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Red Sox Game 145 recap: Closers only get three-out saves, apparently

Highest WPA: Will Middlebrooks, .323 (2-3, HR, RBI, BB [throw a parade!], K [well that was obvious])
Lowest WPA: Brandon Workman, -.360 (.2 IP, H, K, WP, ER, but at least we didn’t use Koji)

Two teams with great closers and terrible damn near every other reliever played one of the more unique four-game series you’ll see, but this final game felt all too familiar. As a baseball move, I really liked Joe Girardi going to Mariano Rivera for the eighth inning. I might have pulled him for someone else to pitch the ninth, but the Yankees have an off-day tomorrow and nobody else who can be trusted, so…eh. Sure, the Sox came back–thanks to a routine fly ball to right field, really–but all they did was tie it. And if you’ve paid attention to the way baseball managers manage baseball games, you should know by now that that meant it was just a matter of time.

Closers, in case you haven’t heard, only get saves. So when the game is tied in the bottom of the ninth, it wasn’t the closer who faced the top of the Yankee order; it was Brandon Workman, who in case you don’t remember was giving up more than a homer and a half per nine innings at AAA just two months ago. And, stunningly, a pitcher who wasn’t very good in the minor leagues wasn’t the best choice for a “they score, we lose” situation.

We still took three out of four, and the lead in the division is still eight games, and the Patriots won, so I’m not really mad. Mad will come when John Farrell does this same exact thing in the playoffs, and still doesn’t get an ounce of criticism for it. After all, everybody knows: Closers only get saves.

  1. September 8, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    “Mo only gets a blown save and a win,” I’ll tell the person who wrote this who isn’t actually me.

  1. September 10, 2013 at 11:00 PM

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