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Red Sox Game 29 recap: Shane is back, tell a friend

Highest WPA: Shane Victorino, .017 (1-4, K, 3 LOB)
Lowest WPA: Felix Doubront, -.206 (3.2 IP, 12 H, BB, 2 K, 6 ER; 97 pitches)

Not a good day for my claims that A. the Rangers have an offense that is closer to average than it is to great, and B. Felix Doubront is a solid starter. For that matter, throw in C. Shane Victorino was a decent signing for the Red Sox.

Of course, C is mitigated a bit by the fact that Victorino was, along with Clay Mortensen, one of just two Boston players with positive WPA contributions today. Even so, WPA is a pretty stupid stat to base anything but blog intros on, but the bottom line today was that creepy Derek Holland was really good, and frustrating Felix Doubront was really bad (and capricious BABIP fates really cruel).

Do these things have any sort of predictive value? A ridiculously tiny amount, perhaps, but not enough for me to lose faith in the Sox as a strong contender this season. Tomorrow, John Lackey will probably make that belief even more laughable and send us all to alternate entertainment options by 9 PM Eastern. Don’t miss it!

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