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Full Count | WEEI Aug 19, 2016

Three possible solutions for a Red Sox bullpen in shambles after another demoralizing loss

The Red Sox had all the pieces in order for a rousing victory on Thursday afternoon in Detroit, but as has so often been the case over the last month, the bullpen wouldn’t let it happen. Entrusted with a 3-1 lead in the eighth inning, right-hander Junichi Tazawa once again imploded, opening manager John Farrell […]
Over the Monster Aug 19, 2016

The Red Sox need to test Pawtucket’s bullpen arms

With Boston’s bullpen reeling, the Red Sox need to take a look at their last line of defense. Boston’s bullpen is now officially in trouble. Where a month ago they may have had hope for a few players, the utter failure of Fernando Abad in a Red Sox uniform, the continued decline of Junichi Tazawa, and the non-existence of Koji Uehara has essentially left the Red Sox with four-and-a-half viable options in any game that’s even a little close: Robbie Ross (the half), Heath Hembree, Matt Barnes, Brad Ziegler, and Craig Kimbrel. Not every bullpen is going to be seven-deep with stars,...
CSN New England Aug 18, 2016

Carrabis: Why did Farrell turn to Tazawa in the 8th?

Jared Carrabis joins SNC to sound off on John Farrell bringing Tazawa in the game during the 8th inning, and what he thinks about the
Over the Monster Aug 18, 2016

Red Sox 3, Tigers 4: John Farrell blows it

John Farrell's horrific turn to Junichi Tazawa for the eighth The Red Sox took a game they had little chance to win, nearly pulled off a miracle, then watched John Farrell throw it all away. The bottom of the second was perhaps the most complicated bunch of nothing that ever has been, all thanks to a really bad call by first base umpire Jerry Layne. With J.D. Martinez at first, Casey McGehee lifted a fly ball to shallow right field, which Jackie Bradley Jr. made a diving attempt on. Despite Bradley only getting his glove on the ball, and clearly having to scoop the it up after it rolled...
Fenway Nation Aug 18, 2016

Yet Another Bullpen Meltdown Leads To A 4-3 Red Sox Loss

(AP Photo)Championship-caliber teams do not let games like this happen—particularly not over and over again. The Red Sox bullpen let another near-certain victory slip away—collapsing in the eighth-inning of an eventual 4-3 loss to the Tigers. Ahead 3-1 entering the bottom of the eighth, manager John Farrell brought in Junichi Tazawa—who has been a train wreck for weeks. True to form, he coughed up three earned runs, giving the lead back to the Tigers. Wasted was another fine start by Clay Buchholz (6 IP, 1 ER) and another clutch HR by Sandy 'Babe' Leon. Detroit's first run of the game...
CSN New England Aug 18, 2016

Turnabout: Lawyer in Hall of Fame Game case wants Goodell to turn over cellphone

The lawyer for customers attending the canceled Hall of Fame Game earlier this month has sent a letter seeking the personal cellphone of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. 
Over the Monster Aug 11, 2016

It might be time to move on from Junichi Tazawa

The longest-tenured member of Boston's bullpen may not be here much longer. For many years, Junichi Tazawa has been an over-performing, under-appreciated cog in the Red Sox' bullpen. He's never been the guy for the Sox--there's always been a Jonathan Papelbon, Koji Uehara, or Craig Kimbrel to take the top spot in the pen from Tazawa. Even in 2012, when everything was burning to the ground around him, there was a horribly incompetent Bobby Valentine there to put Andrew Bailey and Alfredo Aceves first. And for whatever reason, its seemed like he could go 10 scoreless innings, give up one run,...
Halos Heaven Aug 11, 2016

Series Preview: Angels @ Indians (Stop the skid!)

Angels take to Progressive Field to try and stop their 6 game skid Well the Cubs have now won 9 in a row thanks to the Angels, and our Halos are on a 6 game skid.  Heading to Cleveland for a 4-game series against the 1st place Indians isn't exactly going to make things easier. The last time these two teams met, the Indians took two out of three back in June in Anaheim.  The Tribe almost took all 3 games when Street came in to a blow a save in game 2, but was Yunel Escobar came through walk-off Angels win. The once hot Angels offense has scored only 3 runs in their last 3 games and it's...
Halos Heaven Aug 11, 2016

Cow Tipping: Angels farm report 8/11/16 - Scribner Rocks

Prospects? We have them. And some are doing quite well. Affiliate Teams (from AAA to Rookie): Orem Owls, DSL and ARZ Angels rookie team players will also  be covered in the bi-monthly 2016 draftee update. Note:  I won't be showing the "duds" for the rookie leagues unless they are top prospects or top draft picks.  A lot of the guys in the rookie leagues are young and adjusting to pro ball.  Many of them never make it past rookie ball, and even the truly gifted ones can have bad weeks, months, etc. ARZ AngelsTemps, AZLevel = Rok , Arizona League Elvin Rodriguez (RHP, 18), was...
Fenway Nation Aug 11, 2016

Yet Another 'Worst Loss Of Year', Red Sox Fall, 9-4

(AP Photo)In this long lurch toward ineptitude called the 2016 Red Sox season, another crushing loss happened last night a muggy Fenway Park. Ahead 4-1 in the 7th inning—with starter Drew Pomeranz somehow 'Houdini'-ing out of jams—the Boston bullpen flat-out imploded. Clay Buchholz actually got the team into the seventh by delivering a clean 2/3 of an inning. Then, the deluge. Matt Barnes, Fernando Abad, Junichi Tazawa and Robbie Ross, Jr. combined to cough up eight earned runs. Game. Set. Match. The Red Sox offense also contributed mightily to the loss—stranding eleven men on base...
Halos Heaven Aug 11, 2016

Thor'sLinks: The beat(down) goes on...

It's been only 6 wins over the last 18 contests, with 6 losses in a row. And now 4 road games against the AL Central-leading Indians, a team 14 games ahead of us for the year. Now you people know why I put up that Mystery Chart back on Tuesday. Albert Pujols tends to do his best in August every season. But Mike Trout has created this really nasty habit of sucking serious eggs once July is over. After July 21st, Mike has, essentially, turned into Jett Bandy. Over the last 7 games, he is Cliff Pennington, but with pop (Trout at .240 / .296 / .560 and Pennington at .236 / .304 / .375 on the...
Full Count | WEEI Aug 10, 2016

Closing Time: The good players get hurt after Red Sox bullpen blows it for Drew Pomeranz

Holding a narrow lead, Drew Pomeranz needed to rely on himself and Clay Buchholz in order to secure his first victory in a Red Sox uniform. Both came through. Then Matt Barnes happened. Then Fernando Abad. Then Junichi Tazawa. Then Robbie Ross Jr. The Red Sox lost like crazy. Wednesday’s 9-4 loss was an ugly […]
Halos Heaven Aug 10, 2016

Cubs are totally rude, don’t let the Angels ever win any games or score runs

Angels 1 Cubs 3 One more game against the Cubs, a team that had, thus far, totally pwned the Halos this season. We expected more of that in this little Chicago trip, and that’s what we got. The Angels were going with Ricky Nolasco on the bump tonight, because why not? Also, they literally have no other options. But Tobasco Nolasco, or whatever it is we call this dude, was actually competent-to-extremely-competent out there. He pitched 6.0 innings, gave up six hits and two runs. The first was from an Anthony Rizzo RBI single in the third, and then in the fifth, Dexter Fowler would...
Halos Heaven Aug 10, 2016

People who can play LF better than Ji-Man Choi

Left field is not an important position, is it? Ji-Man Choi is getting the start in LF again because he bats left and righty is on the mound.  Choi was already DFA'd once this year and did pretty good in Salt Lake so was called back up.  But guess what? Aside from his recent 2 homerun game, he can't hit jack squat. He hit .212 in July and has a .188 so far in August.  His at bats are almost all against right handed pitching.  Can anyone else play LF for the Angels and hit right handed pitching?  Yes. plenty of options. Shane Robinson.  Not a big fan of his, but you know what?  He is...
Halos Heaven Aug 10, 2016

The Angels have a legit chance to set some (unfavorable) franchise records this season

Looking at where the Angels stand right now, a little over a week into August, and it’s hard not to get a little weepy. This year’s team is the textbook definition of “unremarkable”, at least in terms of positive takeaways. Where they ARE remarkable, though, is their potential to be an historically bad Angels team. I’m genuinely curious if they’re going to be holding any new, dubious team records. For instance, the Angels currently have a record of 49-63, with 50 games left on the season. If they just went .500 from here on out, they’d probably end up with 74 wins...not quite...

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