// Jim Johnson

Why Aren’t MLB Pitchers Using the Shift?

There has been a spike in the use of defensive shifts across Major League Baseball this season, as explored in this article from ESPN the Magazine. Teams recognize the tendencies of opposing hitters, and utilize the shift to expose those tendencies, such as left-handed hitters pulling pitches to the right side of the infield. Shifts are […]

Ryan Dempster’s Solid Start Wasted in 2-0 Loss to Orioles

The Boston Red Sox did not have many chances to score in this game and were stymied by Chris Tillman and the Baltimore Orioles’ bullpen in the 2-0 loss on Friday evening. The Red Sox have now lost four of five game to the Orioles in 2013. Ryan Dempster had his fourth straight quality start […]

Red Sox Lose Rubber Match in Late Innings, 3-2 to the Baltimore Orioles

The Boston Red Sox had a chance in the ninth inning to tie the game with one out and Stephen Drew on first after his first base hit with his new club, but Jim Johnson settled down for his fourth save by striking out Jonny Gomes and getting Jacoby Ellsbury to line out to the […]

Red Sox Sellout Streak Ends, Hanrahan Blows Save in Loss to Orioles

After 820 games, the widespread speculation regarding the legitimacy of the Boston Red Sox‘s sellout streak can finally be put to rest. The longest such streak in major professional sports, both for the regular season (794 games) and overall (820 including the postseason), has officially come to an end. In just the second game at […]

Chen Out-Duels Beckett, Wins Series for Orioles

Pitchers who lack a decent fastball rarely survive in the MLB, but there’s such a thing as too much of a good thing. Josh Beckett learned that the hard way Wednesday, losing a 2-1 pitchers’ duel to Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen at Fenway Park despite a pinpoint-accurate fastball. With the loss, the Red Sox fell […]

Sox Rebound in Rubber Match after 4-1 Loss to O’s

Finally back at .500, the Boston Red Sox squandered their first opportunity at a winning record this season, falling 4-1 Tuesday night to the Baltimore Orioles. Felix Doubront pitched a solid six innings, striking out nine and giving up just four hits, allowing his only runs on a Steve Tolleson two-run home run in the second […]

Orioles Belt Out 12 Hits as Pitchers Quiet Red Sox

There wasn’t one big hit by the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday night that the Boston Red Sox could blame for their 4-1 loss to the Orioles at Camden Yards. No, it was all the little hits that did Boston in. Twelve, to be exact. Clay Buchholz gave up four runs on 12 hits – only two […]

Orioles Finally Beat Red Sox, 7-6

When the Orioles took a 7-4 lead in the 10th inning on Sunday afternoon against the Red Sox, it seemed they were on their way to finally beating the Red Sox. While they did earn their third win of the year and their first over the Sox in 11 tries, they made it interesting, winning […]