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Red Sox Game 20 Recap: Marathon Mope-day

Highest WPA: Dustin Pedroia, .287 (2-3, 2B, 2 BB, RBI)
Lowest WPA: Clay Buchholz, -.339 (2.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, K, BB)

Remember 2007? In addition to winning the World Series, the future looked bright for the Red Sox, as a young stud prospect named Clay Buchholz threw a no-hitter. It was easy to project him as the ace of the rotation for a decade to come–or, if you’re me, to advocate trading him for Jarrod Saltalamacchia. To say that the six-plus seasons since have failed to live up to expectations would be an understatement. Since that no-hitter, Buchholz has been a frustrating enigma, throwing up flashes of brilliance that, all too often, are overshadowed by injuries or ineffectiveness. He’s had just one season where he managed to make 17 starts or more and also put up an ERA+ over 100; all the rest have either been short or bad. Today was both.

Obviously, Clay’s true talent isn’t that of a guy who’s going to get shelled every time out, but he’s also making it tough to argue that he’s capable of putting up full seasons like 2010 or 2013, at least without some massive batted ball luck behind him. For his career, he has a 120 ERA+, and that’s about what he is: A good pitcher, not a great one, who will occasionally lay an egg. Today, that egg was too much for the resurgent offense to overcome. It didn’t help that John Farrell decided that a cold Jonathan Herrera–he of the career 69 OPS+–would be a better choice than David Ross to bat in the eighth with the tying runs on base, or that Xander Bogaerts nearly got himself picked off and then pulled off the TOOTBLAN on the next pitch, but this one’s on Clay.

The Yankees come to town tomorrow, and with them will come stupid boo birds for Jacoby Ellsbury. Don’t be stupid. Don’t boo Jacoby Ellsbury.

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