Red Sox at Orioles September 28,  2011

The internet is abuzz about the possible return of Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jonathan Papelbon to the Boston Red Sox.

Yes, Papelbon, here we go again with this rumor that seemingly has no end. Just after the 2011 season, he ran out of town like Fenway Park was on fire. He is not what he used to be, but he is still better than Koji Uehara. And boy, do we need a quality closer.

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Rick Porcello was taken deep twice on Sunday moving his total to 5 home runs allowed on the season. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Going into this season the biggest question mark was the pitching, notably the starting rotation. With Jon Lester going to Chicago they weren’t able to land a credible “ace” pitcher. Instead they filled the rotation with pitchers who have all shown the ability to be very good, but have all lacked consistency. That was never more evident than in week two of this short season.

– Clay Buchholz has shown in his few starts that he still posses the Jeckyll and Hyde personality disorder. On opening day against a weak Phillies lineup he was dominant. Sunday night in prime time against the Yankees he gave up seven runs in the first inning. Then on Saturday against the Orioles he really pushed his way through six very difficult innings against the Orioles. He only allowed two runs which was impressive considering how many times the O’s loaded the bases with no outs. Unfortunately for Clay, the offense was shut down by Chris Tillman.  Continue reading Red Sox Weekly Round Up: Starting Pitchers Post League Worst ERA »

We're as ponderous as you are, Clay: Which Buchholz is going to show up against the Orioles and throughout the rest of the Red Sox season? (SI.com)

One inning.

That’s all it took for the New York Yankees to pile on seven runs, for the Boston Red Sox to throw away a potential sweep, and Clay Buchholz to undo the narrative of an overachieving and underestimated Red Sox starting rotation after one turn through. This came one turn after shutting down the Philadelphia Phillies for seven shutout innings, so it begs the question:

Will the real Clay Buchholz please stand up? And when he does, which one can we expect later today and moving forward this season – the potential “ace” or the version that saw his ERA balloon from 0.00 to 7.43 in just one start? Continue reading Will the Real Clay Buchholz Please Stand Up? »

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While the Red Sox are off to a solid start (6-3) to the 2015 season, some of big-money players are already injured.

Xander Bogaerts sought out an MRI after reporting to Fenway Park on Tuesday with an injured knee suffered during the Red Sox home opener against the Washington Nationals. Bogaerts did not play in the second game of the series. Super-utility man Brock Holt played shortstop in the second game of the series, going 2 for 4 with an RBI.

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Mookie Betts stole the show in the Red Sox home opener at Fenway Park. (Boston Herald)

The ceremony took place after the first inning.

It didn’t have quite the same formality or pomp and circumstance as the preface ceremony. There were no Lombardi trophies on display. Tom Brady had already left after throwing out the first pitch (or trying to).

But by the bottom of the first inning, before the second out, before David Ortiz could even lift the bat off his shoulder, 40,000 Red Sox fans ordained that the first game of the season at Fenway Park would no longer be known as the “Home Opener.”

Instead, with serenades of “Moooooookieeeeee!”, the Fenway faithful decreed in unison that, henceforth, the home opener would be known as the Mookie Betts Coming Out Party.

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Joe Kelly impressed in his season debut as he held the Yankees to just one run on one hit in seven innings. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

After the most brutal winter in the history of Boston, the start of a new season of Red Sox baseball is just what we needed. The temperature is finally rising and there is legitimate buzz surrounding this team. Thanks to the additions of high-profile free agents Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, the young players like Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts have a great supporting cast while they develop. The biggest problem with the lineup last year was lack of veteran depth, forcing the younger players to carry the load way too early. This year their biggest strength on offense is their depth. It’s a good sign when you’re able to send one of your highest paid players in Rusney Castillo to triple A to start the year, and you’re still 4-1.

– With all the additions on offense there was a huge loss this off-season when the Red Sox weren’t able to bring Jon Lester back to Boston. Instead they traded for Wade Miley and Rick Porcello, and signed Justin Masterson. Without being able to lock down a sure ace pitcher, they filled the rotation with a bunch of guys who all have the ability to post double-digit wins. Another benefit of this pitching staff is age. Buchholz and Masterson are the oldest at 30, and they locked Porcello, 26, up for four more years at about $82 million. All five of these pitchers have shown the ability to be great in their careers, but as cliche as it sounds it all depends on their health. The offense is good enough to bail the pitching out of some games, but at the end of the day pitching wins championships. I do expect some young arms down in the farm such as Matt Barnes and Henry Owens to make an appearance at some point in the year to add to the team whether it be in the bullpen or the rotation. Continue reading Red Sox Weekly Round Up: Joe Kelly and Clay Buchholz Shine Early »

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2015 MLB Expert Picks

April 7, 2015 at 7:58pm in Featured, MLB, Now!, Opinion, Red Sox
Jon Lester headlined a free agent class that saw more than a few big names change teams, with trades sure to come in time. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Baseball season is finally here, with a game in the books. Lots of offseason moves were made, especially with top pitchers, but just before the games got underway, San Diego acquired elite closer Craig Kimbrel and pricey outfielder Melvin Upton (formerly BJ, who rejoins his brother Justin) from Atlanta in a rare right-before-the-season deal.

All the moving made it a real possibility that last year’s playoff bracket could get shaken up quite a bit this year. Seattle and San Diego made plenty of acquisitions to bolster needs, and it’s making them trendy picks. Ditto for the Red Sox. As for the likes of Baltimore, Kansas City and San Francisco, who lost some key pieces, it’s tougher to see how the losses will affect them, especially with the teams around them in their divisions also having to be considered.

But that’s the fun of picking winners and losers as the season begins, and that’s why we’re here. Scoring is as before:

  • Correctly guessing a team to make the playoffs is worth one point, or two points for guessing a division winner instead.
  • Correctly guessing which team will finish #1 in each league is worth five points, then four points for #2, and so on.
  • Correctly guessing which #1 seed will finish with MLB’s best record is worth two points.
  • In the event of a tie, we’ll also be guessing which team will finish with MLB’s worst record, then second-worst, then third.

So check below for everyone’s picks, and be sure to come back at season’s end for the results. Continue reading 2015 MLB Expert Picks »

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