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. (

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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Rusney Castillo is excited to make his major league debut on Wednesday, and even though the 2014 Red Sox have convinced you otherwise, you should be too. (Boston Herald)

Mercifully, the New England Patriots are in the win column, and the 2014 season for the Boston Red Sox is in its final weeks.

Unfortunately, the Patriots only play once a week (hopefully more like Week 2 than Week 1), and there still isn’t any Celtics basketball or Bruins hockey to fill the space between each Sunday.

So even though I gave up on the Red Sox eons ago, I’m going to put myself through an exercise in futility and try to come up with reasons from here on out for why to watch the Red Sox in their final September death throes. If only because answering the question, “Is there a reason to watch the Red Sox anymore?” with a singular “No” would make for an unsatisfactory (albeit accurate) post.

Fittingly, we’ll start with the best (only?) reason of all to watch the Red Sox for the remainder of this wretched season: the unknown free agent out of Cuba, Rusney Castillo, who will make his debut on Wednesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 23

September 16, 2014 at 2:01pm in MLB, Red Sox
Angels vs Nationals: Week 23's prediction for the World Series

Just under two weeks remain in the season, so time is running out for teams having problems. The likes of Pittsburgh and Detroit are breathing a sigh of relief following struggles by their competition. Many races are still tight enough, though, so don’t pencil anyone in just yet. (The Angels are the only team to clinch a spot, though Baltimore still has realistic eyes on home-field advantage.) Baltimore and Washington could each clinch their division with one more win, while a lot of teams are starting to mathematically drop out of contention. This is a big week for everyone, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, September 16, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 23 »

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Dustin Pedroia can't believe it, but the Red Sox are thinking of shutting him down for the remainder of the season. (AP Photo)

The Boston Red Sox are considering shutting down second baseman Dustin Pedroia for the remainder of the season.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said that Pedroia has been suffering from inflammation and irritation in his wrist and hand for a while, an injury that was confirmed to have worsened in a recent MRI.

The only question I have is, what took so long?

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Angels vs Nationals: Week 22's prediction for the World Series

The end of the season is inching ever closer. The top of the NL is getting a lot more crowded. The AL is still competitive as well. The Wildcard races are very much up for grabs. Many divisional races are still alive. A lot is still left to play for in the last few weeks of the season, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Monday, September 8, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 22 »

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jemile weeks

On September 1st, the Red Sox traded Kelly Johnson and minor-leaguer Michael Almanzar for former Baltimore Oriole, Jemile Weeks.

Jemile appeared in all three games against the New York Yankees this week, making minimal impact for his new team. It is unclear why the decision was made to bring Weeks aboard. We have many players of very similar pedigree in our farm system, so why do we need Weeks? Was this a case of needing to get rid of Johnson, who only spent a month with the hometown team? Or did they believe that Weeks could make an impact next season if the hitting and fielding specialists worked with him? He did spend the 2012 season with the Oakland Athletics playing in 118 games with a slash of .221/.305/.304. Since then he spent no more than 20 games with the major league team he has been on. Isn’t the writing on the wall?

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Shane Victorino is a valuable and expendable player for the Red Sox to trade before the deadline.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

September is upon us, which means only one thing. The MLB regular season is coming to a close soon, and given that the Red Sox are going through a losing season a year removed from winning the World Series, this can only mean rebuilding is on the minds of the front office.  There are several options that the Red Sox should pursue in the offseason if they wish to become a contender again.

Pitching woes-

Lester- The southpaw who left the team in July immediately said he would return to the team after the season is over, but he needs the incentive to do so. Lester has had a very impressive season thus far, and should be highly coveted by many teams. During his season with Boston, Lester was 10-7 with a 2.52 ERA and since moving across country to Oakland has been 3-3 with a 2.59 ERA. This has been his best year (specifically his best ERA) since coming to the big leagues in 2006. The Red Sox have some strong, young talent in their rotation like Brandon Workman and Allen Webster but having a veteran presence in the clubhouse again. Continue reading Red Sox 2014-2015 Offseason Preview »