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The W-L record of closers

Good closers should have very few decisions. That is, obviously you don't want your closer to have a 1-7 record; that would mean he lost a ton of games for you. But, you also do NOT want him to have a 7-1 record. If he wins a game, that generally means he first blew a lead, then you're team scored in the next half inning to win it.

Wednesday's victory by Papelbon is the exception to this rule. It was the rare case - especially for the Sox with their coddled stopper - when he comes in with the team not leading, then they came back on his watch, giving him credit for the victory.

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