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Red Sox Game 105 recap: Stephen Drew being awesome

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Highest WPA: Stephen Drew, .366 (3-4, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R)
Lowest WPA: Mike Napoli, -.063 (0-4, 2 K, 2 LOB)

Well, they needed that. I’ll be completely honest: I’m still okay with the innings-eating contract, but was expecting Ryan Dempster to need a lot more run support than he did; his command was still lousy-to-nonexistent, and it was a small miracle he got by as well as he did. By the time his luck was starting to regress, John Farrell was surprisingly aggressive, yanking the righty at just 84 pitches.

Meanwhile, with increasing calls for the Red Sox to find some help on the left side of the infield, Stephen Drew stepped up and took down the Orioles almost single-handedly. Well, as single-handedly as you can get when your accomplishments have heavier WPA consequences thanks to teammates getting on base in front of you, at least. As frustrating as Drew has been since coming off the DL, today was a nice reminder that he’s capable of having some serious offensive impact just as pitchers think they’re safe in the bottom third of the order.

The Red Sox are still in second place. They still have an awful lot of very questionable pitchers. They play Jonny Gomes too often, and Mike Carp too infrequently. They have fans who seem to love Dustin Pedroia for silly reasons unrelated to what he actually does to help the team win. They have a DH who’ll probably miss a game or two because he couldn’t take his (understandable) rage out in the clubhouse rather than in view of cameras and umpires.

But tonight… well, if they didn’t need the win, I sure did. We’re one day closer to finding out how committed ownership and management is to making a real contender; passing that time with a victory feels so much better than passing it with the feeling of certain doom because the Orioles “just have our number.”

“Half of the Left Side of the Infield Still Sucks” Watch: Jose Iglesias went 1 for 4, continuing the steady OBP descent.

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