// John Farrell

David Ortiz Needs to Play First Base

Red Sox manager John Farrell recently came up with a different strategy in his lineup construction: allow David Ortiz to play first base. The idea came about from the combination of several relevant factors affecting the daily lineup: Alejandro De Aza has played very well since being acquired from the Orioles (.940 OPS with the […]

The Newest Four-Letter Word for the Red Sox: Hope

The 2015 Season for the Boston Red Sox has been defined by the latest tirade of four-letter words inspired by Rick Porcello’s latest pitching performance, Pablo Sandoval’s ninth inning fielding percentage, or any other seminal moment of disappointment. There are a lot to choose from. But lately, strangely, I’ve been finding myself coming back to […]

Porcello, Ortiz Ejection Bad in Otherwise Good Weekend for Red Sox

Saturday night in Kansas City the Sox had a performance that seems to sum up the season thus far. Mookie Betts’s lead off blast had the Sox off to a promising start. It was looking as if Boston might win their second straight against the talented Kansas City club with a 4-1 lead into the […]

Should Brock Holt Start for Red Sox?

How about a more specific question: Should Brock Holt have an everyday spot in the lineup somewhere? That is much tougher to answer, since the Red Sox’ master plan likely did not include having their super-utility role player move to an everyday role. Ultimately, super-utility probably is the best way to use Holt; he can […]

Brock Holt is John Farrell’s MVP

While the Red Sox have stumbled there way through the season up to this point, one man on the team has outperformed expections: Brock Holt. His success has not gone unnoticed by John Farrell, as Holt has earned a consistent place in the second spot in the lineup. Brock is ballplayer in every sense of […]

O’s Sweep Red Sox; Wade Miley Argues With John Farrell

The Sox fell to the Orioles 6-5 at Camden Yards in the final game of the series in Baltimore. Starter Wade Miley managed just 4.0 innings, giving up nine hits, five runs, all earned, including three solo bombs to Adam Jones, Manny Machado and Nolan Reimold. It was another ugly performance for Boston, losing their […]

Eduardo Rodriguez Dazzles in Red Sox Debut

I hope the Red Sox can get a refund on that return ticket to Pawtucket. After the major league debut of Eduardo Rodriguez, called up from AAA Pawtucket for a presumed spot start, he won’t be going anywhere. That’s how good the 22-year-old was in tossing 7.2 shutout innings against the Texas Rangers in Globe […]

Not So Fast: Cespedes to Play CF or RF?

When reports emerged that the Boston Red Sox were honing in on an agreement with Hanley Ramirez, thus began the speculation surrounding the all but imminent departure of incumbent left fielder Yoenis Cespedes. Between coaches hating him, attitude problems, a free-swinging approach, and just one year remaining on his current contract, Cespedes seemed doomed to be […]

Why Watch the Red Sox? For the Magic Number 1

Thank the baseball gods that there are now less than four games left in this abomination of a Red Sox season. All are against teams officially eliminated from the MLB postseason – the rubber game against the Tampa Bay Rays, then three against Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees – meaning the Red Sox can’t even play […]

Brock Holt: Utility Man or Key Future Starter?

Back in 2012, the Red Sox sent a package of prospects over to the Pittsburgh Pirates for projected closer of the 2013 season, Joel Hanrahan. Brock Holt was a mere throw-in, and Joel Hanrahan revealed himself as a bust, which cleared a path for Koji Uehara to dominate as the Red Sox closer.  Holt played 23 games […]

Why Watch the Red Sox? For the Cuban Missile Rusney Castillo

Mercifully, the New England Patriots are in the win column, and the 2014 season for the Boston Red Sox is in its final weeks. Unfortunately, the Patriots only play once a week (hopefully more like Week 2 than Week 1), and there still isn’t any Celtics basketball or Bruins hockey to fill the space between each Sunday. […]

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

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 […]

John Farrell’s Second Season in Boston Unlike his First

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 […]

Uehara Named All-Star After Yankees’ Tanaka Goes to DL

Sure, the Boston Red Sox may be in last place in the American League East, 9.5 games out of wild card contention, and only 2.5 games ahead of the lowly Houston Astros (you know, the franchise all but actively trying to lose games). But damn it all, they’ll still have two representatives at the 2014 All-Star […]

John Farrell Considering Superman (Brock Holt) for All-Star Game

With the Red Sox at 38-47 (as of this writing) and in fourth place in the American League East, the team clearly boasts only a couple possible candidates for this year’s All-Star Game. Fortunately for at least one lucky Red Sox player, MLB requires that each roster has at least one player from each team. […]