1:19 PM EDT, Mon June 18, 2018
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Who to follow in short-season ball

Who to follow in short-season ball

All the short-season teams are about to get rolling. Here’s who you need to know. On Monday, the Gulf Coast League — the lowest-level of Stateside minor-league baseball — kicks off. With that Opening Day, all of the Red Sox affiliates will be in action for the rest of the year, and we’ll be able to see all of the prospects in the system who are ready to play. Along with the GCL, the Domincan Summer League has been going on for a couple of weeks not, and the New York Penn League started this past weekend. Those are the other two short-season leagues, and they tend to have the rawest...
4 hours ago
The Red Sox rotation is on fire

The Red Sox rotation is on fire

Nobody put them out The Red Sox, as a team, have not really been rolling of late. This is obviously not the same as saying they’ve been bad nor is it even really complaining about their recent performance. They are still winning more than they are losing and they are keeping pace with a Yankees team whose talent level we are constantly reminded of by national and local media alike. Boston is, quite simply, one of the best teams in baseball even when they are frustrating. Right now, they are frustrating, and that almost entirely comes down to the offense. This is certainly not the 2017 Red...
5 hours ago
Red Sox Minor Lines: Professional Debuts in Lowell

Red Sox Minor Lines: Professional Debuts in Lowell

And good pitching throughout the system Pawtucket L 2-3 Tzu-Wei Lin, SS: 2-5, 2 K, 1 E Cole Sturgeon, RF: 0-5, 3 K Rusney Castillo, CF: 2-5, 1 R, 2 K, 1 SB Adam Lind, DH: 1-5, 1 K Aneury Tavarez, LF: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB Chandler Shepherd: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K (76 pitches) Tyler Thornburg: 0.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 0 K (15 pitches) Bobby Poyner: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K (22 pitches) Well, there’s good news and there’s bad news in the pitching lines here. The bad news is that Thornburg looked real bad. He’s largely been fantastic in this second rehab stint and appeared on the...
6 hours ago
Daily Red Sox Links: Eduardo Nunez, David Ortiz and the Twins

Daily Red Sox Links: Eduardo Nunez, David Ortiz and the Twins

Both Nunez and Ortiz played for the Minnesota Twins before they wound up in Boston. While there is a major gap between the two players in terms of all-time significance and success, Nunez’s value was never higher than with the Twins. Plus the rest of your daily links. When the Minnesota Twins gave up on David Ortiz, it was quite a boon for the Boston Red Sox. Ortiz played for six seasons in Minnesota, hitting .266/.348/.461 with an OPS+ of 108 in 1,693 plate appearances. His best season was his last, as he hit 20 home runs, 32 doubles and even a triple while slashing .272/.339/.500 with...
17 hours ago
Red Sox 9, Mariners 3: The bats woke up

Red Sox 9, Mariners 3: The bats woke up

And Eduardo Rodriguez looked awesome. The Red Sox have finished their west coast games for the year, and they did so with a win. This weekend in Seattle wasn’t always the most fun, but traveling across the country to face one of the best and arguably the hottest team in baseball was going to be a challenge. Coming away with a split isn’t horrible, even if it feels like it could have been more. This game specifically was really encouraging as the offense turned it back on and Eduardo Rodriguez put forth one of his best outings of the year, even if it was still frustrating at times. We...
22 hours ago
Red Sox at Mariners Lineups: Eddie and the Sox go for a split

Red Sox at Mariners Lineups: Eddie and the Sox go for a split

They need to do better at the plate The Red Sox have had a rough couple of days in Seattle after dropping two close games the last two nights, and now they need to win on Sunday to salvage a split in this middle series of the current ten-game road trip. This was always going to be a tough series, of course, with the Mariners being both very good and extremely hot, but that doesn’t excuse the offense on Saturday, and really Friday too. While they put up a bunch of runs in the second game, it all came in one error-infused inning. A little more consistency would be nice. The good news is...
Jun 17, 2018
Red Sox Minor Lines: Danny Diz goes deep again

Red Sox Minor Lines: Danny Diz goes deep again

Otherwise, it wasn’t a very notable day Pawtucket L 1-8 Tzu-Wei Lin, SS: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K Cole Sturgeo, RF: 1-3, 1 BB Rusney Castillo, CF: 0-4 Adam Lind, DH: 1-4, 1 2B Sam Travis, 1B: 0-4, 1 Ivan De Jesus, 3B: 2-4 Aneury Tavarez, LF: 2-4, 2 2B, 1 R, 1 K, 1 E Robby Scott: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K (14 pitches) Ty Buttrey: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (24 pitches) De Jesus has had a big month of June and it’s turned his season-long numbers around. There’s still no power in his game, but that’s not really needed for a potential backup infielder. After this multi-hit...
Jun 16, 2018
Red Sox 0, Mariners 1: That was brutal

Red Sox 0, Mariners 1: That was brutal

The Red Sox offense did nothing. That was about as ugly an offensive performance as you’ll see from a Red Sox offense, and that includes them being no-hit early this year. This lineup has had issues with lefties all year long, but this was another level. Wade LeBlanc, to his credit, did a wonderful job of mixing his pitches and hitting his spots, and the Red Sox had no answer. It was clear in just about every at bat that they were hopeless on almost every pitch. LeBlanc had some good luck on his side, of course, and Boston’s bats being atrocious help, but the majority of the credit here...
Jun 16, 2018
Red Sox vs. Mariners Lineup: Can Steven Wright keep it going?

Red Sox vs. Mariners Lineup: Can Steven Wright keep it going?

And can the offense get going against a lefty without help from the defense? The Red Sox are coming off an incredibly frustrating loss in which the offense was improbably able to knock talented lefty James Paxton out of the game early (granted with plenty of help from Seattle’s defense) but still lost because of the lineup struggling late in the game and the bullpen giving up key runs. They’ll look not to turn it into a streak, and in the process look for yet another strong game from Steven Wright. The knuckleballer has been incredible this season and after a couple of bad outings upon...
Jun 16, 2018
It’s time to get excited about Durbin Feltman

It’s time to get excited about Durbin Feltman

The 2018 draftee could have an impact, and soon. Durbin Feltman was not the biggest guy picked in this year’s MLB Draft. In fact, listed at 5-foot-11, he was one of the shortest pitchers drafted when he went 100th overall to the Red Sox on June 5. He also wasn’t the most experienced arm in this year’s class — growing up a catcher before becoming a full-time pitcher the summer before his senior year in high school. Feltman hasn’t always had the nastiest stuff either, with his fastball reportedly topping out at 89 mph before he stepped foot on the TCU campus three years ago....
Jun 16, 2018
Red Sox Minor Lines: The Spinners kick off their season

Red Sox Minor Lines: The Spinners kick off their season

More teams and more success. Pawtucket W 2-1 Tzu-Wei Lin, SS: 0-4, 1 K Rusney Castillo CF: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI Adam Lind, 1B: 0-3, 1 BB Sam Travis, LF: 0-4, 1 K Williams Jerez: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (17 pitches) We haven’t talked a lot about Jerez this year, but he’s probably worth mentioning in a relatively uneventful game. The lefty is on the 40-man roster so he could factor in at some point, though I doubt it’s anytime too soon. The strikeout stuff is intriguing — he has 43 Ks in 31 innings — but he’s been inconsistent with the command. Still, it’s clear the Red...
Jun 16, 2018
Daily Red Sox Links: Manny Machado, Xander Bogaerts, Eric Filia

Daily Red Sox Links: Manny Machado, Xander Bogaerts, Eric Filia

Today’s links look at the Manny Machado rumors, the bullpen, and the latest with Hanley Ramirez. Chad Finn argues that Manny Machado would cost too much in a trade to make sense for the Red Sox. (Chad Finn; Boston.com) Evan Drellich, meanwhile, wonders why the Red Sox would all of a sudden trade Rafael Devers. (Evan Drellich; NBC Sports Boston) Xander Bogaerts is having a big series in Seattle, which is nice for Alex Cora to see since the manager has been among the biggest supporters of the shortstop. (Peter Abraham; Boston Globe) The bullpen wasn’t great on Saturday, but they’ve been...
Jun 16, 2018
Red Sox 6, Mariners 7: Late-game woes blow the game

Red Sox 6, Mariners 7: Late-game woes blow the game

Both the bullpen and the lineup can be blamed for this one This was a tough loss and a pretty wild game overall. Early on it seemed as if it would be all Seattle, then the Red Sox had a huge third inning that put all of the momentum on their side. Unfortunately, that was the only inning in which they’d be able to do damage. The lineup had some chances to score late in the game but squandered the opportunities. That would come back to bite them as the bullpen had some rare struggles with Heath Hembree and Matt Barnes each allowing a run to give Seattle the win. We knew they weren’t going...
Jun 15, 2018
Red Sox at Mariners Lineups: Can the Sox hit a lefty?

Red Sox at Mariners Lineups: Can the Sox hit a lefty?

It’ll be a challenge for Boston on Friday The Red Sox have been good at most things this season, which is why they’ve been among the best teams in baseball all year long. That’s not to say they are without flaws, of course. One of the biggest flaws for Boston has been their performance against left-handed pitching, and they’ll be going up against one of the best southpaws in the American League on Friday in James Paxton. The Seattle lefty throws big-time heat to go with legitimately effective secondaries. He is good enough to shut down any lineup at any given time, never mind a...
Jun 15, 2018
The Red Seat: Episode 81- The one with Manny Machado

The Red Seat: Episode 81- The one with Manny Machado

Manny Machado to Boston?! Where am I right now? You mean the guy who has shown more genuine dislike for the Sox than anyone since Alex Rodriguez? Yep, that’s him! Matt and I discuss the possibility of putting him in the lineup and what a trade might look like. We also discuss the dominance of the Red Sox pitching staff including a resurgent David Price and Steven Wright. Other highlights from the podcast include: · Updates on injuries, the draft class, and the bullpen. · Do the Red Sox have a legitimate issue hitting lefties? · How good is Brandon Workman? · ...