Sox Need To Figure Out Papelbon

His sixth blown save was huge. Ahead by 3 in the bottom of the ninth, the Red Sox blew a game that would have kept the post-season momentum humming. After Lackey coughed up a HR to cut the lead to 2, Jonathan Papelbon continued his Year From Hell with another blown save and loss. 

With another one-run win for the Empire later in the day, the hopes of a division run faded again. One game can mean a lot.

This off-season, the Red Sox will either have to figure out what’s eating Papelbon or deal him. His value is still high enough to fetch a good return. Next year at this time, he may only draw interest from independent leagues.

The plan to bring along Daniel Bard slowly has worked. We have nothing to fear but more blown saves.

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