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Red Sox 2010 Roster Preview: Bullpen

Once a weakness that led to the heartbreaking loss to the Yankees in the 2003 ALCS, the Red Sox bullpen has been the gold standard for the last few seasons, being referred to as “one of the best in baseball” at times by many. Anchored by Jonathan Papelbon, the relief pitching for the Red Sox […]

Red Sox Hot Stove Notes: Okajima, Arbitration, Other Moves

The Red Sox have been pretty active lately in shaping their 2010 squad, and after making a few signings, this week they face arbitration with four other players: Jonathan Papelbon, Manny Delcarmen, Ramon S. Ramirez, and Jeremy Hermida. Usually, the Red Sox manage to reach deals before going to arbitration, but that may not be […]

Red Sox All-Decade Team: 2000’s

This past decade has been good to us Red Sox fans, as weird as that is to say. Up until Game 4 of the ALCS, it looked like it was going to be another 10 years of let downs. It turns out, we were wrong. With two World Championships, the Red Sox have truly been […]

Red Sox 2009 Bullpen Review

The clean-up crew was good enough this year to merit an A- in my report card. The depth was lacking last season, but this season’s options made all the difference on what was one of the finest pens in the game. Jonathan Papelbon was lights out in the regular season (ignore the playoffs for the purposes of […]

Buehrle Gets First Victory Since Perfect Game, Wins 5-1

Chicago pitcher Mark Buehrle earned his first win since his perfect game on July 23, ending an eight-start stretch without a win. Sadly, Buehrle’s  victory came at the expense of the Red Sox, who lost 5-1 Monday afternoon and lost three games overall of a four-game weekend series. Buehrle scattered eight hits and two walks […]

Green With Envy

It’s no secret that Red Sox pitching has been a bit bleak lately. Josh Beckett has gone from the team’s Ace to their Joker. If he’s any worse, he’ll be the “Rules for Draw and Stud Poker” card. Hideki Okajima and Takashi Saito have been ho-hum out of the pen. Tim Wakefield is injured too much to […]

Lester, Papelbon Pitch Sox to Victory

Jon Lester pitched six great innings and Jonathan Papelbon pitched two perfect innings as the Red Sox distanced themselves from the Rays with an 8-4 win Tuesday night. Papelbon entered the game in the eighth inning with two runs already in and the bases loaded with no outs. He retired all three batters, with the […]

Buchholz Dazzles Blue Jays in 3-2 Win

Earlier Saturday, it was announced that Tim Wakefield would be scratched from his next start due to a back injury. Without Wake for an undetermined amount of time, the Red Sox now must turn to Clay Buchholz, with the hopes he can fill the spot as the team’s No. 3 starter. With the way Clay […]

The Billy Wagner-Jonathan Papelbon Quagmire

It has become a war of words, and demands, and soon Red Sox Nation will find out if Billy Wagner will join the team as a new member of the bullpen. One thing’s for certain: it will be on the team’s terms. There are several factors that need to be tinkered with to make the […]

Sox Rough Up Halladay, Win 6-1

The Red Sox offense jumped out to an early lead against All-Star Roy Halladay. Ortiz hit his 250th home run as a Red Sox player in the second inning to give the Sox a 1-0 lead over Halladay and the Blue Jays and the Sox would not look back. After Casey Kotchman reached on an […]

Red Sox Pound Phillies 11-6

The Red Sox rolled into rainy Philadelphia for Game 2 of their weekend series, still without the benefit of the DH, and with Daisuke Matsuzaka on the mound. Dice-K has struggled all season, so the Red Sox would need to produce with eight hitters (instead of nine) and a pitcher to make up for a […]

TGIF: How Do You Spell Relief?

In a fantasy league with a larger than life format (like the SoB’s 12×12 league), you have to take a second look at relief pitchers. Sure, in a standard 5×5 league where closers get the valuable saves, the 9th inning man is a key asset. However, if you have more than the standard five pitching […]

Van Every Stars in Win Over Tribe

Without Kevin Youkilis and J.D. Drew, the Red Sox were desperate Wednesday night. Jeff Bailey started at first base, and rookie OF Jonathan Van Every started in right field. Now, usually my first sentence would appear as a footnote in most game stories, but there’s a reason for mentioning Van Every, because he starred in […]

2009 Red Sox Preview: Relief Pitching

The Red Sox bullpen figures to play a huge role in how far this team can go. In the 2007 Championship season, the relievers were dominant in front of the elite Jonathan Papelbon. Hideki Okajima was an All-Star and Manny Delcarmen, Mike Timlin, and the rest of the pen set him up nearly perfectly. This […]

Red Sox 2008 Bullpen Review

In my report card, I graded the bullpen a B- and ranked them as the worst of the four units of the team.  Jonathan Papelbon was the rock of this unit all season, as expected.  Justin Masterson, after his conversion from starter, was also an effective later inning option for Terry Francona.  However, too many […]