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Call to the Pen 10 hours ago

Boston Red Sox: Mookie Betts Strikes Out, Walks Off

Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts’s bowling talents were on full display Friday night at NBA star Chris Paul’s annual charity bowling tournament. Not satisfied with just being the best outfielder in baseball (non-Mike Trout division), Red Sox star Mookie Betts reminded the sports world Friday night that he is a darn good bowler as […] Boston Red Sox: Mookie Betts Strikes Out, Walks Off - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Over the Monster 16 hours ago
Red Sox spring training notes: Swihart’s throws and Mookie’s rolls

Red Sox spring training notes: Swihart’s throws and Mookie’s rolls

News and notes from the first week of Red Sox spring training. Full workouts have only been happening in Fort Myers for a couple of days, but we’re about a week into spring training if you mark the beginning by when pitchers and catchers report. Over that time, there have been a few stories that haven’t been worth full posts, but are worth mentioning. Here’s a quick roundup of the week that was. Blake Swihart’s Errant Throws One of the biggest stories over the last week happened pretty recently, as Swihart has apparently come down with the yips. As he works to prove that he can...
Over the Monster Feb 18, 2017
One Year Wonder: Don Aase

One Year Wonder: Don Aase

Aase spent one hot summer in Boston and went on to become a solid reliever for the Orioles and Angels. In 2016, the Boston Red Sox acquired more than a number of players either via trade or free agency. In 2017, they will probably do the same. In the years since 1969 when Curt Flood first fought for free agency, Boston has been the owner of one of the hottest stoves in baseball. Some of those moves work out spectacularly (Pedro Martinez and Manny Ramirez) and others fall in the other direction (Larry Andersen and Carl Crawford). And then some others are a mix of both. That brings us to a...
Outside Pitch Feb 17, 2017

Why Andrew Benintendi should be the Boston Red Sox two-hitter

It’s a line you’ll hear 100 times, the Boston Red Sox have one of the scariest lineups in baseball. While that’s true, there are still some questions as to who will bat where, and even who will be in the lineup. One of those questions is Andrew Benintendi. There’s no doubt he will be in […] The post Why Andrew Benintendi should be the Boston Red Sox two-hitter appeared first on OutsidePitchMLB.
Outside Pitch Feb 17, 2017

Boston Red Sox: Pablo Sandoval still saying all the right things

Pablo Sandoval just can’t seem to stay out of the spotlight lately. Over the past two seasons, the Boston Red Sox third baseman has seen some bad headlines. First there was his struggles in year one. Problems at the plate, in the field, and with his weight marred Sandoval’s first season. Year two didn’t get any […] The post Boston Red Sox: Pablo Sandoval still saying all the right things appeared first on OutsidePitchMLB.
Over the Monster Feb 17, 2017
Would a trade for Yasmany Tomas and Jake Lamb benefit the Red Sox?

Would a trade for Yasmany Tomas and Jake Lamb benefit the Red Sox?

Get the imaginary trade machine fired up. It would be pretty crazy for the Red Sox to be looking at more trades right now. As Spring Training is off and running and the roster is pretty much set, it's unlikely they are even entertaining any offers. However, our pals over at AZ Snake Pit took a stroll down Fantasy Trade Machine Boulevard, and presented an interesting idea featuring the Diamondbacks and the Red Sox. You should go read about it here. At the end of the post, AZSP suggests a trade of Jake Lamb and Yasmany Tomas for Steven Wright, Pablo Sandoval and $4.3 million. The trade...
Call to the Pen Feb 17, 2017

Boston Red Sox: Hanley Ramirez Ready to Play Ortiz Role in 2017

No one can reasonably expect to replicate what David Ortiz gave the Boston Red Sox both on and off the field, but Hanley Ramirez wants to try. How do you replace a player like David Ortiz? That’s a question the Boston Red Sox were quietly asking themselves all last season. The reality of Big Papi’s […] Boston Red Sox: Hanley Ramirez Ready to Play Ortiz Role in 2017 - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Fenway Nation Feb 17, 2017
Former Red Sox IF Aaron Hill Inks Pact With Giants

Former Red Sox IF Aaron Hill Inks Pact With Giants

()His stay in Boston was brief, but Aaron Hill did a pretty decent job as a fill-in infielders for the 2016 Carmine Hose. In 47 games, he only hit .218, but was a steady force in the field when called upon. Multiple reports indicate that the soon-to-be 35-year-old Hill will sign a minor-league deal with the San Francisco Giants. Over his 12-year MLB career, Hill is a .267 hitter—with an OPS of .743. We wish Arron all the best at AT&T Park.
Over the Monster Feb 17, 2017
One Big Question: Can Xander Bogaerts repeat his first half all year?

One Big Question: Can Xander Bogaerts repeat his first half all year?

We’ve seen Xander Bogaerts’ potential, now it’s time to see it over an entire season. Welcome to Over The Monster’s One Big Question series. For the next 40 (week)days, we will be trying to answer one important question for each player on the Red Sox 40-man roster. The goal is to find one interesting portion of each player’s game to watch for, whether that be in spring training or the early regular season. We’ll be going straight down the list on the team’s roster page, meaning we’ll be going in alphabetical order through each position group, starting with the pitchers....
Fenway Nation Feb 17, 2017
POLL: Fate Of Panda/Moreland Still Deadlocks The Nation

POLL: Fate Of Panda/Moreland Still Deadlocks The Nation

Apparently, the issue of whether or not Pablo Sandoval and Mitch Moreland survive 2017 is as divisive as anything on the national political scene. Continued voting in our latest FenwayNation Poll shows our readership is still exactly divided on the issue. As the chart shows, a combined 50% think it's likely that Panda and Mitch retain their starting jobs on October 1st. However, the other 50% think it's likely they will not be around when the post-season rolls around. Even though we promised no more updates—we can't help ourselves! You can still vote in this poll (and potentially break the...
Fenway Nation Feb 17, 2017
John Henry: 'We're Really Focused On A Fourth Ring'

John Henry: 'We're Really Focused On A Fourth Ring'

Red Sox owners John Henry and Tom Werner held a press conference at jetBlue Park in Fort Myers this morning—covering a wide range of issues. Henry initially stated that his view of success is "playing meaningful games in September and October", but later clarified his view as follows: "We're really focused on a fourth ring. Anything else is really limited success." Since buying the team in late 2001, the so-called "New Ownership Group" (NOG) has won three World Series Championships—including the "curse-breaking" win in 2004 and the post-Marathon bombing victory in 2013. In other somewhat...
Over the Monster Feb 17, 2017
FanPost Friday: He’s Underrated

FanPost Friday: He’s Underrated

The Red Sox have had a lot of stars in recent years. We’ve also had our fair share of unsung heroes who came out of nowhere and surprised us. Who is the most memorable to you? Hi there, it’s Friday, and you know what that means! It’s FanPost Friday again! Last time, we had a fairly successful outing, with three very good stories and a few blurbs left on our Monday Flyby thread. Now that you all get the format, we figure it’s time to amp it up a notch, and perhaps get us thinking a bit more. This week’s prompt is: Who is the most underrated player in Red Sox history? Why are they...
Over the Monster Feb 17, 2017
2017 Red Sox top prospect voting: Marco Hernandez tries to find some playing time

2017 Red Sox top prospect voting: Marco Hernandez tries to find some playing time

Marco Hernandez has shown himself to be a fine bench piece, and now he tries to take the next step. Last time around, I mentioned that we were getting to the point of the rankings in which we have to decide between proximity and upside. In that vote, the former won with Brian Johnson. At the number seven spot in our rankings, proximity won once again. Marco Hernandez is your seventh best Red Sox prospect, taking 39 percent of the vote. Hernandez was signed as an international amateur free agent by the Cubs back in 2009 for an unknown (based on a somewhat thorough Google search) amount....
Over the Monster Feb 17, 2017
Daily Red Sox Links: Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval, Mitch Moreland

Daily Red Sox Links: Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval, Mitch Moreland

In today’s links Hanley Ramirez gets ready to step in for David Ortiz and Pablo Sandoval knows he needs to prove himself. Hanley Ramirez came to spring training ready to take over for David Ortiz. (Peter Abraham; Boston Globe) Pablo Sandoval isn’t expecting to get the third base job handed to him on a silver platter. (Jason Mastrodonato; Boston Herald) The Red Sox may be World Series favorites, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some pressing questions facing them. (Josh Slavin; BP Boston) Speaking of the Sox being World Series favorites, where do they fall among the most...
Over the Monster Feb 16, 2017
One Big Question: How far can Christian Vazquez’ defense carry him?

One Big Question: How far can Christian Vazquez’ defense carry him?

Christian Vazquez is amazing behind the plate, but can that alone carry him to an everyday role? Welcome to Over The Monster’s One Big Question series. For the next 40 (week)days, we will be trying to answer one important question for each player on the Red Sox 40-man roster. The goal is to find one interesting portion of each player’s game to watch for, whether that be in spring training or the early regular season. We’ll be going straight down the list on the team’s roster page, meaning we’ll be going in alphabetical order through each position group, starting with the pitchers....
Fenway Nation Feb 16, 2017
Red Sox-Yankee Battle Moves On To The College Gridiron

Red Sox-Yankee Battle Moves On To The College Gridiron

They have been at each other's throats since the American League was formed in 1901—that's 116 years of feuding. However, most of the time they have 'squared off' on the diamond. Now, the battlefield has moved to college football. Reportedly, both the Red Sox and Yankees have submitted bids to host the annual Army-Navy football classic at their respective stadiums. Both franchises have a recent history of hosting college football games—so the track record of success is there for both. Historically, the 117 Army-Navy tilts have been in either Pennsylvania or Maryland—so shifting to...
Fenway Nation Feb 16, 2017
Mookie Betts Is Poised To Repeat His Stellar 2016 Season

Mookie Betts Is Poised To Repeat His Stellar 2016 Season

(Boston Red Sox Team Photo—Michael Ivins)OK, the Patriots Duckboat Parade is fading from our memories. New England weather forecasters are screwing up by the numbers on their prognostications. And Red Sox Spring Training is in full swing! As you may recall, one member of The 2016 Carmine Hose had a pretty decent year—Markus Lynn Betts. Mookie finished second in the AL MVP balloting and led the league in total bases (359). He hit .318 with 31 HRs and 113 RBIs. Somewhat under the radar were his 26 steals. At this point nobody remembers that he came up as a second-base prospect—supposedly...
Over the Monster Feb 16, 2017
Checking in on the Red Sox infield defense

Checking in on the Red Sox infield defense

Will the Red Sox see a bump in infield defense in 2016? As we look ahead to the 2017 season, we have a firm grasp on most aspects of this Red Sox roster. The rotation should be loaded up front with considerable upside in the back. The bullpen has some weaknesses, but if everything comes together it’ll be a shutdown unit for the late innings. The lineup is going to feel the loss of David Ortiz, but it should still remain one of the best in all of baseball. The outfield defense is going to be incredible, particularly when the three regulars are on the grass at the same time. Then, there’s...
Over the Monster Feb 16, 2017
Daily Red Sox Links: Pablo Sandoval, Craig Kimbrel, Xander Bogaerts

Daily Red Sox Links: Pablo Sandoval, Craig Kimbrel, Xander Bogaerts

Today’s links look at the new strategy against the shift, Pablo Sandoval’s projection, and how Carson Smith spent his down time. The Red Sox will have a new strategy in combatting shifts in 2017. (John Tomase; WEEI) Brett Cowett digs into what PECOTA is expecting from Pablo Sandoval in the coming year. (Brett Cowett; BP Boston) In his second season in Boston, Craig Kimbrel is searching for some more consistency. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal) In his first season in Boston, Chris Sale could get even better than he was in Chicago. (Sarah Langs; ESPN) Xander Bogaerts is in...
Outside Pitch Feb 16, 2017

Jackie Bradley Jr. gives Boston Red Sox an MVP in the nine hole

Not many MLB teams can claim an MVP candidate who hits out of the nine hole. Due to Jackie Bradley Jr., the Boston Red Sox can do just that. In 2016, Bradley Jr. went from a defensive specialist, to an all-around superstar. The centerfielder had career highs in almost every offensive category. While the left-handed hitters batting […] The post Jackie Bradley Jr. gives Boston Red Sox an MVP in the nine hole appeared first on OutsidePitchMLB.

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