Top Play (WPA)
.481 WPA. Whatever.
Bottom Play (WPA)
The one out the Red Sox got in that 9th inning? It was a strikeout of Carlos Perez. That was worth a -.182 WPA. Mutual awfulness.
Avoiding the elephant in the room here, I’m gonna say it was David Price getting out of a jam in the fifth inning. Price was really looking to correct himself in this one, and I’d say he did, getting a ton of grounders and shutting down the Angels’ offense. The bottom of the fifth was wonderful bit of magic after a bunch of singles loaded the bases, as he got a weak grounder to shortstop to end it. If you take anything away from this game, let it be that David Price was very good.
Trend to Watch
Three straight one-run losses.
The Red Sox will somehow show their faces in public again for the second game of this series, in which Rick Porcello will face off against Tim Lincecum, a matchup that would’ve seem extremely lopsided in 2010. It might still be lopsided now, but not in the same way.