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Red Sox Game 61 recap: Jonny Gomes was finally useful

Highest WPA: Jonny Gomes, .385 (4-5, 2B)
Lowest WPA: Pedro Ciriaco, -.201 (0-3, 2 K)

What we’ve learned this week: Goog needs to keep predicting losses, and I need to keep complaining about Gomes.

What we’ve always known: David Ortiz is pretty fucking awesome.

As well as the obvious, I’ll note that Jose Iglesias drew three walks while hitting in front of Ciriaco, so this is another game where I refuse to give any credence to the results. Even so, I don’t think anyone will care if he stays on the roster at Ciriaco’s expense when Will Middlebrooks returns.

Speaking of returns: I’ve been pretty negative about Jacoby Ellsbury’s “great game/hurt for a weak” fragility, but his big return today (4-5 with a pair of doubles) is a nice data point supporting the “don’t hurry back or play hurt, wait till you heal” school of thought. Let’s hope Shane Victorino’s takeaway is, “oh, you can come back strong if you take time to recover” and not “HURR ME MANLY MAN; ME NO NEED MORE REST.”

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