I know I normally don’t post on the Red Sox here, but Friday’s game is the only thing that mattered in the sports world over the past however many hours. I’ve lost track of time with this thing lasting nearly a day.
Here’s my post from my Inside Pitch blog:
That was an absolute marathon. Everyone’s exhausted from everything that happened, so let’s keep things brief and quick.
This man pitched the game of his life. If he doesn’t get paid handsomely in the offseason I will be stunned. He may be a middle of the road pitcher in the regular season, but it’s clear his stuff plays immensely well in the postseason.
Eat your heart out Andrew Miller.
Woof. Have a day, man. Not much more to say without pouring salt in a gaping wound.
He’s got a real test ahead of him in Game 4. Important decisions to make positionally and his pitching staff — as good as it’s been — is exhausted.
My one knock is pitching to Yasiel Puig when Max Muncy was on second with two outs and Austin Barnes on deck. I recognize the fault was Kinsler’s, but if you walk Puig that creates the option at second for Kinsler and would’ve put a hitter at the plate who’s hardly found any semblance of success in the postseason.
Jackie Bradley Jr.
The man is not of this earth.
Heading into Game 4
The Red Sox definitely have the disadvantage going into Saturday given the state of the pitching staff. But the pitching staff has been the question mark all postseason and constantly executed.
Mookie Betts needs to do something. He’s been asleep all postseason. In reality, if the Red Sox valued Andrew Benintendi like they do Betts, I’d say bench Betts and play JBJ instead in Game 4. Because, right now, Betts is far and away the No. 4 outfielder offensively.
J.D. Martinez could afford to do a bit more, too, but he’s at least had moments where he’s thrived.
Lastly, I looked at this series and thought the Dodgers would win either Game 1 or Game 3. Game 1, they had Clayton Kershaw against a fatigued Chris Sale — still, advantage Boston. Game 3, they were back at home, yet the Dodgers still barely squeaked it out.
Game 4 is still the Red Sox’ to lose. And if Mookie Betts wakes up tonight, then forget it, the Red Sox will have the series wrapped up.