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Red Sox Game 160 recap: Ready for October

Highest WPA: Daniel Nava, .142 (2-5, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R)
Lowest WPA: Jacoby Ellsbury, -.035 (0-4, 1 LOB)

That’s really all that needs to be said, at this point. The offense, from top to bottom, is the most lethal and dangerous in baseball. The starting rotation is talented, deep, and healthy at the right time. The bullpen…well, Koji’s amazing, and the other guys are also there. Taz and Breslow are good, and hopefully that’s enough.

Tonight’s game was over almost before it began. In the blink of an eye, the Sox had put up four runs, and they added a fifth before the first inning was over. From that point, the only real questions were whether Clay Buchholz would blow it (he didn’t), and how Felix Doubront would look coming out of the bullpen (well, they have to give us something to keep paying attention as games approach 100% meaninglessness; we’ll check in tomorrow, even though the A’s have two chances to cede their shot at the #1 seed before then).

With the win, the Red Sox’ magic number to clinch home field throughout the playoffs moves to one. There will be no September tragedy in Baltimore this season. We are going to October, and by all indications, we are going deep.

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