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14 hours ago
The enigma that is Christian Vázquez at the plate

The enigma that is Christian Vázquez at the plate

Photo by Michael Reaves/ He is who you want him to be. The Red Sox may have been one of the few clear sellers on the market leading up to last month’s trade deadline, but there weren’t a whole lot of truly juicy rumors as they were mostly focused on trading role players. If you ignore the Xander Bogaerts speculation, which was always ridiculous, the juiciest rumor with any legs involved Christian Vázquez. It’s unclear how close they ever really got to making a deal involving their catcher, but there were solid rumors that both the Rays and Mets showed interest at the very least....
16 hours ago
The good and bad (but mostly good) from Tanner Houck’s first two starts

The good and bad (but mostly good) from Tanner Houck’s first two starts

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ It’s been mostly very good, which I’m sure comes as a shock. Tanner Houck has made two major-league starts in what is on the short list of strangest seasons in the long history of the league. We really have no business trying to make any sweeping judgements based on the outcomes of these two starts given the circumstances, and yet we do, because we’re human. And because there are legitimate takeaways from these outings, even if the numbers may not yet be statistically significant. I still have to mention the numbers, though. In two starts,...
16 hours ago
OTM Open Thread 9/21: It is Monday

OTM Open Thread 9/21: It is Monday

Photo by Maddie Meyer/ Happy Monday everyone. The Red Sox have their final day off of the season on Monday before six straight to end the year. They’ll be back in action with Nick Pivetta’s team debut on Tuesday against the Orioles. First pitch for that one will be at 7:30 PM ET. Meanwhile, the Stars look to take a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals tonight in a game starting at 8:00 PM ET on NBC. Not long after that, Monday Night Football between the Saints and Raiders, with the latter playing their first game in Vegas, kicks off. Use this space to discuss whatever you’d like. As...
17 hours ago
The Red Sox Pre-Cap Podcast: Recapping the Yankees, Previewing the Orioles

The Red Sox Pre-Cap Podcast: Recapping the Yankees, Previewing the Orioles

Rhona Wise-USA TODAY Sports A look back at a series loss, but not a sweep, to the Yankees and forward at the penultimate series against the Orioles. The Red Sox finally got a win over the Yankees in third game of the final series between the two clubs, running the season series to a 9-1 record in favor of New York. In the first game of the series on Friday, the Red Sox coughed up a ninth inning lead on Matt Barnes fourth blown save of the season. Martín Pérez put together another great outing, going six innings and allowing only three hits and one walk while striking out seven. On...
18 hours ago
Daily Red Sox Links: Tanner Houck, Nick Pivetta, J.D. Martinez

Daily Red Sox Links: Tanner Houck, Nick Pivetta, J.D. Martinez

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ The Red Sox beat the Yankees on Sunday, ensuring they won’t go winless against their rivals in 2020 and snapping a 12-game losing streak against New York. Probably more important than that, insofar as any win in this moment can be important, was that the Red Sox rookie out-pitched and beat the Yankees rookie. (Chad Jennings; The Athletic) Speaking of Tanner Houck, there is very, very little to complain about about the first two starts of his major-league career. (Sean McAdam; Boston Sports Journal) Jason Mastrodonato thinks Houck should have been...
Sep 20, 2020
Red Sox 10, Yankees 2: The Tanner Houck show rolls on

Red Sox 10, Yankees 2: The Tanner Houck show rolls on

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ It’s a one-game win streak against the Yankees. The Red Sox will not go an entire season without beating the Yankees, and they have Tanner Houck (among others) to thank for that. The rookie was outstanding once again in his second career start, giving up just one hit to this red-hot Yankees lineup and allowed just a single unearned run over six innings of work. He still didn’t really show off the splitter, but it didn’t matter. On the other side, the Red Sox were led by Michael Chavis, who smashed a pair of homers. They also got homers from...
Sep 20, 2020
Game 54 Gamethread: Red Sox vs. Yankees

Game 54 Gamethread: Red Sox vs. Yankees

The Red Sox have already guaranteed they will finish this season with their lowest ever winning percentage against the Yankees. Now, the goal is to at least get a win before it’s over. This is also a very exciting pitching matchup between a pair of rookies with real upside in Tanner Houck for the Sox and Deivi García for the Yanks. First pitch is set for 1:10 PM ET. Last Night Loss; 0-8 How to Watch You can watch locally on NESN as well as on the new cord-cutters app FuboTV, which does carry NESN for those in the local market. How to Listen WEEI 93.7 AM has the call. Prep for the...
Sep 20, 2020
Red Sox vs. Yankees lineup: Trying to avoid a dubious record

Red Sox vs. Yankees lineup: Trying to avoid a dubious record

Not pictured: Joe Kelly. | Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports The Sox can lose their 13th straight to their streaking rivals today. The Red Sox will try to beat the Yankees for the first time in 13(!) games when they square off this afternoon at 1:07 p.m. at Fenway Park. The Yankees, winners of 10 games in a row overall, have now beaten the Sox 12 times in a row for the third time in their collective histories. Wonderful. They’ve also won five in a row at Fenway, which, look: Tom Werner is sorry. Don’t worry about it. At least the pitching matchup is genuinely interesting today on both...
Sep 20, 2020
Three players making their case for a 2021 bench spot

Three players making their case for a 2021 bench spot

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ The samples are small, but they’ve impressed with their chances. The Red Sox are playing for 2021, which is a thing I’ve typed almost every day in the month of September. I think it would autocomplete if that was a function available on my extremely old laptop. But, it’s true, because 2020 has been a lost season since about the third week of this 60-game campaign. And as we inch closer to the coming offseason, it’s becoming clear there are going to be a lot of interesting questions to answer on this roster. And looking specifically on the...
Sep 20, 2020
OTM Open Thread: It is Sunday

OTM Open Thread: It is Sunday

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ Happy Sunday everyone. The Red Sox try to avoid the sweep at the hands of the Yankees as “operation spoiler” runs down tonight. Boston is sending Tanner Houck, fresh off his impressive debut, to the mound against Yankees starter Deivi García. First pitch is set for 1:07 PM ET. The Celtics are off until Wednesday after winning Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals. They are currently trailing 2-1 in the series. The Patriots will face the Seattle Seahawks at 8:20 PM for the second game of the post-Brady era. Two years ago the Red Sox won...
Sep 20, 2020
Daily Red Sox Links: David Ortiz, Brock Holt, Tom Warner

Daily Red Sox Links: David Ortiz, Brock Holt, Tom Warner

Photo by Maddie Meyer/ The Red Sox have not beaten the Yankees all year but Chad Jennings has a road map for the Red Sox to follow to beat the Pinstripes. They have one more chance to come through with a victory. (Chad Jennings; The Athletic) Tom Warner is not planning on a long rebuild process for this Red Sox team. (Chris Cotillo; Mass Live) We are all glad to hear that David Ortiz is on the road to recovery after testing positive for COVID-19. (Jace Evan; USA Today) Up and Down. First to Worst. The Red Sox have either been hot or cold the past few seasons, and it’s been a wild...
Sep 19, 2020
Red Sox 0, Yankees 8: J.A. Happ’s domination of the Red Sox will never end

Red Sox 0, Yankees 8: J.A. Happ’s domination of the Red Sox will never end

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ It’s unreal. There’s really not a whole lot I need to say to summarize this one. The Red Sox were just totally, utterly outplayed. This was a good old fashioned blowout, with Boston’s bats getting completely shut down by J.A. Happ, which we’ve gotten used to over the last decade or so. On the other end, the Yankees were led by Clint Frazier but it was really an all-out effort against Chris Mazza and Dylan Covey, with some rough defense from Xander Bogaerts mixed in. Oh, and Christian Arroyo left early with back spasms. Other than all that,...
Sep 19, 2020
Game 53 Gamethread: Red Sox vs. Yankees

Game 53 Gamethread: Red Sox vs. Yankees

Last night was brutal. There’s really no other way to put it. I would very much like a game without stress tonight, especially since the Celtics will be on my other screen. Sound good? Good. Anyway, it’s Chris Mazza against J.A. Happ. First pitch is set for 7:30 PM ET. Last Night Loss; 5-6 How to Watch You can watch locally on NESN as well as on the new cord-cutters app FuboTV, which does carry NESN for those in the local market. How to Listen WEEI 93.7 AM has the call. Prep for the Game Lineups Series Preview Today on the Site Daily Links 2023 Pitchers Reacts Muñoz to the IL Join us...
Sep 19, 2020
Red Sox vs. Yankees lineup: Only eight more days of this!

Red Sox vs. Yankees lineup: Only eight more days of this!

Whatever. | Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ We can make it. The Red Sox do battle again with the Yankees tonight at 7:30 at Fenway Park after last night’s clown show. If you missed the end of Friday’s game, do yourself a favor and check the win percentage graph at the end of Matt’s War and Peace length recap — it’s nuts! Tonight’s affair should be much calmer, owing to positive insanity regression. Or at least that’s what 2020 wants you to think, before it strikes back harder than before. J.A. Happ starts for the resurgent Yankees against Chris Mazza for the flaccid...
Sep 19, 2020
Red Sox place Yairo Muñoz on the injured list

Red Sox place Yairo Muñoz on the injured list

Photo by Michael Reaves/ César Puello comes up to take his place on the roster. We’ve talked a lot this month about how the Red Sox are, more than anything else, playing for 2021 right now. They still have to put out as competitive a lineup as possible for the general good of the sport, but there is also an eye towards finding players who could potentially contribute next season. One of the success stories on that quest has been Yairo Muñoz, who has played himself into a situation where he could be the favorite for a utility role next season. Unfortunately, we may not be able to see...