Found October 29, 2013 on Baseball Prospectus:
Ben and Sam discuss David Ortiz, Jon Lester and Adam Wainwright, and the latest questionable moves by Mike Matheny and John Farrell.

Jon Lester Nonchalantly Clears Paper Airplane Made From ‘Silverado Strong’ Sign From Field at World Series (Video)

Not much ruffled Jon Lester’s feathers on Monday night. The pitcher who has become Boston’s definite ace this postseason had no trouble working through the Cardinals’ batting order and pitched all but four outs of Boston’s win, giving up just a solo homer. But Lester’s talents were not limited to pitching Monday night, as the lefty and his much-talked-about mitt were also...

MLB Game Picks - Monday: October 28, 2013

I finished off yesterday's picks post by saying something silly about the game ending on catcher's interference. This 2013 World Series is proving that nothing is silly. No, it was not a catcher's interference. Instead it was a two-out pick-off with Carlos Beltran standing at the plate representing the tying run. But let's not get too carried away with the pick-off...

Lester Bests the Cardinals, and the Twitterverse, in Game Five

The story of Game Five was Jon Lester. The Red Sox lefthander matched Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright pitch for pitch in what turned out to be yet another nail-biter in a white-knuckle World Series. When it was over, the Red Sox had a 3-1 win and a three-games-to-two lead heading back to Fenway Park. The deciding runs came in the seventh inning, as did the night’s most-interesting...

Adam Wainwright: My mechanics were bad in Game 1

Adam Wainwright is pretty much the definition of an ace pitcher. He was one of the best pitchers in baseball in 2009 and 2010, and he was one of the best in 2012 and this season after returning from surgery in 2011. He was light’s out in the NLDS against the Pittsburgh Pirates and had […]

World Series Game 5 preview

                                    @   Series tied 2-2 Gametime: Monday 8:07 | Busch Stadium | FOX/WEEI/ESPN Radio +6  Run differential in WS Game 5 Matchup: Jon Lester, LHP  2013: 15-8, 3.75 ERA, 1.294 WHIP | 2013 Postseason: 3-1, 1.67 ERA, 1.074 WHIP Adam Wainwright, RHP  2013: 19-9, 2.94 ERA, 1.068 WHIP | 2013 Postseason...

Lester deals, Red Sox grab 3-2 lead

Jon Lester smothered St. Louis on four hits into the eighth, David Ross hit a tiebreaking RBI double in a two-run seventh inning off Adam Wainwright and the Boston Red Sox beat the Cardinals 3-1 Monday night to take a 3-2 World Series lead.

John Farrell Expresses Some Regret Over Handling of Brandon Workman, Missed Opportunity for Double-Switch

John Farrell made a mistake in Game 3 of the World Series. And he seems to know it. Farrell made a head-scratching decision Saturday when he let pitcher Brandon Workman, who entered the game in the eighth inning, bat with one out in the top of the ninth inning. Workman — as you might have guessed — struck out, while Mike Napoli, who was on the bench with David Ortiz playing first...

Mysterious moves by Matheny

For 14 highly scrutinized October games Mike Matheny sidestepped mines that wounded or took out many of his counterparts. Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly hurt himself and his team by prematurely lifting first baseman Adrian Gonzalez for a pinch runner in what ended as a 13-inning loss in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series. As recently as Saturday night&...

Red Sox’ Clay Buchholz may not go deep in Game 4 due to shoulder

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell made the decision to start Clay Buchholz in Game 4 on Sunday night, but it now appears that he will also need his bullpen ready at a moment’s notice. In his Game 4 preview,’s Paul Hagan explains that Farrell does not expect his right-hander to go deep into the game. Even if he pitches well, Buchholz may have a short leash because...

Lackey pitches his second clincher

John Farrell walked out to the mound, with two on and two out in the seventh inning of a five-run game. The Red Sox manager does not make that trip except to pull his pitcher. But before he reached the mound, John Lackey was making his case, and quite forcefully: ''John, this is my guy.'' Farrell went back to the dugout without his pitcher. After a wild pitch and...

Cards arrive in Boston after 7-hour delay

Once again, the Cardinals found themselves obstructed. This time they were not trying to get home. The Cardinals' charter flight from St. Louis to Boston was delayed more than five hours by a mechanical issue that kept the plane grounded. The team waited for the glitch to be fixed, and eventually had to consider getting a new plane to make their way here for Game 6 of the World...

Four Real? Beards pluck Birds in WS Game Five 10-28-13

Know why the big guy is smiling? After winning Game Five of the World Series over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday, the Sox are only one win away from claiming their third World Series title in a decade (AP photo) Jan-Christian Sorensen Contributing Writer Dropkick it. We’re shipping up to Boston. After the Red Sox delivered a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in...
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