3:45 AM EDT, Mon September 25, 2017
11 hours ago
Red Sox 5, Reds 4: Mookie Betts leads another late-game Red Sox comeback

Red Sox 5, Reds 4: Mookie Betts leads another late-game Red Sox comeback

That’s six in a row for the Sox. We’ve heard this story before, but it truly never gets old. The Red Sox offense was sleepwalking through the early portions of this game and they fell behind by a few runs. It looked like things were going to end poorly, but as they’ve done so many times before they led a late-game rally to take the lead late in the game. This time, it came in the eighth and it was led by Mookie Betts. It would be unfair to say he did it by himself but he was clearly the face of this comeback. Earlier in the game, it was a mildly encouraging start from Doug Fister, who...
16 hours ago
Red Sox at Reds lineup: Let’s hope this isn’t the last time we see the NL

Red Sox at Reds lineup: Let’s hope this isn’t the last time we see the NL

This has gone pretty well, after all. The lead is four. The magic number is five. Let’s get it. Here are the full lineups:
Sep 23, 2017
Red Sox 5, Reds 0: Eduardo Rodriguez is your number three starter

Red Sox 5, Reds 0: Eduardo Rodriguez is your number three starter

He’s all of our number three starter. As the Red Sox inch closer to the postseason, they picked up another big win on Saturday. They did so behind a phenomenal pitching performance from Eduardo Rodriguez, who has been lights out this month. Boston is getting to the point where they have to start setting up their rotation for the ALDS, and while there is a little more time for things to change it seems pretty clear at this point that Rodriguez should be starting Game Three. At the very least, he’s pitching like he wants to get there and that was on full display in Cincinnati. The...
Sep 23, 2017
Red Sox at Reds lineup: Rally, rinse, repeat

Red Sox at Reds lineup: Rally, rinse, repeat

The playoffs are won. The lead is four. The magic number is six. Let’s get it. For the first time in what seems like forever, the Red Sox enter the night with a division lead larger than three games, because last night for what feels like the 10th time in the last month, the Sox rallied for an amazing win. What’s for sure is that for the second in as many nights, the Red Sox are facing a rookie righthander of whom I had never heard. Today -- 4 o’clock game -- it’s Eduardo Rodriguez for the Sox versus Robert Stephenson. (His middle name is William, if your brain filled in...
Sep 23, 2017
American League Playoff Update: September 23, 2017

American League Playoff Update: September 23, 2017

The AL got a little more boring on Friday. With the minor-league season over and our typical 8:00 AM slot suddenly open, I figured it would be worthwhile to take a quick daily look at how the playoff picture has changed in the American League on a day-to-day basis. This will be nothing fancy. Just a look at how playoff contenders did on the day, how it affected the standings and what it means for the Red Sox. I’ll consider any team within five games of a playoff spot as a postseason contender. Scores TB 8, BAL 3 TOR 8, NYY 1 MIN 7, DET 3 BOS 5, CIN 4 CHW 7, KC 6 HOU 3, LAA 0 OAK 4, TEX...
Sep 22, 2017
Red Sox 5, Reds 4: Rafael Devers’ dinger, David Price’s relief work gives Boston a win

Red Sox 5, Reds 4: Rafael Devers’ dinger, David Price’s relief work gives Boston a win

And they pick up a game in the division The Red Sox just keep winning, and while some will surely point to the favorable schedule they can only play the teams they are told to play. Good teams take care of business against subpar competition, and that’s what the Red Sox did in this one. Granted, it wasn’t a blowout victory by any means, and it looked somewhat bleak for a little bit towards the beginning. Rick Porcello had a bad outing, and while all of the runs came in one bad little stretch of batters he didn’t look quite right all outing. For a guy who the Red Sox were surely hoping...
Sep 22, 2017
Red Sox at Reds lineup: Andrew Benintendi comes home

Red Sox at Reds lineup: Andrew Benintendi comes home

The playoffs are secure. The AL East lead is three. The magic number is eight. Let’s get it. A huge boo to the schedulemakers. The Reds? Bah! This isn’t 1975. Get these jokers out of my autumn baseball! (Votto, you can stay. Grab a jersey.) Rick Porcello starts against Sal Romano, whose uncle probably owns the pizza place down the road. No DH means no Hanley Ramirez, and Andrew Benintendi gets to do his thing in his hometown. Giddyup. Here are the full lineups:
Sep 22, 2017
Red Sox at Reds Series Preview

Red Sox at Reds Series Preview

A look ahead to the weekend’s series in Cincinnati SB Nation Blog Red Reporter The opponent in one sentence The Reds are reaching the end of a long season that is smack in the middle of a long rebuild that this season has been defined as one of baseball’s worst pitching staffs. Record 66-87 Trend Up, relatively speaking. The Reds are coming off a series in which they were swept by the Cardinals, so they certainly aren’t on a crazy hot streak or anything like that. However, they did sweep the Pirates before that and had won five of their previous seven games. That makes them .500 over...
Sep 22, 2017
David Price won’t be Andrew Miller, and the Red Sox don’t need him to be

David Price won’t be Andrew Miller, and the Red Sox don’t need him to be

Let’s manage our expectations a bit. In case you haven’t heard, the Red Sox are moving David Price to the bullpen after he wasn’t able to recover from his injury in time for a full rehab assignment to get ready for a starter’s workload. There are some who disagree with this decision and think the team should have made a bigger effort to get him back into the rotation. From the outside and without knowing any medical information, it’s really hard for me to have a strong opinion on this. Either way, the decision has already been made and people are understandably excited about what...
Sep 22, 2017
American League Playoff Update: September 22, 2017

American League Playoff Update: September 22, 2017

The Rangers are picking up steam With the minor-league season over and our typical 8:00 AM slot suddenly open, I figured it would be worthwhile to take a quick daily look at how the playoff picture has changed in the American League on a day-to-day basis. This will be nothing fancy. Just a look at how playoff contenders did on the day, how it affected the standings and what it means for the Red Sox. I’ll consider any team within five games of a playoff spot as a postseason contender. Scores CLE 4, LAA 1 BAL 3, TB 1 KC 1, TOR 0 MIN 12, DET 1 CHW 3, HOU 1 TEX 4, SEA 2 Playoff Odds Odds have...
Sep 22, 2017
Daily Red Sox Links: John Farrell, Drew Pomeranz, Chris Sale

Daily Red Sox Links: John Farrell, Drew Pomeranz, Chris Sale

Today we talk about John Farrell’s family connection in Cincinnati, Drew Pomeranz’s excellent season and Brock Holt getting more playing time. John Farrell will have a family reunion of sorts this weekend when the Red Sox play the Cincinnati Reds. (Christopher Smith: MassLive) Even though Farrell has his detractors, it’s high time he gets some praise for managing yet another strong team. (Ron Borges; Boston Herald) Drew Pomeranz isn’t the best lefty on the Sox, but he is one of the best in the business right now. (Evan Drellich; CSNNE) The best lefty is Chris Sale. His stuff is what...
Sep 21, 2017
It’s time to talk about the American League Cy Young race, I guess

It’s time to talk about the American League Cy Young race, I guess

*sigh* This is the most exciting time of year in baseball, with playoff races coming to a head and the postseason about to start. Everything is good! Well, mostly. The one bad part of this time of year is award season. I truly, honestly despise award season. There is nothing less appealing to me than arguing intensely about who deserves an award, with the lone exception of this rule being the 2011 MVP race. I will fight people who think Jacoby Ellsbury didn’t deserve that award. Other than that very specific case, the idea of arguing against very good players in favor of another player...
Sep 21, 2017
Predicting the Red Sox playoff roster

Predicting the Red Sox playoff roster

Who will be playing in October? Late Wednesday night — or early Thursday morning, I suppose — the Angels lost to the Indians, a loss that clinched a playoff spot for the Red Sox. Now, this was only clinching a guaranteed spot in the wildcard game and there is still plenty of work to do clinching the division. The Yankees are red hot right now and have a favorable schedule moving forward, so the Red Sox have to take advantage of their own favorable schedule. Despite the work that still needs to be done, though, with just over a week left in the season it’s not too early to start...
Sep 21, 2017
American League Playoff Update: September 21, 2017

American League Playoff Update: September 21, 2017

The Angels lose and the Red Sox clinch a playoff spot With the minor-league season over and our typical 8:00 AM slot suddenly open, I figured it would be worthwhile to take a quick daily look at how the playoff picture has changed in the American League on a day-to-day basis. This will be nothing fancy. Just a look at how playoff contenders did on the day, how it affected the standings and what it means for the Red Sox. I’ll consider any team within five games of a playoff spot as a postseason contender. Scores NYY 11, MIN 3 BOS 9, BAL 0 KC 15, TOR 5 TB 8, CHC 1 HOU 4, CHW 3 CLE 6, LAA...
Sep 21, 2017
Daily Red Sox Links: Chris Sale, Rafael Devers, Fernando Abad

Daily Red Sox Links: Chris Sale, Rafael Devers, Fernando Abad

Today’s links look at the team clinching a playoff spot, Chris Sale and the franchise strikeout record, and the team’s great bullpen. It happened after most of us went to bed, but the Angels lost last night and the Red Sox officially clinched a playoff berth. (Rob Bradford; WEEI) Nick Cafardo wonders if it made sense to send Chris Sale back out for the eighth to get his 300th strikeout. (Nick Cafardo; Boston Globe) This issue makes some wonder how they will handle his pursuit of the Red Sox strikeout record. (Evan Drellich; CSN New England) John Farrell is getting Rafael Devers some...