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Greenville Drive third baseman, Yoan Moncada, enjoyed an electric second half to his 2015 season landing him the number one spot in Baseball America’s top prospects in the South Atlantic league.  The League has single-A affiliates from the the New York Yankees, Kansas City Royals, and Baltimore Orioles major league franchises.

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A couple more two home run, five RBI performances, Blake, and we can escape from New York without giving the Yankees the satisfaction of their 10,000th win - together. (Boston Globe)

Lord knows it’s been months since I’ve asked anything of the 2015 Boston Red Sox. Mired in last place and saddled with two free agent splashes that never made it out of the shallow end, what was there to ask?

But with only a few games left, I do have one final request as a Red Sox fan dying a death of a thousand misplayed Hanley Ramirez fly balls.

Please, please don’t give the New York Yankees the pleasure of beating us for their 10,000th win in franchise history. Continue reading Can the Red Sox Avoid Being the Victim of the Yankees 10,000th Win? Please? »

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This week, the Washington Nationals were tied up in a 4-4 game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. when MVP candidate Bryce Harper stepped to the plate. Before getting to the at bat it is important to mention some history. This season the Nationals were favored to win the NL East by just about everyone in baseball. Ex-Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon was acquired from the Phillies to help do just that two months ago. In the last few months the Nationals have seen the NL East slip away to the New York Mets and any wild card hope has been stomped out by an extremely competitive NL Central with the Cardinals leading the way and the Pirates and Cubs battling each other for a 1-game home playoff to advance to the divisional round. Just this week the Nationals were officially eliminated from playoff contention. Continue reading Ex-Sox closer Papelbon Brawls With MVP Candidate Bryce Harper »

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Craig Breslow (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Whenever the Red Sox decided to go with a “bullpen game” on Saturday afternoon against the Orioles at Fenway Park, they also likely expected some kind of football score to be the final outcome. Red Sox hitters held up their end of that arrangement in scoring eight runs in the contest, but surprisingly seven Red Sox relievers combined to shut out the O’s for the second straight contest. Call it the shock of the century. The bullpen has been the worst part of the 2015 Red Sox, yet still managed to shut out a lineup that included Manny Machado, Chris Davis, and Matt Wieters.

This is a bullpen that ranks among the worst in all of baseball:

26th in K/9: 7.76

16th in BB/9: 3.28

28th in Groundball rate: 41.6%

27th in Average Against: .262

26th in ERA: 4.35

30th (dead last) in FIP: 4.59

28th in xFIP: 4.33

 

Against an offense that ranks among the most powerful in the game:

4th in Homeruns: 204

9th in RBI: 648

6th in Slugging: .418

4th in Isolated Power: .168

 

It is also notable that veteran Craig Breslow made his first career start after 522 career relief appearances, and also set a new career high with four Innings Pitched. Heath Hembree, Matt Barnes, Alexi Ogando, Tommy Layne, Noe Ramirez, and Jonathan Aro covered the remaining five innings, allowing only three hits and three walks to Orioles sluggers. We cannot stress enough how unusual this combined performance was, considering the struggles Red Sox relievers have endured all season long. This is not to suggest that yesterday’s game stands as a huge turning point in the bullpen’s season, only that they came together when needed most and delivered as solid a performance as could be expected, all while their most effective reliever (Koji Uehara) was completely unavailable. In a season that has been dominated by failure and underperformance, this was a fun, refreshing way to be pleasantly surprised.

 

All stats courtesy of Fangraphs

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The Amazing Rich Hill

September 26, 2015 at 11:34am in Featured, Opinion, Red Sox, Top Story
Rich Hill (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

Friday night’s 7-0 win over the Orioles featured a dominant performance from a Red Sox starting pitcher, the likes of which the team is unaccustomed to in 2015. Rich Hill was dealing at Fenway Park, tossing a two-hit shutout with a walk and ten strikeouts. Hill seemed nowhere near the Red Sox radar even a month ago, but has burst onto the scene in September with three dominant starts, providing the Red Sox with a short-term ace on the month. While that kind of production is unlikely to be sustained over the course of an entire season, Hill has shown a capability to be effective in the Major Leagues (again), and might be earning himself a chance to make the Red Sox in 2016.

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Pedro and the rest of Red Sox Nation celebrated David Ortiz's admission to the 500 HR club before Monday's game against Tampa Bay. (Boston Globe)

Unless you’re into breathlessly watching to see if the Boston Red Sox can avoid a third last place finish in four years, there isn’t much left worth tuning in for as the team plays out the string on this miserable 2015 season.

Thankfully, David Ortiz has yet again provided a reason to watch, even though it’s not for his late season and postseason heroics.

Big Papi’s pursuit of membership in the 500 home run club has been a welcome excuse to keep following the Red Sox this season, and last night’s celebration of his 500th home run was some quality television. Newly minted Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez, Jason Varitek, and a brand new SUV on the field? Plus a montage of all 500 of Ortiz’s home runs? AND David Ortiz signature Bean boots (far better than the car, IMHO)? Sign me up.

In case you missed it, check out the video after the jump.

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Joe Kelly (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

When the Red Sox decided to shut Joe Kelly down for the remainder of 2015, it ended a roller coaster year for the hard-throwing right-hander. This season has included a lot of failure, and a decent amount of success for Kelly, especially recently. Kelly’s past eight starts have been encouraging, and provide some hope for success going into 2016. Whether or not Kelly will still have a shot at a rotation spot is debatable, but there is success to build off of. The most important factor of Kelly’s recent stretch of success is consistency, which he has generally lacked for most of his Red Sox career. Since Kelly will not be taking the mound again in 2015, we can take a look at his season as a whole, and the results might be somewhat surprising. I like to hear bad news first so I’m going to start there.

The Bad

Basically the first four months of the 2015 season. Kelly’s first 17 starts left him with a 6.11 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, and .284 Average Against. It essentially seemed like every time Kelly pitched, he ended up with as many earned runs allowed as innings pitched, almost always leaving his team trailing. While Kelly maintained decent strikeout (7.54 K/9) and walk (3.36 BB/9) rates, his run prevention was awful at best. Part of that problem was a near-complete lack of command from Kelly. That issue does not really show up in the walk rate, but it was apparent in watching Kelly pitch; he would miss with the first few pitches to fall behind in the count, then leave a pitch over the middle of the plate to get crushed. This kind of performance leads to a high pitch count, exits in the early innings, and a huge burden on the bullpen to finish the game. Kelly would probably like to forget the first two-thirds of the season as much as the Red Sox as a whole.

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