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Jul 24, 2017
Red Sox officially promote Rafael Devers; Kyle Martin optioned to Triple-A

Red Sox officially promote Rafael Devers; Kyle Martin optioned to Triple-A

It’s officially happening We learned after Sunday’s loss to the Angels that the Red Sox would be calling up their top prospect Rafael Devers for the series in Seattle. This afternoon, we learned how they’d do it. They’ll be optioning Kyle Martin back down to Triple-A Pawtucket, and to make room on the 40-man roster they transferred Robbie Ross to the 60-day disabled list. Red Sox announce Devers promotion. Kyle Martin optioned, Robbie Ross transferred to the 60-day. Devers will wear No. 11.— Tim Britton (@TimBritton) July 24, 2017 We’ve known for some time that this type of...
Jul 24, 2017
A Home Series Away From Home

A Home Series Away From Home

A fan from Southern California loosely shares his experience at an away game. As those in the gamethreads in the past couple days can attest, I was super excited by the recent Red Sox/Angels series, in Anaheim. With the tickets being cheaper than expected, we were able to afford decent tickets to all three games. With the series over, and some time to collect my thoughts, I thought I’d share a piece of my life with you all. Living in Southern California can make it a little rough to be a Sox fan, at times. We live three hours earlier than those on the East Coast, and this can make...
Jul 24, 2017
Red Sox at Mariners Series Preview

Red Sox at Mariners Series Preview

A look ahead to the week’s series in Seattle. SB Nation Blog Lookout Landing The opponent in one sentence The Mariners are below .500 despite a solid offense despite a starting rotation that has put them out of games early on far too often. Record 49-51 Head-to-Head Record Red Sox 2, Mariners 1 Trend Down, slightly. The Mariners have been struggling over the last week or so having lost four of their last six games. Unfortunately for the Red Sox, that stretch includes losing three of four to the Yankees in their last series. Boston obviously hopes they can continue that trend through this...
Jul 24, 2017
Don’t be jerks

Don’t be jerks

David Price is a tall guy who can’t clear a low bar. Dan Shaughnessy has done us a great service with his secondhand account of the David Price/Dennis Eckersley on the team plane a few weeks back: On the day of the episode, Price was standing near the middle of the team aircraft, surrounded by fellow players, waiting for Eckersley. When Eckersley approached, on his way to the back of the plane (Sox broadcasters traditionally sit in the rear of the aircraft), a grandstanding Price stood in front of Eckersley and shouted, “Here he is — the greatest pitcher who ever lived! This game is...
Jul 24, 2017
Rafael Devers’ impact on the Red Sox’ trade deadline plans

Rafael Devers’ impact on the Red Sox’ trade deadline plans

So, now what does the team do before the deadline? After Sunday’s loss in Los Angeles, the Red Sox announced their intention to promote top prospect Rafael Devers to the majors starting with the series in Seattle that is set to begin on Monday. It is also worth noting that we are currently a week away from the trade deadline and the Red Sox are still waiting to make their first move of this trade season. These two things are related, as calling up your top prospect just a week before the end of (arguably) the busiest trade season of the calendar year is sure to have an impact on a...
Jul 24, 2017
Rafael Devers’ promotion can be both a panic move and the right move

Rafael Devers’ promotion can be both a panic move and the right move

He’s not being looked to as a savior, either. As I am sure you have heard by now, the Red Sox are calling upon their top prospect Rafael Devers to help plug the massive hole the team has had at third base all year long and try to spark an offense that has been disappointing far more often than not. Personally, I was quite surprised when I got the little push notification on my phone telling me that the third base prospect was getting the call to the majors. Although this has been speculated about for months now, the team has done their best to downplay the possibility. They’d made it...
Jul 24, 2017
Red Sox Minor Lines: Rafael Devers’ minor-league swan song

Red Sox Minor Lines: Rafael Devers’ minor-league swan song

Devers passes the torch on to Michael Chavis Pawtucket L 0-3 Aneury Tavarez: 1-4, 1 3B, 1 BB, 2 K Josh Rutledge: 1-4, 3 K Sam Travis: 1-3, 1 BB Bryce Brentz: 1-4 Rafael Devers: 3-4, 1 E Steve Selsky: 1-4, 1 K, 1 CS Brian Johnson: 6.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 5 K Noe Ramirez: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K Robby Scott: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K If everything goes according to plan, this game should represent Devers’ final as a minor leaguer, not counting any future rehab assignments. Obviously, things don’t always go according to plan and that “E” next to Devers’ name above could...
Jul 24, 2017
Daily Red Sox Links: Rafael Devers, Trade Market

Daily Red Sox Links: Rafael Devers, Trade Market

Today’s links take a long look at Rafael Devers’ promotion and the upcoming trade deadline. Ian Cundall has a full breakdown of the Rafael Devers promotion. (Ian Cundall; Sox Prospects) For a national perspective on the promotion, we turn to Baseball Prospectus. (Jeffrey Paternostro, Ben Carsley; Baseball Prospectus) ($$) Jim Callis tries to figure out what we can expect from the young third baseman. (Jim Callis; MLB.com) This move indicates that Dave Dombrowski may not have liked what he saw on the trade market at the hot corner. (Chad Jennings; Boston Herald) Even with Devers now in...
Jul 23, 2017
Red Sox call up Rafael Devers from Triple-A Pawtucket

Red Sox call up Rafael Devers from Triple-A Pawtucket

The top prospect is comin’ on up. We’ve been waiting months for it to happen, but the Red Sox are finally calling upon their top prospect to help the major-league team. Rafael Devers will be promoted from Triple-A Pawtucket for the series in Seattle. It's Rafael Devers time. Red Sox bringing him up to play third base.— Jason Mastrodonato (@JMastrodonato) July 23, 2017 The last couple of months have been filled with speculation about how the Red Sox will solve their issues at the hot corner. Boston has gotten some of the worst play of any team at third base this year, but based on...
Jul 23, 2017
Red Sox 2, Angels 3: Lifeless offense sputters to disappointing series loss

Red Sox 2, Angels 3: Lifeless offense sputters to disappointing series loss

Three solo home runs were enough for the Angels against Rick Porcello Well that was about as much fun as your average trip to the dentist. The Red Sox dropped the rubber match in Anaheim, 3-2, and lost the opening series to the Angels to kick off their west coast swing. The bad news? A lot. The offense continues to appear lifeless too frequently, with players slumping up and down the lineup. Mitch Moreland’s average has plummeted to .243 and his numbers are starting to align more and more with his career stats despite the hot start. Xander Bogaerts had another hitless afternoon, bringing...
Jul 23, 2017
Red Sox at Angels lineup: Pedey sits for Rick Porcello

Red Sox at Angels lineup: Pedey sits for Rick Porcello

I’m at the pool again. I love you, but I have no context for you today. Here you go:
Jul 23, 2017
The Red Sox' strange season on the bases

The Red Sox' strange season on the bases

It is a strange mix of baserunning talent on the Red Sox roster. I’m not breaking any news when I tell you that the Red Sox don’t have an elite offense, and they almost certainly won’t have one at any point in 2017. The only way they could get one by the end of the year would be to make one or two big trades before the July 31 deadline and frankly I don’t see that happening. Fortunately, the Red Sox are built to succeed even without having one of the top offenses in the league. Their rotation, when healthy, is as deep 1-5 as any in the league and has top-end talent to boot. Their...
Jul 23, 2017
Red Sox Minor Lines: Shaun Anderson dominates

Red Sox Minor Lines: Shaun Anderson dominates

Shaun Anderson pitches well, Jason Groome does not. Pawtucket L 4-6 Aneury Tavarez: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K Josh Rutledge: 0-3, 1 K Sam Travis: 0-4, 2 K Bryce Brentz: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K Rafael Devers: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K Steve Selsky: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K Jamie Callahan: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K Austin Maddox: 1 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 1 K Rutledge continues his rehab assignment with another forgettable game down in Triple-A. Of course, it’s simply getting the work in that matters more than the results. The Red Sox have said that he will be back on Monday, so if he gets into Sunday’s game it...
Jul 23, 2017
Red Sox 3, Angels 7: Sox lose while doing almost everything poorly

Red Sox 3, Angels 7: Sox lose while doing almost everything poorly

That was pretty bad, in my humble opinion. Friday’s game was one that went well in pretty much every area for the Red Sox. They followed that up with a game on Saturday that went poorly in just about every possible way. The offense got some early runs before going quiet for the rest of the game. Jackie Bradley was particularly frustrating as he was finally rewarded by being moved up in the lineup and he responded by going hitless with a couple of strikeouts. David Price was hit harder than he’s been in a long time and gave up too many runs. The defense, and Xander Bogaerts in...
Jul 22, 2017
Red Sox vs. Angels lineups: Moreland moves down, Hanley grabs a glove

Red Sox vs. Angels lineups: Moreland moves down, Hanley grabs a glove

And David Price takes the mound The Red Sox are coming off a good overall win in Los Angeles on Friday and are looking to make it two in a row on the west coast. Once again, the pitching matchup theoretically lies in their favor with David Price taking the mound. His overall numbers still don’t look great, but they do look much better than they did just a few weeks ago. The lefty has been on a roll in July and is looking a lot like the pitcher Boston thought they were getting when he first inked his massive contract two winters ago. The Angels will be sending JC Ramirez to the hill. The...