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Apr 23, 2018
Offering an apology to Mitch Moreland

Offering an apology to Mitch Moreland

He’s been much better than I expected, and looks like he’ll continue to be. It was not the weekend we were really expecting or hoping for in Oakland, as the red-hot Red Sox lineup was shut down for a couple days in a row and the team dropped their first series in a row. Despite some jokes on the website known as twitter dot com, I don’t think there is anyone out there that is seriously suggesting that this is much beyond a blip on the radar for these hitters. There are good hitters in this lineup who have been standing out more often than not, most notably including Mookie Betts,...
Apr 23, 2018
Red Sox Minor Lines: Pawtucket’s lineup goes off

Red Sox Minor Lines: Pawtucket’s lineup goes off

And Cole Brannen is struggling Pawtucket W 10-9 (F/11) Rusney Castillo, RF: 3-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K Sam Travis, 1B: 0-5, 2 K Jeremy Barfield, DH: 0-5, 4 K Ivan De Jesus, SS: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 3 R, 1 K Mike Ohlman, C: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 K, 1 PB Aneury Tavarez, CF: 3-5, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI 2 K William Cuevas: 6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K (90 pitches) Ty Buttrey: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K (32 pitches) It was an exciting walkoff victory for Pawtucket on Sunday with most of the damage coming from the bottom of the lineup. Ohlman was the big standout here, and if you’ll recall he was...
Apr 23, 2018
Daily Red Sox Links: Rafael Devers, Sean Manaea, Tzu-Wei Lin

Daily Red Sox Links: Rafael Devers, Sean Manaea, Tzu-Wei Lin

The world is not ending because the Red Sox lost two games. Also, Rafael Devers talks parenthood, Sean Manaea could have been a Red Sox and Tzu-Wei Lin flashes the leather. Welcome to Monday links. Some technical difficulties on my end this weekend means there’s no introductory topic this morning, but here are your links as usual. I’ll be back to full strength tomorrow. Rafael Devers is playing excellent baseball this season and is coming into his own. But he’s more than just a baseball player, as he is a parent as well. (Christopher Smith; MassLive) After crushing every offering...
Apr 22, 2018
Red Sox 1, Athletics 4: Red Sox lose game and series in frustrating fashion

Red Sox 1, Athletics 4: Red Sox lose game and series in frustrating fashion

Bad hitting and weird managing cost them. The Red Sox have lost their first series of the year and have lost consecutive games for the first time in 2018. This was a frustrating loss, and in many ways a more frustrating loss than Saturday’s no-hitter. The offense was completely shut down by Daniel Mengden, who deserves a lot of credit for his work but also seemed more hittable than the box score would indicate. J.D. Martinez in particular was disappointing as the slugger went 0-4 with three strikeouts. David Price was phenomenal on the mound and you have to feel good about him after this...
Apr 22, 2018
Red Sox at A’s lineup: Okay, but can they hit this freakin’ guy?

Red Sox at A’s lineup: Okay, but can they hit this freakin’ guy?

A day after being no-hit by Sean Manaea, the 17-3 Red Sox look to start their third winning streak of the year versus... this dude. The Red Sox (17-3) look to bounce back after being no-hit by Sean Manaea when they finish off a three-game series and West Coast road trip against the A’s (10-11) this afternoon in Oakland (4:05, NESN). About today’s game: David Price (2-1, 2.25 ERA) takes the ball for the second time after his first-inning against the Yankees on April 11. Last time out, Price held the Angels to 1 run on 3 hits over 5 innings, striking out 6 and walking 4. He’ll be...
Apr 22, 2018
How will the Red Sox make room for Xander Bogaerts?

How will the Red Sox make room for Xander Bogaerts?

It’s going to be an interesting decision All things considered, Saturday is not going to be a day in Red Sox history on which we look back fondly. They headed into the day as the game’s best and scariest offense, but they were of course eventually shut down and no-hit by Oakland’s Sean Manaea. Don’t worry, this is not me saying there is anything to worry about after this game. They got beat by a pitcher who was on his A-Game. It happens. It’s just that this turn of events took away from what was a generally happy pre-game atmosphere. The Red Sox got some good news earlier in the...
Apr 22, 2018
Red Sox Minor Lines: Jalen Beeks dominates in Pawtucket

Red Sox Minor Lines: Jalen Beeks dominates in Pawtucket

But the Red Sox lose three of four on Saturday Pawtucket W 6-0 Rusney Castillo, CF: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 K, 1 SB Ramon Flores, LF: 1-4, 1 3B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K Sam Travis, DH: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI Dan Butler, C: 1-1, 1 2B, 3 BB, 1 R Jalen Beeks: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 K (98 pitches) Bobby Poyner, 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (10 pitches) Brandon Workman: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (11 pitches) Williams Jerez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (21 pitches) Holy moly, the PawSox pitchers were feelin’ it on Friday. An incredible outing for Beeks against Ronald Acuña and the Gwinnett Striper as the...
Apr 22, 2018
Daily Red Sox Links: Xander Bogaerts, Blake Swihart, John Farrell

Daily Red Sox Links: Xander Bogaerts, Blake Swihart, John Farrell

Today’s links look at the Red Sox’ plate approach, some injury updates and Hector Velazquez’ redemption. Brian MacPherson has a look at Boston’s new aggressive approach and just how much it’s paying off already. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal) The Red Sox are getting some reinforcements later in the week with Xander Bogaerts set to return on Friday. (Hayden Bird; Boston.com) Here are some updates on a couple other injured Red Sox players. (Do-Hyoung Park; RedSox.com) Blake Swihart hasn’t gotten a chance to make an impact this year, but he’s patiently waiting for the...
Apr 21, 2018
Red Sox 0, Athletics 3: Sean Manaea no-hits the Sox

Red Sox 0, Athletics 3: Sean Manaea no-hits the Sox

What a performance For the first time in 25 years, the Red Sox have been no-hit. It was a shocking occurrence given how hot this Red Sox lineup has been of late, but sometimes you just run into great pitching. That’s exactly what happened today as Sean Manaea just cruised through the Red Sox lineup, only allowing three baserunners on the game with zero (0) of them coming on hits. There were a couple of somewhat controversial rulings which I’ll get into below, but ultimately the Red Sox only made solid contact off the A’s lefty once or twice in the game. This was a 100 percent earned...
Apr 21, 2018
Red Sox at A’s lineup: Happy Sale Day! This one’s for 9 in a row

Red Sox at A’s lineup: Happy Sale Day! This one’s for 9 in a row

The Red Sox never lose, so why would tonight be any different? The Red Sox (17-2) look to win their ninth straight game when they face the Oakland A’s (9-11) tonight (9:05 p.m., NESN) behind Chris Sale. About tonight’s game: You can’t predict baseball, but you’d be forgiven if you had doubts about Oakland’s chances tonight. Sale (1-0, 1.23 ERA) is Chris Sale, and while Sean Manaea (2-2, 1.63 ERA) is good, he’s not Chris Sale. The Red Sox have won nine games in a row and the A’s aren’t too good, is what I’m saying. J.D. Martinez is back for the Sox and hot-hitting Mitch...
Apr 21, 2018
Red Sox Minor Lines: Steven Wright leaves his rehab start early

Red Sox Minor Lines: Steven Wright leaves his rehab start early

But the system went 3-1 for the day. (Apologies for the delay on this one. I overslept this morning.) Pawtucket W 5-4 (F/11) Rusney Castillo, CF: 2-5, 1 R Sam Travis, LF: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 RBI Mike Olt, 1B: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 K Dan Butler, C: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 PB Chad De La Guerra, 3B: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 K Steven Wright: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (61 pitches) Robby Scott: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (17 pitches) Kyle Martin: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (31 pitches) Wright was in Pawtucket on Friday to make his first rehab appearance after starting the year on the...
Apr 21, 2018
This is why the Red Sox signed J.D. Martinez

This is why the Red Sox signed J.D. Martinez

The hitting....it’s good The Red Sox are good at, well, everything right now. There honestly isn’t an area of the game that has been a cause for concern since the first week of the season, as the baserunning and bullpen have both stabilized since they played at home for the first time. The offense has also come on in a big way since that homestand began, and their overall numbers don’t look anything like the team that was struggling to score when the season first kicked off. Amazingly enough, they have been the best offense in the game by just about any measure. The Red Sox lead all...
Apr 21, 2018
Daily Red Sox Links: Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez, Rick Porcello

Daily Red Sox Links: Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez, Rick Porcello

Today’s links look at Mookie Betts being amazing, the reasons for Boston’s hot start and Rick Porcello’s changes. Evan Drellich has a look at how Mookie Betts is keeping his “feel” at the plate. Clearly, it’s working. (Evan Drellich; NBC Sports Boston) Speaking of Mookie, Buck Showalter had some incredibly kind things to say about the Red Sox right fielder. (Mike Lupica; RedSox.com) The recent sweep of the Angels is just another point against those who point to the Red Sox schedule regarding their hot start. (Sean McAdam; Boston Sports Journal) Shawn McFarland lists the most...
Apr 21, 2018
Red Sox 7, Athletics 3: Moreland’s slam gives Boston eight straight

Red Sox 7, Athletics 3: Moreland’s slam gives Boston eight straight

It’s great Another day, another win for the Red Sox, though this one came with a little more apprehension than the others. Granted, it wasn’t terribly worrisome, but they did fall behind early with Drew Pomeranz coming back for his first start of 2018. He wasn’t entirely sharp and he got his team in an early hole, but there’s no worries with this Red Sox team. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a big game-tying home run early and then Mitch Moreland hit a big go-ahead grand slam later in the game. Ho hum. I’d also be remiss to not mention Hector Velazquez who had to enter this game in the...
Apr 20, 2018
Red Sox at A’s lineup: Drew Pomeranz makes his debut as Sox seek ninth straight win

Red Sox at A’s lineup: Drew Pomeranz makes his debut as Sox seek ninth straight win

Can Boston continue the best start in baseball in more than 30 years? The Red Sox (16-2) take their ass-kicking road show to NoCal when they kick off a three-game series against the A’s (9-10) tonight in Oakland (10:05 p.m., NESN) behind Drew Pomeranz (NR), looking to extend the best start in Major League Baseball since 1987. That’s good! Read Matt’s series preview here. About tonight’s game: Pomeranz, whom Matt would also like you to properly respect, makes his 2018 debut after a stellar 2017. He’ll be faced by the struggling Kendall Graveman (0-3, 9.87 ERA), who would almost...