How Terry Francona makes his lineup

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How Terry Francona makes his lineup

By Jon Fucile
WickedGoodSports.com

The Red Sox slow start has raised a lot of questions. Can they dig themselves out of this hole with 203 games left? Will the offense find their groove? Why is baseball so boring?

One of the biggest points of contention amongst fans lately seems to be Fraconas lineup juggling, especially with that Carl Crawford fellow.

To the outside observer it may seem as though Francona is nuts. You are probably thinking there must be some method to his madness, some kind of strategy.

Well youd be wrong. There is no game plan or strategy. Francona has a bit of a gambling problem and uses similar games to make lineup decisions. He just loves the thrill of not knowing! But, much like gambling, it back fires more often than not.

Follow us as we take an inside look at how Francona makes lineup decisions.

First Terry decides who is going to play catcher that night. He gets to decided between Jason Varitek and Jarrod Salta.. Saltalam.ummmm Jarrod. Just Jarrod.

Varitek is old and at the end of his career but pitchers seem to prefer him. Jarrod has been justjust awful.

Rather than just pick the guy that is playing better Francona breaks out his Big Wheel of Catchers and takes a spin!

Next he decides who is going to pitch to the catcher that got selected. Now, you might think Francona has a set rotation but that simply isnt true. He plays different games in an attempt to spread out the work load but it is still random.

Terrys favorite is a pitchers version of the old game show Press Your Luck!

Oh tough luck Terry. Lackey is starting tonight. Might as well just throw another L in the winloss column now.

Francona is just holding out for the day he can clone Jon Lester.

Finally, Francona has to decide who is going to hit and in what order. Man that is tough business!

How does he decide? Dart board with faces? Pulling names out of a hat?

Nope. Red Sox Yahtzee!

Wow that is looking rough already. Crawford and Ellsbury cant hit so far this season and Wally doesnt look like he can run the bases effectively. At least the lineup is taking shape.

Looking pretty rough there Terry.

Well at least you and 90 of the people that call into the SportsHub agree on something.

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Angels

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Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Angels

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Angels:

QUOTES

* “He just had very good command the entire night. Stayed ahead in the count [and] pitched to all quadrants of the strike zone. He used his four-seamer in on some powerful right-handed hitters in their lineup.” John Farrell on Rick Porcello’s performance.

* “We needed a win bad and swung the bats well and played good defense. That’s a big win for us.” Rick Porcello said after his win in an interview with NESN.

* “24 hours ago we were probably in a much different place mentally after a ball game like tonight.” Farrell on the win.

“That was probably the first time I sat on off-speed pitches this whole year. I took a chance, took a gamble.” Jackie Bradley Jr. said on his home run.

NOTES

* Rick Porcello completed his first game in a Red Sox uniform in the 6-2 win. The CG was the fifth of his career and his first since he threw three in 2014. The righty has 14 wins, one win shy of tying his career high.

* Xander Bogaerts had his first multi extra-base hit performance of the season since June 11. He’s only done that twice this season. He extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

* David Ortiz logged his 85th RBI of the season in the win and Mookie Betts his 67th. Heading into Friday night’s game, the two were one of five pairs of teammates ranking in the top 20 in RBI. The list includes Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson, Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story, Adam Duvall and Jay Bruce and Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant.

* Dustin Pedroia has now reached base safely in 32 straight games.

STARS

1) Rick Porcello

Porcello had his first complete game in a Red Sox uniform, stopping Boston’s losing skid at four games.

2) Xander Bogaerts

Bogaerts finished with a double and a home run -- the only Boston hitter with multiple hits. He also led the Red Sox with three RBI and scoring twice in the win.

3) Dustin Pedroia

In addition to walking in his first two at-bats, Pedroia had a base hit -- and another walk -- scoring twice on the night.

First impressions of the Red Sox' 6-2 win over the Angels

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First impressions of the Red Sox' 6-2 win over the Angels

First impressions of the Red Sox 6-2 win over Los Angeles:

Rick Porcello is not fazed by his fellow staff members’ struggles.

Although his teammates continue to deal with frustrations on almost a nightly basis, Porcello got the job done and put Boston in a position to win once again.

The second-inning double by Daniel Nava should have been a single, had Jackie Bradley Jr. not misplayed a funny hop. If that hit is a single, the next ground ball is a double -- and the following grounder ends the inning.

One of the most impressive components of his outing was dealing with Cole Kalhoun, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols to finish his outing after already facing them three times on the night.

Xander Bogaerts had his first multi-hit game in a week.

Which in the grand scheme of things isn’t a long time -- but that can feel like a long time given the shortstop’s output this year.

It was also his first multi extra-base hit performance since June 11.

Oddly enough, those are his only two games of that kind this season.

In addition to the win, Porcello did the bullpen a favor.

Not necessarily because the relievers needed rest, but with Ziegler’s last two rough nights, they could use a break.

Although Joe Kelly and Clay Buchholz got warm late, it was more so to keep them fresh for the coming games since they haven’t thrown much.

Additionally, he gave an example for the Red Sox starting rotation that they are in fact capable of going the distance.

Tim Lincecum is barely a shell of what he used to be.

That first inning was hard to watch. The former Cy Young Award-winner threw eight straight balls, and somehow managed to work past. Even his final throw to first base in he opening frame looked like it was going off the mark.

Just hard to watch in general, which made it all the more shocking that the Red Sox couldn’t score against him.

Good for them that he never adjusted, and they took advantage of it in the ensuing innings.