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I imagine the sounds coming out of Boston this morning sound something like this:
"Oh my fahckin' gawd! Whaht tha fahck is fahckin Papelbawn doin' out they-ah??? Giving up fahckin' home runs to fahckin' Ian Stewaht and Jason Giawmbi?!? This is nawt whaht we fans of Red Sawx Nation ahh expecting from ow-ah close-uh. He has been giving up way too many home-uhs this yee-ah. It's time fo-ah Daniel Bahhd to take ovah as the new close-uh right fahcking NOW!!!"
And it's just music to my ears. I don't know what made me sleep better last night. Watching the Yankee highlights and seeing Mo work himself out of trouble to get the team a win or following that up by watching the highlights of Papelbon give up 2 of the longest home runs in the history of baseball to cost his team a win against the best pitcher in baseball. Seriously, does Papelbon even still rank in the top 5 of best closers in baseball anymore? He's given up 6 home runs this year and his K/9 numbers continue to go down as his BB/9 and WHIP continues to go up.
Just for the sake of comparison, here's Papelbon's numbers compared to Mo this year:
Pap: 2-4 3.64 ERA 1.21 WHIP 7.58 K/9IP .220/.303/.450 tripleslash against
Mo: 1-1 1.03 ERA 0.65 WHIP 7.86 K/9IP .125/.198/.216 tripleslash against
So they-ah you have it. Papelbawn is still nowhey-ah nee-ah Mo's level of dawminance and is now falling back toe-wahds the pack as jahst anothah oawrdinary close-uh.