How to Fix the Red Sox this Offseason

October 7, 2014 at 11:30am in Featured, Red Sox
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As many of you beloved Red Sox fans saw this year, there was a breakdown in their offense and pitching over the course of the season. We saw the departure of pitching aces Jon Lester, Jake Peavy, John Lackey, Andrew Miller and Felix Doubront, as well as position players Jonny Gomes and Stephen Drew. The Red Sox also suffered a slew of injuries to their roster, including key players like Clay Buchholz, Mike Napoli, Brock Holt and Dustin Pedroia. When the dust finally settled, the locker room of the Red Sox organization had drastically changed. Now the question remains- who should the Red Sox pursue in the offseason?

Ace in the hole- The biggest concern right now should be acquiring strong pitching that will help on October 1st, 2015. There will be a long list of five potential players that will help the team, and are as follows:

1. Jonny on the spot- Jon Lester played a major role in the Red Sox pitching staff over the past 9 years, and after being traded to Oakland during the regular season made it very clear that he was open to return to the organization. Lester was 16-11 with a 2.46 ERA during his shared time between Boston and Oakland, and his veteran experience would add a lot to the pitching rotation. Continue reading How to Fix the Red Sox this Offseason »

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Nomar, Jeter and A-Rod at the All-Star game

Regardless of your stance on the appropriateness of Jeter’s farewell tour, you’d have to admit that watching the Red Sox organization showering Jeter with adoration last weekend was painful.  Not for the fact that is was obligatory and contrived or even the over-to-top theatrics, but that it reminds us of a short stop that we used to genuinely adore, Nomar Garciaparra.

Despite all the money he made, despite all the accolades he received, Nomar’s career, to me, and I think I speak for all Sox fans in this regard, will be recognized more for what it could have been, than what it was.

There was a time in which Nomar could accurately be described as a more complete player than Derek Jeter.  Of course, at that time, Alex Rodriguez was the best player in baseball (and would be for the next several years) but, between the three of them, they made baseball the best sport in America. In 2014, where the disparity in popularity between baseball and football grows every year, there appears to be something missing from the game that made it the favorite from Generation X to every generation dating back to the Civil War.  Each season, there seemed to be a single compelling narrative which captured the country’s fascination. Continue reading As Jeter Leaves, Let’s Reminisce on Nomar: What Could Have Been »

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Can St Louis overcome the sheer ability of Clayton Kershaw to advance to the NLCS? (http://dutchlakefarm.files.wordpress.com/)

With the Divisional Round about to begin, we should see some great games. Wildcard winners Kansas City and San Francisco face dangerous aces without their best pitchers in Game 1s. Detroit and Baltimore are all set for a slugfest. St Louis will use Adam Wainwright to counter potential NL MVP Clayton Kershaw.

In preparation for the four series, we’ve brought you our choices for how the round will turn out. Picking the winner of each series is worth two points, while picking how many games each will last is worth one point.

Check below for the picks, and come back once the round is complete for the results. Continue reading 2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: Divisional Round »

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San Francisco earned the win in a dominating performance in PIttsburgh. [http://www.andrethegiant.com/]

The Wildcard games are now complete. Kansas City came from behind twice to beat Oakland in a 12-inning thriller, while San Francisco just dominated in their 8-0 thrashing of Pittsburgh. Though having used up their best pitchers before facing Jered Weaver and Stephen Strasburg respectively can’t feel too good for them.

But before that, the Wildcard Pick ‘Em results are below. See who gained a slight edge heading into the next round, and check back shortly for the Divisional Round Picks. Continue reading 2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: Wildcard Round Results »

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Kansas City finally ended a lengthy playoff drought; can they pull off more magic? (http://www.zastavki.com/)

The playoffs are here. Oakland and Kansas City are starting things off in the AL Wildcard game, followed by San Francisco and Pittsburgh. Oakland really fell off the mark during the regular season, having to clinch a spot on the final day, while Kansas City is in the playoffs for the first time since 1985. San Francisco, like Oakland, fell off in the middle of the season, while Pittsburgh stuck to its guns in the home stretch. Whatever happens, these should be good games.

To start our annual Pick ‘Em, correctly guessing the winner of each Wildcard game is worth two points. Complete picks are below, and the Divisional Round picks will be up later in the week, so check for them soon, and see our picks for the Wildcard winners below. Continue reading 2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: Wildcard Round »

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David Ortiz may be averting his eyes, but I'll be tuned in to celebrate the end of this apocalyptic 2014 Red Sox season. (Portland Press Herald)

So maybe this occasion doesn’t call for a parade down the Charles, but it certainly is a cause for celebration.

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been searching for reasons to keep watching the Red Sox, if only to feel like a better fan and to justify to myself (and my girlfriend) why I needed to watch sports on a daily basis. It started with Rusney Castillo’s debut and has carried through to David Ortiz setting records, the Return of the Koji, and, now that seemingly every Red Sox regular is out, how Mookie Betts and the rest of the rookies are faring heading into next season.

But today is really the moment I’ve been waiting for: The apocalyptic 2014 season is nearly over for the Boston Red Sox! The beginning of the end is about to get underway at 1:35 PM against the New York Yankees in Derek Jeter’s final game, and I don’t plan on missing it.

Continue reading Why Watch the Red Sox? This is the End! »

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With only two games left and nothing to play for, I'll still be watching if only to see Derek Jeter's last hurrah and Mookie Betts's bright future. (Getty Images)

And then there were two.

This afternoon, the Boston Red Sox play their second to last game of the atrocity that is the 2014 season, though you’d be excused for confusing them with the Pawtucket Red Sox. Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Mike Napoli, and Shane Victorino are all out for the season, leaving a collection of rookies to fill the Red Sox lineup. So why bother watching?

Because those rookies are going to be key to the team’s success in 2015, particularly one Mookie Betts, who has ascended to the top of the Red Sox prospects list in rather spectacular fashion. Oh, and you might have heard of some guy named Derek Jeter…

Continue reading Why Watch the Red Sox? Mooooookieeeee and the Rooooookieeeeees (and Some Guy Named Jeter) »

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