Promising rookie Mookie Betts takes the field a day after going 3 for 5 at Yankee Stadium

After Jacoby Ellsbury left the Red Sox to join the Yankees, Boston fans, including myself, shirked off the Center Fielder’s departure as ultimately inconsequential because of our inflated optimism in Jackie Bradley Jr.  We convinced ourselves that Bradley Jr. was our farm system’s answer to fill Ellsbury’s void and that sharing a position with him was going to impede on his development as a major league player. At that point, our mindset was also of the belief that since the majority of our core from last year’s title was still there, only minor changes to the lineup were in order.  To put it lightly, things fell apart.

Production across the lineup decreased while the list of names on the disabled list increased.  Bogaerts, after a promising beginning of the season, lost a touch on the offensive side.  Bradley Jr., on the other hand, appears to have never had a touch on the offensive side from the beginning, and now with news of his refusing to change his swing, the minor leagues appears to be his destination for the time being. Continue reading What Good Play from Betts, Cespedes Means for Crowded Outfield »

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US President Barack Obama (C) poses with the Boston Red Sox (minus those gone) as he welcomes the team to the White House to honor for their 2013 World Series Championship during a ceremony on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 1, 2014. (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

With just a month left in the MLB regular season, it’s time to reflect on the season that was, and could have been.  The Red Sox are a very different team than they were when they started the season, with players coming in and out of the clubhouse all year.  Let’s take a minute to catch up with old friends and see how they’re doing, shall we?


The Good

Grady Sizemore

New Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Transaction: Designated for Assignment June 17th
New Stats: .303/2/10

The Grady Sizemore Experiment worked!  Well, for Philadelphia, at least. Continue reading Catching Up With Old Friends: The 2014 Boston Red Sox »

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Allen Craig tags out Brett Gardner to complete a strange double play - not that it helped the Red Sox, who lost 5-1. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

I’m hard pressed to think of another Red Sox-Yankees series in September that had less meaning, but then again I’m only 25, so what do I know?

What I do know is that this Red Sox season is hopelessly lost, and now it’s all about enjoying the little things in life/baseball. So even though the Red Sox scored all of one measly run in a 5-1 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday night, the game was worth watching if only for one of the weirder double plays that I’ve ever seen.

Take a look.

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Red Sox Switch to Six-Man Rotation

September 2, 2014 at 10:27pm in Featured, Red Sox
The six Boston starters in September (photos courtesy of ESPN.com)

Baseball — America’s National Pastime — is rich with unwritten rules tradition.  You don’t bunt with two strikes, your power hitter bats cleanup, and your starters pitch every fifth day.

Now that the Boston Red Sox are pulled off the patented “worst-to-first-to-worst,” they’ll be breaking one of those rules.

Red Sox manager John Farrell announced this past weekend that it looks like the Sox will close out the last month of the season with a six man starting rotation.  The crew of Clay Buchholz, Rubby De La Rosa, Joe Kelly, Allen Webster, Brandon Workman and Anthony Ranaudo will each take the hill every sixth day, in what will essentially be an audition for a spot in the 2015 five man rotation. Continue reading Red Sox Switch to Six-Man Rotation »

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Angels vs Nationals: Week 21's prediction for the World Series

The final month of the season is here, and teams have just 25 or so games left before the postseason. No team has yet to be mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, though Texas can not win their division. The Angels, Orioles and Nationals are all in stable spots, but all of the other contenders still have close races on their minds. In fact, divisions not led by the aforementioned teams are led by no more than two games. It will certainly be a hectic September, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as Tuesday, September 2, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 21 »

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Red-Sox-Fans

It’s true. The 2014 season has been a complete nightmare for the Boston Red Sox. As the team’s winning percentage hovers around .440 with a dismal 29-40 record at Fenway Park, it’s no secret that 2014 has already been dismissed as a lost cause.

However, this should only make the 2013 World Series Championship taste even sweeter.

The reason?

This implosion could have easily have been what happened last season as well.

Aside from the departure of Jacoby Ellsbury, the 2014 Red Sox roster ended up looking almost identical to the 2013 Red Sox roster. However, when all is said and done, the 2013 Red Sox will have won around 30 more games than their 2014 counterparts. Continue reading Why 2014 Should Make Red Sox Fans Smile »

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Red Sox Manager John Farrell (Source: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images North America)

In 2013, it seemed like everything Red Sox Manager John Farrell touched turned to gold.  2014 hasn’t nearly been the same, and Wednesday night’s loss to the Blue Jays was no different.

Joe Kelly and the Red Sox were up 2-1 in the 7th in Toronto when Edwin Encarnacion hit a lead off double on Kelly’s 86th pitch.  Farrell had seen enough.  Instead of letting the former Cardinal to work his way through the inning, Farrell called in lefty reliever Tommy Layne to face switch hitting Dioner Navarro.  After a base hit, Farrell opted to make another pitching change — this time for Junichi Tazawa.

Tazawa, whose career ERA against the Blue Jays is now 6.87 with 7 home runs, allowed the fairly predictable to happen: a three-run pitch hit home run off the bat of Danny Valencia. Continue reading John Farrell’s Second Season Unlike his First »

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