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The Newest Four-Letter Word for the Red Sox: Hope

By on June 30, 2015 at 1:30pm

The 2015 Season for the Boston Red Sox has been defined by the latest tirade of four-letter words inspired by Rick Porcello’s latest pitching performance, Pablo Sandoval’s ninth inning fielding percentage, or any other seminal moment of disappointment. There are a lot to choose from.

But lately, strangely, I’ve been finding myself coming back to one four-letter word worse than any curse, more gut wrenching than the most creative string of expletives.

Hope. Continue reading The Newest Four-Letter Word for the Red Sox: Hope »

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Mike Napoli (Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

It’s getting to that magical time of year when the trade machine starts to ramp up around the league. Even though the Red Sox aren’t likely to buy players like the fans hoped they would, they can still be active in the July trade market. One of the first names the Red Sox discuss with other teams should be Mike Napoli. Napoli hasn’t been performing to expectations, but he has a good playoff track record and an expiring contract, so an acquiring team would not need to make a long-term commitment. One would think that despite his struggles in 2015, Ben Cherington should not have much trouble moving Napoli at the trade deadline.

The Pros

Napoli has always had very good control of the strike zone, and that remains true in 2015. His .305 OBP is currently nothing to write home about, but it is also significantly higher than his .203 batting average. Continue reading Mike Napoli Should be on the Trade Block »

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Terry Rozier (Justin Aller/Getty Images)

I wrote before the draft that having a pick outside the lottery meant that Thursday night didn’t really matter unless Celtics GM Danny Ainge pulled off something crazy. Well, it appears that he tried, failed and got a consolation prize of a bunch of limited but somewhat talented pieces to add to his roster of limited but somewhat talented pieces.

I also mentioned before the draft that the collections of picks Ainge has collected the last few years might not seem as valuable as it might seem and trading them sooner rather than later would be smart. Apparently, other teams felt the same way as one after another rejected the heavily protected future first rounders that Ainge was likely throwing at them to try and move up in the draft. Continue reading In Ainge We Trust… I Guess? »

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Xander Bogaerts (Getty Images)

Not much has gone well to date for the Red Sox, from their pitching staff to their current standing in the American League East. This might leave some fans looking forward to the All-Star game, and attempting to keep track of who might represent the Red Sox in the Midsummer Classic. While it would be hard to make a case for most of the Red Sox to play in that game, Major League rules dictate that someone from the Red Sox roster be present. With all apologies to Dustin Pedroia (who would likely be going himself if the American League did not feature so many top-tier second basemen), we are here to tell you that Xander Bogaerts is the most deserving Red Sox of an All-Star roster spot. Don’t worry, we will also justify.

Swing the Stick

A quick look at Bogaerts’s triple-slash (.287/.324/.398) might not impress most fans as much as it should. He is carrying a pretty high average, but just an average-ish on-base rate, due mostly to his low walk rate (5%). There is some power (3 HRs), but not a whole lot and it is mostly doubles (12 2Bs, .111 Isolated Slugging) power. Continue reading All-Star Worthy: Xander Bogaerts »

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Kelly Oubre (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

A lot has been made of the difficult time the Celtics have had trying to workout prospects. Some players, such as Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker have pulled out of their workouts and it is unclear why. Whether they think the 16th spot is lower than they would want to go or its lower than they think they should go or they are afraid general manager Danny Ainge is just goin Continue reading Why This Year’s NBA Draft Doesn’t Really Matter »

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Major League Baseball cancelled 60-65 million All-star game votes due to a high percentage of votes going to Kansas City Royals players. Can the MLB do this? Is it fair?

If voting were to close today eight Kansas City players would be part of the team. This is a classic case of technology beating the system.

Continue reading MLB Cancels 60 Million All-Star Game Votes »

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Brock Holt (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

How about a more specific question: Should Brock Holt have an everyday spot in the lineup somewhere? That is much tougher to answer, since the Red Sox’ master plan likely did not include having their super-utility role player move to an everyday role. Ultimately, super-utility probably is the best way to use Holt; he can play 3-4 times a week and his extreme versatility and selfless attitude allow him to give almost every position player a day off when needed. However that role comes with the caveat of “on a good team.” The Red Sox are not currently a good team, so they might seriously consider allowing Holt to play just about every day so long as he keeps producing.

Continue reading Should Brock Holt Start for Red Sox? »

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