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Red Sox Game 56 recap: Reunions and introductions

Highest WPA: Jon “Not Pitching Here Next Year” Lester, .361 (7 IP, 4 H, BB, 12 K)
Lowest WPA: Xander “EVERYBODY PANIC” Bogaerts, -.118 (0-5, 3 K, 5 LOB)

Realizing that Erik Bedard’s stint with Boston happened in 2011 makes me feel old. The Sox have faced him twice since then and won both games. He was a solid enough hand in a wasted season of disastrous pitching, but for some reason, I feel like Boston needs to keep beating him – certainly as long as he’s with Tampa Bay.

And today, they did just that – hopefully with some contributors to Boston’s future. Alex Hassan and Jackie Bradley combined for half the runs scored, while Brock Holt (4-4 with 4 doubles, plus a SB after a walk) and Garin Cecchini accounted for 3 of the team’s RBIs. Thinking of Holt as “the future” is silly; even at 26, he’s got a pretty solid baseline of being a bench type, rather than the star he’s played like lately. But if he can just be 2014’s Mike Carp, that’s a nice piece to have around. For that matter, Hassan’s future is as a bench bat if he’s lucky. But by the same token, if we’re ignoring the present and going with long-term significance, Bradley’s shown some improvement and Cecchini is just 23 and likely only around as insurance for Dustin Pedroia (and his health, not his temper, though it was the latter that took him out today).

None of these guys are Mike Trout. They’re not even Xander Bogaerts. But when you have two guys notch their first big-league hits in the same game, plus Holt’s first home run last night, and that’s part of a sweep rather than playing out a meaningless September? It’s pretty damn cool and hard not to look at the glass as half full.

And speaking of reunions, Justin Masterson starts tomorrow for the Indians, who are themselves coming off a sweep of Colorado. Let’s hope Boston’s pitching can put up nice outings against an above-average offense for a change.

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