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Red Sox Game 137 recap: So what if we have the same mother?

Highest WPA: Jacoby Ellsbury, .136 (3-5, RBI, 2 R, 2B)
Lowest WPA: Shane Victorino, -.105 (2-5, R, K, 5 LOB)

Neither John nor Jordan Danks did much for the family name tonight.

You can’t get too excited for anything against the White Sox, but it was another very nice start for Jake Peavy, as he pitched seven strong innings against his old team and gave up just one walk to three strikeouts, and no extra bases. Will Middlebrooks only struck out once, but continued his lousy week of making Goog’s pessimism look entirely reasonable and fair. Xander Bogaerts, on the other hand, notched a pair of hits and a walk, and is making a case to get some solid playing time in the final month. The Red Sox have a small division lead and aren’t counting on much at third base; why not make it a competition the rest of the way, assuming that “make Xander play himself out of the job” is off the table? I’d have more confidence we would do something like that, of course, if David Ross got to start against lefties for reasons other than “night game before day game.”

But hey, the Red Sox are winning the games they’re supposed to win. With the Rays playing bad-to-mediocre baseball lately, that’s enough to keep growing a lead. But it’s not always going to be this fun and relaxing and casual. After this series, they get the Tigers. Then the Yankees. Then the Rays. Then the Yankees again. And then the Orioles. So while these games aren’t the most compelling, it’s a damn good thing they’ve been winning them.

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