Sunday, August 12, 2007

Remind me why we got Eric Gagne again?

Gagne turned what could have been a sweep of the Orioles this weekend into a series loss. On Friday, he blew a 4 run lead in the 8th. Today, he gave up a 2-run homer to Miguel Tejada in the 8th when the Sox were up 3-1. In both games, great performances by the starters (Daisuke on Friday, Schilling today) were wasted. To twist the knife a bit, Kevin Millar won the game in the 10th today with a 3-run homer off Kyle Snyder.

Gagne was brought in here to strengthen the back end of the bullpen. He's been a disaster so far. He has a 15.75 ERA, giving up 10 hits and seven runs in five games since he came over from the Rangers.

These performances cost us two games in the standings. The lead is now down to four games, while it could have easily still been six. If the Red Sox end up blowing the division by a game or two, we could point to Gagne's lost weekend in Baltimore.


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