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If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 13

We’re now past Independence Day, and the All-Star votes are in as well. David Ortiz is the only Boston member on the AL squad, which may be hampering Boston’s spirits on their three-game losing streak. Still, other teams are having a good time, most notably new division leader Pittsburgh. The White Sox are also doing […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 12

Things keep changing more and more. The Rays are dropping, the Red Sox are rising and even the Pirates are making a run. The Yankees are widening their lead, while the Dodgers are dropping fast. The Giants are on an absolute tear, while the Reds… not so much. More is different now than ever before […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 16

As the season goes on, it’s tough for any team to gain a competitive edge. The NL Central even has a three-way tie going, with each team only percentage points apart. Sure, teams are starting to wedge a little bit of room between themselves and their competitors, but those leads haven’t been stable this season […]

Red Sox Salvage Last Game of Pittsburgh Series

It wasn’t always easy, but Boston finally got one over on Pittsburgh 4-2 in Andrew Miller’s second start with the Red Sox. In a game filled with bumps and bruises, errors and a finally iffy Pittsburgh ‘pen, Boston finally knocked off a team not used to being good at all. Maybe that’s why Boston was […]

Red Sox Lose 4th Straight; Wakefield Falls In Return To Pittsburgh

The last time Tim Wakefield started in Pittsburgh was 1993, when yours truly was just 6 years old. Back then, I was watching Ren and Stimpy and the WWF, just five years removed from diapers, and probably couldn’t name one Red Sox player other than Roger Clemens. OK, you get it, Wakefield’s old. Almost two […]

Ortiz Loses Battle Against “Mother Nature,” Pirates Top Red Sox 3-1

Friday night represented Game 1 of Boston’s 9-game road trip in NL parks, which as you know by now, presents manager Terry Francona with a bit of a problem. How is he going to play David Ortiz without the benefit of the designated hitter? There has been talk about moving Adrian Gonzalez to the outfield […]

David Ortiz Should Sit, Not Move Adrian Gonzalez to Outfield, on NL Road Trip

Terry Francona has a problem: without a DH for the upcoming nine-game NL road trip, should he play David Ortiz (.313 BA, 17 homers, .977 OPS) at first and move Adrian Gonzalez (.359, 15, 1.019) to right field, or keep Gonzalez at first and use Ortiz primarily as a pinch hitter? Moving Gonzalez preserves the […]

Pirates Drop Former Red Sox Prospect Craig Hansen

The Red Sox may be 0-5 so far this year, but it could be worse. They could be Craig Hansen. A former 2005 first round pick, Hansen never lived up to his potential. He struggled over a few years with the Red Sox, and after he was sent to the Pirates in the Manny Ramirez-Jason […]

N.L. Central Fantasy Preview

The largest division in baseball is brimming with fantasy talent from top to bottom. This division contains the single most dominant player of the past decade, who you will be drafting first overall in any draft. Even though he may overshadow other players, the N.L. Central has a lot of early round talent worth spending […]

TGIF: Believe in Garrett Jones!

We all know that when draft day rolls around, we will not be fortunate enough to grab a marquee player at any given position. The 1B position is loaded with talent with the likes of Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera, Ryan Howard, Mark Teixeira, etc. Now some of us will just wait ’til later for a […]

TGIF: Nate McLouth Traded to Atlanta

This past week, Pittsburgh Pirates CF Nate McLouth was dealt to the Atlanta Braves for three minor league players (SP Charlie Morton, OF Gorkys Hernandez, and SP Jeff Locke). The Braves are hoping to beef up their offense and make a charge in the N.L. East where they trail Philadelphia by 5.5 games. As it […]

TGIF: Please Pick Up Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher Paul…Maholm

Dammit! That was almost perfect alliteration. A few weeks have passed and the baseball season is in full swing. To those owners who need pitching help, I would like to suggest an unlikely source: Pittsburgh’s Paul Maholm. Granted, he has not been exactly what you would call “flashy” over the past few seasons. In his […]

Did the Red Sox Get Enough for Manny?

No, and there’s no way to get “enough” in return for Manny Ramirez. You can’t just go out and trade superstar for superstar; this isn’t fantasy baseball. No smart GM will just willing give a younger star for an aging and dramatic one, despite the fact he is still one of the best hitters in […]

Manny Ramirez Traded

OF Manny Ramirez was reportedly traded to the Dodgers right at the trade deadline, with Jason Bay coming to the Red Sox as part of the deal. The $20 million option for 2009 for Ramirez has been officially dropped and apparently the Red Sox will pay the rest of Manny’s contract this season. Nick Cafardo […]

Red Sox Talking to Marlins about Manny

According to ESPN.com, the Red Sox are now engaged in serious discussions with the Florida Marlins involving OF Manny Ramirez. Ramirez makes $20 million this season, which is nearly as much as the entire Marlins roster ($22 million). But, Manny would simply be a two-month rental to help the Marlins overtake the Mets and Phillies […]