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Sep 19, 2017
Daily Red Sox Links: Joe Kelly, Robby Scott, David Price

Daily Red Sox Links: Joe Kelly, Robby Scott, David Price

It’s all about the bullpen. It took a while but Dave Dombrowski finally put the pieces together for a stellar bullpen. (Evan Drellich: CSNNE) Joe Kelly being a multi-inning arm could be part of that bullpen plan. (Jason Mastrodonato; Boston Herald) Robby Scott is another bullpen arm that the Sox are trying to work in more. (Peter Abraham; Boston Globe) David Price has the loyalty of his teammates as he comes back to serve in a relief role. (Nick Cafardo; Boston Globe) Price, Kelly, Brandon Workman and Matt Barnes have all started and then become pieces in the bullpen. (Tim Britton;...
Sep 18, 2017
Red Sox 10, Orioles 8: Red Sox win another extra-inning affair

Red Sox 10, Orioles 8: Red Sox win another extra-inning affair

It also included a wild comeback The Red Sox are addicted to extra-inning games, but for now we can hold off on an intervention because they keep winning them. This was a wild game that started off looking depressing at every turn. Doug Fister got rocked and kicked out early. The bullpen struggled early on and the team didn’t get a scoreless inning until the sixth. Dustin Pedroia fouled a ball off his damn face. Then, literally righty after he hit himself in the face oddly enough, things took a turn. The Red Sox offense came through with a huge rally in the middle of the game for a crazy...
Sep 18, 2017
Red Sox at Orioles lineup: Do the damn thing, Doug Fister

Red Sox at Orioles lineup: Do the damn thing, Doug Fister

The lead is three. The magic number is 11. Let’s get it. It’s getting real. The Sox fell yesterday but, thanks to the Orioles gloriously defeating the Yankees, the magic number was nonetheless eroded. Let us commemorate the glory by bashing these very same Orioles! Imitation, flattery, etc. Doug Fister looks to continue his generally positive Red Sox career against the big righty Dylan Bundy, who can be very good and scary. Let’s hope he’s not tonight! In good news, Mookie Betts is back after leaving yesterday’s game with thumb injury. Christian Vazquez is DHing because he’s a...
Sep 18, 2017
Red Sox at Orioles Series Preview

Red Sox at Orioles Series Preview

A look ahead at the week’s three-game set against the Orioles SB Nation Blog Camden Chat The opponent in one sentence The Orioles lackluster pitching staff has finally become too much and they’ve essentially fallen completely out of the playoff chase barring a miraculous win streak to end the year. Record 73-77 (12.5 behind Boston) Head-to-Head Record Red Sox 6, Orioles 10 Trend Down. Way down. Though they are coming off a win, Baltimore has been playing some truly horrendous baseball of late. Winners of just two of their last eleven, they’ve played themselves out of the wildcard race...
Sep 18, 2017
Brock Holt’s playing time needs to go to someone else

Brock Holt’s playing time needs to go to someone else

/o\ The Red Sox, for as well as they’ve been playing of late, are in a bit of a bind with their infield. Hanley Ramirez is out for an unknown period of time. He generally doesn’t play in the field, of course, but his absence will force Mitch Moreland into the lineup more often against left-handed pitching. Eduardo Nuñez is also out, and while he’s hoping to be back soon his absence has taken away John Farrell’s ability to get his players rest and generally play the hot hand. Dustin Pedroia is back in the lineup, but the team is (rightfully) being very careful with the veteran...
Sep 18, 2017
The Red Sox are reportedly interested in re-signing Eduardo Nuñez this winter

The Red Sox are reportedly interested in re-signing Eduardo Nuñez this winter

They’d like to keep the infielder around. It’s impossible to argue with the fact that Eduardo Nuñez has had a massive impact on the Red Sox since being acquired at the trade deadline. He’s been a big reason they’ve gone on such a strong run since the start of August, and has given them everything they could have imagined. Despite a subpar glove, he’s produced positive value thanks to an aggressive style at the plate that has done nothing but produce results. Additionally, his versatility has allowed him to plug various holes around the lineup and help the team maneuver around...
Sep 18, 2017
American League Playoff Update: September 18, 2017

American League Playoff Update: September 18, 2017

The Twins pick up a big game in the wildcard chase. With the minor-league season over and our typical 8:00 AM slot suddenly open, I figured it would be worthwhile to take a quick daily look at how the playoff picture has changed in the American League on a day-to-day basis. This will be nothing fancy. Just a look at how playoff contenders did on the day, how it affected the standings and what it means for the Red Sox. I’ll consider any team within five games of a playoff spot as a postseason contender. Scores BAL 6, NYY 4 CLE 3, KC 2 TB 3, BOS 2 MIN 13, TOR 7 HOU 7, SEA 1 TEX 4, LAA...
Sep 18, 2017
Daily Red Sox Links: David Price, Dustin Pedroia, Blake Swihart

Daily Red Sox Links: David Price, Dustin Pedroia, Blake Swihart

Today’s links look at how the Red Sox can win the World Series, David Price’s standing with the fans, and Joe Kelly proving himself. Matt Kory takes a look at what will need to happen if the Red Sox are to make a run at the World Series. (Matt Kory; BP Boston) If David Price pitches well out of the bullpen in the postseason, fans will stop hating him, right? RIGHT?! (Chad Finn; Boston.com) The Red Sox are making sure Dustin Pedroia stays healthy, which is great. However, while Eduardo Nuñez remains out that means we’ll be seeing more of Brock Holt than many would like. (Jason...
Sep 17, 2017
Red Sox 2, Rays 3: The offense struggles against Jake Odorizzi

Red Sox 2, Rays 3: The offense struggles against Jake Odorizzi

A boring, frustrating game. This was a tough loss, with it being yet another game in which the offense struggles to get anything going. To make matters even more frustrating, they were going up against Jake Odorizzi, a pitcher they’ve been able to crush before and who hasn’t had great results in his career or this season. They simply struggled to get much of anything going, and while their one hit was a big one, it wasn’t enough to pick up the win. To make matters even worse, the Red Sox lost Mookie Betts in this game to a right thumb contusion. The injury occurred on a tag play at...
Sep 17, 2017
Red Sox at Rays lineup: Sweep dreams are made of this

Red Sox at Rays lineup: Sweep dreams are made of this

The lead is three. The magic number is 12. Let’s get this. Twelve Red Sox wins or Yankees losses until the Sox capture the division. Seven wins or Twins losses until the Sox clinch the wild card. No time to dally. It’s Eduardo Rodriguez against the pesky Jake Odorizzi in, barring a miracle Rays playoff run, the last time we play Tampa Bay this year. So sad. Let’s get it on. 1:35 p.m. Here are the full lineups:
Sep 17, 2017
The Red Sox bullpen has been incredible in extra innings

The Red Sox bullpen has been incredible in extra innings

Giving some love to the relievers If you’ve been following this Red Sox this year, and if you’re reading this chances are you have been, you’ve almost certainly noticed how many extra inning games they’ve played this year. It’s not only the number of games, either. It’s how long those games have gone, as they seem to play in a marathon 15-inning game once a month. There’s a few things that go into this strange trend that’s been happening all year. One part of it is the strange randomness that makes baseball so wonderful. Strange things happen because of luck and small sample...
Sep 17, 2017
American League Playoff Update: September 17, 2017

American League Playoff Update: September 17, 2017

The Yankees just keep winning. With the minor-league season over and our typical 8:00 AM slot suddenly open, I figured it would be worthwhile to take a quick daily look at how the playoff picture has changed in the American League on a day-to-day basis. This will be nothing fancy. Just a look at how playoff contenders did on the day, how it affected the standings and what it means for the Red Sox. I’ll consider any team within five games of a playoff spot as a postseason contender. Scores HOU 8, SEA 6 NYY 9, BAL 3 CLE 8, KC 4 BOS 3, TB 1 TOR 7, MIN 2 LAA 2, TEX 0 Division Odds Playoff...
Sep 16, 2017
Red Sox 3, Rays 1: Rick Porcello parties like it’s 2016

Red Sox 3, Rays 1: Rick Porcello parties like it’s 2016

Porcello comes through with a huge start. The Red Sox were looking for a clinch of at least a series victory on Saturday, and to a slightly lesser extent were looking for a big performance from Rick Porcello. For one thing, they could really use a couple of guys stepping up to end the year and take a firm grasp of the last two playoff rotation slots. On top of that, they were coming off such a long game on Friday night and the bullpen deserved a bit of a rest. Well, Porcello delivered on that desire and then some. The righty was wildly efficient all game and kept the Rays off the scoreboard...
Sep 16, 2017
Red Sox at Rays lineup: The one with Christian Vazquez batting second

Red Sox at Rays lineup: The one with Christian Vazquez batting second

The lead is three. The magic number is 13. Let’s get it. Fresh off what feels like the 20th extra innings marathon win of the year the Red Sox head back out at 6:10 p.m. tonight to face Alex Cobb for what feels like the 20th time this season. Rick Porcello goes for us. Dustin Pedroia is out and into his place in the batting order goes Christian Vazquez. Sure! Here are the full lineups:
Sep 16, 2017
American League Playoff Update: September 16, 2017

American League Playoff Update: September 16, 2017

The Indians finally lose, the Angels pull closer With the minor-league season (essentially) over and our typical 8:00 AM slot suddenly open, I figured it would be worthwhile to take a quick daily look at how the playoff picture has changed in the American League on a day-to-day basis. This will be nothing fancy. Just a look at how playoff contenders did on the day, how it affected the standings and what it means for the Red Sox. I’ll consider any team within five games of a playoff spot as a postseason contender. Scores NYY 8, BAL 2 KC 4, CLE 3 HOU 5, SEA 2 TOR 4, MIN 3 BOS 13, TB 6 LAA...