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Should The Sox Re-Sign Michael Wacha?

Should The Sox Re-Sign Michael Wacha?

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports He just finished one of the best seasons of his career, so what’s next for Wacha? Welcome to Free-Averency! Welcome to the first installment of Free Averency, in which our own Avery Hamel takes a look at all of the Sox in-house free agents ahead of the crucial 2022-23 offseason. First up, a journeyman starter who just finished one of the best seasons of his career. Michael Wacha has been a surprise stronghold in the Red Sox 2022 rotation. After ranking in the bottom 10% of the league in three different statistical categories in 2021, the...
Over the Monster Oct 3, 2022
Toronto 6, Red Sox 3: Wacha Limps To The Finish Line

Toronto 6, Red Sox 3: Wacha Limps To The Finish Line

Photo by Mark Blinch/ The Sox are swept in Toronto, as the team’s best pitcher runs out of both steam and luck. If you’d been paying attention to Michael Wacha at all this year you know that (1) he pitched at an All-Star level and was by far the Sox best starter this year, and (2) he. . . was kinda getting really lucky all year, with underlying metrics that belied his surface-level stats. At one point in late May, his ERA was almost a full two-and-half runs better than his pedestrian 4.32 FIP. Well, the luck’s been running out lately, as his numbers have slowly...
NESN.com Oct 2, 2022

Red Sox Notes: Michael Wacha’s Final 2022 Start Anti-Climactic

And just like that, Michael Wacha’s 2022 season is done. Wacha arguably was the most reliable starter for the Red Sox this season, losing just two games on the year and always providing Boston a chance to win. Even a stint on the injured list couldn’t slow Wacha down, but he did finally hit that […] The post Red Sox Notes: Michael Wacha’s Final 2022 Start Anti-Climactic appeared first on NESN.com.
Over the Monster Oct 2, 2022
Game 159: Red Sox at Blue Jays

Game 159: Red Sox at Blue Jays

Photo by Omar Rawlings/ Wacha Contract Watch What’s left? The Xander Bogaerts batting title race is likely finished. The team will finish under .500. But Michael Wacha is pitching for a contract. A (very theoretically) 1-2 of Sale and Wacha followed by Brayan Bello, Nick Pivetta, and someone else is a nice rotation when healthy. After a few years in the wilderness he’s rebouded a bit. And hey, even at 30 he has a reduced inning load on the arm thanks to...uh...stuff. Let’s score a run today!
NESN.com Oct 1, 2022

Red Sox Reliever Hopes To Hear From Chaim Bloom This Offseason

The Boston Red Sox have a sizable list of impending free agents once this dismal season comes to a close next week. Xander Bogaerts, if he decides to opt-out of his contract, will obviously headline the group that also features Nathan Eovaldi, J.D. Martinez and Michael Wacha. Further down on the list after those names […] The post Red Sox Reliever Hopes To Hear From Chaim Bloom This Offseason appeared first on NESN.com.
Over the Monster Sep 27, 2022
Game 154: Orioles at Red Sox

Game 154: Orioles at Red Sox

Photo By Winslow Townson/ Playing for Xander There are a few things left playing for this season: a draft pick spot (ehh kinda complicated feeling about this though), Michael Wacha’s rebound, potentially the last days of Xander Bogaerts (really hope not though). The time has also likely run out for J.D. Martinez and Nathan Eovaldi. Contributors to the 2018 World Series may be few and far between as soon as 2023. Bogaerts enters tonight trailing both Aaron Judge and Luis Arraez in the battle title race. Xander and Arraez are both hitting .313 with fractions separating...
Over the Monster Sep 27, 2022
OTM Open Thread 9/28: It is Tuesday

OTM Open Thread 9/28: It is Tuesday

Photo By Winslow Townson/ Rain, rain every day... Happy Tuesday! Well these rain games are sure fun, right? Remember June? Boy that was fun. The Sox start the second of four games against the Orioles at 7:10 PM ET. Ace Michael Wacha on the mound. There are some bright spots for the future on the farm (and like, Brayan Bello, in Boston). Congratulations to our 2022 Minor League Award winners! pic.twitter.com/Hls0JoxR5a— Red Sox Player Development (@RedSoxPlayerDev) September 26, 2022 Talk about what you want and be good to one another.
NESN.com Sep 22, 2022

Pedro Martinez Explains Michael Wacha’s Success Vs. Aaron Judge

Boston Red Sox right-hander Michael Wacha has been the standout in this season’s pitching rotation with absolutely no room for debate. The 31-year-old veteran entered Thursday’s series-opening start against the New York Yankees with a 2.61 ERA through 20 starts in his first Boston campaign and received some notable praise from one Red Sox pitching […] The post Pedro Martinez Explains Michael Wacha’s Success Vs. Aaron Judge appeared first on NESN.com.
Pinstripe Alley Sep 22, 2022
NYY vs. BOS: Jameson Taillon vs. Michael Wacha

NYY vs. BOS: Jameson Taillon vs. Michael Wacha

Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via With Aaron Judge on the verge of history and playoff implications in the balance, it could be an interesting night in the Bronx. After a blowout win to wrap up a quick two-game set against the Pirates, the Yankees are moving on to a new series tonight as the Red Sox come to town. The big story to watch tonight is obviously still Aaron Judge, who comes into tonight’s game still on 60 home runs for the season, one away from tying Roger Maris’ 61. Like he has been for the past couple games, Judge is back in the leadoff spot...
NESN.com Sep 22, 2022

Red Sox Vs. Yankees Lineups: Michael Wacha Takes Mound In Opener

The Boston Red Sox will have their best pitcher on the mound as they open a four-game series against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night. Michael Wacha will take the mound for Boston, which is coming off of a series split against the Cincinnati Reds. On a long list of incredible […] The post Red Sox Vs. Yankees Lineups: Michael Wacha Takes Mound In Opener appeared first on NESN.com.
NESN.com Sep 16, 2022

Red Sox Notes: Michael Wacha Took ‘Strides Forward’ This Season

This season the Boston Red Sox may not have managed to find consistency in the win column, however, they’ve been able to count on the continued dominance of starting pitcher Michael Wacha. That became evident yet again during Friday’s 2-1 win against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park. Wacha, who entered the contest having […] The post Red Sox Notes: Michael Wacha Took ‘Strides Forward’ This Season appeared first on NESN.com.
Over the Monster Sep 16, 2022
Game 144: Royals at Red Sox

Game 144: Royals at Red Sox

Photo by Greg Fiume/ Ace on the (not Rich) hill As Muse said “our time is running out” as the Red Sox open the final weekend series at Fenway Park this year. There are, in fact, only 2 Fridays left in the 2022 season. Trevor Story, one of their hottest players since he returned from the IL at the end of August, is still out with a heel injury. Alex Cora was was hopeful he’d be in the lineup tonight, but in the battle of two struggling teams it doesn’t make the biggest difference. The Red Sox will send their ace, Michael Wacha to face the Kansas City Royals...
NESN.com Sep 10, 2022

Michael Wacha Continues To Be Model Of Consistency For Red Sox

It’s pretty much a given at this point whenever Boston Red Sox pitcher Michael Wacha toes the rubber for a start. The veteran right-hander is going to deliver a strong outing and go at least six innings, something he did again Saturday evening during the Red Sox’s 17-4 romp over the Baltimore Orioles at Camden […] The post Michael Wacha Continues To Be Model Of Consistency For Red Sox appeared first on NESN.com.
Over the Monster Sep 10, 2022
Game 140: Red Sox at Orioles

Game 140: Red Sox at Orioles

Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Ace takes the hill Last night was a messy loss...Brayan Bello looked great until hitting a wall. And the bats never really got the message that this offense is tops in baseball. Which still seems weird considering the struggles all season, aside from June. Michael Wacha, the ace, will take the ball and attempt to do ace things. Maybe set himself up for a contract extension. Jordan Lyles...is still around. This is a who who’s been pitching since 2011 and has never really been, uh, good. He has a career 5.10 ERA and just hangs...

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