The Boston Red Sox stink. The Chicago White Sox also stink.
Now, that shouldn’t be breaking news to anyone in Beantown or the Windy City. Both teams have wildly underachieved after making big splashes this past offseason to bring in high priced free agents. The Red Sox, of course, brought in Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval to bolster their lineup, and used band-aids and bubble gum to “fix” their starting rotation (I wonder if anyone still wears an “I’m the Ace” t-shirt?). Continue reading Red Sox Trade Shane Victorino, Begin Series That Features 2 Bad Sox »
Tags: Deadline, Napoli, Red Sox, Tazawa, trades, Uehara, Victorino
There is no denying that the Red Sox have been generally awful in 2015 and have fallen well short of expectations. The lackluster pitching staff has taken most of the blame, most of which it deserves. However, there is an interesting chicken-or-the-egg scenario that the Red Sox should ask themselves: is the pitching bad because of bad defense being played behind it, or are the defenders getting worse because of how bad the pitchers are? Either scenario shouldn’t be used to explain the failure of a certain area of the team, but it is interesting to consider if the defenders/pitchers could be making each other look worse.
Continue reading Could the Red Sox Use Some Defense? »
Tags: Boston Red Sox, David Ortiz, DRS, ERA, FIP, Hanley Ramirez, Mike Napoli, Mookie Betts, Pablo Sandoval, Shane Victorino, UZR, UZR/150, Xander Bogaerts, xFIP
The Pittsburgh Pirates are reportedly interested in Boston Red Sox first baseman, Mike Napoli and right fielder, Shane Victorino, according to Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporter, Rob Biertempfel.
Napoli will be a free agent at the completion of the 2015 season. He has been a solid defensive presence at first base, but has not been producing at the plate, forcing John Farrell to move Napoli down to 8th in the lineup for Sunday’s game.
Continue reading Trade Rumor: Pirates Interested in Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino »
Tags: Mike Napoli, Pittsburgh Pirates, Shane Victorino, trade deadline
The Boston Red Sox are interested in pursing trades for Cleveland Indians starting pitchers, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports report on Friday, July 24th. No specific names have been announced. The other team interested, and in better standing to buy, is the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to MLBTradeRumors.com.
Cleveland’s starting rotation includes reigning Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber, 25 year old, Danny Salazar and underperforming Trevor Bauer. Bauer has slumped as of late and has an 4.29 ERA. Continue reading Red Sox Show Interest in Cleveland Indians’ Starters »
Tags: Cleveland Indians trade, Cole Hamels, Manuel Margot, Portland Sea Dogs, starting pitchers
Enough is enough. The madness needs to stop. It is pretty clear that the Red Sox have virtually no chance at all to play meaningful games for the rest of the 2015 season, and it is also clear that the pitching staff is the rough equivalent of a high school varsity squad (no offense to high school varsity teams). However, there is not a single logical reason to explain why Joe Kelly continually makes Major League starts for the Boston Red Sox. None. Zip. Nada. Despite the injury to Clay Buchholz (isn’t that a shocking statement), the Red Sox cannot seriously argue that Kelly is one of their five best starting pitching options at this point, and there is a case to be made that Kelly isn’t even good enough to be in the majors.
Continue reading Joe Kelly at the End of the Leash »
Tags: Boston Red Sox, Brian Johnson, Clay Buchholz, eduardo rodriguez, Henry Owens, Joe Kelly, Rick Porcello, Starting Rotation
Boston has been bruised, battered, and beaten in every facet of the game on their tough 7-game swing through Los Angeles and Houston. The Sox dropped four straight to the Angels in a sweep, something that has never happened on the Angels turf in the 55-year history of the series between the two teams. In four games the Sox were outscored 22-4 by the red hot LA club who beat up on Sox with the long ball and great starting pitching. The song remained the same in Houston where they were again outscored 17-9 and swept in a 3-game set. Continue reading Red Sox Historically Bad on the Road, All But Out of AL East Hunt »
Tags: Albert Pujols, Alexi Ogando, Brian Johnson, Craig Biggio, David Ortiz, Joe Kelly, Jose Altuve, Koji Uehara, Kole Calhoun, Mike Trout, Preston Tucker, Steven Wright, Wade MIley