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Red Sox Game 115 recap: The six-man rotation

That de-escalated quickly

Highest WPA: David Ortiz, .307 (4-4, BB, 2 RBI, 2 R)
Lowest WPA: Steven Wright, -.247 (1 IP, H, 2 BB, WP, HBP, 3 ER, K; 18/42 strikes/pitches)
Highest BAC: Drake Britton, .094 (Played the Ryan Lavarnway drinking game: Take a shot every time he drops a knuckleball. Was last seen doing 75 on an on-ramp.)

Ryan Dempster is mediocre to bad. We may well be reminded of that tomorrow (and if not, it IS only the Astros…). But I’d still trust him to put up a decent enough start against a bad team, and in a tight playoff race – the Peavy trade says this Red Sox team is trying to avoid the play-in game – taking even the league’s worst team lightly is not the way to go. Hopefully, Steven Wright drilled this lesson into Boston’s head; the knuckleballer who had trouble avoiding walks to AAA hitters shouldn’t be counted on to find the zone in the bigs. Brandon Workman wasn’t reassuring either, but at least he has things in his favor other than a pitch no one else in MLB throws.

Of course, the strength of this club is not its pitching, and the Astros are pretty terrible, so it was wonderful but not stunning when the Red Sox rallied back. Jacoby Ellsbury started what we’ll all hope is a contract push reminding us of that one year he hit homers. On the other hand, Mike Carp continued regressing to the sort of player the Mariners would cut, but I’d much rather see the team let him play until he proves himself incapable than keep running AAA starters out there. And hey, it’s not like Mike Napoli is unplatoonable at first.

Meanwhile, the Rays are three outs away from a loss in Phoenix, which would tie the teams at 46 losses (with Boston having 3 more wins). Hopefully, Dempster can come out tomorrow and be the unremarkable innings-eating non-disaster I thought we were getting.

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