There’s always next year, Yankees.
Top Play (WPA)
Seldom will you see something hit harder than Hanley’s three-run blast in the fifth inning. That was worth .225 WPA, and brought the Red Sox right back into the game. His second bomb, which you’ll see soon, came in second with a .216 mark. Aaron Hill’s RBI single later that inning was third on this list with a .150 WPA. The Red Sox dominated the top of the WPA chart in this game.
Bottom Play (WPA)
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Xander Bogaerts did the offense no favors in the sixth inning, as his strikeout with runners on second and third came with a -.087 WPA. The Red Sox tied it in that inning and had several chances to take the lead, but all of them came up short.
There are two.
Seems kind of familiar, don’t you think?
Trends to Watch
1. Man, it’s a hot one. Like seven inches from Hanley Ramirez. He had a .390 ISO coming into this game, and left it with nine home runs in September, with four bombs in his last four games alone. He sure called his second half surge:
Hanley Ramirez to @bradfo yesterday: “It’s going to be dangerous. It’s going to be homers, triples, and more homers. It’s going to get ugly”
— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) June 16, 2016
2. Drew Pomeranz’s terrible September continues. He has yet to go six innings in any start, and just now cleared 10 innings pitched this month. He was acceptable for a while since coming over, but he’s giving up homers by the dozen and just getting knocked around. It could be fatigue, or it could just be a slump. Either way, it’s not looking good.
The Red Sox travel to Baltimore for a four-game set, and it’ll kick off with Rick Porcello vs. Dylan Bundy. The team’s magic number is 11, and they could use a sweep to knock it down by a lot, but taking two games keeps the status quo as is between the two clubs.
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