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Game 156: September 24, 2006
Red Sox (83-73), 4
Blue Jays (82-73), 13
L: Kyle Snyder (4-5)
W: Gustavo Chacin (9-3)
H: Brian Tallet (5)
H: Brandon League (10)

Gustavo Chacin is a much more flamboyant member of the Red Sox Killers Club than Rodrigo Lopez. He had a fragrance before Derek Jeter did. Unlike Yankee fans, I’m not one to advocate beaning an opposing player for off-field incidents, but this blatant rip-off may deserve a brief serenade of chin music.

After yesterday’s blowout, the Red Sox are now 798-800 in runs scored. Plugging these numbers into Bill James’s Pythagorean theorem of baseball, which is WP = RS2 / RS2 + RA2, we get an expected winning percentage of 49.87, or 81 wins in a 162-game schedule. At least there is one thing in which the team is excelling. Also, despite dropping the series against our northern neighbors, Boston remains a half game ahead in the standings. Thank you, David Ortiz and Jonathan Papelbon. Sox Watch has the WPA totals to prove it.

Wins and losses are meaningless in light of real-life battles, like Jon Lester’s fight against lymphoma. There’s Cyn’s KCancer t-shirt fund-raising project with proceeds going to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Be sure to also check out the Jon Lester Project, which was actually mentioned by Gordon Edes before one of the games this weekend. Money raised by the bracelets sold here will be donated to the Jimmy Fund.

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