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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 […]

Red Sox 2009 Starting Rotation Review

The mixed bag that was the starting rotation received a B+ in my report card.  If the Red Sox could pitch Josh Beckett and Jon Lester every other day, they would have earned an A+, however, that’s just not possible. Numbers 1 and 1A each started 32 games and Clay Buchholz, who was mostly strong, added 16 more. Some quick math indicates that […]

Red Sox 2009 Outfield Review

When I handed out the Red Sox report card, the Red Sox outfielders earned an A. The three outfielders, Jason Bay, Jacoby Ellsbury, and J. D. Drew, played nearly every day together, meshed very well to form a very good defense, and collectively got on base, hit for power, and generated runs with speed. If there […]

Red Sox 2009 Infield Review

In my report card, I gave the Red Sox infield a C+ because of the inconsistency, partly injury and age related, but nonetheless, it was not the unit it was a year ago. Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis, who split his time at first and third, were the rocks on the diamond, each chipping in another good […]

Red Sox 2009 Report Card

The Red Sox struck out on three blue chip free agents last season in Mark Teixiera, CC Sabathia, and A.J. Burnett and instead, tried to wring value out of three ailing veterans. John Smoltz and Brad Penny were coming off surgeries and each agreed to incentive laden contracts in the hopes that at least one of them would return […]

Red Sox-Angels Renew Playoff Rivalry

We all know the history by now. The Red Sox are 4-0 in playoff series against the Angels all time, beating them in 1986, 2004, 2007, and 2008. So, the Mike Scoscia led Angels will take another shot, perhaps their best yet, to send the Red Sox to the links. The Angels won the season […]

Red Sox Face Indians With Chance to Rest

The Red Sox finally backed into the playoffs despite limping down the stretch. The Angels must really want the first round series with the Red Sox as their beating the Rangers put the Red Sox in, simultaneously setting up the matchup. The Sox are 3-2 against the Indians this season and split their earlier two-game […]

Red Sox Looking Wild Against Blue Jays

Boston’s chances of winning the division title were small heading into New York and dropping the opener all but forced them to focus on the Wild Card. The Red Sox downshifted into a resting for the playoffs mode and will stay in that frame of mind as they should continue to play more of the backups […]

Red Sox to Try to Steal Division

The Red Sox head to the Bronx for their final road games of the regular season with a chance to put the East Division title in play. The Yankees are already in the postseason and, barring a historic collapse, the Red Sox will be as well. The Yankees swept the last series in the Bronx as […]

Royals Look to Cool Off Red Sox

The Red Sox, winners of 10 of 11 games, are nearing a playoff spot once again. The lead over the Rangers is stretched to eight games, leaving the magic number at just seven, and they also sit just five back of the Yankees for the East crown. Kansas City will be the penultimate road series, […]

Red Sox Open Road Trip in Baltimore

The Red Sox are now up six games on the Rangers in the Wild Card, with a magic number of 12, after a very successful 7-1 homestand. This is the final road trip of the season, a 10-game swing beginning in Baltimore and Kansas City, two teams long out of the race, and ends in […]

Dice-K Returns in Possible Playoff Preview

Daisuke Matsuzaka will make his return to the Major Leagues for the first time since June after a long stint in the minors ostensibly to re-condition himself. He returns to face one of the American League’s best offenses in the Angels and a team, despite playing out west, that the Red Sox know quite well. […]

Reeling Rays Come to Fenway

The Rays have lost eight games in a row, essentially eliminating them from playoff contention and leaving the Red Sox and Rangers dueling for the Wild Card. Meanwhile, the Red Sox righted the ship against the Orioles, sweeping the two-game set to open the homestand. The Red Sox are 6-8 against the Rays, but an even […]

Red Sox Open Homestand Looking for Offense

You might see the Red Sox offense on the back of a milk carton, as it certainly was not in Chicago as the Red Sox mustered a mere 10 runs in the four-game series. They were fortunate to maintain a 2.5 game lead in the Wild Card over the Rangers, who look to be the last of […]

Sox Take on Sox This Weekend

The Red Sox and White Sox meet for the second and final time this season in a four-game weekend series in Chicago. In the only other meetings this season, the Red Sox took three of the four in Fenway, the middle of a 1-9 stretch that ultimately doomed Chicago’s season. General Manager Ken Williams appeared […]