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Red Sox Game 148 recap: I’m sorry, that was my Tourette’s

Highest WPA: Stephen Drew, .282 (1-2, 2B, BB, RBI)
Lowest WPA: Rubby De La Rosa, -.333 (1/3 IP, 2 2B, ER)
Highest BAC: Drake Britton, .052 (“not drinking much till we clinch, bro – then I’m goin’ NUTS!”)

I’m fine with Rubby De La Rosa getting paid the minimum as a potentially decent (not good) reliever in the future, but as Goog and I have vigorously debated, he’s replacement level at best right now, and that’s only assuming we’re talking true talent and not allowing for reliever volatility (said volatility, of course, means he could also have lucked into not sucking for a while, but… he didn’t). This fact got shoved in John Farrell’s face when Evan Longoria and Wil Myers each doubled (the latter a bloop that was an inch inside the line) while De La Rosa recorded all of one out (he could have had two, but Stephen Drew botched a ground ball and prolonged the inning, and Farrell wanted to see if Matt Thornton could avoid giving up a hit).

Of course, for all my complaints about management, one could argue that Farrell did the right thing; the two really good bullpen arms have been used in each of the last two games, and Craig Breslow had just one day off since a 33-pitch outing. That left the Sox without an option with a WHIP under 1.33, and Rubby’s right at that cutoff, so it was basically him, riding Drunk Britton till he made a mistake, or giving Felix Doubront his first relief appearance in months (and first game in almost a week).

So… an arguably reasonable bullpen decision, a bad but not disastrous Peavy start, and Jeremy Hellickson on top of his game. Basically, a routine loss that only makes a small dent in Boston’s grip on home-field advantage in the event they make the playoffs, and their second sweep-dodging defeat in as many series. Not fun, but I won’t feel bad for long with an 8.5 game lead with two and a half weeks to go. Hopefully, either De La Rosa starts having better outings or another reliever emerges in those last 14 games.

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