// Ian Kinsler

Strongest American League Threats to Boston’s Throne

The free agent market has been put on ice this winter, as the Major League Baseball offseason has been held up by the holidays and the grand pursuit of Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. However, players have been changing uniforms across the American League, both through massive contracts as well as significant trades. Before the drama […]

Lester, Red Sox Lose Temper, Lose Game to Rangers

The Boston Red Sox lost 6-3 to the Texas Rangers in a pitchers duel early on between Jon Lester and new Ranger Ryan Dempster. The loss snapped the team’s small two-game winning streak and drops them below .500 once again. Red Sox starter Jon Lester (5-10) took the loss after dominating the Rangers bats through […]

Beckett Lets One Get Away as Red Sox Fall to Texas

In the rubber game of the three game series with the Texas Rangers, the Red Sox managed to scrap across a few runs and Josh Beckett avoided his recent first inning struggles, yet the team still fell 5-3 after two late Ranger runs broke a 3-3 tie. The loss drops the Sox back below .500 […]

National League Dominates in 2012 All-Star Game

When the lineups for the 2012 All-Star Game from Kansas City were posted, most saw the American League as heavy favorites, especially given Justin Verlander would be pitching the first two innings. It was surprising to say the least that Verlander barely made it through the first, surrendering five runs out of the gate as […]

Kinsler and Hamilton Each Drive in Three as Rangers Crush Red Sox

If the Red Sox and Rangers face each other in the playoffs, the scorekeepers had best prepare: there will be runs, and lots of them. Sunday afternoon at Fenway was no exception. The Rangers banged out 15 hits and 11 runs against John Lackey and the Red Sox bullpen Sunday, winning the game and the […]

Rangers Beat Down Red Sox 10-0 in First of Three at Fenway

Miller Rocked By Rangers Andrew Miller was coming off one of his best outings of the year versus the Texas Rangers a week ago, but Friday night he simply just did not have it. Miller was rocked for six earned runs in 1 1/3 innings of work, walking four and striking out only one. Holland […]

Homer-Happy Rangers Complete Red Sox Sweep in Texas

The Boston Red Sox, so highly touted for their off-season acquisitions, had the opportunity to make a statement against the American League-champion Texas Rangers and reassert their dominance in the MLB. They did not. In an Opening Weekend series in which the Rangers swept the Red Sox and outscored them 26-11, including beating Boston 5-1 […]

TGIF: Is Joe Mauer a First Round Pick in 2010?

Up until this point in the history of fantasy baseball, no matter what format your league was, no matter what the stat categories were, you would never even comprehend the idea of drafting a catcher in the first round. However, the fantasy baseball world in recent years has decided to open its doors to players […]

Fantasy Baseball Wrap-Up: Week 21 (8-24 – 8-30)

We now enter Week 22, which is the final week of the regular season for Yahoo! fantasy baseball. I have secured a playoff spot in two leagues and am hanging on for dear life in another. The ironic thing is that in my fourth league, where I currently reside in 11th place, I thought I […]

Sox Can’t Grind Out Win in Texas Tie-Breaker

When Branch Rickey said that baseball was a game of inches, he knew what he was talking about. The Red Sox lost 4-3 in Texas Sunday; a tense, momentum-volleying game that would have seemed to the Sox of earlier this season, easily winnable. The Red Sox simply lacked sharpness in every phase of the game. […]

TGIF: 2009 BABIP Leaders and Losers

One of my favorite tools for assessing players in fantasy baseball is Batting Average on Balls in Play (BABIP). A great piece done on BABIP can be found here. To those unfamiliar, here is a brief synopsis: “Simple logic states that once a ball is hit into play, there is nothing a hitter can do […]

Fantasy Baseball Wrap-Up: Week 11 (6-15 – 6-21)

I’m going to take this time to be awesome. I usually wait until the end of the “Wrap-Up” to report on the Sports of Boston baseball league, but I recently took over first place. My favorite part about the situation is that I have Jose Reyes, Joey Votto, and Erik Bedard on the DL. I […]

Fantasy Baseball Wrap-Up: Week 2 (4-13 – 4-19)

Apparently the new Yankee Stadium has become a home run haven. It has always been a well-known fact that Colorado’s Coors Field was the ideal place for owners needing a power fix. If recent trends continue, then I guess we will all have to start putting players in our lineups solely based on the fact that they are […]

TGIF: 2009 2B Rankings

Second base is arguably the shallowest of all the positions in fantasy baseball. The majority of these men will not be your source of power, but more likely your reservoir of average and decent speed. With so few elite names in this category, you may want to hold back on drafting one. According to my […]

TGIF: First Half Awards

The stars are shining bright here at the Sports of Boston First Half Fantasy Baseball Awards. In fact the award show just may take home the award for longest award show name. Wow, I don’t know who to thank. The first half had it all. Ups, downs, lefts, rights, you name it baby. This award […]