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Red Sox Game 49 Recap: No, seriously. Perspective.

Highest WPA: Jonny Gomes, .274 (1-1, HR, 2 RBI)
Lowest WPA: Craig Breslow, -.406 (.2 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, BB, HR)

Mike Napoli is on the disabled list.
Shane Victorino is on the disabled list, and has a .627 OPS.
Rubby de la Rosa is averaging five innings per start and four batters walked per nine innings, at AAA.

Adrian Gonzalez is hitting better than he has in years.
Carl Crawford…well, he’s healthy. And he’s hitting better than Victorino. (.697 OPS, but still.)
Josh Beckett threw a no-hitter today, has reinvented himself as a pitcher, and has a better ERA+ than every starting pitcher on the Red Sox’ roster.

But hey, we won the World Series last year. So there’s that. And just think of all the money John Henry saved!

Meanwhile, the 2014 Red Sox continue to be garbage. Even when guys like Brandon Workman and Alex Wilson manage to not completely suck, you can count a guy who’s usually pretty good–in today’s case, Craig Breslow–to turn a competitive contest into a clusterfuck as quick as you can say “three-run home run, Sean Rodriguez.”

As if being terrible at baseball wasn’t bad enough, the Red Sox are now picking fights with guys who have the temerity to be better than them. It takes a lot for me to stick up for Yunel Escobar, but if you’re going to be mad at a guy for stealing a base when his team’s leading by five runs in the 7th inning, maybe you should be holding him on. Or just don’t let him get on base in the first place. Rather than do those things, Jonny Gomes and AJ Pierzynski decided that the prudent course of action was to shout, whine, and run into Escobar’s face like a bunch of macho tough guys. Such actions managed to rally the troops so magnificently that they didn’t launch a serious challenge for the rest of the game. If I didn’t know better, I’d say that assembling a group of “character guys” was less important than having guys who were good at playing baseball.

But hey, we won the World Series last year. Just keep saying that. It’ll make the 2014 team suck less. Somehow.

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  1. May 25, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Baseball fights are awesome. “Don’t let him beat you” is the rhetoric of the status quo.

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