Eric Gagne, Difference Maker

August 13, 2007 – 12:25 pm by Ryan Phillips

Remember when the Boston Red Sox picked up Eric Gagne at the trade deadline and all the ESPN hacks were saying how they had plugged their only real hole and that he might solidify them as the sure-fire World Series favorite? Gagne was supposed to be the guy who took the Red Sox bullpen from shaky set-up core to a feared group of stoppers. He was supposed to be the difference between a team with a hole and a title contender. Yeah, about that.

Since coming to Boston from the Texas Rangers on July 31st, Gagne has appeared in just five games. He’s pitched 4.0 innings, allowed 10 hits, seven runs (all earned) one home run, walked two and opponents are hitting .455 against him. That’s good enough (bad enough?) for a 15.45 ERA a 3.00 WHIP and a blown save. Ouch.

Yesterday he entered with a runner on and a 3-1 lead, he promptly gave up a game-tying home run to Miguel Tejada. The Sox went on to lose the game, allowing the Yankees to close to within four games of the AL East lead. This also came after he blew a four-run lead in Friday’s game, a 6-5 loss. After yesterday’s game, Gagne reportedly went on a profanity-laced rant about his horrid performance since arriving:

“I’m not doing my job right now. I’m letting everybody here down. I need to step up my game. We should have won three game out of three and I … (expletives deleted) … blew two of them. They brought me in to do a job and I’m not doing it. It’s ridiculous. These guys play eight great innings and I go out there and blow it. It’s a shame.”

Yes Eric it certainly is. Well, unless you’re the New York Yankees. Man this is great. We’re watching the complete and utter breakdown of a guy in a pressure situation. This could be Mitch Williams-esque. I can’t wait for the dugout shot of Curt Schilling covering his eyes next time Gagne enters a game. Hey Eric, think maybe it’s time to go back on the juice?

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  1. 3 Responses to “Eric Gagne, Difference Maker”

  2. I don’t really see how the Sox had a real hole in their set-up core. Before Gagne, they already had Hideki Okajima, who was an all-star with a 0.87 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, .169 BAA; stat-wise he was better than Gagne.

    On top of that they had their much heralded young star in the making, Manny Delcarmen, who at the time had a 2.25 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and .193 BAA.

    That combined with Papelbon being one of baseball’s best closers gave Boston of the best bullpen’s in the majors even without adding Gagne to the mix.

    By Loren on Aug 13, 2007

  3. Hey I agree Loren, I’m just going by what the hacks were saying. I didn’t think they needed to make the move for Gagne, but they did.

    By Phillips on Aug 13, 2007

  4. I was born and raised in Dallas…and I swear it has to be the Steriod Capital of the MLB (besides being the capital of ecstasy and badass raves, but that’s another story). During my time there, I saw Juan Gonzales, Rafael Palmiero, Jose Conseco, Sammy Sosa, and a few more superhuman athletic achievements. WTF is wrong with my gee dee home town team?

    It seems like they go out and recruit steriod users only.

    By Dummy on Aug 13, 2007

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