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Red Sox Game 98 recap: Oh right, there’s a blog!

Highest WPA: Felix Doubront, .227 (6 1/3 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 5 K, ER)
Lowest WPA: Jarrod Saltalamacchia, -.078 (0-3, K, 2 LOB)

Well, at least this game didn’t ADD to my sinking feeling about the 2013 Red Sox.

Even as a Doubront optimist, I’m not going to make much of the fact he had a nice outing and got a combined 0-11 out of Brent Lillibridge, Eduardo Nunez, Zoilo Almonte, and Luis Cruz. Beating the Yankees always feels good, but boy, that’s one lousy lineup. Of course, this is coming from the guy who was rooting for Brandon Snyder, Brock Holt, and Jose Iglesias tonight.

Meanwhile, while the Sox are running out a left side of the infield that should be expected to combine for at least six outs a night, Andrew Bailey’s season is over, and a billionaire’s business’s doctors cannot diagnose Clay Buchholz. That brings the team to three season-ending relief injuries and, with no answer in sight for the rotation, reason to fear for every decent bullpen arm that has already been overworked.

The Red Sox cut roughly 21 million in payroll from Opening Day 2012 to the start of this season. If they continue to play out the 2013 season acting as though the players currently rostered are enough to get them into the postseason with a respectable chance of winning, Goog was right all along and “midseason flexibility” was never the goal. The team has holes and money to spend, and twelve days to get some help. I’ll be waiting.

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