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Biggest Contribution: Jarrod Washburn, +34.4%
Biggest Suckfest: Jose Lopez, -5.3%
Most Important At Bat: Beltre homer, +10.3%
Most Important Pitch: Crawford pop out, +8.0%
Total Contribution by Pitcher(s): +55.1%
Total Contribution by Position Players: -6.6%

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I hate pleading out of wrap-ups, but it came to my attention today at work while constantly rubbing my eyes that frequently staying up to write until one-thirty or two in the morning when I have to get up at seven isn't in my best interests, so I'm going to be selfish for a night. Back to normal tomorrow.

In lieu of a recap, how about a controversial topic?

Things JJ Putz does better than Jon Papelbon:

-strike hitters out (34.1% - 27.7%)
-limit walks (4.3% - 4.7%)
-get groundballs (51.6% - 36.9%)
-avoid line drives (15.6% - 17.7%)

Things Jon Papelbon does better than JJ Putz:

-keep ball in yard (4.5% HR/FB - 4.8%)
-strand runners (95.4% LOB - 77.4%)
-get infield flies (20.0% - 2.4%)
-make balls in play fieldable (.220 BABIP - .297)

Three of Putz's four advantages are repeatable skills. All of Papelbon's are pretty much based on luck. JJ Putz: best non-Joe Nathan closer in baseball.

Texas tomorrow, with Joel Pineiro and Adam Eaton at 5:05pm PDT. Time for the Mariners to put some distance between themselves and last place as they set their sights on Anaheim. Also, sweep! Hey!