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World Series Game Five recap: Wicked Lester

Highest WPA: Jon Lester the Pitcher, .314 (7 2/3 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 ER)
Lowest WPA: Jon Lester the Hitter, -.162 (0-3, K, 4 LOB)

Sometimes it’s really fun to be wrong. This postseason, I keep having to point out that I was really down on Lester in the first half. This is probably the last time I’ll need to do that (barring a Game Seven relief appearance), but wow. If the Red Sox offense wasn’t basically David Ortiz and some random one-big-hit heroes, he’d be the favorite for World Series MVP. Maybe it’s the Cardinals’ offense, maybe it’s the small sample, maybe it’s a guy on a mission to make critics like me look stupid, but whatever the case… well, he was so good tonight that I didn’t think bringing in Koji Uehara to close it out was a foregone conclusion. Given my Koji crush, I think that says something.

The offense is still a work in progress, but at least the team got a big RBI single from Jacoby Ellsbury, while David Ross and Xander Bogaerts each added a pair of hits. But Jonny Gomes (0-4, 3 K) shouldn’t be batting fourth, and Daniel Nava (0-4, 2 K) didn’t help his case for staying in a key lineup spot. The one bright spot for the corpse of Stephen Drew was working a seventh-inning walk.

Still… the offense only needs to muster up enough for one more Fenway win. I’d love to see them do that against Michael Wacha, but as weird as this Series has been, we could easily be looking at a Game Seven against Lance Lynn or Joe Kelly with our own starter less than certain. Whatever the case, it’s been a hell of a ride, and we could be one game from the end.

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