Sox a look at rookie phenom Michael Wacha; while “John Lackey will counter” still sounds weird, I’m willing to hope he can keep doing what he’s somehow done basically all year. And maybe Wacha will implode when forced, for the first time in his career, to face a lineup with no pitcher! (On the other hand, we do still have Drew.) As for the elephant in the room… Carlos Beltran apparently avoided serious injury, but we’ll have to wait and see if his grand slam-preventing catch hurt his ribs enough to hinder his offensive ability. As a baseball fan, it would be a shame given his record of playoff domination; as a Red Sox fan, however, I would not complain a bit.

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