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Feb 23, 2017
One Big Question: How long can Dustin Pedroia keep this up?

One Big Question: How long can Dustin Pedroia keep this up?

Dustin Pedroia is entering the latter part of his career, but will the decline be starting soon? Welcome to Over The Monster’s One Big Question series. For the next 40 (week)days, we will be trying to answer one important question for each player on the Red Sox 40-man roster. The goal is to find one interesting portion of each player’s game to watch for, whether that be in spring training or the early regular season. We’ll be going straight down the list on the team’s roster page, meaning we’ll be going in alphabetical order through each position group, starting with the pitchers....
Feb 23, 2017
Éric Gagné chases the dragon

Éric Gagné chases the dragon

He’s 41 years old and had an ignominious short season on the Sox. Let’s fête him. We live in power reliever times, but neither our Kimbrels nor Betancii have hardware. Éric Gagné won the Cy Young Award in the second season of his extraordinary three-year peak, a 2003 campaign in which he had a 1.20 ERA over 82.1 IP with 137Ks and 55 saves against the league’s bulked-up offenses, and did it in style. The style, of course, was that of the Hanson brothers. French-Canadian Gagné always looked, true to form, like a hockey goalie ready to fight. It was easy to love him when he was...
Feb 23, 2017
Red Sox vs. Northeastern Lineups: Real baseball is back!

Red Sox vs. Northeastern Lineups: Real baseball is back!

There’s an actual baseball game involving the Red Sox happening in Florida this afternoon! It’s been a long, mostly boring winter. There was a flurry of excitement in December, but all of the major acquisitions came on the same day. Outside of that, it’s been a largely uneventful offseason for the Red Sox. That sort of came to an end when pitchers and catchers reported, and again when full workouts began last week. Well, here’s another official unofficial start to the season: Actual baseball games. Now, this isn’t the start of their Grapefruit League schedule — that’ll come...
Feb 23, 2017
Daily Red Sox Links: Rick Porcello, Chris Sale, Koji Uehara

Daily Red Sox Links: Rick Porcello, Chris Sale, Koji Uehara

Today’s links look at the Red Sox new analytics system, Rick Porcello’s command last year, and the battle in the bullpen. Alex Speier has all of the info you could need about the Red Sox switching over their analytical systems. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe) Rick Porcello was able to pitch so well last year largely because he could thread the difficult needle of throwing strikes but also hard-to-hit pitches. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal) Chris Teeter has a look at some AL East hitters who have had success against Chris Sale in the past. (Chris Teeter; BP Boston) Most of us were...
Feb 22, 2017
Hanley Ramirez tells Red Sox fans everyone must move on from David Ortiz

Hanley Ramirez tells Red Sox fans everyone must move on from David Ortiz

Say it ain’t so Hanley! But he’s right. As much as it pains us all, David Ortiz is not walking through that door. David Ortiz is retired. The Red Sox haven't won a postseason series without Big Papi since 1999. When Theo Epstein plucked Ortiz out of relative obscurity prior to the 2003 season the iPhone was still four years away, the most recent Star Wars film was Attack of the Clones, and Mookie Betts was just ten years old. Hanley Ramirez has arrived in The FORT - wearing @davidortiz t-shirt #redsox #wbz pic.twitter.com/K5GyyxlNoh— Dan Roche (@RochieWBZ) February 16, 2017 So...
Feb 22, 2017
One Big Question: Can Mitch Moreland thrive on the long end of the platoon?

One Big Question: Can Mitch Moreland thrive on the long end of the platoon?

Mitch Moreland wasn’t great against righties last year. Can he prove that was a fluke? Welcome to Over The Monster’s One Big Question series. For the next 40 (week)days, we will be trying to answer one important question for each player on the Red Sox 40-man roster. The goal is to find one interesting portion of each player’s game to watch for, whether that be in spring training or the early regular season. We’ll be going straight down the list on the team’s roster page, meaning we’ll be going in alphabetical order through each position group, starting with the pitchers. Today,...
Feb 22, 2017
Finding the optimal Red Sox lineups

Finding the optimal Red Sox lineups

If everyone is healthy, what is the best way for the Red Sox to order their hitters this year? There’s not a lot going on in Red Sox camp just yet. Pitchers are throwing live BP, which is neat but also the complete opposite of neat. Hitters are taking batting practice, which is cool but also the complete opposite of cool. Coaches are wearing baseball uniforms, which is still weird as hell. Eventually, good news and bad news will sprinkle out of Fort Myers and we’ll have some concrete issues to discuss. In the meantime, we are left dreaming of Opening Day and what the team will look like...
Feb 22, 2017
Daily Red Sox Links: Mookie Betts, Sam Travis, Pedro Martinez

Daily Red Sox Links: Mookie Betts, Sam Travis, Pedro Martinez

Today Mookie Betts is an MVP candidate, Sam Travis could make an impact in 2017 and Pedro Martinez provides an example of how to succeed in Boston. Mookie Betts came in second in AL MVP voting last season. He’ll be in the running again this time around as well. (Mike Cole; NESN) Sam Travis is a prospect who could be making plays for the Red Sox very soon. (Christopher Smith; MassLive) Lost in the obsession with Pablo Sandoval’s new slim physique is that how he responds to his labrum surgery will be just as important. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe) Chris Sale could learn a lot from...
Feb 21, 2017
MLB reportedly approves new rule allowing signals for intentional walks

MLB reportedly approves new rule allowing signals for intentional walks

Pitchers will no longer have to throw four pitches for intentional walks. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has been talking about improving baseball’s pace of play issues for what seems like an eternity. Although I think he probably overblows the issue a bit, I won’t deny that it is a problem that puts off casual fans. The game moves too slowly. Tuesday night, reports came down that they’ve arrived at a new rule to help out in this regard. Are you ready for this? Drumroll, please.... According to ESPN’s Howard Bryant, MLB and the Players Association...
Feb 21, 2017
One Big Question: In which direction will Deven Marrero move this year?

One Big Question: In which direction will Deven Marrero move this year?

This is a pivotal year in Marrero’s career. Welcome to Over The Monster’s One Big Question series. For the next 40 (week)days, we will be trying to answer one important question for each player on the Red Sox 40-man roster. The goal is to find one interesting portion of each player’s game to watch for, whether that be in spring training or the early regular season. We’ll be going straight down the list on the team’s roster page, meaning we’ll be going in alphabetical order through each position group, starting with the pitchers. Today, we’re highlighting Deven Marrero. The...
Feb 21, 2017
Division favorites preview: Cleveland and Houston loom large

Division favorites preview: Cleveland and Houston loom large

And the shortest guy is the scariest one. We’ve covered the other teams in the division, but Boston face obstacles all across the American League this season, not just their purported backyard. Here are two teams who could give the co-World Series favorite Red Sox problems this season, per Baseball Prospectus’ projected standings. Cleveland Indians Last year’s runners-up not only dispatched the Red Sox in three games in the ALDS, they improved in the offseason, adding former Toronto slugger Edwin Encarnación to bolster their already potent lineup. For their efforts, they have the...
Feb 21, 2017
MLB Network names Mookie Betts #8 on their Top 100 Players Right Now

MLB Network names Mookie Betts #8 on their Top 100 Players Right Now

Another ranking featuring a Red Sox player? If it’s not Mookie Betts you’re doing it wrong. Remember when it was a question of whether Mookie Betts or Rusney Castillo would emerge as the right field solution? Seems like a long time ago. The folks at MLB Network have moved well past that non-controversy and in their latest ranking placed Betts number eight overall. Out of the best players in both leagues, Betts is eighth! The full list is available but here are the top ten to get you started: 10. Joey Votto 9. Bryce Harper 8. Mookie Betts 7. Manny Machado 6. Miguel Cabrera 5. Jose...
Feb 21, 2017
2017 Red Sox Top Prospect Voting: Roniel Raudes is on the map, now he looks to stay there

2017 Red Sox Top Prospect Voting: Roniel Raudes is on the map, now he looks to stay there

Roniel Raudes rides his impressive full-season debut to a top-ten spot in the farm system. After trading away Anderson Espinoza, the farm system was said to be bereft of young pitching talent outside of Jason Groome. Roniel Raudes may not have the upside of Espinoza, but he’s good enough to come in as our number eight prospect in the farm system. He took 41 percent of the vote. Raudes representing an exciting young pitching talent like Espinoza isn’t the only thing those two have in common. The two were both signed during the same international signing period as well. Although Raudes...
Feb 21, 2017
Daily Red Sox Links: Christian Vazquez, Joe Kelly, Mitch Moreland

Daily Red Sox Links: Christian Vazquez, Joe Kelly, Mitch Moreland

Today’s links look at Boston/New York bidding wars, Joe Kelly’s simplified approach, and the worst transactions of the winter. Evan Drellich wonders where the old Red Sox-Yankees bidding wars have gone. (Evan Drellich; Boston Herald) After coming back from injury in 2016, Christian Vazquez looks to build upon his experiences to take another step forward in 2017. (Christopher Smith; Masslive) As he looks to succeed in his new bullpen role, Joe Kelly has simplified everything heading into camp this year. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal) This is only Chris Young’s second...
Feb 20, 2017
The complete guide to the 43 ‘presidents’ of Red Sox Nation

The complete guide to the 43 ‘presidents’ of Red Sox Nation

From Bob Adams to Bullet Joe Bush, here are the namesakes of our nation’s top executives, just because. In honor of Presidents Day, I dug up all the Red Sox with Presidential names. it was something to do. There have been 44 different U.S. leaders — Donald Trump is “45th” because Grover Cleveland was elected twice, non-consecutively, and is thus listed twice -- and 43 Red Sox have borne the names of them. So close! But no time for chit-chat. This is a long list. Our ‘presidents’ are listed below by the chronology of the actual chief executives, not their own playing time. The...