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Red Sox game 10 recap: Stop Hanra-time

Our Gomes was less harmful than their Gomes!

Highest WPA: Koji Uehara, .350
Lowest WPA: Joel Hanrahan, -.197

If you were in the Fox broadcast region or found a workaround for the blackout, this was a great contest. While Jon Lester seemed a bit shaky early – a third inning run was accompanied by some nibbling and pitch-count-killing ABs – he settled in fine and outlasted the reigning AL Cy Young winner. Meanwhile, neither offense did much, but the Rays were even less effective with runners in scoring position. Mike Napoli continues to concern and disappoint, and Stephen Drew was silenced by the lefty, but the Sox offense as a whole did a nice job driving Price from the game after 6 innings.

Of course, I’m burying the lede as I work around the improbable combination of relievers having Boston’s best and worst WPA in the game. For the second straight outing, Joel Hanrahan was awful; for the first time, John Farrell seemed aware of this development. Koji Uehara made The Sporting Nerds love him even more when he worked around the inherited two-on, none-out debacle, and Junichi Tazawa had a solid 10th to pick up the win. Unfortunately, Farrell’s postgame comments committed to Hanrahan still being the closer, which is, again, a label of questionable import.

Regardless of who gets the ninth inning save opportunities, though, it’s pretty inexcusable to keep using Hanrahan in high-leverage situations over Uehara, Tazawa, Andrew Bailey (who had a clean eighth), or even careful applications of Andrew Miller and Clay Mortensen. To Hanrahan’s credit, he’s a more accountable pitcher than Boston fans are used to in recent years, admitting after the game, with regard to his mechanics, “something’s not right and we got to fix it.” That does, indeed, seem a prudent course of action.

And on a personal note, I’m still chuckling at the Rays’ infielder (or infield-playing outfielder, at that point) who threw to first in a bizarre (and futile) attempt to make Shane Victorino’s game-winning single a game-winning fielder’s choice. Perhaps the new extra two percent for the Rays will be not knowing how many outs there are, or the drive to pad teammates’ innings totals.

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