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Red Sox Game 8 recap: bullpen arsonist

SAVES SAVES SAVES whoops

Highest WPA: Jarrod Saltalamacchia, .262
Lowest WPA: Joel Hanrahan, -.867

Remember how much I hated Alfredo Aceves last year? Well… Joel Hanrahan is making almost six times as much money.

The crappy Ryan Dempster whom Goog seems to have created from ether is still not an actual existing pitcher, as the starter went five strong today (no thanks to the defense behind him) before rain cut his outing short. A battle of the bullpens favored the Red Sox on paper, and for the first three innings, it worked out; Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa, and Andrew Bailey combined for 5 strikeouts and one walk. But then… Joel Hanrahan. A homer, a two-out bloop, a walk, another walk, a ball thrown where no catcher was going to save the wild pitch, and finally a home run later, the Sox were sunk.

The “closer” role is an overrated one, and the highest-leverage innings of a game sometimes do not occur in the ninth. But being that teams seem to adhere tightly to the concept of the save, one is inclined to believe the Red Sox see Hanrahan as their top bullpen arm. And as long as that’s the case, well, the team deserves whatever happens to it in the late innings. Do I want them to fail? Of course not. Stupid teams get away with this sort of ridiculousness all the time. But in what looks like a tight AL East race this year, the Sox need every edge they can get. So far, I’m not convinced that John Farrell’s decisions will give them those marginal advantages.

Oh, and Aceves starts tomorrow.

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  1. April 10, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    I hate to point this out, but if you throw goggles on Hanrahan he looks almost exactly like Eric Gagne.

    • April 10, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      I… I had that same thought as I watched him getting booed off the mound… oh dear.

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