1:04 PM EDT, Mon April 24, 2017
2 hours ago
Remembering the 2007 Red Sox: Jacoby Ellsbury

Remembering the 2007 Red Sox: Jacoby Ellsbury

Jacoby Ellsbury was electrifying in his first season Earlier this winter before the season began, I talked about how much I loved the 2007 team. With this being the ten-year anniversary of the championship, we are going to spend the year periodically looking back at some of the players and moments from that run. It’s been a little while since I’ve done one of these, but I figured it made sense to revisit it with today being an off-day. As the Red Sox get set to take on the Yankees in their next series, now is as good a time as any to look back on the young player who took the city by...
4 hours ago
The Red Sox are grounding into a lot of double plays

The Red Sox are grounding into a lot of double plays

It’s a very weird trend. It’s been a frustrating start to the season for the Red Sox offense, Sunday’s little outburst notwithstanding. Seemingly every night (not actually every night, but you know what I mean) they have multiple good chances to put big numbers on the scoreboard and they fail. I think most of recognize that this shouldn’t be a long-term problem. Even if they don’t get back to being the elite offense they were a year ago, there are too many good hitters for them to be this ineffective. That fact doesn’t make things any more frustrating, though. The reasoning...
5 hours ago
Red Sox Minor Lines: Aneury Tavarez is dominating Double-A

Red Sox Minor Lines: Aneury Tavarez is dominating Double-A

Aneury Tavarez shouldn’t be in Portland, and Salem’s lineup is back together. Pawtucket PPD Portland W 6-5 Aneury Tavarez: 2-3, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 R Rafael Devers: 0-4, 1 K Nick Longhi: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K Trey Ball: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 BB, 3 K Luis Ysla: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K Austin Maddox: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K Jamie Callahan: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K Aneury Tavarez is officially out of place in Double-A. There wasn’t room in Pawtucket’s outfield, as the Red Sox had too many Triple-A-quality outfielders in their organization. They likely weren’t positive they were getting...
6 hours ago
Daily Red Sox Links: Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez, Steven Wright

Daily Red Sox Links: Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez, Steven Wright

Today’s links look at Dustin Pedroia’s reaction to yesterday’s fireworks, his knee, and Steven Wright’s health. Dustin Pedroia was not happy with how things went down in Baltimore on Sunday. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal) Speaking of Pedroia, he’s still sore from the inciting incident on Friday. He’ll undergo an MRI in Boston today. (Peter Abraham; Boston Globe) In other injury news, Hanley Ramirez is feeling soreness in both shoulders. It won’t keep him out of games, but don’t expect to see him at first base any time soon. (Jason Mastrodonato; Boston Herald) Steven...
19 hours ago
Matt Barnes, Manny Machado and intentional beanings in baseball

Matt Barnes, Manny Machado and intentional beanings in baseball

The situation on Sunday was dangerous and should be avoided. Today, during the Red Sox-Orioles matchup, Matt Barnes elevated a pitch towards Manny Machado, which bounced off the bat, and was eventually ruled a foul ball. The at-bat continued, and Machado would end up driving in a run. There are multiple factors to consider, when you are looking at a situation where a pitch happens to be located above the chest, and one of those factors is obviously intent. Intent to throw at a player’s head is among the worst crimes you can commit as a pitcher in baseball, and for good reason: it can not...
19 hours ago
Red Sox 6, Orioles 2: Matt Barnes gets ejected after Eduardo Rodriguez shines

Red Sox 6, Orioles 2: Matt Barnes gets ejected after Eduardo Rodriguez shines

Before the fireworks, the lineup got to work and Eduardo Rodriguez was spectacular. Finally, the power shows up. Combine that kind of offense with the stellar effort put forth by Eduardo Rodriguez, and baby you got a stew goin’. We’ll start with the fireworks in the eighth, though, because that’s probably going to be the main story out of this game. I already shared my thoughts on retaliation against Manny Machado earlier this weekend, and unsurprisingly the Red Sox did end up throwing at the Orioles star late on Sunday. In the eighth inning, Matt Barnes threw one that ended up going...
Apr 23, 2017
Red Sox at Orioles lineup: Don’t get swept

Red Sox at Orioles lineup: Don’t get swept

It's up to Eduardo Rodriguez. And the hitters. No time for foreplay. Here are the lineups:
Apr 23, 2017
Red Sox Minor Lines: Jalen Beeks shines again

Red Sox Minor Lines: Jalen Beeks shines again

A rough day for Blake Swihart; strong starts from Jalen Beeks and Darwinzon Hernandez. Pawtucket L 2-5 Blake Swihart: 0-4, 2 K, 1 PB Josh Rutledge: 0-1, 2 BB Sam Travis: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K Bryce Brentz: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K Deven Marrero: 0-4, 1 K Edgar Olmos: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K Chandler Shepherd: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K Noe Ramirez: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K It was another rough day for Blake Swihart, who is in the midst of a pretty serious slump down at Triple-A. He doesn’t have a hit since April 14, or since when he got in that collision with Sam Travis. Speaking of Travis,...
Apr 22, 2017
Red Sox 2, Orioles 4: O offense, offense, wherefore art thou, offense?

Red Sox 2, Orioles 4: O offense, offense, wherefore art thou, offense?

Another lackluster day for the lineup. Sigh. Another day, another poor performance for the Red Sox offense. I’m still firmly in the camp of it being too early to panic, but as I’ve said before that doesn’t make it any less frustrating. On the pitching side of things, Steven Wright looked good for a few innings before just completely losing it all at once. We’re gonna start with the offense, though, because it wasn’t just the story of the game but it’s been the story of the early part of this season. Once again, they were playing short-handed. On Saturday, Dustin Pedroia was out...
Apr 22, 2017
Red Sox at Orioles lineup: Pedroia, Benintendi sit; also, some runs would be nice

Red Sox at Orioles lineup: Pedroia, Benintendi sit; also, some runs would be nice

The Red Sox haven’t scored much recently, but that ought to change today, even with some stars out. They might be dumb and fight, too. Can we call innings one through nine “regulation time” despite the fact they are not timed? If so, the Red Sox have scored one run in the last 27 innings of regulation time. That is bad, and it is a problem that supersedes whatever malice you choose to read into Manny Machado’s poor feet-first slide into Dustin Pedroia last night, and whatever payback you decide is warranted. The Sox are much better served working to wake up their bats than...
Apr 22, 2017
No, the Red Sox should not throw at Manny Machado

No, the Red Sox should not throw at Manny Machado

Stop it. I can’t believe this is still a conversation. This will not be a long post, because it is pretty much common sense. The backstory, of course, starts last night. With a double play ball to shortstop, Manny Machado of the Orioles was running into second base when Dustin Pedroia was receiving the ball. Baltimore’s third baseman started his slide late, went up over the bag and had his spikes far too high. He got Pedroia with the spikes and the Red Sox second baseman had to leave the game. If you want to see the play for yourself, you can watch it here. Naturally, because we refuse...
Apr 22, 2017
Red Sox Minor Lines: Michael Chavis is a home run machine

Red Sox Minor Lines: Michael Chavis is a home run machine

Another homer for Michael Chavis and a marathon in Greenville Pawtucket L 2-3 Rusney Castillo: 3-5, 1 K, 1 SB Blake Swihart: 0-5, 2 K Sam Travis: 0-4, 1 K, 1 E Deven Marrero: 0-4, 2 K Kyle Kendrick: 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 K Kyle Martin: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K It was the Kyle show on the mound for Pawtucket, and both pitched pretty well after struggling for the very start of the season. After Brian Johnson’s solid-but-not-spectacular spot start earlier this week, Kendrick is likely back down to the second spot on the depth chart, but outings like this will help keep him in the mix...
Apr 21, 2017
Red Sox 0, Orioles 2: The one with the slide (and also the anemic offense)

Red Sox 0, Orioles 2: The one with the slide (and also the anemic offense)

Everything about that game was bad and also not good. Once again, the Red Sox got a solid performance from their starting pitcher, but the lineup failed to score any runs. Dylan Bundy was solid for the O’s, but Boston had their chance and couldn’t come through. Then, in the bottom of the eighth, poop hit the fan, as the kids say. We’ll start with that slide, because that will definitely be the story of this game over the poor results for the Red Sox. In the eighth, Manny Machado was on first base with nobody out and Mark Trumbo at the plate. The latter hit a double play ball towards...
Apr 21, 2017
Brock Holt placed on the 10-Day disabled list; Jackie Bradley activated

Brock Holt placed on the 10-Day disabled list; Jackie Bradley activated

One player comes back, one other goes down The Red Sox are getting Jackie Bradley back tonight, but it came with a little bad news, too. To counteract his return to the active roster, Brock Holt has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with vertigo. Bradley activated from the DL and the countermove is Brock Holt to the DL with vertigo.— Jen McCaffrey (@jcmccaffrey) April 21, 2017 This is one injury case that you don’t usually hear about, but it’s worth remembering that Holt has had concussion problems in the past. I am not a doctor, much less Holt’s doctor, but I would guess...
Apr 21, 2017
Red Sox at Orioles lineup: Jackie Bradley Jr. returns, Moreland moves up

Red Sox at Orioles lineup: Jackie Bradley Jr. returns, Moreland moves up

Drew Pomeranz looks to repeat a wonderful first start against Baltimore in the series opener. The Red Sox come into tonight’s game against Baltimore riding high after their best road win of the season, a taut affair in Toronto that Mookie Betts won with a bases-clearing double in the 10th inning. The win pushed the to 10-6, one game behind 10-4 Baltimore, who they will try to catch tonight (never too early!) with Drew Pomeranz on the hill. While it’s abundantly clear that Chris Sale is the best pitcher on the Red Sox, if not the American League, and Rick Porcello is still the...