// Jason Bay

Sox Use All-Star Break to Bring Back Original Infield

In this edition of the Starting Nine, I will take a look at how the Sox used the All Star break for some rest and repair. The shortened week saw the end of the Kansas City series as well as the beginning of the Toronto series. The Red Sox finished the week going 2-1 . […]

Red Sox 2009 Midseason Report Card: Hitting

2009 Red Sox Report Card: Pitching | Hitting | Management The Red Sox boast the second best team ERA in the American League (4.07), behind Seattle’s 3.73. Pitching is great and all, and it may be most pivotal to a team’s success, but you’ve got to admit: good hitting is sexy. The Sox have been […]

Nothing New as AL Trumps NL in All-Star Game

The American League did it again, winning their twelfth All-Star game since 1996 in a record 2-hour, 31-minute game by a score of 4-3. Tim Lincecum started the game for the National League but found himself quickly in trouble as the AL squad was able to rack up two runs, one a result of an […]

Nomar Returns, Sox to Send Five to All-Star Game

This past week saw some exciting events from the All-Star selections to return of a Fenway favorite for the first time in nearly five years. The Red Sox had a complete homestand this week as they finished their series against the Mariners and had visits from the Oakland Athletics and the Kansas City Royals. The […]

Beckett is a Royal Pain to Kansas City

Josh Beckett pitched a three-hit complete game shutout en route to a 6-0 thrashing of the Kansas City Royals, giving the Sox a 2.5 game lead over the Yankees in the AL East. The Red Sox quickly gave Beckett the lead with Kevin Youkilis singling in Dustin Pedroia in the first inning and would not […]

Sox Win Slightly More Interesting Than “House” Rerun

About the only excitement in last night’s Red Sox win over the A’s was Jonathan Papelbon striking out the side in the ninth for this 21st save. Other than that, the 5-2 victory was a ho-hum affair. Josh Beckett was not particularly sharp, but he still managed to hold Oakland to two runs in 6 […]

Pablo Sandoval Showing Some Signs of Power

Quick Hits Cody Ross (OF), Florida Marlins Cody Ross has quietly put up great numbers in the last two months. Since May 1st he has hit .302 with 11 homers and 34 RBI. The power numbers are legit, Ross hit 22 homers in 145 games last year. However, the .300 batting average is a mirage […]

Wakefield’s All-Star Nod Highlights Past Week

Welcome to the first installment of The Starting Nine. This column will take a look back at the past week for the Red Sox, and I will make nine comments, opinions, observation, etc. that stuck out to me throughout the week. This past week saw the Sox finish up inter-league play with Atlanta, a three […]

Wakefield Named to All-Star Team

Six members of the first place Red Sox were named to the American League All-Star team on Sunday. Among them is 42-year-old knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, who will be making his first All-Star team. He was personally selected by manager Joe Maddon, and why not? Despite an average 4.30 ERA, Wakefield sports a 10-3 record (he […]

How Experience Can Help the Red Sox Win in October

The Red Sox currently hold a 3.5-game lead over the Yankees in the American League East (four if you count the tiebreaker). But, can they hold out and eventually win their third World Series in six years? Well, let’s see. Upon completion of inter-league play, the Red Sox have won 14 series, lost 9, and […]

Lester Dominates Orioles in 4-0 Win

It appears that Jon Lester has sorted through the problems that plagued him through the early part of the season. The latest evidence came from last night’s start against the Orioles, which saw Lester toss seven shutout innings with eight strikeouts in a 4-0 win. Lester improved to 8-0 with a 2.18 ERA in 10 […]

Beckett Throws Gem Against Braves Again

Josh Beckett has regained his dominant 2007 form, and he can thank the Atlanta Braves. While he has been very strong lately, Beckett came off a rocky performance against the Phillies (6 IP, 6 ER) on June 14. In his next start at Fenway Park against the Braves, Beckett tossed his first complete game shutout […]

Red Sox Smash Nationals 11-3

The Red Sox arrived in Washington, D.C., and with them came a record-setting 41,517 fans to the new Nationals Park. Playing in what became their home away from home, the Red Sox knocked around Nats pitchers all night for 17 hits in an 11-3 win. Jason Bay and Jacoby Ellsbury each finished with four hits […]

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 […]

Ellsbury Knocks Home Winning Run in Extras

Entering Friday’s game, Jon Lester was on quite a roll. He was coming off two straight wins, with 22 strikeouts over 16 innings. It seems that Jon Lester has finally found his form of 2008, except the 2009 version may be even better. Lester was magnificent Friday night against the Phillies, becoming the first Red […]