11:50 AM EDT, Tue June 18, 2019
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The Red Sox need to be better against left-handed pitching

The Red Sox need to be better against left-handed pitching

Three guys specifically are holding them back. The Red Sox offense has been extremely frustrating this year, as we all know at this point. That’s not the same as saying they’ve been bad, of course, because by the numbers they haven’t been. They are fourth in baseball in terms of runs scored and eighth in the game by wRC+. It seems hard to complain about that, and yet when you watch the games it often seems hard not to complain about them. Granted, they have been better recently and they do have guys like Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers, among others, who are putting up...
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Jackie Bradley Jr. heating up at right time for Red Sox

Jackie Bradley Jr. heating up at right time for Red Sox

The Red Sox center fielder is turning things around, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. The Boston Red Sox have won their past six games, and at least some of the credit can be shined upon Jackie Bradley Jr. The Red Sox center fielder has seriously upped his game at the plate over the course of the past 15-20 games or so, and it’s starting to show. Over their last five games (not including Monday), for example, the Sox have managed to put up 33 runs, which is nothing short of impressive. The Red Sox center fielder has accounted for six of those 33 runs, which is a strong ratio,...
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OTM Open Thread 6/18: It is Tuesday

OTM Open Thread 6/18: It is Tuesday

Happy Tuesday everyone. The Red Sox are coming off a nice win in Minnesota on Monday and are looking for a seventh consecutive win on Tuesday. They should have the advantage in this one with David Price going up against Michael Pineda, though obviously anything can happen with this Twins offense. That one starts at 8:10 PM ET. Meanwhile, the College World Series continues to roll along with an elimination game between Louisville and Auburn at 2:00 PM ET before a non-elimination game between Vanderbilt and Mississippi State at 7:00 PM ET. Elsewhere, there are two Women’s World Cup games at...
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Red Sox Minor Lines: Another quality start for Tanner Houck

Red Sox Minor Lines: Another quality start for Tanner Houck

And Bryan Gonzalez is raking in the DSL. Portland W 6-3 Jarren Duran, CF: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI Jhon Nunez, C: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI C.J. Chatham, SS: 2-4, 1 K Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 0-4, 2 K Joey Curletta, 1B: 1-4, 1 R Brett Netzer, 2B: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K, 2 SB Luke Tendler, LF: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K Jeremy Rivera, DH: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K Deiner Lopez, RF: 2-4, 1 R, 2 K, 1 SB Tanner Houck: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 3 K (97 pitches) Make it four in a row and five of six for the Sea Dogs, who got an all-around performance from their lineup on Monday. In fact, the only guy who...
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Daily Red Sox Links: Nathan Eovaldi, Ryan Brasier, Rocco Baldelli

Daily Red Sox Links: Nathan Eovaldi, Ryan Brasier, Rocco Baldelli

Everyone assumes the Red Sox are going to go out and trade for a reliever at or before the trade deadline this summer. Do they need a starter more than bullpen help, though? (John Tomase; NBC Sports Boston) The Yankees made an early deal to acquire Edwin Encarnación, but the Red Sox were never involved in talks for the slugger. (Rob Bradford; WEEI) Boston already has a few players at that position, including a couple currently on the IL on whom we got updates on Monday. (Christopher Smith; Masslive) Nathan Eovaldi is starting to throw again, though the Red Sox won’t put a timetable on a...
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Hector Velázquez and Ryan Brasier reinstated to active roster

Hector Velázquez and Ryan Brasier reinstated to active roster

The bullpen becomes a little more whole. Everyone knows the Red Sox bullpen is a problem, and there really isn’t anyone in the organization that is going to be able to take it to the level it needs to be at. Yes, Durbin Feltman and Darwinzon Hernandez have very intriguing upside the likes of which is essentially unseen on the major-league roster. That said, both have shown they have some work to do to be major-league ready and even when they are they are extremely unproven. Still, while the final version of this bullpen will almost certainly include someone from outside the organization...
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Red Sox at Twins Series Preview

Red Sox at Twins Series Preview

A look at the big three-game set on the road against baseball’s best team. SB Nation Blog Twinkie Town The Opponent in one sentence The Twins have the best record and the best run differential in all of baseball thanks to an extremely powerful offense along with a very underrated pitching staff. Record 47-23 Head-to-Head Record Red Sox 0, Twins 0 Trend Up, the same as it has been pretty much all year. The Twins have been playing some good baseball of late despite losing to the Royals on Sunday. They have won each of their last three series and seven of their last ten games. Going back...
Jun 17, 2019
The Flyby - It’s Time To Make A Push

The Flyby - It’s Time To Make A Push

Two readers believe it’s time to be aggressive. This past weekend, we asked you to tell us what your strategy would be if you were the one making the calls upstairs. Unsurprisingly, winning is more popular than tanking and/or rebuilding. Both reader responses this week made attacking our weaknesses the goal rather than rebuilding the farm. We Play For October - Phantom255x What they said - Be aggressive, but not too aggressive. It’d be a bad idea to sell the farm for Madison Bumgarner or Edwin Encarnacion. We can still win the 2nd wild card with some touchups. We need a reliever,...
Jun 17, 2019
The Over The Monster Podcast-This bullpen is something

The Over The Monster Podcast-This bullpen is something

On today’s episode of the show Keaton and I breakdown how the Red Sox have been winning over this five game win streak. We look at the performance of the bullpen and rotation, and what we find might surprise you. After discussing the major league club we look down at the farm to discuss a promotion for Darwinzon Hernandez and most importantly some big-time love given to Triston Casas and Jarren Duran by Baseball America. The Red Sox upcoming week will not be an easy one with the Minnesota Twins to contend with. However, this is as good a time to play them as any with momentum on their...
Jun 17, 2019
OTM Open Thread 6/17: It is Monday

OTM Open Thread 6/17: It is Monday

Happy Monday everyone. We are officially in the dog days of summer sports-wise, with baseball taking center stage. That’s cool for us, but it leaves me less to talk about in this space! The Red Sox are in action tonight, heading out to the central time zone for an 8:10 PM ET start agains the Twins. They’ll have Rick Porcello on the mound to take on José Berríos in a matchup against the team with the best record in all of baseball. Meanwhile, there is some College World Series action with an elimination game between Arkansas and Texas Tech at 2:00 PM ET while Michigan and Florida State...
Jun 17, 2019
Red Sox Minor Lines: Gilberto Jimenez is off to a hot start

Red Sox Minor Lines: Gilberto Jimenez is off to a hot start

A big day for the farm. Pawtucket G1 L 3-5 Gorkys Hernández, CF: 0-4, 1 E Sam Travis, LF: 2-3, 2 2B, 1 R Bryce Brentz, DH: 0-3, 2 K Rusney Castilo, RF: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K Josh Ockimey, 1B: 1-2, 1 BB Josh Tobias, 2B: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 R Steven Wright: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K (28 pitches) Tyler Thornburg: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K (22 pitches) Pawtucket G2 W 8-0 Gorkys Hernández, CF: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K Sam Travis, 1B: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K Rusney Castillo, RF: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 3 R, 2 RBI Josh Ockimey, DH: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS Jantzet Witte, 3B: 2-2, 1 BB, 1 R Teddy...
Jun 17, 2019
Daily Red Sox Links: Rafael Devers, Brock Holt, Michael Chavis

Daily Red Sox Links: Rafael Devers, Brock Holt, Michael Chavis

In today’s links, Rafael Devers gets some fielding credit while there are different reasons that Brock Holt and Michael Chavis are performing better with a bat in their hands. A lot has been made of Rafael Devers’ ascension in the batter’s box for the Red Sox but he is also putting in some solid glove work. (NESN) Brock Holt has been teammates with Dustin Pedroia since 2013 and they’ve even been double play partners, so its not surprising that Holt looks to the former MVP for inspiration. (Jacob Camenker; NBC Sports Boston) Most rookies have to learn how to bounce back and Michael...
Jun 16, 2019
Red Sox 8, Orioles 6: A weird and dumb baseball game, but also a win

Red Sox 8, Orioles 6: A weird and dumb baseball game, but also a win

It took longer than it should have, but the Red Sox have won five in a row. This was a strange baseball game in Baltimore on Sunday, but the Red Sox came away with a sweep. On a day when the Red Sox allowed 15 baserunners, gave up a run that was eventually called back on a safety squeeze, threw four wild pitches, gave up a key stolen base of third on a delay steal and used Travis Lakins in a tie game in the eighth who eventually gave up the lead, they still won! Home runs from Marco Hernandez and Rafael Devers in the ninth and tenth, respectively, were the key, though a ton of assistance...
Jun 16, 2019
Game 73 Gamethread: Red Sox at Orioles

Game 73 Gamethread: Red Sox at Orioles

Let’s get a sweep. Go Sox!
Jun 16, 2019
Red Sox at Orioles lineup: Brian Johnson returns to the mound

Red Sox at Orioles lineup: Brian Johnson returns to the mound

Brian Johnson gets the start for the Red Sox as they look for their fifth straight win. The Boston Red Sox are looking for their fifth straight win on Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards when they take on the Baltimore Orioles at 1:05 p.m. ET. The Red Sox have annihilated the O’s in games 1 and 2 of the series, putting up 20 runs while only allowing four. It seems like the bats are finally heating up. While the bats are heating up, Brian Johnson is set to take the mound for the Sox after a prolonged rehab assignment. Johnson is 1-0 on the season with a 12.71 ERA, but that doesn't show how...