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Book Review: Moneyball – Winning Cheap

As titles go, Moneyball is a bit of a misnomer. When one thinks of the term “moneyball,” one might be inclined to think of playing baseball by spending lots of money. But the reality is that Moneyball, Michael Lewis’s 2003 bestseller, is about a general manager’s (Billy Beane if the Oakland Athletics) quest to put […]

Boston on Wrong End of Home Run Derby Against Oakland

If I came back in time and told you Boston scored eight runs Thursday, you probably would think they crushed the Athletics because of their supreme pitching staff. What supreme pitching staff? Hardly anything went right for the Red Sox, and when they tried to claw their way back into it, they always, ALWAYS, screwed […]

Big Papi Powers Red Sox to Victory

The Boston Red Sox faced off against the Oakland Athletics on a beautiful Wednesday night at Fenway Park. The Red Sox were coming off a solid come-from-behind victory in which they fell behind 4-0 but came back to win the game in convincing fashion, 9-4. On the hill for the Red Sox was Daisuke Matsuzaka, […]

Martinez Leads Red Sox Over A’s

The Red Sox are playing like the best team in baseball with a roaring comeback against the Oakland A’s to win 9-4. While John Lackey struggled through six innings, his teammates backed him up and piled up nine runs against Gio Gonzalez and the Oakland bullpen. The Red Sox collected 14 hits and unlike their […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 8

At the end of May, Minnesota is still right there with the Yankees, and there are finally two 30-game winners in the National League, but somehow those two teams are San Diego and Cincinnati. And the NL East is surprisingly still a logjam, with the Phillies only 0.5 games ahead of the Braves and 4.0 […]

SoB MLB Power Rankings 5-24-10

It’s time for the second installment of the MLB Power Rankings, and it’s a good one. You have the Dodgers and Tigers threatening, and Cincinnati and St. Louis are too close to call. On the other hand, the Yankees are falling farther and farther behind the Rays, and are even losing ground in the Wildcard […]

SoB MLB Power Rankings 5-10-10

With the three other leagues possessing power rankings of their own, it’s time for baseball to get its due. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the topic, every second Monday KC and I, and hopefully more as we get our mojo working, will select our picks for the best 10 teams in baseball, […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 3

After the third week, the 8-11 Red Sox are already 6.0 games out of the division, and 4.5 games out of the Wild Card. Oakland is still ruling the roost out West, as is San Diego, which few saw coming. An eight-game win streak this early will do that. Washington is somehow above .500, and […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 2

After another week, things are starting to become normal again. Starting. The Yankees are back in charge, followed closely by Tampa. Though, Boston is only 2.5 games away from being the league’s worst team. Pittsburgh is only 0.5 games out of the wild-card slot, and Oakland is still running away with their division. We’ll see […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 1

Remember after opening night concluded, when the Red Sox were the best team in baseball and the Yankees were the worst team in baseball? Everything felt right, didn’t it? Well, after losing three straight, the Sox are back to .500, and the Yankees are a game ahead. Papi and Teixeira are both colder than Winter […]

MLB Predictions 2010: Lowell Won’t Be Traded, Mets Will Win NL East

This will hopefully be a weekly list of rants and meaningless predictions that have no validity whatsoever. It’s just designed to be a fun look into the possibility of what may come in the world of Major League Baseball. Enjoy it and feel free to add your own Nostradamus insight each week. FACT #1: The […]

Nomar Garciaparra to Retire?

Nomar Garciaparra appeared destined for the Hall of Fame, and a back-and-forth rivalry with Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter for years and years. By 2004, when he was traded to the Cubs, it appeared Nomar may be able to continue his production against weaker pitching in the National League Central. Looks can be deceiving, and with […]

Three Off-Season MLB Moves That Affect the Red Sox

Plenty of action has already taken place during the off-season. The Red Sox have made their share of moves (John Lackey) and also made intentions known (Adrian Gonzalez). This could force other players out to get rid of the surplus (Clay Buccholz). But, it’s not just the Red Sox that have been moving and shaking. […]

Ortiz Homers, Sox Blast A’s 8-5

The same day he was reported to have failed a drug test in 2003, David Ortiz blasted a three run home run to put the Red Sox past the Athletics, 8-5. Down 4-1 at one point, Boston was able to climb back and get the win behind the play of Ortiz and Jason Varitek. Varitek […]

Sox Bullpen Blows Lead, Sox Lose 9-8

Brought in to protect a three-run lead in the top of the ninth, Jonathan Papelbon gave up three hits, a walk and the lead. Manny Delcarmen surrendered two runs in the top of the eleventh inning, and took the loss, as the visiting Oakland A’s defeated Boston 9-8. All told, the Sox bullpen gave up […]