7:41 AM EDT, Fri October 19, 2018
41 mins ago
Daily Red Sox Links: Alex Cora, David Price, Craig Kimbrel

Daily Red Sox Links: Alex Cora, David Price, Craig Kimbrel

All year long, people have been looking for reasons to doubt this Red Sox team despite them being the best team in baseball from the start of the year. Maybe we should stop. (D.J. Bean; NBC Sports Boston) Alex Cora made all the difference in this season for the Red Sox, even if we may have overestimated his impact on this series specifically. (Greg Bedard; Boston Sports Journal) ($$$) Speaking of Cora, he had some words for a specific media member’s pregame thoughts on David Price. (Nicole Yang; Boston.com) To close out the game Craig Kimbrel looked like a different pitcher. How’d he do...
7 hours ago
Jackie Bradley Jr. named ALCS MVP

Jackie Bradley Jr. named ALCS MVP

A well-deserved honor for JBJesus The Red Sox finished off the ALCS on Thursday night, winning their fourth in a row to close out the series in a run that included three wins in three days on the road. As was the case for their entire run through the 2018 season, this series victory was a total team effort. They got huge performances from every corner of their roster, and every win featured multiple heroes. There was one player to step up night in and night out, however, and he was just awarded with the ALCS MVP. Even before this game starter, everyone was pretty sure that Jackie Bradley...
7 hours ago
Red Sox 4, Astros 1: The Red Sox are going to the World Series

Red Sox 4, Astros 1: The Red Sox are going to the World Series

David Price pitches the game of his life The Red Sox are going to the World Series, and their latest win came on the back of David Price throwing the game of his life. When you consider all of the circumstances — a potential-clincher on the road against the defending champions as a pitcher with a long history of postseason failures on three days rest just one day after warming in the bullpen — it’s up there among the best postseason starts in Red Sox history, at least since I’ve been watching. He wasn’t the only good performer on Thursday — J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers hit...
9 hours ago
ALCS Game 5 Overflow Thread: Red Sox vs. Astros

ALCS Game 5 Overflow Thread: Red Sox vs. Astros

It’s a pitchers’ duel in Houston with the Red Sox leading 1-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth. Let’s finish this out. Go Sox!
11 hours ago
ALCS Game 5 Gamethread: Red Sox vs. Astros

ALCS Game 5 Gamethread: Red Sox vs. Astros

The mission for tonight is pretty simple: Win a baseball game and earn a berth to the World Series. Simple enough, yeah? Go Sox!
15 hours ago
Red Sox at Astros Game 5 lineup: Justin Verlander stands between the Sox and the World Series

Red Sox at Astros Game 5 lineup: Justin Verlander stands between the Sox and the World Series

NBD. The Red Sox can go to the World Series for the first time in five years with a win over Justin Verlander (16-9, 2.52 ERA) and the Astros tonight in Houston (8:09 p.m., TBS). About Game 5: Potential injuries aside, this is the biggest mismatch you could design between these two teams: Verlander, the Hall of Famer, at home against the Sox and a grab bag of pitchers and a closer who can’t couldn’t find the plate if the Astros gave him pictures of it. On the other hand, Houston’s in crisis mode, and you risk the wrath of your ancestors and descendants if you try to predict baseball....
16 hours ago
Celebrate the Sox’ run with new JBJesus and Benny Ballgame shirts

Celebrate the Sox’ run with new JBJesus and Benny Ballgame shirts

New shirts! The Red Sox are, as I write this, just one win away from their first World Series berth since 2013. It is going to be a lot easier said than done clinching this thing in five, going up against Justin Verlander on the road against a wildly talented Astros team with their backs against the wall. Fortunately, Boston has a couple of players who are on a roll and have helped carry them to victory both in Game Four and throughout this series. Now, thanks once again to our friends over at BreakingT, we have shirts to celebrate. First, we have one for the leader in the clubhouse to take...
19 hours ago
One More Win: The Red Sox Need to Stay Hot

One More Win: The Red Sox Need to Stay Hot

With the series on the line for the Houston Astros, the Red Sox need to put a nail in the coffin early. Game Four was a thriller and luckily the Red Sox held on to win the game to take a three to one series lead. Jackie Bradley Jr hit another home run in game four to help life the Red Sox to victory. But what’s Game Five going to look like? With David Price on the mound, the Red Sox may have to bring this series back to Fenway after all. David Price gets the call to the mound against Astros’ ace, Justin Verlander. With Verlander on the mound, it feels like Price will need to pitch a...
20 hours ago
Craig Kimbrel needs to take a seat

Craig Kimbrel needs to take a seat

The formerly dominant closer for the Red Sox has been a disaster in this postseason, and Alex Cora needs to relieve him of his duties — at least for right now. After the Red Sox hung on to win Game 4 of the ALCS against the Astros 8-6, I hope Craig Kimbrel took Andrew Benintendi out to a very fancy Houston restaurant and bought him the most expensive steak dinner available. (Ed. Note: He did say after the game he’d buy him a very nice Christmas present, so there’s that.) Why? Because Benintendi saved Kimbrel’s rear end so that the suddenly-ineffective closer could escape a boatload...
22 hours ago
Scattered thoughts after a bananas Game 4 victory

Scattered thoughts after a bananas Game 4 victory

I have no idea what I watched last night I’ve been doing these scattered thoughts columns after every postseason game, but never have my thoughts been more scattered than they are right now. Wednesday night’s game was absolutely bonkers, an all-time classic and I really have no idea what to think right now. It was a total rollercoaster all the way through with so many ups and downs that I’ve likely forgotten some big moments in that game because my memory only has room for so much madness. Either way, here’s what stuck in my brain after my couple hours of sleep Wednesday...
23 hours ago
MLB Roundup 10/18: Clayton Kershaw leads Dodgers to 3-2 series lead

MLB Roundup 10/18: Clayton Kershaw leads Dodgers to 3-2 series lead

Also, LOLMets Dodgers take 3-2 lead in NLCS Before the Red Sox and Astros played their classic game in Houston, the Dodgers were hosting the Brewers in a pivotal Game 5 in the NLCS. L.A. seemed to have the pitching advantage, too, with Wade Miley taking on Clayton Kershaw. Well, that’s what we thought we were going to see. In a bit of gamesmanship, Brewers manager Craig Counsell lifted Miley after just one batter and brought in Brandon Woodruff from the bullpen. He was trying, and partially succeeding, to get the Dodgers to load their lineup with righties then pull the rug out from under...
23 hours ago
Daily Red Sox Links: Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, Craig Kimbrel

Daily Red Sox Links: Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, Craig Kimbrel

Rob Bradford has the story behind Andrew Benintendi’s incredible catch to win Wednesday’s game. (Rob Bradford; WEEI) That catch saved Craig Kimbrel from being the goat (lowercase g) of the game, and the Red Sox closer is going to buy something nice for his left fielder. (Christopher Smith; Masslive) Evan Drellich argues that the classic game, and Red Sox win, was at least a little marred by the controversial fan interference call in the first inning. (Evan Drellich; NBC Sports Boston) For his part, Mookie Betts says he is 100 percent sure he would have caught that ball. (Mark Dunphy;...
Oct 18, 2018
Red Sox 8, Astros 6: Sox win a wild one to go up 3-1

Red Sox 8, Astros 6: Sox win a wild one to go up 3-1

JBJ and the middle relief does it again What an absolutely wild night in Houston. You’re going to hear a lot about the length of this game in terms of time, and it was bananas long. This was not one of those long, dragging games, though. This was intense from the first inning and it never dropped a beat. Things went back and forth, both offenses were all over the place and you never really had a good feel for what was going to happen next. Alex Cora had a really weird game, Rick Porcello looked awful and Craig Kimbrel fell even further out of the circle of trust. But they still won. The...
Oct 17, 2018
ALCS Game 4 Overflow Thread 2: Red Sox vs. Astros

ALCS Game 4 Overflow Thread 2: Red Sox vs. Astros

Another overflow thread, because it’s been that kind of game. Sox have a two-run lead heading into the bottom of the seventh. Hold on to your butts. Go Sox!
Oct 17, 2018
ALCS Game 4 Overflow Thread: Red Sox vs. Astros

ALCS Game 4 Overflow Thread: Red Sox vs. Astros

The Red Sox and Astros are tied at four and somehow it’s only the start of the fourth inning. It’s going to be one of those nights. Go Sox!