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Over the Monster 1 hour ago

Fernando Abad isn’t the bust he seems

Fernando Abad has quickly become 2016’s Eric Gagne. It’s a reputation he doesn’t really deserve. On Sunday afternoon, holding a 5.5-game lead over the Blue Jays for the East with just a week left to play, John Farrell was in a position to experiment. For Joe Kelly, that meant an extended run out of the pen. Farrell seemed willing to lose the game rather than pull Kelly in that nervous final frame, but Kelly passed with flying colors, and likely earned a check mark next to his name for October as a multi-inning reliever. For Fernando Abad, it was just one high-leverage at bat against a...
Over the Monster 4 hours ago

Daily Red Sox Links: Jose Fernandez, John Farrell, Mookie Betts

Today’s links look at the shocking loss of Jose Fernandez, the Red Sox’s reaction and the reaction of a Boston Hall of Famer. The baseball world received crushing news Sunday morning as we learned of the passing of Marlins superstar Jose Fernandez. (Catherine Slonksnis; SB Nation) If you aren’t totally familiar with the young pitcher, he was the personification of pure joy on a baseball field. (Grant Brisbee; SB Nation) Many players on the Red Sox, as well as across the league, expressed their shock and sadness over the loss. (CSN New England) Pedro Martinez new Fernandez well,...
Fenway Nation 16 hours ago

Pedey's Electric-Slide-Boog-A-Loo Allows Sox 3-2 Win

(AP Photo)The Red Sox pitching staff struck out 23 Rays—a record 21 in nine innings and 11 straight at one point. These days you can't even do that at SeaWorld! But it was not Boston's swing-and-miss prowess that was the real story of this game—it was the Tampa catcher's swing and miss on a botched tag of Dustin Pedroia at the plate. The Muddy Chicken should have been out by 15 feet, but he put on more moves than Walter Payton to pretzel his way around the tag. At one point it looked like a hardball version of Twister. The 10-inning run counted and Boston's 3-2 win reduced it's Magic...
Over the Monster 18 hours ago

Red Sox 3, Rays 2: Sox set strikeout records, extend streak to 11

Eduardo Rodriguez struck out 13 batters, and the bullpen added 10 more. Is that good? It took ten innings, which left them out of the running for one of baseball’s more impressive records, but a remarkable pitching performance and a combination of power and...um...agility from Dustin Pedroia secured an eleventh straight win for the Red Sox. It was not a long outing for Eduardo Rodriguez, but it’s hard to get through all that many innings when the opponent isn’t going to provide many quick outs, and it’s hard to get quick outs when the opponent isn’t even going to put the ball in...
Fenway Nation 23 hours ago

Marlins Pitching Star José Fernández Killed In Boating Accident

The baseball world got chilling news on Sunday morning as young pitching star José Fernández was killed in a boating accident in Miami. The 24-year old was having another stellar season—going 16-8 with a 2.86 ERA. Originally scheduled to pitch today, his start was pushed back to Monday. He shot onto the scene in 2013 as Rookie Of The Year in the NL, and was 38-17 in four seasons with the Marlins. Reportedly, the boat he was in (with two others) was traveling at high speeds when it hit a jetty at full impact and overturned. Red Sox star David Ortiz offered this thouhgt in a Tweet today,...
Fenway Nation 23 hours ago

Pedey Salami Sends Sox To The Post-Season, 6-4

(AP Photo)There will be a handful of epic moments in this amazing 2016 season. One will be the Hanley Ramirez walk-off HR against The Evil Ones. Another will be last night's eight-pitch Grand Slam at-bat by Dustin Pedroia. Barely foul-ticking a pitch to stay alive, Pedroia golfed a change-up over the left-field fence to give Boston a 6-3 advantage in an eventual 6-4 win. With playoff math only Stephen Hawking could understand, the victory propelled the Red Sox to their first post-season berth since the 2013 World Series Championship season. Rick Porcello pitched well enough to garner his 22nd...
Over the Monster Sep 25, 2016

Red Sox vs. Rays lineups

Lineup BOSTON RED SOX TAMPA BAY RAYS Dustin Pedroia, 2B Logan Forsythe, 2B Xander Bogaerts, SS Kevin Kiermaier, CF David Ortiz, DH Evan Longoria, 3B Mookie Betts, RF Brad Miller, SS Hanley Ramirez, 1B Mikie Mahtook, RF Travis Shaw, 3B Corey Dickerson, LF Chris Young, LF Curt Casali, DH Andrew Benintendi, CF Luke Maile, C Christian Vazquez, C Richie Shaffer, 1B SP - Eduardo Rodriguez SP - Jake Odorizzi I don’t really have much in the way of words today. I’m not sure how the Red Sox and Rays go out there and play baseball. But they...
Over the Monster Sep 25, 2016

Pablo Sandoval could return for October (but probably won’t)

The much-maligned third baseman has some small chance of returning for the playoffs. With Pablo Sandoval appearing in Tampa Bay on Saturday and the Sox having no clear answers at third base, rumors flew that maybe, just maybe the last remaining pariah of the 2015 offseason was about to get his chance at redemption in 2016. These rumors were quickly quelled. Sandoval wasn’t being activated, but simply checking in with the team. It was not Panda time. Yet. While the Sox wouldn’t say Sandoval was coming off the disabled list right away, John Farrell did acknowledge that the third...
Over the Monster Sep 24, 2016

The Red Sox are going to the playoffs!

The Red Sox are back where they belong. With their tenth straight win, the Red Sox have clinched at least a spot in the American League wild card game. Alright, so, technically the magic number is at one. But apparently by virtue of the Jays and Orioles facing eachother once more, some weird record jumbling, carrying the one, accounting for tiebreakers, and considering the effects of a full moon during David Ortiz’ final season ah hell there’s an X next to their name, people, what more do you need?! And there you have it. The last place 2015 Red Sox are now the...
Over the Monster Sep 24, 2016

Red Sox 6, Rays 4: Pedroia’s slam makes it ten

The winning streak extended to double digits on a game-changing grand slam from Dustin Pedroia. While the Sox haven’t really been dramatically outscoring their opponents in recent days, they haven’t played much in the way of exciting games (not, of course, stretching back to Hanley’s walkoff in the first). Maybe that’s not a perfect description, but it’s been a matter of the Red Sox getting ahead and staying ahead, with the biggest drama coming in if pitcher A, B, or C can record three more outs without surrendering a run. They haven’t even had all that many big jams to deal...
Over the Monster Sep 24, 2016

Red Sox vs. Rays lineups: Sox out to clinch October berth

It’ll only take a win and a loss. The Red Sox have Rick Porcello on the mound on a night that could see them clinch a postseason berth. Lineup BOSTON RED SOX TAMPA BAY RAYS Dustin Pedroia, 2B Logan Forsythe, 2B Xander Bogaerts, SS Kevin Kiermaier, CF David Ortiz, DH Evan Longoria, 3B Mookie Betts, RF Brad Miller, 1B Hanley Ramirez, 1B Corey Dickerson, LF Brock Holt, 3B Nick Franklin, DH Chris Young, LF Mikie Mahtook, RF Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Alexei Ramirez, SS Sandy Leon, C Curt Casali, C SP - Rick Porcello SP - Matt Andriese The...
Fenway Nation Sep 24, 2016

Papi Propels Red Sox To Reduce Magic Number To Four

(AP Photo)If left unfettered, it would probably be somewhere over the New Jersey Turnpike this morning. The first-inning moonshot launched by David Ortiz in Tampa last night hit one of the fake stadium's catwalks, and thus could not enter earth orbit. It was the margin of victory in Boston's eventual 2-1 win over the hapless (and fan-less) Rays. Drew Pomeranz was just good enough to get the win—going five innings and giving up just a solo HR. Once again, the formerly mocked bullpen cam through with four scoreless innings—including a 9th-inning save by Brad Ziegler. Mookie Betts had three...
Over the Monster Sep 23, 2016

Red Sox 2, Rays 1: Mookie does the Carlton

The Red Sox’ win streak is at nine after a tight 2-1 win over the Rays, and oh my God did Mookie Betts just do the Carlton? MOOKIE WITH THE CARLTON https://t.co/ODgRTFE4UN— Sox Lunch (@Soxlunch) September 24, 2016 I...I...I don’t know how to move on from this. Right, baseball. Uh... Betts earned the right to dance with a cool 3-for-4 night, though neither he nor the rest of the outfield really factored in the decision offensively. It was one of those wasteful games for the Sox at the plate, with fourteen baserunners somehow turning into only two runs, both coming in the first...
Over the Monster Sep 23, 2016

Red Sox vs. Rays lineups: Proving day for Pomeranz

All eyes are on Pomeranz as the Sox aim for nine straight. It's a big day for Drew Pomeranz on the mound, as the lefty tries to show he's still got enough left to give to start in the playoffs. Lineup BOSTON RED SOX TAMPA BAY RAYS Dustin Pedroia, 2B Logan Forsythe, 2B Xander Bogaerts, SS Kevin Kiermaier, CF David Ortiz, DH Evan Longoria, 3B Mookie Betts, RF Brad Miller, 1B Hanley Ramirez, 1B Mikie Mahtook, RF Travis Shaw, 3B Corey Dickerson, LF Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Alexei Ramirez, SS Bryan Holaday, C Bobby Wilson, C Brock Holt, LF Luke Maile, DH SP -- Drew...
Fenway Nation Sep 23, 2016

Modest Proposal: Stick Brock Holt At Third For Rest Of Season

()There's been a lot of discussion recently about who should man the hot corner for the Red Sox in the upcoming post-season. After the Spring flop of Pablo Sandoval and the mid-summer swoon of Travis Shaw, it seemed as if duties might fall to either newly-acquired Aaron Hill and/or super-phenom Yoan Moncada. Well, Hill has hit poorly against righties, Moncada seems baffled by the dreaded 'Uncle Charlie', and Shaw (despite glimmers of hope to the contrary) has not really broken out of his prolonged dive. So, here's an idea—play Brock Holt at third the rest of the way and see if he can...
Fenway Nation Sep 23, 2016

Andrew Benintendi Not In Tonight's Red Sox Lineup

Here is tonight's Red Sox lineup: 1. Dustin Pedroia 2B; 2. Xander Bogaerts SS; 3. David Ortiz DH; 4. Mookie Betts RF; 5. Hanley Ramirez 1B; 6. Travis Shaw 3B; 7. Jackie Bradley Jr. CF; 8. Bryan Holaday C; 9. Brock Holt LF. On the hill tonight for The Carmine Hose is lefty Drew Pomeranz.
Fenway Nation Sep 23, 2016

Orioles Come Up With Best Gift Idea For David Ortiz

No silly surfboards. No dorky cowboy hats. And, no, the Orioles did not give David Ortiz crabs (you'll pardon the expression). Instead, Baltimore gave Big Papi the most fitting gift of all: the remnants of the dugout phone he eviscerated in 2013. Brilliant. You have to believe that former Red Sox (and current Oriole) GM Dan Duquette had something to do with the idea. This long and winding road to retirement for Ortiz has been strewn with lots of good-intentioned goofiness. But, Baltimore, you came through in clutch. And, considering that the classless Tampa organization isn't doing anything...
Over the Monster Sep 23, 2016

Remember ‘Fire Farrell?’ That was fun

It’s a long season, but we’re doomed to forget that. Have you seen Finding Nemo? You have probably seen Finding Nemo. It is the story of Marlin, a clownfish, and his quest to find his son, Nemo, also a clownfish, who is trapped in a dentist’s office in Sydney, Australia. His quest is a righteous one: Dentists are yucky. In the movie, Marlin is joined by Dory, a tetra, maybe? I’m not sure what kind of fish Dory is. She’s a blue one, for sure. (Research indicates she’s a ‘blue tang.’) She forgets everything every 10 seconds or so. It is a good joke about the short memories of...
Over the Monster Sep 23, 2016

Who starts Game 1 for the Red Sox?

The Red Sox have two good options to kick off a playoff series, but which one do they choose? The Red Sox are almost certainly going to the postseason. Part of me is terrified that me saying that is going to jinx it, but the rest of me is an adult and realizes that is insane. The fact is that it will take an indescribably painful collapse to blow this lead. Fangraphs gives the team a 99.1 percent chance of making it and Baseball Prospectus puts the odds at 99.3 percent. It’s safe to talk about now. The next step of the process, of course, is winning the division, which they have the...
Fenway Nation Sep 23, 2016

Red Sox Inching Closer To Glory, Sweep O's, 5-3

(AP Photo)Eight straight wins. Two straight four-game sweeps. A 5 1/2 game lead on their closest rival with nine games to play. A Magic Number of 5 to secure an AL East Crown. These are the cluster of facts that point to a positive end to the 2016 season for your Boston Red Sox. Last night, after giving back an early lead, the team once again fought back to regain that lead in an eventual 5-3 win. David Price was not perfect (giving up a three-run lead), but he did last seven innings to pick up his 17th win. Andrew Benintendi pushed across the lead run with a two-out RBI in the fifth. The...