12:49 PM EDT, Sat April 20, 2019
3 hours ago
Red Sox trade Blake Swihart to Diamondbacks for Marcus Wilson

Red Sox trade Blake Swihart to Diamondbacks for Marcus Wilson

The catcher goes to a new organization with some familar faces Earlier in the week, the Red Sox made the shocking move of designating Blake Swihart for assignment. The move got Sandy León back up in the majors, and was almost certainly marking the end of Swihart era. Many people read that as blaming the catcher for Boston’s struggles thus far, which was an overly dramatic reading of the decision, but it certainly came out of nowhere and could have been too early to move on from the catcher. The good news, or at least better-ish news, is that they didn’t lose him for nothing. The Red...
4 hours ago
OTM Open Thread 4/20: It is Saturday

OTM Open Thread 4/20: It is Saturday

Happy Saturday everyone. The Red Sox actually got a win on Friday, and now they’ll look for another on Saturday to give them their first series victory of 2019. That would be pretty neat! Meanwhile, both the Celtics and Bruins are off, though there are NBA and NHL playoff games throughout the day. Use this space to discuss whatever you’d like. As always, just be nice to each other.
4 hours ago
Red Sox Minor Lines: Domination for Brayan Bello

Red Sox Minor Lines: Domination for Brayan Bello

Pawtucket PPD Portland L 10-13 Brett Netzer, 2B: 2-3, 1 RBI C.J. Chatham, SS: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 R, 4 RBI, 1 K Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K Denyi Reyes: 3.1 IP, 10 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 4 K (82 pitches) Durbin Feltman: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K (25 pitches) This was almost a second consecutive amazing comeback for the Sea Dogs, who found themselves down 10-0 by the time the dust had settled in the first four and a half innings. Things looked lost, but after an eight-run seventh the resilient Sea Dogs were only down by one run. Unfortunately, the bullpen couldn’t hold...
5 hours ago
Daily Red Sox Links: Michael Chavis, Dustin Pedroia, Mookie Betts

Daily Red Sox Links: Michael Chavis, Dustin Pedroia, Mookie Betts

Michael Chavis is up with the Red Sox, but we’re yet to see him in action. Here’s what to expect once we do. (Jim Callis; RedSox.com) While he is up in Boston, don’t expect much if any of his playing time to come at second base, as he’s still a work in progress there. (Chris Cotillo; Masslive) You can also expect that Chavis will not be up in Boston too long, as he’s seen as more of a short-term option. (Jason Mastrodonato; Boston Herald) Part of the reason could be a quick return from Dustin Pedroia. The second baseman thinks he’ll be back as soon as he’s eligible. (Rob...
14 hours ago
Red Sox 6, Rays 4: Back in the win column

Red Sox 6, Rays 4: Back in the win column

All it took was a game against the team with baseball’s best record. The Red Sox came into Friday’s game playing just about the worst baseball imaginable, traveling to take on the sport’s hottest team on the road. What could possibly go wrong?! Well, actually, things went pretty well! The offense was totally lifeless for the first four innings, but after that they turned things on thanks to a big double from Rafael Devers that got things going as well as home runs from Christian Vázquez, Mookie Betts and Mitch Moreland. Eduardo Rodriguez was also strong in this game, recovering from...
18 hours ago
Game 20 Gamethread: Red Sox at Rays

Game 20 Gamethread: Red Sox at Rays

The Red Sox are in a bad way right now and they have the good fortune of getting to travel to Tampa Bay to take on the hottest team in baseball this weekend. The pessimistic (and realist, to be honest) way of looking at this is as an opportunity for them to get buried in the standings. Let’s take the optimistic view, though. This is a chance to make a statement and start their resurgence in style. Maybe if we wish hard enough we can make it happen. Eduardo Rodriguez will start tonight against Ryne Stanek, an opener. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM ET, and this will be your space to...
19 hours ago
Red Sox at Rays lineup: At least it’s warmer

Red Sox at Rays lineup: At least it’s warmer

It’s also much uglier inside the Trop, but enough about the Red Sox season so far. The Red Sox (6-13) square off with the first-place Rays (14-5), whom they already somehow trail by eight games so far, when the teams meet tonight in Florida (7:10 p.m.) Andrew Benintendi’s back on the top of the lineup for Boston, while Tzu-Wei Lin gets the start at second base as the Sox reckon, poorly, with the end of the Dustin Pedroia experiment. The team’s a mess, and Lin will help to clean it up, no matter how temporary a solution. The Rays have been the anti-Sox this year — always actually,...
20 hours ago
Michael Chavis called up to Boston along with Tzu-Wei Lin

Michael Chavis called up to Boston along with Tzu-Wei Lin

The top prospect is coming up. The Red Sox have made some roster moves. Michael Chavis is coming up to the big club, and he’ll be joined but Tzu-Wei Lin. To make room on the roster, Eduardo Nunez has been placed on the injured list and Erasmo Ramirez was designated for assignment. Prior to tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Boston #RedSox made the following roster moves: pic.twitter.com/A2R4o1SvSd— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) April 19, 2019 On Thursday, Dustin Pedroia was placed on the injured list and Marcus Walden was recalled, so the roster is still at 13 pitchers...
Apr 19, 2019
Red Sox at Rays Series Preview

Red Sox at Rays Series Preview

A look at the three-game set coming up in Tampa Bay SB Nation Blog DRays Bay The Opponent in one sentence The Rays have been the best team in baseball to start the 2019 season, getting top-level performances from all over the roster en route to winning every series they’ve played thus far this year. Record 14-5 Head-to-Head Record Red Sox 0, Rays 0 Trend Up. The Rays haven’t been trending down since, oh I don’t know, the first half of 2018. Like I said, Tampa Bay has won all six series they’ve played thus far this year. They are rolling even with a loss to the Orioles on...
Apr 19, 2019
Mookie Betts is the face of the Red Sox struggles right now

Mookie Betts is the face of the Red Sox struggles right now

The 2018 MVP is off to a brutal start. There’s a scene in Bojack Horseman in which one of the characters is talking about her wedding day. She says that it was a great day and that “she got the happy ending, but every happy ending has the day after the happy ending, and the day after that.” Then she says, “It was the happiest day of my life, but ya know, what does that say about the days I have left?” I’ve been thinking about that quote a lot with respect to the Red Sox and their World Series last year. Given how historically excellent they were in 2018, a letdown was...
Apr 19, 2019
Dustin Pedroia placed on the injured list; Marcus Walden recalled

Dustin Pedroia placed on the injured list; Marcus Walden recalled

There has to be another move coming, too. On Wednesday, as we know, the Red Sox had to remove Dustin Pedroia from the game in New York after just an inning and a half after he felt something strange in is knee. As we discussed on Thursday, the expectation was that the team would get some sort of reinforcements at second base prior to Friday’s series opener in Tampa Bay. Before we found out about anything to do with the rest of the roster, we did get some good news on the veteran. He went to see a doctor in New York yesterday, and according to a report from Pete Abraham of the Boston...
Apr 19, 2019
OTM Open Thread 4/19: It is Friday

OTM Open Thread 4/19: It is Friday

Happy Friday everyone. I forgot to make one of these yesterday, so my bad. It is back today for a busy day for Boston sports. The Red Sox are back in action in a big-time early series against the hottest team in baseball, traveling to Florida to take on the 14-5 Rays. Meanwhile, the Bruins take on the Maple Leafs in a pivotal Game Five while the Celtics look to take a commanding 3-0 lead over the Pacers. Use this space to discuss whatever you’d like. As always, just be nice to each other.
Apr 19, 2019
Red Sox Minor Lines: Bryan Mata keeps rolling

Red Sox Minor Lines: Bryan Mata keeps rolling

But the affiliates overall don’t have a great day. Portland L 1-3 Keith Curcio, RF: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 R Brett Netzer, 2B: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E C.J. Chatham, SS: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 E Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS, 1 E I was actually surprised they played this game in Portland, as it was cold and miserable and misty pretty much all night. They persevered, though, and couldn’t come out on top. The Sea Dogs did take a 1-0 lead in the fourth, but Trenton answered back with two more and never gave back the lead. Dalbec had himself a rough night, not only going 0-3 but also getting caught...
Apr 19, 2019
Daily Red Sox Links: Xander Bogaerts, Ryan Brasier, Matt Barnes

Daily Red Sox Links: Xander Bogaerts, Ryan Brasier, Matt Barnes

In today’s links, everything is terrible except for the hitting of Xander Bogaerts. We’ve had plenty of time to dwell on the bad, so let’s appreciate the success Xander Bogaerts has had. (Mike Cratty; WEEI) And after that brief break in the action, let’s get back to examining what’s going wrong. Most recently, it was the bullpen. (Jen McCaffrey; The Athletic) ($$) Ryan Brasier struggled most recently. (John Tomase; NBC Sports Boston) But Matt Barnes could turn the reliever regression around. (Juan Toribio; MLB.com) Something that might not be able to be fixed is Dustin...
Apr 18, 2019
Confidence continues to dip for Red Sox fans

Confidence continues to dip for Red Sox fans

It’s still weirdly high, though. Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Red Sox fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse. How many Red Sox fans approve of Alex Cora? Alex Cora is starting to learn very quickly that he is managing in a “What have you done for me lately” kind of town. Now, the approval rating for Cora is still at 80 percent, which is fairly high, but given how this team has played after his decision to take everyone extremely slowly in spring training, things are going down....