Will the Red Sox closer carousel bring Koji Uehara back again next year, or will the Red Sox have to turn to someone else (again)? (ESPN.com)

157 down, 5 to go.

That’s all that’s left on this misery of a Red Sox season, thankfully. But the Rajon Rondo trade rumors are nothing more than just that — rumors — and the Patriots don’t play every day (perhaps fortunately, considering Week 3′s ugly win), so I’m trying to justify reasons to keep sports in my everyday life.

So to answer the question, “Why watch the Red Sox?”, I’ve turned to Rusney Castillo’s first stint in the majors, Clay Buchholz’s momentum going into 2015, and David Ortiz’s record-setting season. One more reason (which I’ll probably ignore) is the Red Sox closer carousel, and what it may mean for the 2015 return of deposed closer Koji Uehara.

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Brock Holt

Back in 2012, the Red Sox sent a package of prospects over to the Pittsburgh Pirates for projected closer of the 2013 season, Joel Hanrahan. Brock Holt was a mere throw-in, and Joel Hanrahan revealed himself as a bust, which cleared a path for Koji Uehara to dominate as the Red Sox closer.  Holt played 23 games last year season with the Red Sox where he primarily filled in for Middlebrooks at third base. He batted .203 and failed to secure a roster spot for himself on the Red Sox 25-man roster.

Before the 2014 season began, there once again was no roster spot for Brock Holt. Yet again, we thought at the time that the Red Sox were going to defend their title a little bit more formidably.  After a month and a half of disappointment and injuries, Holt found himself thrust into the starting lineup. Initially covering for Middlebrooks at third, by mid-June, Holt was thrown into the outfield, where he excelled, despite being an infielder by trade. Since then, Holt has played every single position on the baseball diamond this season besides pitcher and catcher. Continue reading Brock Holt: Utility Man or Key Future Starter? »

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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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clay

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.

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jeter

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.”

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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.

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