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Red Sox Game 15 Recap: Pales Hosed

Highest WPA: Dustin Pedroia, .376 (2-6, 2 BB)
Lowest WPA: AJ Pierzynski, -.434 (0-6, SF, RBI, 8 LOB)

Well, hey, it turned out to be a good thing that we saved the CLOSER–or in this case, the guy acting as CLOSER because the actual CLOSER is hurt–for a SAVE SITUATION. If Mujica, ostensibly the guy John Farrell thinks is his best reliever, had been trusted with the MOST critical situation, this game would have ended much sooner than it did.

It’s really tempting to complain about Grady Sizemore, Jackie Bradley, Daniel Nava and AJ Pierzynski being in the lineup against a lefthanded starter, but really, what is Farrell supposed to do? Play David Ross? Okay, sure. But beyond that, there’s only one Jonny Gomes, and he was in the lineup. Mike Napoli wasn’t available, Mike Carp can’t hit lefties, and Jonathan Herrera can’t hit. Add Napoli, Will Middlebrooks and Shane Victorino to this lineup, and it looks a fair bit more fearsome, but even then…this is not a flawless team, by any stretch of the imagination.

Honestly, this was just a game that both teams wanted desperately to give away, and eventually one did. The White Sox walked 15 batters and hit two more, and the Red Sox constantly, continually refused to take full advantage. Finally, though, Chicago just plain ran out of pitchers, and it was STILL nearly too much to ask for Boston to score off of a position player. But, hey, they did. And amazingly, Burke Badenhop didn’t explode when pitching in a SAVE SITUATION. I thought those were magical!

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