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Red Sox Game 31 Reaction: Wait, what?

Highest WPA: Mike Napoli, .211 (1-2, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, K)
Lowest WPA: Hanley Ramirez (1-4, 2 R, 1 LOB)

It was my understanding that the Red Sox would lose the 80% of their games started by non-Rick Porcello pitchers, plus maybe 30-40% of Porcello’s starts. Thanks for shattering my simplistic worldview, Clay!

Buchholz was decent by any standards, and stunningly good by my unrealistically low ones, working into the seventh and charged with “only” three runs. He matched that with three walks and three strikeouts, so his xFIP will climb to match his falling ERA, but whatever – it’s a much-needed win.

Unfortunately, the team’s upcoming west coast trip means that my limited optimism will be countered by my limited ability to stay up late. That may be for the best, if today proves a blip on the radar of a lost season, or it may be disappointing, as the club could start playing up to its ability before its divisional deficit grows insurmountable.

Allen Craig Watch: This Boston team scored 4.3 runs per game with Allen Craig rostered (and were 2-8 when he started), so it’s safe to conclude that he had some sort of energy-leeching presence that was suppressing their abilities.

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