LADY AT THE BAT: Eric Gagne: Bullpen Woah!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Eric Gagne: Bullpen Woah!

It was the Best Of The Bullpen again last night at Fenway Park. After Curt Schilling pitched 5 and one-third effective innings, Hideki Okajima and Jonathan Papelbon took over and closed things out, giving Boston a 2-1 win and a 2-0 edge in the 2007 World Series.

At one point, Okajima retired seven Rockies in a row. Both he and Papelbon pitched in innings most people in Red Sox Nation thought would be pitched by would-be set up man Eric Gagne. Instead, Gagne is only being used in blow-outs this Series, after proving in Boston's stretch run and in the first two rounds of the playoffs that he was a bad pick-up, one of the worst acquisitions by a team this season. Well, I guess that's what happens when you acquire a player just to keep other teams from getting him.

The Lady

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