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Can the Red Sox Avoid Being the Victim of the Yankees 10,000th Win? Please?

By on September 30, 2015 at 4:01pm
A couple more two home run, five RBI performances, Blake, and we can escape from New York without giving the Yankees the satisfaction of their 10,000th win - together. (Boston Globe) A couple more two home run, five RBI performances, Blake, and we can escape from New York without giving the Yankees the satisfaction of their 10,000th win - together. (Boston Globe)

Lord knows it’s been months since I’ve asked anything of the 2015 Boston Red Sox. Mired in last place and saddled with two free agent splashes that never made it out of the shallow end, what was there to ask?

But with only a few games left, I do have one final request as a Red Sox fan dying a death of a thousand misplayed Hanley Ramirez fly balls.

Please, please don’t give the New York Yankees the pleasure of beating us for their 10,000th win in franchise history. Continue reading Can the Red Sox Avoid Being the Victim of the Yankees 10,000th Win? Please? »

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Josh McDaniels doesn't leave Tom Brady hanging this time as he congratulates him after throwing his 400th career touchdown pass. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

For most of the other 31 teams in the league this could easily have been a trap game. The Patriots have been rolling offensively to start the year and the Jaguars just are not on the same level as New England. With the bye week following this game it could have been easy for the Patriots to overlook their opponent and get tripped up. But unlike the Jets who crashed back down to Earth in their game against the Eagles, the Patriots showed everyone that they are taking no prisoners this season. Belichick made sure that his team was ready for 60 minutes of football and that’s exactly what the players gave him on Sunday. Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 3: Patriots Stomp Out the Jaguars 51-17 As They Head Into the Bye Week »

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Greg Fiume Getty Images

This week, the Washington Nationals were tied up in a 4-4 game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. when MVP candidate Bryce Harper stepped to the plate. Before getting to the at bat it is important to mention some history. This season the Nationals were favored to win the NL East by just about everyone in baseball. Ex-Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon was acquired from the Phillies to help do just that two months ago. In the last few months the Nationals have seen the NL East slip away to the New York Mets and any wild card hope has been stomped out by an extremely competitive NL Central with the Cardinals leading the way and the Pirates and Cubs battling each other for a 1-game home playoff to advance to the divisional round. Just this week the Nationals were officially eliminated from playoff contention. Continue reading Ex-Sox closer Papelbon Brawls With MVP Candidate Bryce Harper »

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The Amazing Rich Hill

September 26, 2015 at 11:34am in Featured, Opinion, Red Sox, Top Story
Rich Hill (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

Friday night’s 7-0 win over the Orioles featured a dominant performance from a Red Sox starting pitcher, the likes of which the team is unaccustomed to in 2015. Rich Hill was dealing at Fenway Park, tossing a two-hit shutout with a walk and ten strikeouts. Hill seemed nowhere near the Red Sox radar even a month ago, but has burst onto the scene in September with three dominant starts, providing the Red Sox with a short-term ace on the month. While that kind of production is unlikely to be sustained over the course of an entire season, Hill has shown a capability to be effective in the Major Leagues (again), and might be earning himself a chance to make the Red Sox in 2016.

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Tom Brady had another tremendous performance throwing for 466 yards and 3 touchdowns in Sunday's victory over the Bills. AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

Just like every year the hype starts up around the other teams in the AFC East with all the geniuses at ESPN claiming this is the year the Patriots get dethroned. With Rex Ryan taking over as head coach of the Buffalo Bills the “experts” laid on the hype thick and often. Rex did what he always does and stuck his foot in his mouth all week (of course it’s a Rex foot joke). Bill did what he always does and took the time to prepare an outstanding game plan that featured the very guy Ryan claimed he didn’t know, Dion Lewis. If you don’t know by now that Belichick will use every single thing he can to his advantage then you haven’t been paying attention for the past 15 years. Yesterday’s game can be summed up simply with Belichick took one series on offense and defense to figure out exactly what Rex’s game plan was.

– What Tom Brady is doing at 38 years old is nothing short of remarkable. Of course, to everyone in New England who has been watching all this time this is just business as usual. Remember how great he was in 2007 when it wasn’t him who was personally targeted all offseason for an absolutely ridiculous investigation? If you don’t here’s a quick reminder. In his first two games in 2007 we threw for 576 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. Through two games in 2015 he has 754 yards, seven touchdowns, no interceptions and a completion percentage of %69.2. Brady has played with a chip on his shoulder his whole career and thanks to Roger Goodell and no one in the league understanding how air pressure works, he’s on pace for the best season of his incredible career. Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 2: Patriots Remind Everyone Who Runs the AFC East; Defeat Bills 40-32 »

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Joe Kelly (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

When the Red Sox decided to shut Joe Kelly down for the remainder of 2015, it ended a roller coaster year for the hard-throwing right-hander. This season has included a lot of failure, and a decent amount of success for Kelly, especially recently. Kelly’s past eight starts have been encouraging, and provide some hope for success going into 2016. Whether or not Kelly will still have a shot at a rotation spot is debatable, but there is success to build off of. The most important factor of Kelly’s recent stretch of success is consistency, which he has generally lacked for most of his Red Sox career. Since Kelly will not be taking the mound again in 2015, we can take a look at his season as a whole, and the results might be somewhat surprising. I like to hear bad news first so I’m going to start there.

The Bad

Basically the first four months of the 2015 season. Kelly’s first 17 starts left him with a 6.11 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, and .284 Average Against. It essentially seemed like every time Kelly pitched, he ended up with as many earned runs allowed as innings pitched, almost always leaving his team trailing. While Kelly maintained decent strikeout (7.54 K/9) and walk (3.36 BB/9) rates, his run prevention was awful at best. Part of that problem was a near-complete lack of command from Kelly. That issue does not really show up in the walk rate, but it was apparent in watching Kelly pitch; he would miss with the first few pitches to fall behind in the count, then leave a pitch over the middle of the plate to get crushed. This kind of performance leads to a high pitch count, exits in the early innings, and a huge burden on the bullpen to finish the game. Kelly would probably like to forget the first two-thirds of the season as much as the Red Sox as a whole.

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Jean Machi (Andy Marlin, USA Today Sports)

Believe it or not this is a serious question: why on the good, green Earth do the Red Sox continually put “Mean” Jean Machi into games in key situations? When Koji Uehara was lost for the season the team tried having Machi replace him in the closer role, which we can say was a resounding failure. Dare one say, it might have even brought back memories of Alfredo Aceves. But even after his demotion, Machi still seems to find himself on the mound in key situations, which might actually be worse for the team than having him start a clean inning in the ninth. It is clear that the Red Sox bullpen as a whole is an unreliable mess, but Machi is basically the figurehead of that inconsistency and should no longer be trusted to pitch any kind of meaningful innings in 2015.

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