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Red Sox Game 65 recap: Raining in Baltimore

Counting Crows have still not captured the hopelessness of the 2014 Boston Red Sox.

Highest WPA: Jackie “this is how bad it is” Bradley, .022 (0-1, HBP, didn’t GIDP)
Lowest WPA: Rubby De La Rosa, -.192 (5 2/3 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, 7 K, 4 ER, HR)

Look, I’m on the record as being a terrible and boring person who hates fun, but even I can’t stand these Sox games. They get little teases in (and promptly ground into double plays, even when they’re Future Hall of Famer David Ortiz or “This Year’s Mike Carp” Brock Holt), but one way or another, they just remind us they’re not very good. And sometimes we get to sit around waiting for Mother Nature to let them finish those reminders, and I REALLY don’t have the patience for that.

Rubby De La Rosa had to give his defenders some points when he failed to implode after digging a 4-0 hole far too deep for an offense that has, by OPS+, been 5th-worst in the American League this year. And hey, Rubby threw strikes. That’s cool. But cutting down his walks to merely “worse than International League average” means absolutely nothing if he plans to keep giving up a homer per six innings.

If nothing else, maybe this year can erase some of Ben Cherington’s hubris. I’m not saying Boston needs to give up completely on every homegrown player, but if the next 4 months convince the front office that they can’t keep plugging rookies into every big hole, maybe some good will come of this tedious slog of bland baseball.

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