// Javier Lopez

Garza Nearly Perfect Against Red Sox

Reigning ALCS MVP Matt Garza owns the Red Sox. OK, that may not be the most profound or shocking thing I’ve written lately, but it’s just plain true. He’s 7-1 against the Sox life time (including two wins over Jon Lester in the 2008 ALCS). Until the Sox figure him out, I don’t see any […]

Error Breaks Win Streak in Sox Loss to Tribe

The Red Sox are extremely fortunate they have so much starting pitching depth. One of their eight potential starters (and perhaps their worst), Brad Penny, gave away a four-run lead against the Indians to help cost the Red Sox their 12th straight win. Let’s pick up the action in the ninth inning. The score was tied […]

A’s Beat Sox in Extra Innings

Adding to the growing list of reasons to radically change the World Baseball Classic, Red Sox starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka was horrible in his second start of the season. To make matters worse, Dice-K left the game after just one inning due to arm fatigue. The Sox hitters built a 3-0 first inning lead, but Dice-K gave […]

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 […]

Red Sox Clinch Wildcard

The Red Sox went on to capture the wildcard spot tonight against the Cleveland Indians, 5-4. Wakefield needed help from the entire bullpen after pitching six innings, allowing four runs. Manny Delcarmen, Hideki Okajima, Javier Lopez, Justin Masterson, and Jonathan Papelbon combined for three innings of shutout relief. Papelbon brought the high-heat in the 9th […]

No No-Hitter for Lester, A’s Sweep Sox

Jon Lester‘s performance was a far cry from his previous outing (a no-hitter), as he allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks in five innings of work. The Sox bats were quiet for the most part again thanks to a quality start from A’s pitcher Joe Blanton, who allowed three runs […]

Orioles Sweep Sox in Baltimore

The Red Sox were out-pitched, out-hit, and out-classed by the Baltimore Orioles in a brief two-game series. Could the guard in the AL East be changing? Probably not, so let’s not get ahead of ourselves. In Game 1, Jeremy Guthrie calmed down after allowing three runs in the first inning to hold the Red Sox […]

Red Sox Offseason Update

Over the last month, the Sox have been busy trying to sure up their bullpen. Last week, the Red Sox inked middle relievers Dan Kolb and Dan Miceli to minor league contracts with an invitation to Spring Training. If either pitcher makes the squad, they will earn $650,000 plus incentives. The Red Sox also agreed […]