1:05 PM EST, Sat February 25, 2017
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Red Sox vs. Twins lineup: Return of the big boys

Red Sox vs. Twins lineup: Return of the big boys

And Mitch Moreland. The Red Sox play the Twins today at 1:05 EST, and some old friends are back in the lineup, along with another left-handed starter and, y’know, Steve Selsky. February y’all. Here’s the batting order: Dustin Pedroia, 2B Xander Bogaerts, SS Mookie Betts, RF Hanley Ramírez, DH Mitch Moreland, 1B Chris Young, LF Pablo Sandoval, 3B Steve Selsky, CF Christian Vazquez, C SP: Roenis Elias Twitter user extraordinaire Phil Hughes will take the mound for Minnesota. Expect strikes.
2 hours ago
Sam Travis and the Middlebrooks/Shaw Trap

Sam Travis and the Middlebrooks/Shaw Trap

Travis is an exciting power-hitting prospect. The Red Sox have seen a few of those recently who have flamed out. Maybe it’s just me but I’ve had some hard luck with Red Sox prospects recently. Obviously there have been a number of players who have worked out, such as Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts and even Jackie Bradley Jr., if the last season and a half are to be believed. However, two players that never reached the potential they exhibited still stick in my craw: Will Middlebrooks and Travis Shaw. Middlebrooks was drafted in the fifth round of the 2007 draft and made his MLB debut...
4 hours ago
Red Sox farm system ranked 14th by Baseball America

Red Sox farm system ranked 14th by Baseball America

Despite the recent trades, they are still in the top half of the league. Spring training has started and the offseason is over, but that doesn’t mean prospect season has ended just yet. Baseball America is still rolling with their preseason coverage, and on Friday they released their ranking of all MLB farm systems. The content is behind a paywall, but I will tell you that the Red Sox found themselves smack in the middle of the pack, ranking 14th overall. As BA notes, that is a stark decline from the past two years when they ranked fourth and second, respectively. Furthermore, their...
21 hours ago
Red Sox 2, Mets 3: Sox avoid getting no-hit

Red Sox 2, Mets 3: Sox avoid getting no-hit

The Red Sox drop their first Grapefruit League game. Everyone panic! Henry Owens was....Henry Owens It wasn’t a bad spring training debut for Henry Owens, although it wasn’t the greatest, either. In true Owens fashion, the lefty walked the first batter he faced. He followed it up with a strikeout and a single with a fielder’s choice allowing Juan Lagares to get the Mets out to the early lead. In his next frame, he left a pitch right in the middle of the zone to Gavin Cecchini who sent it out for a solo home run. That’s not the best look, as the brother of former Red Sox prospect...
Feb 24, 2017
Starting lineup: Baseball back

Starting lineup: Baseball back

Our long national nightmare is, if not over, a temporary afterthought. The Red Sox play the Mets today at 1 p.m. in their Lega Pompelmo opener. Friends, Romans, countrymen, you may rejoice. Here’s the Red Sox lineup: Brock Holt, SS Andrew Benintendi, LF Hanley Ramírez, DH Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Bryce Brentz, RF Marco Hernández, 2B Sandy León, C Allen Craig, 1B Josh Rutledge, 3B SP: Henry Owens The hitting’s good, as is the hair, but none of it holds a candle to the Allen Craig experience. It’s real to me, dammit. I was born for this. The Mets counter with: Juan Lagares, CF ...
Feb 24, 2017
One Big Question: Can Hanley Ramirez keep his power production?

One Big Question: Can Hanley Ramirez keep his power production?

The Red Sox need some power in the middle of their lineup, and Ramirez is the favorite to provide it. 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...
Feb 24, 2017
FanPost Friday - Who Needs Rules?

FanPost Friday - Who Needs Rules?

Rules just get in the way, or they make things worse. Less rules! Sometimes though, rules also make things better. So, consequently, more rules! Welcome to FanPost Friday! If you are new to the program, it’s very easy to participate, and I’ll walk you through the steps: We click on the FanPost section of our site. We write a FanPost about this weekend’s prompt (to be announced in but a moment). We click the submit button, and await the awesome praise that comes with having done something like writing a FanPost. Monday comes, and the Monday Flyby recaps the events in one big post, for...
Feb 24, 2017
2017 Red Sox top prospect voting: Michael Chavis is still looking for his breakout

2017 Red Sox top prospect voting: Michael Chavis is still looking for his breakout

Michael Chavis has some talent, but he hasn’t put it together yet This was as close as any of our votes could possibly get, and it was tied all the way up until 30 minutes before the poll closed. I know that because I worried about what the hell I’d do if the vote finished in a tie. Either way, it didn’t happen and Michael Chavis comes away as our number nine prospect taking 22 percent of the vote. Although Chavis isn’t the same kind of bust as someone like Trey Ball, he was still a first round pick. The number 26 overall selection in the 2014 draft, he was taken out of high school...
Feb 24, 2017
One Year Wonder: Bob Watson

One Year Wonder: Bob Watson

Remembered more for his work with the Astros and the Yankees, Watson was a trade acquisition who really popped in Boston. Welcome back to the One Year Wonder series, where we take a look at some of the best seasons from players who spent one year or less with the Red Sox. After kicking things off with an examination of Don Aase’s brief time in Boston, we will take a look at the one great season from Bob Watson in a Red Sox uniform. How He Came to Boston Originally hailing from Los Angeles, Watson got the start to his largely successful MLB career with the Houston Astros, who signed him...
Feb 24, 2017
Daily Red Sox Links: Rusney Castillo, John Farrell, Sam Travis

Daily Red Sox Links: Rusney Castillo, John Farrell, Sam Travis

In today’s links Rusney Castillo disappoints, John Farrell gets some support and Sam Travis goes yard. Rusney Castillo didn’t exactly impress in the first game of spring training. (Christopher Smith; MassLive) John Farrell has his naysayers. Dave Dombrowski isn’t one of them. (Christopher Smith; MassLive) The Red Sox played Northeastern yesterday. That might not move the needle much but these six spring training games will. (Sam Galanis; NESN) Pedro Martinez pitched a lot of great games for the Red Sox. Here’s him talking about the time he struck out 17 Yankees and allowed just one...
Feb 23, 2017
Red Sox 9, Northeastern 6: First game in the books

Red Sox 9, Northeastern 6: First game in the books

One game down, 200 to go The Red Sox start playing major-league teams on Friday, but before that they had their annual tune-up game against college competition. There was only one game this year, but Northeastern was able to keep the game relatively close thanks to shaky performances from a few pitchers. We were only able to actually see the first couple innings, but there are a few points worth noting based off the box score and the observations from the beat writers in attendance. Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis go deep The Red Sox are looking for some power to make up for David Ortiz’...
Feb 23, 2017
Gamethread: Red Sox vs. Northeastern

Gamethread: Red Sox vs. Northeastern

First gamethread of the year! The Red Sox are playing a baseball game today. It’s against a college team, and most of the regulars will be out, but it’s a baseball game dammit. Plus, Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts are playing, and that’s neat. As far as I know, it’s only going to be a radio broadcast today but I’ll keep an eye out to see if it’s on MLB TV or if Northeastern has some sort of stream. If I find something, I’ll update this. Either way, there’s baseball being played.
Feb 23, 2017
One Big Question: How long can Dustin Pedroia keep this up?

One Big Question: How long can Dustin Pedroia keep this up?

Dustin Pedroia is entering the latter part of his career, but will the decline be starting soon? 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....
Feb 23, 2017
Éric Gagné chases the dragon

Éric Gagné chases the dragon

He’s 41 years old and had an ignominious short season on the Sox. Let’s fête him. We live in power reliever times, but neither our Kimbrels nor Betancii have hardware. Éric Gagné won the Cy Young Award in the second season of his extraordinary three-year peak, a 2003 campaign in which he had a 1.20 ERA over 82.1 IP with 137Ks and 55 saves against the league’s bulked-up offenses, and did it in style. The style, of course, was that of the Hanson brothers. French-Canadian Gagné always looked, true to form, like a hockey goalie ready to fight. It was easy to love him when he was...
Feb 23, 2017
Red Sox vs. Northeastern Lineups: Real baseball is back!

Red Sox vs. Northeastern Lineups: Real baseball is back!

There’s an actual baseball game involving the Red Sox happening in Florida this afternoon! It’s been a long, mostly boring winter. There was a flurry of excitement in December, but all of the major acquisitions came on the same day. Outside of that, it’s been a largely uneventful offseason for the Red Sox. That sort of came to an end when pitchers and catchers reported, and again when full workouts began last week. Well, here’s another official unofficial start to the season: Actual baseball games. Now, this isn’t the start of their Grapefruit League schedule — that’ll come...