The Trade - August 24 Red Sox acquire LHP Kent Mercker St. Louis Cardinals acquire C/1B David Benham, LHP Mike Matthews Did it help? Mercker went 2-0 with a 3.51 ERA in five starts down the stretch with the Red Sox, helping Boston to reach the postseason. Mercker struggled in the playoffs, however, lasting just 1.2 innings against Cleveland in Game 4 of the ALDS. He started Games 1 and 5 of the ALCS against the New York Yankees, with the Red Sox losing each time. He earned the loss in the decisive Game 5, lasting just 3.2 innings.
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