One of the most talked about and perhaps slightly anticipated rule changes to come along in recent memory was the expansion of instant replay in the MLB. By all accounts, this seems like a good idea and it appeared comforting to know that if an umpire made a potentially wrong call, they could go and check the video and try to make things right.
The Boston Red Sox have grown to despise instant replay. It looks like numerous times that calls have not gone in Boston’s favor. John Farrell has lost four out of his five challenges and now probably feels like instant replay is working against the Red Sox.
To the umpire’s credit, the recent Dustin Pedroia play at home plate was not as obvious as people are making it out to be. As a matter of fact, I feel that there was one angle of the replay where it looks like Pedroia actually did miss the plate. Besides, if Boston had scored a lot more runs and not left so many men on base, that play would not have loomed nearly as large as it did.
I am sure at some point this season, everything is going to even itself out and Boston will start getting more of those calls going its way. Again, Boston needs to be hitting more consistently so that it is not desperate for runs like it was in this game.
It is almost like Boston is having to payback all the good luck it had in 2013. But you can’t blame all that on the umps.