// Junichi Tazawa

Kimbrel’s Effect on the Red Sox Bullpen

The Red Sox made headlines on Friday night with their surprising acquisition of Craig Kimbrel from the San Diego Padres, marking Dave Dombrowski’s first significant roster move in Boston. Kimbrel immediately becomes the closer for the Red Sox since he has been one of the most dominant relievers in the history of the game, and […]

Miracles Do Happen! Porcello, Tazawa Outduel Sale, White Sox in Red Sox Shutout

Did anyone in Boston see Rick Porcello walk across the Charles River recently? Because if Wednesday’s start against the Chicago White Sox was any indication, something mildly miraculous is going on with the embattled righthander. Going up against Chris Sale and his now MLB-leading 229 strikeouts, Porcello went pitch for pitch with the White Sox […]

Owens, Red Sox Bullpen Shaky in Extra-Innings Loss

Sunday’s 10-8 extra-inning loss to the Seattle Mariners was a perfect microcosm of the Red Sox’ 2015 season: plenty of hits and production by the lineup, complete and total failure from the pitching staff. In fact, the lineup went above and beyond the call of duty, erasing a 7-0 deficit to tie the game at […]

Koji Uehara Out for Remainder of Season with Broken Wrist

The Red Sox season is unofficially over, but for their closer, Koji Uehara it’s official. Uehara took a line drive to the wrist off the bat of Detroit’s Ian Kinsler in Boston’s 7-2 victory Sunday at Comerica Park. The right-hander reached for the hot shot from Kinsler and the ball made contact with his wrist putting […]

Red Sox Bullpen Sleeper: Matt Barnes

Much has been made about the poor performance of Red Sox starting pitchers in 2015, and how it has contributed to the team’s last-place standing. That criticism is justified, of course, but there is a sense that placing so much blame on the starters is shielding the team’s relievers from the criticism that they rightfully […]

Brock Holt Hits for the Cycle, Red Sox Snap 7-Game Skid

Brock Holt hit for the cycle in the Red Sox 9-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves to split the two games at Fenway. He is the first Red Sox player to hit for the cycle since John Valentin on June 6th, 1996. This is only the 21st cycle in franchise history. Holt started out going to […]

Red Sox Weekly Round Up: Starting Pitching Continues to be Woeful

I’ve done my absolute best to be optimistic about this pitching staff. Of course we all know how unproven the entire rotation was coming into this season, but it seemed like the five of them would be able to put it together. Each pitcher has had success in the past and the thought was they […]

Why 2014 Should Make Red Sox Fans Smile

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 […]

Red Sox First Month Recap

April ended on Wednesday which means the first month of the 2014 regular season is now over for the 2013 World Series Champions Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox produced a 15-16 record through the first 31 games of the season, which is good for third place overall in the American League East Division. The […]

Jonny Gomes Powers Red Sox to Even World Series at 2-2

With two down and two runners on in the sixth inning, Jonny Gomes came up to the plate as Mike Matheny went to his bullpen after Lance Lynn (0-1) allowed a bloop hit to Dustin Pedroia and a four-pitch walk to David Ortiz. The right-handed reliever Seth Maness came in and was locating his sinker […]

Lackey, Napoli Power Red Sox to 1-0 Victory Over Tigers in ALCS

John Lackey matched Justin Verlander pitch for pitch, and the Boston Red Sox managed to break through for a run on a 3-2 pitch from Verlander to Mike Napoli. Verlander’s 100th pitch went deep to left-center and the only run of the game gave the Red Sox a 1-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on […]

As Postseason Unfolds, Starting Pitching Will Remain Critical for Red Sox

The Red Sox now own a 2-0 lead in the ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays and have demonstrated prolific offensive prowess, solid starting pitching, and lock down relief pitching. However, as the post season continues to unfold, it is the starting pitching staff that will prove to be more crucial than anything else. Starting […]

After Three Hour Rain Delay, Red Sox Complete Sweep of Twins

Well, at least the fans that stuck around can now say they’ve seen The Sandlot. Ahead 3-1 when the skies opened up over Target Field, the Boston Red Sox finally came away with a sweep of the Minnesota Twins on Sunday, winning 5-1 after a three hour rain delay. Nearly six and a half hours after […]

Middlebrooks Delivers in 9th as Sox Rally in Dramatic Fashion

The Boston Red Sox were down to their last strike against the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night, trailing 3-1 with Will Middlebrooks at the plate in the top of the ninth with the bases loaded against Rodney. The third baseman delivered for Boston, drilling a bases-clearing double into the left-center gap, giving the Red […]

Hanrahan Falls Prey to Red Sox Closer Curse, Placed on 60-Day DL

Tabbed as the closer for the Boston Red Sox before the 2013 season, Joel Hanrahan was moved to the 60-day disabled list on Thursday, just two days after the Red Sox placed him on the 15-day DL. What originally was deemed a muscle strain in his right forearm quickly became much more serious after an […]