posted at 7/7/2013 10:05 PM EDT
Dgalehouse is indeed trying to have fun because there is nothing he relishes more than the Sox losing and opportunities to say, "I told you these guys were bums."
I am merely defending Napoli, not because I am unaware of his K's, but because he has been and is a part of a lineup that has scored the most runs in MLB, and Napoli has the second most rbi's, 55, on the team. Moreover, Farrell continues to bat him fifth, and I'm inclined to think Farrell knows what he is doing. dgalehouse appears to think Farrell does not know what he is doing.
If you watch this game, you will notice that, while Lackey is pitching a pretty good game, he does love his fastball and is not afraid to put it over the middle of the plate, which is how those two dingers were hit. Weaver, on the other hand, doesn't much like his 87 mph fastball and throws it off the plate, but throws plenty of sliders, changeups, and curve balls over the plate, which has allowed him to keep the Sox batters very much off guard. Napoli ain't the only guy striking out. Ortiz did so with men on first and third and one man out. Carp has done so twice despite the lefty vs. righty advantage.
I say all of the above because I think it is wrong to single out Napoli in a game in which the all-star has looked at least as bad if not worse than Napoli. Pedroi, the other all-star, is also hitless in three at bats. In fact, everyone is looking bad because Weaver is a smart pitcher with pretty good control and an assortment of off speed pitches.