Much has been made about the poor performance of Red Sox starting pitchers in 2015, and how it has contributed to the team’s last-place standing. That criticism is justified, of course, but there is a sense that placing so much blame on the starters is shielding the team’s relievers from the criticism that they rightfully deserve for their performance (or lack thereof). Boston relievers currently sit 25th in baseball in ERA, 28th in FIP, and 28th in xFIP.
Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa have pitched well at the back end, but as the team rankings show, the rest of the bullpen has been a general mess. Unlike the rotation however, the bullpen is more likely to be upgraded from within. This is where Matt Barnes is going to get an opportunity to make an impact in the Major Leagues, and the numbers say he should be able to do so.
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Tags: BABIP, BB/9, Boston Red Sox, Bullpen, ERA, FIP, HR/9, HR/FB, Junichi Tazawa, K/9, Koji Uehara, Matt Barnes, Rotation, xFIP
Earlier this week Brad wrote an excellent article that addressed the recent Clay Buchholz trade rumors, in which he argued that the Red Sox should keep the mercurial starter. While Brad made a well-reasoned case, I would like to play devil’s advocate and outline a case for trading Buchholz, in an attempt to cash in while he is pitching well and his value on the open market may be inflated. I would like to start this outline by agreeing with Brad in that we need to look at what Buchholz actually is, rather than what the Red Sox say he can be.
Despite all of the hoopla about how great Buchholz’s stuff is and how good he can be, the reality is that in a good rotation he is no better than a number three starter. A mid-rotation starter is expected to be solid, if not average, performance-wise with the ability to go deep into a game and eat innings over the course of a season. Continue reading The Case For Trading Clay Buchholz »
Tags: AAA, BB/9, Boston Red Sox, Clay Buchholz, FIP, IP, Jeff Samardzija, Johnny Cueto, K/9, Mike Leake, Scott Kazmir, trade market, xFIP
Rick Porcello does not belong on the mound of any major league ballpark. No one in their right mind would put a pitcher in their starting rotation that owns a 6.08 ERA. A 6.00 + ERA, this is insane. Right? The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. Unfortunately, John Farrell does not have a choice, thanks to management’s decision to bring Porcello to Boston.
Continue reading Management Forced Its Hand With Rick Porcello, Red Sox Nation Pays »
Tags: Boston Red Sox Management, Brian Johnson, Henry Owens, Rick Porcello
As the trade deadline approaches the rumors have begun to swirl rapidly. The most recent whispers have circled around pitcher Clay Buchholz. This season has been a roller coaster for the eight-year veteran; while he has shown flashes of brilliance, he has also pitched very poorly on many occasions. In a year when the Red Sox front office expected Buchholz would assume his role as ace of the staff, many have been underwhelmed by his overall body of work. But sentiments toward Buchholz should not amount only to disappointment. This year he is probably the best starting pitcher in the Red Sox rotatoin and his statistics support that claim. Although his record is a mere 5-6, Clay has posted a 3.68 ERA with 91 strikeouts over 93 total innings pitched. These are respectable statistics that do not deserve excessive scrutiny because it is what we need to learn to expect from Clay.
This leads us to the pivotal question: should the Red Sox put Clay Buchholz on the trade block for the upcoming deadline? My initial reaction is no, absolutely not. Although Buchholz may not have become the true ace we were hoping, he is still a very good Major League pitcher. Continue reading Red Sox Front Office Should Not Look to Trade Clay Buchholz »
Tags: Clay Buchholz, MLB Trade Deadline, MLB Trade Rumors
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 »
Tags: Alejandro De Aza, Boston Red Sox, Brock Holt, Clay Buchholz, Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez, Hope, John Farrell, Mookie Betts, Toronto Blue Jays, Xander Bogaerts