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If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 24

By on September 22, 2014 at 4:23pm
Angels vs Nationals: Week 24's prediction for the World Series Angels vs Nationals: Week 24's prediction for the World Series

Just a week remains in the season. Three divisions and five overall spots have been locked up. The rest of the bracket is really starting to come into play, though a couple of teams are still looking to make a last-week push. The big question for them is how they’ll stand up against a #1 team in either league that has some breathing room to work on set-up for the postseason. It’s do or die, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Monday, September 22, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 24 »

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The Red Sox have decided to treat the remainder of the 2014 regular season like Spring Training, auditioning many of its players for next season.  Two of those players are pitchers Clay Buchholz and Koji Uehara.

Clay Buchholz

Buchholz is known to run hot or cold during any given season. There does not seem to be a rhyme or a reason why this takes place. Yes, he is injury prone, which he demonstrated each year of his contract with the Red Sox. Some years, like 2013, he bounced right back to top form after spending the heart of the season on the disabled list. He completed the regular season with 11 wins and an ERA of 1.74. Once he got going, he could not be stopped.

Continue reading Buchholz and Uehara: A Tale of Two Pitchers »

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Gatorade joins Nike, today, in celebrating Derek Jeter’s retirement in their new commercial for the sports drink.

The spot, shot in black and white with Frank Sinatra singing in the background, features Jeter on the way to the ballpark in the back of a car. He stops the driver and says that he would like to walk the rest of the way to Yankee Stadium through the Bronx. He steps into bars, talks to women and men, young and old, as he makes his way through the borough. He signs a boy’s baseball, a placard of him during his rookie season, and ends with Jeter exiting the locker room onto the field as Sinatra crescendos the final words to “My Way.”

Continue reading Video: Gatorade Says Farewell to Derek Jeter in Ad »

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With one more RBI this season, David Ortiz will become #1 in the Red Sox record books with eight straight 30 HR, 100 RBI seasons in Boston. (Huffington Post)

10 games and counting. That is all that is left in this abomination of a season for the Boston Red Sox. This is my #100happydays submission — that 2014 is kindly petering out and I can start looking forward to next season.

But unfortunately, there are still games left and I can’t distract myself with other Boston sports in the meantime, because the New England Patriots have the audacity to play only once a week. So I’m going to put myself through an exercise in futility and try to justify why I’m watching the Red Sox in their final September death throes.

Rusney Castillo had his first major league hit in his Wednesday night debut (success!), while Clay Buchholz didn’t find his Cy Young form (4 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1.75 WHIP = fail). Tonight, I’m hoping to see David Ortiz top Ted Williams in the Red Sox record books. Continue reading Why Watch the Red Sox? David Ortiz Poised to Top the Record Books »

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There isn't much left to watch for the 2014 Red Sox, but Clay Buchholz finding himself in the next two weeks (off in the distance, maybe?) could be a big boost for next season. (Boston.com)

In case you missed it, the Baltimore Orioles clinched their first division title since 1997 yesterday with a 8-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. It was pretty easy to miss because the Red Sox were eliminated from any sort of playoff contention weeks ago, and are so far back in the American League East (24 games, to be precise) that you need to squint through a pair of binoculars to see who’s in first.

Nonetheless, the Patriots don’t play again until Sunday, so I’m going to put myself through an exercise in futility and try to justify why I’m watching the Red Sox in their final September death throes. Yesterday we covered the arrival of Rusney Castillo, who debuts tonight. If that still isn’t enough to convince you, I have one more reason to watch the Red Sox tonight against the Pittsburgh Pirates: the starting pitcher, who needs to heed Eminem’s advice and have the real Clay Buchholz please stand up.

Continue reading Why Watch the Red Sox? For the Real Clay Buchholz to Please Stand Up »

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Rusney Castillo is excited to make his major league debut on Wednesday, and even though the 2014 Red Sox have convinced you otherwise, you should be too. (Boston Herald)

Mercifully, the New England Patriots are in the win column, and the 2014 season for the Boston Red Sox is in its final weeks.

Unfortunately, the Patriots only play once a week (hopefully more like Week 2 than Week 1), and there still isn’t any Celtics basketball or Bruins hockey to fill the space between each Sunday.

So even though I gave up on the Red Sox eons ago, I’m going to put myself through an exercise in futility and try to come up with reasons from here on out for why to watch the Red Sox in their final September death throes. If only because answering the question, “Is there a reason to watch the Red Sox anymore?” with a singular “No” would make for an unsatisfactory (albeit accurate) post.

Fittingly, we’ll start with the best (only?) reason of all to watch the Red Sox for the remainder of this wretched season: the unknown free agent out of Cuba, Rusney Castillo, who will make his debut on Wednesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Continue reading Why Watch the Red Sox? For the Cuban Missile Rusney Castillo »

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If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 23

September 16, 2014 at 2:01pm in MLB, Red Sox
Angels vs Nationals: Week 23's prediction for the World Series

Just under two weeks remain in the season, so time is running out for teams having problems. The likes of Pittsburgh and Detroit are breathing a sigh of relief following struggles by their competition. Many races are still tight enough, though, so don’t pencil anyone in just yet. (The Angels are the only team to clinch a spot, though Baltimore still has realistic eyes on home-field advantage.) Baltimore and Washington could each clinch their division with one more win, while a lot of teams are starting to mathematically drop out of contention. This is a big week for everyone, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, September 16, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 23 »

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