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Red Sox Game 9 recap: They lost. Oh well. 

Highest WPA: Hmmm…maybe Hanley Ramirez? (1-4, HR, 2 RBI)

Lowest WPA: Wade Miley (2.2 IP, a bunch of baserunners, 7 ER)

 

When you get a terrible starting pitching performance, which is quickly becoming the norm for the 2015 Red Sox, you need two things to stay in the game: A potent offense, and a shutdown bullpen. The Sox have one of those, but couldn’t get the other. Anthony Varvaro soaked up more than his fair share, but Robbie Ross couldn’t keep the game close enough, and the result was a 10-5 loss that simultaneously felt closer than it was and also not that close.

 

Sportspun will have further details if he wants to. My final thought: Fenway Park is cool, and going there is fun. That is all.

 

Sportspun: Welp. I certainly can’t complain about a “win every series” season, but as much as I think Goog overstates an absolute need for an ace, the question marks of this rotation are tilting away from “5-good-starters-but-no-one-great staff” and toward “iffy guys plus Rick Porcello relying heavily on defense and luck.” And as good as the offense is, and as much as I love Anthony Varvaro… that’s a disturbing prospect.

Your WPA standouts:
Wade Miley, -.298 (2 1/3 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 7 ER, K, HR)
Mike Napoli, .113 (1-3, 3B [yes, Goog got to see a Mike Napoli triple!] 2 R, 2 K, BB)

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