4:39 PM EDT, Sun July 23, 2017
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Red Sox at Angels lineup: Pedey sits for Rick Porcello

Red Sox at Angels lineup: Pedey sits for Rick Porcello

I’m at the pool again. I love you, but I have no context for you today. Here you go:
6 hours ago
The Red Sox' strange season on the bases

The Red Sox' strange season on the bases

It is a strange mix of baserunning talent on the Red Sox roster. I’m not breaking any news when I tell you that the Red Sox don’t have an elite offense, and they almost certainly won’t have one at any point in 2017. The only way they could get one by the end of the year would be to make one or two big trades before the July 31 deadline and frankly I don’t see that happening. Fortunately, the Red Sox are built to succeed even without having one of the top offenses in the league. Their rotation, when healthy, is as deep 1-5 as any in the league and has top-end talent to boot. Their...
8 hours ago
Red Sox Minor Lines: Shaun Anderson dominates

Red Sox Minor Lines: Shaun Anderson dominates

Shaun Anderson pitches well, Jason Groome does not. Pawtucket L 4-6 Aneury Tavarez: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K Josh Rutledge: 0-3, 1 K Sam Travis: 0-4, 2 K Bryce Brentz: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K Rafael Devers: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K Steve Selsky: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K Jamie Callahan: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K Austin Maddox: 1 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 1 K Rutledge continues his rehab assignment with another forgettable game down in Triple-A. Of course, it’s simply getting the work in that matters more than the results. The Red Sox have said that he will be back on Monday, so if he gets into Sunday’s game it...
16 hours ago
Red Sox 3, Angels 7: Sox lose while doing almost everything poorly

Red Sox 3, Angels 7: Sox lose while doing almost everything poorly

That was pretty bad, in my humble opinion. Friday’s game was one that went well in pretty much every area for the Red Sox. They followed that up with a game on Saturday that went poorly in just about every possible way. The offense got some early runs before going quiet for the rest of the game. Jackie Bradley was particularly frustrating as he was finally rewarded by being moved up in the lineup and he responded by going hitless with a couple of strikeouts. David Price was hit harder than he’s been in a long time and gave up too many runs. The defense, and Xander Bogaerts in...
21 hours ago
Red Sox vs. Angels lineups: Moreland moves down, Hanley grabs a glove

Red Sox vs. Angels lineups: Moreland moves down, Hanley grabs a glove

And David Price takes the mound The Red Sox are coming off a good overall win in Los Angeles on Friday and are looking to make it two in a row on the west coast. Once again, the pitching matchup theoretically lies in their favor with David Price taking the mound. His overall numbers still don’t look great, but they do look much better than they did just a few weeks ago. The lefty has been on a roll in July and is looking a lot like the pitcher Boston thought they were getting when he first inked his massive contract two winters ago. The Angels will be sending JC Ramirez to the hill. The...
Jul 22, 2017
What happened to Mitch Moreland’s bat?

What happened to Mitch Moreland’s bat?

Where did the doubles go? I’ve been trying not to think about the Red Sox offense lately as I’ve been trying to be more positive in my day-to-day life. Unfortunately for me — and those around me, I guess — it is my job to think about the Red Sox offense. They’ve been inconsistent all year long, although their collective performance since the end of the All-Star break has taken things to another level. To be fair, they’ve been a bit better over the last few days, but thing are still a work in progress. Early in the year when the offense was struggling, it seemed as if there was...
Jul 22, 2017
Red Sox Minor Lines: Solid days for Henry Owens and Mike Shawaryn

Red Sox Minor Lines: Solid days for Henry Owens and Mike Shawaryn

Pawtucket L 5-9 Aneury Tavarez: 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI Tzu-Wei Lin: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 R Josh Rutledge: 0-3, 1 K Bryce Brentz: 0-3, 2 BB, 1 RBI, 1 E Steve Selsky: 2-5, 3 RBI, 1 K Rafael Devers: 2-5, 2 K Chandler Shepherd: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K Robby Scott: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K Noe Ramirez: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K On the one hand, it’s nice to see Josh Rutledge back. On the other hand, I’m not really sure what he adds that isn’t provided by Brock Holt or Deven Marrero. Rutledge certainly a better bat than Marrero, but the latter is mostly up for defensive purposes. Of...
Jul 22, 2017
Red Sox 6, Angels 2: Chris Sale cruises, Sox offense produces early

Red Sox 6, Angels 2: Chris Sale cruises, Sox offense produces early

This was good. Would watch again. The Red Sox could really use a strong trip out west after coming out of the break playing .500 ball in extremely frustrating fashion. They got off to a good start with that goal on Saturday, putting up early runs to get the Angels in a big hole before they could even get to the plate. They also got a strong pitching performance from Chris Sale, who totally shut down the Angels even without being quite as sharp as he typically is. This was an extremely well-rounded win for the Red Sox, and those are the best kinds. Chris Sale was not the best version of...
Jul 21, 2017
Red Sox vs. Angels Lineups: Sale Day After Dark

Red Sox vs. Angels Lineups: Sale Day After Dark

Happy Sale Day Happy Sale Day everyone! The Red Sox are coming off a couple of series splits at Fenway, and they will to get some positive momentum going out west. West coast road trips have always seemed to be the litmus test for any contending Red Sox team, so this next stretch of the schedule could be a big one. Or, maybe not. I don’t know. Things are set up for them to get off to a great start, as Chris Sale is taking the mound on Friday night. Not only is it Sale Day, but it’s Sale Day with the lefty being on an extra day of rest. Thursday’s game with Doug Fister was tough to...
Jul 21, 2017
The Friday Fire Farrell Index: Why hasn’t Todd Frazier started yet?

The Friday Fire Farrell Index: Why hasn’t Todd Frazier started yet?

And why is David Robertson on the shelf? Big answers to silly questions herein. Earlier this week, Chicago’s Todd Frazier and David Robertson were traded to an A.L. East powerhouse, just as I predicted. Yet despite what seemed to be an obvious deal for the Red Sox, neither Frazier nor Robertson has logged an inning so far for the team. The question this raises is unavoidable: What is John Farrell thinking? Farrell will have to live with his decision-making here forever, and if the team stumbles without the Pale Hose pair, it could, theoretically, cost him his job. This column has...
Jul 21, 2017
Red Sox at Angels Series Preview

Red Sox at Angels Series Preview

A look ahead to this weekend’s series in L.A. SB Nation Blog Halos Heaven The opponent in one sentence The Angels have fallen below .500 largely thanks to an anemic offense that was missing the best player in the world for a large chunk of the season. Record 47-50 Head-to-Head Record Angels 2, Red Sox 1 Trend Down. It’s been a rough month of July for the Angels, a team that was surprisingly hanging around the wild card race despite missing Mike Trout for weeks. Since the calendar has changed, though, Los Angeles has won just five of their last 13 games and they haven’t won a series...
Jul 21, 2017
Red Sox Minor Lines: Bryan Mata and Jalen Beeks with off nights

Red Sox Minor Lines: Bryan Mata and Jalen Beeks with off nights

The pitching wasn’t great on Thursday. Pawtucket L 3-7 Aneury Tavarez: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K Tzu-Wei Lin: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K Bryce Brentz: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 E Josh Rutledge: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K Rafael Devers: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 E Jalen Beeks: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K Not the best start of Beeks’ career, although just from reading the box score one would have to imagine the PawSox defense had something to do with the issues. He’s still an exciting young pitcher, of course. Meanwhile, Rutledge has begun his rehab assignment and the team could be getting more infield...
Jul 21, 2017
Daily Red Sox Links: Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez, Blake Swihart

Daily Red Sox Links: Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez, Blake Swihart

Plus notes on Kyle Martin’s debut and trade talk. If the Red Sox are going to make a trade, and the odds are they will, they’re better off making a deal now. (Michael Silverman; Boston Herald) Standing in their way is the fact that many of the premier prospects they used to have are gone, making for fewer assets to get a deal done. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe) One guy who will never be traded is Dustin Pedroia, especially right now as he is sizzling at the plate. (Stephen Hewitt; Boston Herald) With Hanley Ramirez getting some more playing time at first base, John Farrell has a bit more...
Jul 20, 2017
Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 8: Fister and Holt drop the ball, figuratively and literally.

Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 8: Fister and Holt drop the ball, figuratively and literally.

A poolside dispatch. The game started, as it always does, with the first pitch. Doug Fister threw a strike looking to Jose Bautista, and we were away. Soon, Bautista would ground out to the pitcher, and the Red Sox would have a leg up on the Jays. Happiness was evasive, however, when Russell Martin and Josh Donaldson hit back-to-back doubles to put an early run on the board. The promise of that first pitch, and first out, were lost forever... for about 20 minutes. In the bottom of the second, though, an eruption! A sea change! Even allowing for Sandy Leon being thrown out at home on an...
Jul 20, 2017
Red Sox vs. Blue Jays lineup: Will the Fister famine continue, or is it hot Doug time?

Red Sox vs. Blue Jays lineup: Will the Fister famine continue, or is it hot Doug time?

I regret nothing. Doug Fister (6.75 ERA) takes the mound this afternoon for the grinding Red Sox (54-42) who look to win their third game in a row against the Blue Jays (43-51) on a getaway day today at Fenway Park (1:35 p.m., NESN). He’ll be matched by lefty Francisco Liriano (6.04 ERA), which, along with the afternoon start time, tweaks the lineup to accommodate both a platoon and Dustin Pedroia DH day. I’d write more but, like you, I am at work, futzing away my time on Over the Monster, and must run. Here are the full lineups: