With one possible questionable move in fourth game, Farrell could perhaps be excused for making moves where second-guessing is natural if things didn’t go Boston’s way. The manager went with Clay Buchholz on the mound despite his various physical ailments, and used his relievers effectively to stymie the Cardinals in Game 4.
It was a good managerial job for Farrell, who drew plenty of second-guessers in Game 3, especially with his decision not to walk Jon Jay to load the bases and instead pitch to Pete Kozma in the bottom of the ninth. Whether or not that would have led to a scenario preventing the controversial obstruction call at third base on Will Middlebrooks will never be known.
But to Farrell’s credit, he had the Red Sox ready for a solid effort in Game 4 and can count on Jon Lester to work his magic against the Cardinals as he did in Game 1. After Monday night’s game, Boston should be up 3-2 and headed back to Fenway Park to wrap it up. After a crazy Saturday night, Farrell has reasons to be smiling again.
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