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Red Sox Game 22 Recap: Tarred and feathered

Highest WPA: John Lackey, .307 (8 IP, 7 H, ER, 11 K, 0 BB)
Lowest WPA: Mike Carp, -.106 (0-4, 2 K, 7 LOB)

Every pitcher, just about, uses something–be it pine tar, rosin, sunscreen, Vaseline, kerosene or Shailene–to doctor the baseball. That’s illegal, but it’s rarely called out. Part of that is because everybody does it, but a bigger part is because very few people do it blatantly. And even fewer do it blatantly twice. When they do, however…

Say what you will about John Farrell being a hypocrite, and I’m sure Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester and all the Red Sox’ pitchers will face extra scrutiny for the rest of the year, but…come on, Michael. You’ve got to do better than that. Getting Pineda tossed, and thereby blowing out the Yankee bullpen, was one of the easiest calls Farrell’s made as manager, and it helped his team infinitely more than, say, having Jonathan Herrera pinch hit for David Ross.

While Pineda was getting tossed and the bats were putting in work against the Yankee bullpen, John Lackey was excellent. He became the first Red Sox pitcher ever to strike out eleven Yankees and walk none at Fenway, and he put to rest a bit of concern that was growing after two pretty bad starts. Here’s hoping that Felix Doubront can do the same tomorrow, or that CC Sabathia’s struggles continue and the Yankee pen gets exhausted for a second consecutive day.

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