I don't even know what to say about this one.
Boston Red Sox (12-13)
- Dustin Pedroia, 2B
- Grady Sizemore, LF
- Mike Napoli, 1B
- A.J. Pierzynski, DH
- Will Middlebrooks, 3B
- Jonny Gomes, RF
- Xander Bogaerts, SS
- Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
- David Ross, C
Starting Pitcher -- Jon Lester
Toronto Blue Jays (11-13)
Starting Pitcher -- R.A. Dickey
Full disclosure: I am limited in what I can say here. Yesterday A.J. Pierzynski hit a grand slam and I made a promise:
I will not give AJ shit for the next 72 hours. Let it be known.— OverTheMonster (@OverTheMonster) April 26, 2014
Suffice it to say, however, that this lineup is an abomination. It is shockingly bad for a game that could get the Red Sox to .500. As close as you'll ever see to a punt behind Jon Lester. And with an off-day coming up no less. There's not even any defensive merit. Even if the players in question are the result of extenuating circumstances--illness, say--the ones they've been left with aren't even in a decent order.
And, really, if Mike Carp isn't DHing today for a manager who hates not having his backup catcher available, then what is his role on this team?
This is stunning. The sort of thing you'd expect to see in spring training. For all that, though, it's not a lost cause with Jon Lester on the mound and R.A. Dickey not nearly the same since leaving the National League. John Farrell has not waved a white flag, but he's taken what should have been a game very much in Boston's favor and made it a toss-up.