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Over the Monster Apr 17, 2018
Bring it on

Bring it on

This bullpen rules. Much like it was last season, the Red Sox bullpen is good as hell. Its star is Craig Kimbrel, who is at this moment clearly the best closer in the game and perhaps the best I can remember at any one time. Mariano Rivera was better overall, of course, but he barely counts because he was not human, and he wasn’t overpowering like this anyway. No one is. Kimbrel really is that dude. We have perhaps gotten used to this now, and that’s cool, but it’s crazy that basically strikes out half the guys he faces. He is an amazing luxury to have, and his hold on the job so...
Over the Monster Apr 9, 2018
The new Red Sox approach at the plate in already ingrained in the lineup

The new Red Sox approach at the plate in already ingrained in the lineup

The results haven’t always been there, but it’ll come. When Alex Cora first took over as Red Sox manager, there were a few different points of focus. After John Farrell’s run, which had plenty of success, it was always going to be interesting to see what he kept from the old regime and what he changed. Right off the bat, he talked about keeping players on a different schedule, doling out more rest than Farrell ever did and trying to play for the long-haul. He also talked about potentially managing the bullpen differently, particularly with Craig Kimbrel, though that hasn’t come to...
Over the Monster Apr 7, 2018
Stop harping on the Red Sox early-season schedule

Stop harping on the Red Sox early-season schedule

It’s really not something on which to focus The start of the Red Sox season has been terrific, and based solely on wins and losses things really couldn’t have gone better. The team, as I write this, is 6-1, and they are one bullpen meltdown away from being a perfect 7-0 to start the year. That’s really good! Of course, that’s also not to say there aren’t any concerns at all with this team. The offense has been inconsistent at best and completely absent at worst. The bullpen has had its ups and down to put it kindly, and the late-inning arms beyond Craig Kimbrel are worrisome. All...
Over the Monster Apr 4, 2018
A way-too-early look at the Red Sox setup situation

A way-too-early look at the Red Sox setup situation

Where do things stand ahead of Craig Kimbrel? The Red Sox have had an outstanding start to their season, winning five of their first six games all on the road, even if things haven’t been perfect. While the offense has left plenty to be desired early on, the pitching staff has been phenomenal. Boston’s rotation has gotten most of the headlines, and every single one of those headlines is deserved, but the bullpen hasn’t been half-bad either. That being said, there is an air of uncertainty around the late innings, particularly in the lead-up to Craig Kimbrel at the end of games. This...
The Republican Apr 3, 2018
Hanley Ramirez leads Boston Red Sox to 13-inning win, Alex Cora's team finishes road trip with 5-1 record

Hanley Ramirez leads Boston Red Sox to 13-inning win, Alex Cora's team finishes road trip with 5-1 record

Boston Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless 10th. Kimbrel has yet to allow a run in 18 innings against National League teams with the Red Sox.
www.bostonherald.com Apr 2, 2018
Hanley Ramirez puts on a show in Red Sox win like in his days of old

Hanley Ramirez puts on a show in Red Sox win like in his days of old

Subtitle: Keys Soxwin overMarlinsMIAMI — Just call him Miami Hanley.“Mister Marlin,” Hanley Ramirez said.Ramirez turned back the clock last night and looked like a five-tool player in a starring performance as the Red Sox trampled the starless Miami Marlins, 7-3, in front of just 11,113 fans at Marlins Park.Ramirez went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run that gave the Sox some breathing room in the fifth inning, then singled and stole second base to score another in the ninth and save the Sox from having to use closer Craig Kimbrel.In the bottom of the ninth, with Kimbrel warming and...
Over the Monster Apr 2, 2018
Daily Red Sox Links: Kimbrel, Sale, Price set a dominant tone

Daily Red Sox Links: Kimbrel, Sale, Price set a dominant tone

In the first four games of the season, the Red Sox have gotten big-time efforts from their top arms, including Craig Kimbrel, Chris Sale and David Price. Plus the sputtering offense, Brian Johnson’s first start of 2018 and Marcus Walden’s quest. Xander Bogaerts is the talk of Boston following a magnificent opening weekend. But there was another excellent sign during the last four days. The Red Sox are a team that is going to be solid, maybe even great, offensively, but pitching is where the bulk of their wins will be made. That’s why its great to see the top arms on the staff do so...
www.bostonherald.com Apr 1, 2018
Red Sox notebook: Joe Kelly posts first career save

Red Sox notebook: Joe Kelly posts first career save

Subtitle: First close by fireballing rightyST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Alex Cora showed some guts in the ninth inning yesterday.Last time he pitched, Joe Kelly walked three batters to ruin a shutout and blow the Red Sox’ 4-0 lead during an Opening Day loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.But with Craig Kimbrel unavailable after pitching both Friday and Saturday, Cora told Kelly to be prepared for some high-leverage situations in the final game of the series.What Kelly didn’t know is that he was going to be called upon in the ninth inning for his first career save.“That was awesome,” Kelly said...
The Republican Apr 1, 2018
J.D. Martinez, Rafael Devers lead Boston Red Sox offense in another one-run win; Starters have 0.75 ERA in 4 games

J.D. Martinez, Rafael Devers lead Boston Red Sox offense in another one-run win; Starters have 0.75 ERA in 4 games

The Red Sox won their third straight one-run game over the Rays. Joe Kelly recorded the save in the ninth with Craig Kimbrel unavailable after pitching the past two days.
Over the Monster Apr 1, 2018
Daily Red Sox Links: Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, David Price

Daily Red Sox Links: Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, David Price

Today’s links look at the new and improved Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers being great, and Craig Kimbrel’s first outing. Xander Bogaerts has a new swing and new approach in this new season and, uh, it’s going pretty well early on. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe) Rafael Devers came through with the big go-ahead hit to drive Bogaerts in during the second game of the year, and it didn’t really surprise anyone in the dugout. (Bill Koch; Providence Journal) Craig Kimbrel had an incredibly tough offseason, and it was an emotional moment to get back on the mound and perform like he did in his...
Over the Monster Mar 31, 2018
Daily Red Sox Links: David Price, Craig Kimbrel, Bullpen Carts

Daily Red Sox Links: David Price, Craig Kimbrel, Bullpen Carts

Today’s links look at a David Price who is very ready for 2018, one more look back at Opening Day, and bullpen carts! David Price has come into this season “mad at the world,” and hopefully that bodes well for him and the Red Sox. (Scott Lauber; ESPN) Speaking of Price, Christopher Smith looked at his winter that followed the tumultuous 2017 season. (Christopher Smith; Masslive) Evan Drellich looks at the Opening Day loss and at a bullpen that the Red Sox decided against upgrading this winter. (Evan Drellich; NBC Sports Boston) Alex Speier, meanwhile, takes a look at the decision to...
The Republican Mar 31, 2018
Craig Kimbrel gave authenticated game ball to Boston Red Sox's Alex Cora, had daughter Lydia on his mind as he pitched

Craig Kimbrel gave authenticated game ball to Boston Red Sox's Alex Cora, had daughter Lydia on his mind as he pitched

Craig Kimbrel and his wife have been through a challenging past five months with their daughter Lydia Joy undergoing two surgeries for a heart condition.
www.bostonherald.com Mar 31, 2018
Red Sox notebook: Closer Craig Kimbrel gets his chance and lights up Rays

Red Sox notebook: Closer Craig Kimbrel gets his chance and lights up Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — After all that, Craig Kimbrel made it look easy.Red Sox manager Alex Cora stressed his point again before last night’s game — the Sox want to ease Kimbrel into the season after he missed three weeks to be with his family after his newborn daughter needed heart surgery.Cora wants to use Kimbrel in a more versatile role this year, but not yet. They’re taking it nice and slow with their closer.But Kimbrel sure isn’t.Kimbrel electrified in his season-debut last night, striking out the side in a scoreless ninth inning for his first save of the season as the Red Sox...
NESN.com Mar 30, 2018
Watch Craig Kimbrel Strike Out All Three Batters He Faced In Season Debut

Watch Craig Kimbrel Strike Out All Three Batters He Faced In Season Debut

Craig Kimbrel is picking up right where he left off. The Boston Red Sox closer stymied batters all 2017, and... Read More »
Over the Monster Mar 30, 2018
Red Sox 1, Rays 0: David Price did the damn thing

Red Sox 1, Rays 0: David Price did the damn thing

David Price was incredible, Xander Bogaerts stayed hot and Craig Kimbrel is back. David Price is back, you guys. The Red Sox lefty has been talking all spring about how he was ready for the year and ready to prove to Boston what kind of pitcher he really is. He is perhaps the biggest X-Factor on this team, as him performing to his potential gives the rotation a ridiculous one-two punch atop the unit. Price was absurdly good in his first start of the year, showing off impeccable command to go with otherworldly efficiency. The offense didn’t match up with the pitching performance, giving up...

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