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Red Sox Game 17 Recap: Underwhelming and overpowered

Highest WPA: Mike Carp, .043 (2-4, 2B, R, BB)
Lowest WPA: John Lackey, -.315 (5 1/3 IP, 10 H, 4 BB, 6 ER, 6 K)

Well, I’ll give the Sox this: they wore down Chris Tillman quite effectively, forcing 122 pitches just to make it through five innings. Of course, having a decent night off of an opponent’s #1 doesn’t mean much when your own starter lays a turd. John Lackey hasn’t been as nauseatingly bad as he was before 2013, but he’s had issues with the long ball; tonight, he added some shaky control to the mix. Later, Burke Badenhop and Edward Mujica kept undermining my belief that they’d give us a really strong setup corps. I hate baseball sometimes.

But hey, here’s the thing: the season isn’t even three weeks old. This team has been immensely underwhelming – when it’s not the bats, it’s the arms, but it’s usually the bats too – but I’m pretty sure I’ve seen really good teams have really bad months, let alone really bad fortnights. If the “Killer A’s” of Tanaka-Kuroda-Pineda stay this good for New York, maybe the Yankees’ two game lead is already too much, but it’s a LONG damn season. Let’s not call it over yet.

Oh, and the umps screwed up another replay call. Either MLB really doesn’t care about getting things right and is just letting games stop for a few minutes to help concession sales, or there’s a deliberate effort to let some bad calls slip through so Bud Selig can claim that replay has helped sometimes but preserved THE HUMAN ELEMENT and pretend everyone wins. That’s pretty damn stupid, but hey, it’s MLB. (They got one right later on and it helped the Sox, but 50% isn’t as good as 100%, thanks.)

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