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Game Who Cares: A Win!

Highest WPA: Craig Breslow, .170
Lowest WPA: Felix Doubront, -.162

It seems these days that the Red Sox can’t win a game without it being an agonizing affair. That was the case again today as the stretched-thin bullpen almost blew another lead and it took offensive heroics from Dustin Pedroia to keep things in line for the Sox. Bobby Valentine was tossed after a blown call in the fifth, giving NESN’s talking heads reason to babble about how he still has the support of the fans (they must not be reading this blog). Royals starter Will Smith joined the infamous “Gave Up a Home Run to Pedro Ciriaco” Club and was reportedly put on suicide watch after the game. Pedro Beato made his first Red Sox appearance and was promptly left in for far too long, causing this writer to actually forget for a minute that Valentine had ever been ejected. After two scoreless innings, Beato was given an opportunity to load the bases with nobody out in the eighth and was only rescued by another rather heroic appearance by Craig Breslow.

All in all, that’s what adds up to a Red Sox win these days. The starter goes 5 or 6, an obviously overworked bullpen struggles to hold a lead, and then things are basically decided by whether or not the team can toss in a few extra runs at the end. Tomorrow’s game is a 1 o’clock start featuring the return of Daisuke Matsuzaka, so that probably signals even more work for Red Sox relief staff. Good times.

  1. August 26, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Suspending Aceves for getting mad that someone pointed out he’s trash, then running Bailey out there three days in a row, is a recipe for a tired, thin bullpen. And Matsuzaka is probably the third-best starter the Red Sox have right now, which is sad. It will be sadder next year when the rotation is worse for not having him in it.

  2. August 27, 2012 at 3:32 AM

    Reblogged this on misterrobbie.

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