Red Sox Monthly WPA Leaders for July
Starting pitching was a bit of a puzzle this month, with Jon Lester the only real standout. He was lights-out in his first four starts of the month, and less stellar in his last two. Overall, in six starts, he put together a 2-1 record and 3.82 ERA to earn 0.438 WPA. In second place was Josh Beckett, who was 3-2 with a 5.06 ERA and 0.086 WPA in six starts. At the bottom of the heap were David Wells and Jason Johnson, who each struggled in their only start of the month.
Jonathan Papelbon of course ruled the roost in the pen, with five saves in six opportunities and a 0.71 ERA. He allowed just one run in his ten appearances, earning 1.256 WPA. In second place was Manny Delcarmen, who started off the month better than he finished it, but still ended up with a 3.52 ERA and 0.464 WPA. The worst performer out of the pen was Rudy Seánez. Seánez actually had a pretty good month, but his WPA took a bath in the 19-inning marathon against the White Sox on July 9, where he took the loss on a walk-off single by Tadahito Iguchi after pitching 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Since then, he has not allowed a run, but he has been used mainly in garbage-time situations, so his WPA has never rebounded from that bad outing. Second-worst in the pen was Javier López, who had a 6.23 ERA and -0.147 WPA for the month.
Well, of course, David Ortiz, whose 2.312 WPA in July was the most for any player in any month this season. Hitting .339 with 14 homers will do that for you. Papi just needs to show up for the rest of the season to take home the MVP crown that should have been his last year. In second place offensively was Manny Ramirez, who put together a 16-game hitting streak to finish the month. For the whole month, he hit .336 with 9 homers. Bringing up the rear, we have Coco Crisp, who has excelled in the field and disappointed at the plate, with a .243 average for the month and -0.907 WPA. Second from the rear is Trot Nixon, who was riding a cold streak before getting hurt on July 30. He hit .187 for the month with just a single home run.