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?

Continue reading Red Sox Consider Shutting Pedroia Down for Season, and Why Wouldn’t They? »

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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?

Continue reading Why Did the Red Sox Acquire Jemile Weeks? »

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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 »

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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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