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Red Sox Game 136 recap: Sox-off!

Highest WPA: Koji Uehara, .208 (1 1/3 IP, 2 K)
Lowest WPA: Jarrod Saltalamacchia, -.109 (0-4, K, 3 LOB)

Oh, right, Ryan Dempster is a person who exists and plays baseball for the Red Sox. And when he’s not causing competitiveness-undermining drama, he’s… pretty lousy. Sure, Hector Santiago looked a lot worse, but he was facing one of baseball’s top offenses; Dempster was underwhelming against one of the worst.

But that’s the requisite complaining to justify my pessimism in last night’s recap. Ultimately, Dempster had a non-trainwreck outing, which is what we’re paying him $13 million a year to do. Our bats didn’t run up the score on Santiago, but forced him from the game with over 100 pitches after recording just 11 outs. From there, it was pretty quiet, even after Chicago made it interesting; while Dempster couldn’t shut the South Siders down, the bullpen got 2 2/3 one-hit innings to close out the win.

Meanwhile, Jarrod Saltalamacchia was useless against lefties. Knock me over with a feather. Maybe Shane should give him a little talk about how switch hitting isn’t a good thing when you can’t actually hit from both sides.

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