Joe Kelly (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

When the Red Sox decided to shut Joe Kelly down for the remainder of 2015, it ended a roller coaster year for the hard-throwing right-hander. This season has included a lot of failure, and a decent amount of success for Kelly, especially recently. Kelly’s past eight starts have been encouraging, and provide some hope for success going into 2016. Whether or not Kelly will still have a shot at a rotation spot is debatable, but there is success to build off of. The most important factor of Kelly’s recent stretch of success is consistency, which he has generally lacked for most of his Red Sox career. Since Kelly will not be taking the mound again in 2015, we can take a look at his season as a whole, and the results might be somewhat surprising. I like to hear bad news first so I’m going to start there.

The Bad

Basically the first four months of the 2015 season. Kelly’s first 17 starts left him with a 6.11 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, and .284 Average Against. It essentially seemed like every time Kelly pitched, he ended up with as many earned runs allowed as innings pitched, almost always leaving his team trailing. While Kelly maintained decent strikeout (7.54 K/9) and walk (3.36 BB/9) rates, his run prevention was awful at best. Part of that problem was a near-complete lack of command from Kelly. That issue does not really show up in the walk rate, but it was apparent in watching Kelly pitch; he would miss with the first few pitches to fall behind in the count, then leave a pitch over the middle of the plate to get crushed. This kind of performance leads to a high pitch count, exits in the early innings, and a huge burden on the bullpen to finish the game. Kelly would probably like to forget the first two-thirds of the season as much as the Red Sox as a whole.

Continue reading The Good, The Bad, The Joe Kelly »

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Howard University had no business being on the same field as Boston College in this past Saturday’s contest, if it can be called that, at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill. The FCS opponent was completely over-matched by the size, speed, and talent of the Eagles. The final was Boston College 76-0 over Howard but the game was over almost before it started.

The Eagles started the game by driving Howard back inside their own 5-yard line with multiple sacks, forcing a punt that was returned back inside the five. The next play on the first BC possession resulted in a Tyler Rouse touchdown, his first of three in the game which all came in the first half. The next play from scrimmage for Howard was a pick six putting the Eagles up 14-0 with just a few seconds having ticked off the clock. Continue reading Boston College Rolls Over Howard, Welcomes #9 Florida State »

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Atlantic Division

Last season the Boston Bruins went 15-9-6 against their Atlantic Division opponents. Good but not great, and it could have been better. The Bruins and the rest of the division have gotten better this offseason, making moves and signing free agents. Some have new head coaches and new general managers.

It’s a known fact that if you want to be a top team in the NHL you have to dominate your division or you won’t fare too well the rest of the season.

This is part 1 of a 2 part preview of the Bruins versus the Atlantic Division this upcoming season. Let’s start with the 3 teams that finished below the Bruins in the division standings last season. Continue reading 2015-2016 Atlantic Division Preview for Bruins Fans, Part 1 »

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Jean Machi (Andy Marlin, USA Today Sports)

Believe it or not this is a serious question: why on the good, green Earth do the Red Sox continually put “Mean” Jean Machi into games in key situations? When Koji Uehara was lost for the season the team tried having Machi replace him in the closer role, which we can say was a resounding failure. Dare one say, it might have even brought back memories of Alfredo Aceves. But even after his demotion, Machi still seems to find himself on the mound in key situations, which might actually be worse for the team than having him start a clean inning in the ninth. It is clear that the Red Sox bullpen as a whole is an unreliable mess, but Machi is basically the figurehead of that inconsistency and should no longer be trusted to pitch any kind of meaningful innings in 2015.

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1. Patriot Stuff:

* Is Roethlisberger still locked in that bathroom: Watching multiple football games this weekend and couldn’t believe how many teams defensive lines shift before the snap

* I think the Bills are legit and to have skilled players McCoy, Harvin and Watkins is more than sufficient with that defense

* Half the Bills fans probably in protective custody like Otis from Mayberry until next Sunday

2. Red Sox:

* Ortiz since long break at All Star game: 50 games / 19 HR / 52 RBI / .346

* Bradley stats pro-rated over a 150 game season:22 HR / 100 RBI / 72 extra base hits

* Shaw’s stats pro-rated over a 150 game season: 33 home runs / 77 RBI

* Great story – Rich Hill of Milton to pitch so well just months after coaching Milton Legion

* Red Sox six games from .500 / one game from third place in the East

* Hanley is on pace to play in 121 games Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Ortiz Pumped Up, Bills Tough, Mork or Spock? »

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With Week 1 finally upon us, is Melvin Gordon ready to shine or will he fall under the pressure of playing in the NFL?

Fantasy football is finally back and that means it is time for start/sit articles from everywhere. Sure, the best thing to do is to just believe in your gut, but here are some players who could help/hurt you in Week 1 of this fantasy football season.

Start ‘Em

Carson Palmer (vs. New Orleans): The Saints’ defense is a mess as two young corners are going to be the starters and Jairus Byrd will be out Week 1, so Palmer should be able to have some huge throws and be a QB that could be a top-5 guy at his position.  Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 1 2015 »

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Tom Brady came out firing with four touchdowns three of which to Rob Gronkowski (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Football has returned and our defending champion New England Patriots came out with fire on banner night. Tom Brady came out to an incredible ovation as was expected after the way he was treated for the past eight months. The “Where is Roger” chants were perfect and I was happy they showed up towards the end of the game when the Patriots already had control.

I had the privilege of attending the game (always pays to know a guy) and the fans were genuinely into taking it to the Steelers all night. Roger was an afterthought and that’s exactly how it should have been. Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 1: Brady Nearly Perfect as Patriots Beat Steelers on Banner Night »

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