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Red Sox Game 82 recap: Winning streaks are fun

The REAL Homer Bailey!

Highest WPA: Stephen Drew, .204 (2-2, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, 1 tight hamstring)
Lowest WPA: Andrew Bailey, -.106 (2/3 IP, 2 K, HR, 1 ER)

Allen Webster worked 6 innings and gave up 4 runs, and it felt great. That’s how little I expected of today’s starter. Perhaps I should be directing more ire at John Farrell, who left Webster in too long after four shutout innings, or Andrew Bailey, who required all of three batters to give up a game-tying home run in the seventh.

Fortunately, the bottom half of the seventh featured even worse pitching. Three hits, two walks, and two pitching changes later, the Sox were back on top. Koji Uehara once again got to protect a greater-than-one-run lead (a 91.5% chance of winning to start the ninth, as opposed to yesterday’s 96%), getting his third save in as many days.

Goog’s thoughts from the preview are still applicable, though; having worked three days in a row, instead of having yesterday off, Uehara will certainly rest tomorrow. And with Felix Doubront unlikely to get past 6 innings (and Andrew Bailey unlikely to get through one inning) that’s putting an awful lot of pressure on Andrew Miller and Junichi Tazawa if the game is remotely competitive.

But you know what? The Sox beat the Jays with Allen Webster outlasting Josh Johnson. We’re allowed to feel good about that. Toronto’s staring at Esmil Rogers and a tired bullpen of their own tomorrow; no need to panic. (At least, no more than there was a few days ago.)

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