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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Red Sox WPA through 8/16/06

It was a relief last night to see the Red Sox bats deliver some timely hits, and to see the bullpen finally slam the door, helping deliver the first win over a team with a winning record since the 7-6 victory over the Angels on July 29th.

Wells finished with a negative WPA, but he pitched well enough to get the job done, delivering 6 and 2/3 respectable innings to even his record at 2-2. The big story at the plate was Coco Crisp, who went two-for-three with a walk and delivered the go-ahead runs in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run double. Crisp is now riding a seven-game hitting streak, hitting .345 over that stretch. Ortiz, meanwhile, broke out of his home run mini-drought with a two-run shot to break a 1-1 tie in the fifth. Ortiz reached base four times, going 1-1 with three walks (one semi-intentional, as he was given a free pass after Verlander got behind 3-1 in the third).

Jonathan Papelbon was as sharp as ever, with a 1-2-3 inning to earn his 32nd save on just six pitches, bringing sighs of relief across Red Sox Nation. Just as important, however, was Craig Hansen's performance, recording four outs while giving up just one hit. Hansen had been shaky, allowing nine runs (six earned) over his last seven starts, so it was nice to see a solid performance from him.

The bullpen is now nicely positioned going into Friday's doubleheader: the Tigers series saw one appearance each from Seanez, Breslow, Timlin, Hansen, and Papelbon. The Sox relax at home today while the Yankees wrap up their series with the Orioles with a day game today. A Baltimore win today would put the Sox just 1.5 games back. Let's hope it comes on a Kevin Millar homer in the eighteenth inning after a three-hour rain delay.

Individual Player WPA Contributions
Wednesday, 8/16/06
Tigers 4, Red Sox 6

Full-Season Player WPA Contributions
Through Wednesday, 8/16/06

Full-Season Category WPA Contributions
Through Wednesday, 8/16/06


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