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After a warm Saturday at Fenway Park where Red Sox fans enjoyed a 6-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies and witnessed home run number 497 from David Ortiz, the Labor Day Weekend jubilance was quelled by violence. Around 2 a.m. Sunday morning, the time when most of the Fenway bar patrons funnel out onto Landsdowne Street, Yawkey Way, Brookline Ave, and others near by, gunshots were fired on Brookline Avenue. Two women in their 20’s were hit and sustained non-life-threatening injuries. It has been reported by local news stations that one women was shot in the leg and another was grazed on the side, nonetheless both where taking by Boston EMS to area hospitals and are expected to recover. Continue reading 2 Injured in Shooting Outside Fenway Park, No Suspects »

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Wade Miley (Bob DiChiara/USA Today Sports)

When the Red Sox acquired Wade Miley in the offseason, they did not expect him to carry the starting rotation. The team was looking for a pretty good/not great innings eater who could be counted on for a quality start virtually every time out. For much of 2015 Miley had underperformed those expectations. Miley has been much better in the second half, and has looked more like the mid-rotation horse the Red Sox were looking for.

It is hard to say what the main reasons were for Miley’s underwhelming first half in Boston. There certainly could have been an adjustment period for a new team, new catcher, and a new league that he had not really pitched to before. Whatever the cause, Miley’s first half line was entirely unimpressive: 6.48 K/9, 3.29 BB/9, .269 AVG against, 4.80 ERA, 4.01 FIP, 4.42 xFIP. The peripheral stats are mediocre, and the estimators suggest that Miley might not have been too awful, but the entire picture is still uninspiring. There is no stat in that line that brings value to the team, making Miley essentially replacement level.

Continue reading The Red Sox Can Now Count on Wade Miley »

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Don Orsillo (Gail Oskin/Getty Images)

Does anyone working at NESN have any idea what they are doing? Do the network’s decision makers put any thought into their actions, or do they just throw things against wall and hope they stick? We have reached the point where something needs to change in the hierarchy at NESN because the Red Sox’ flagship network is quickly becoming a complete joke among the fan base, which will do absolutely no good for their precious ratings.

Continue reading NESN Continues to Disrespect Don Orsillo »

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ramirez masslive

When you spend $88 million on a player he better be worth every red cent. Hanley Ramirez is not worth the high-priced contract he signed with the Red Sox.

Hanley Ramirez reminds me of a movie from the 1980s starring a young Tom Hanks, called The Money Pit. A newlywed couple buys what they think is their dream house, only to find that it is littered with bad wiring, poor construction, and a renovation that goes south before it even begins. Ramirez has not lived up to all the hype. Last winter Red Sox Nation hoped that 2015 would be the season of our dreams, only to find it had a lost, injury-prone left fielder that cannot seem to hit over .300.

Continue reading The Hanley Ramirez Experiment, In General, Must End »

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Alejandro De Aza

Yesterday the Red Sox traded Alejandro De Aza to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for minor league reliever Luis Ysla. According to a tweet from Jon Heyman of, the Red Sox will still have to pay $650K of De Aza’s remaining salary as part of the deal. This is the second time De Aza has been traded this year, after Boston acquired him earlier in the season from the Baltimore Orioles.

At the time the Red Sox were still in contention but needed outfield help and De Aza filled that void. During his time in Boston De Aza performed above expectations; in 161 at bats he hit .292 with 9 doubles, 5 triples, 4 home runs, and 25 RBI. He also played great defense in the outfield. Continue reading Red Sox Trade Alejandro De Aza to San Francisco Giants »

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Joe Kelly and his moustache

Joe Kelly was impressive once again in his start against the Mets yesterday. He looks like a completely different pitcher than the one we saw at the start of the season, which is very encouraging.

In his first few starts after getting called back up Kelly seemed no different, but since the beginning of August his statistics have been splendid. After yesterday’s performance he is now 6-0 in August with a 3.36 ERA. Continue reading Joe Kelly and His Moustache Continue to Impress »

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Hanley attempting to play the outfield (Charles Krupa/Associated Press)

There is a noticeable difference between a disappointment and a disaster. Dustin Pedroia missing almost half of a season’s worth of games due to injury is a disappointment; Hanley Ramirez playing Left Field is a disaster. In fact, Hanley playing just about any position is a disaster, and he is effectively a Designated Hitter at this point in his career. The Red Sox are locked into David Ortiz at that spot for 2016, so there is a logjam in the immediate future. It is clear that keeping Ramirez in the Outfield is no longer an option going forward, so it was encouraging to learn earlier this week that the Red Sox will be moving him to First Base going forward. The move sets up the team well both in the near and long term, and eliminates one of the biggest issues with the 2015 Red Sox.

Continue reading Hanley Moving to First! Red Sox Defense is Saved! »

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