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Red Sox Game 21 reaction: Good offense good. Bad pitchers worse.

Highest WPA: Mookie Betts, .167 (2-5, BB, 2 R, 2 RBI)
Lowest WPA: Clay Buchholz, -.364 (2.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 K, BB)

Coming into tonight’s game, the Red Sox had scored 101 runs, good for fourth-most in baseball. They scored eight more runs tonight, which is really good! However, the three teams ahead of them? The Orioles, Blue Jays, and Yankees, who all got to face the Red Sox. Tonight, the Blue Jays got to face the Red Sox, and they scored eleven runs in so doing.

The Red Sox refused to sign Jon Lester. They refused to trade for Cole Hamels (or Jonathan Papelbon, for that matter). They gave away John Lackey for less than nothing. They put together a starting rotation with four bad pitchers and one okay pitcher, and a bullpen with a couple of good pitchers and bunch of question marks, reclamation projects and mediocrities.

While the extent of the terribleness may be surprising, the fact that the Red Sox’ pitching is terrible should not come as a shock. It should get better, simply because it’s hard to imagine any group of pitchers being thisbad, but this collection of talent is not going to magically turn into a good pitching staff. The sooner Red Sox management realizes that, and acts on it, the more hope there is to make something happen with this team.

ALLEN CRAIG WATCH: He hit for Daniel Nava in the eighth, representing the tying run.

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