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Red Sox Game 31 recap: Can’t use the closer because we might need him for a SAAAAAAAVE SITUATION!

Of course it was Adrian Beltre.

Highest WPA: David Ross, .184 (1-2, 2 BB, HR, RBI, SB)
Lowest WPA: Clayton Mortensen, -.348 (.2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K, ER)

Sportspun will confirm, if he’s feeling generous, that I predicted the Sox would get swept in like the third inning of game one. The Red Sox’ bats were able to get to Yu Darvish just a little bit, but Jon Lester is himself but a mortal, and so it became a battle of the bullpens. And in a battle of the bullpens, always take the home team, because the road team is stupid.

With Andrew Bailey hurt, Joel Hanrahan once again assumed the role of CLOSER. And because he’s the CLOSER, John Farrell did what every single manager in baseball does: He let him sit in the bullpen, waiting, for a save that never came. Because only the CLOSER can get saves, and only the CLOSER should be given the opportunity to get a save, even if that means your fifth-best available reliever has to pitch the bottom of the ninth in a do-or-die situation.

Road teams have been losing games like this pretty much since the CLOSER came into being, and they probably always will. But hey, at least the CLOSER was waiting, ready to get the save.

  1. May 5, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Goog did indeed foresee the sweep. While I hate the closer-in-saves adherence as much as the next guy, it’s worth noting that even if we accept Hanrahan as better than Mortensen – and that, to me, is at least a fair question – we’re talking about the 5th best reliever being used over the 4th best reliever. So yes, CLOSER logic hurts, but so can using Joel Hanrahan in high-leverage spots.

  1. July 15, 2013 at 3:29 AM
  2. July 22, 2013 at 1:14 AM

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