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May 24, 2017
Red Sox vs. Rangers lineup: Chris Sale pitches for history, Sam Travis debuts

Red Sox vs. Rangers lineup: Chris Sale pitches for history, Sam Travis debuts

The lefty looks to strike out more than 10 batters for a record ninth game in a row. The Red Sox (23-21) ride back to back victories into tonight’s potentially historic Chris Sale (2.19 ERA start versus the Rangers (24-22) as the lanky lefty will look to strike out 10 batters in a game for the ninth consecutive time (7:10 p,.m. NESN). The only other pitcher to strike out 10 batters in 8 consecutive games in the modern era is Pedro Martinez, who did it in the final 8 games of the 1999 season for the Sox. Martinez won the Cy Young Award that year and came within a hair’s breadth of the...
May 24, 2017
Red Sox draft review: The class of 2015

Red Sox draft review: The class of 2015

A look back at the 2015 draft. Over the next few days, we’ll be looking back at the most recent draft classes from the Red Sox in advance of the upcoming Rule 4 draft that starts on June 12. We’ll look at their top picks, as well as some hits later in the drafts and see if we can find any trends with the organization. Today, we’ll look at the class of 2015. The Top Pick In 2015, the Red Sox found themselves with a top-ten pick for the second time in three years. This is not a good thing, of course, since it means they had bad seasons twice in a three-year span. It was even worse...
May 24, 2017
Red Sox offense struggles against starting pitchers

Red Sox offense struggles against starting pitchers

The offense has only gotten going against opposing bullpens This post is a response to a question received in our OTM Mailbag. Have a question? Hit us up at OTMMailbag@gmail.com. Wanted to see if you guys could look into why the Red Sox offense struggles far more against opposing starting pitching and seem to have much better luck hitting relievers. I know generally speaking a SP is a pitcher of higher quality than RP, but it seems to be deeper than that to me. Could we be getting out game planned? Or maybe we just need a few turns at the plate to get comfortable? Or are we just due for...
May 24, 2017
Red Sox Minor Lines: A rough day on the farm

Red Sox Minor Lines: A rough day on the farm

Pawtucket is boring and Rafael Devers struggles. Pawtucket L 4-7 Rusney Castillo: 0-1, 1 K Steve Selsky: 2-5, 2 K Jamie Callahan: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K With Sam Travis getting called up to the majors and Blake Swihart still on the disabled list, the PawSox are suddenly a really boring roster. There will be days in which the starting pitcher is worth keeping an eye on, of course, but the lineup just isn’t as interesting as it was just two days ago. It also doesn’t help that Rusney Castillo was lifted after being hit by a pitch in his second at bat. Portland G1 L 2-5 Danny Mars:...
May 24, 2017
Daily Red Sox Links: Craig Kimbrel, Mike Napoli, Todd Frazier

Daily Red Sox Links: Craig Kimbrel, Mike Napoli, Todd Frazier

Today Craig Kimbrel is pefect, Mike Napoli wasn’t close to coming back and Todd Frazier isn’t the answer. It may seem crazy, but just a few simple adjustments have led to Craig Kimbrel’s dominance in 2017. (Sam Galanis; NESN) Speaking of Kimbrel, he’s essentially back to being a perfect reliever. (Jeff Sullivan; Fangraphs) Xander Bogaerts and Andrew Benintendi both need to be hitting for the Red Sox to succeed. They did just that last night and seem to be headed in the right direction. (Jen McCaffrey; MassLive) Mike Napoli, who was a solid contributor and fan favorite during his...
May 23, 2017
Red Sox 11, Rangers 6: Red Sox offense picks up the pitching

Red Sox 11, Rangers 6: Red Sox offense picks up the pitching

This time, it was the lineup helping the pitching. The Red Sox could really use a strong run through the rest of this month and heading into the month of June. They don’t need one. It’s still to early to say it’s necessary. Still, it would be nice. In order for that to happen, they need to be clicking in all facets of the game. They don’t need to be great at everything at all times, but they need to be good in enough areas at any given moment to cover for whatever weak spot is hurting them at the time. Tuesday was a nice microcosm of this idea, as different areas of the game were...
May 23, 2017
Red Sox vs. Rangers lineup: Can Boston crash the Andrew Cashner party?

Red Sox vs. Rangers lineup: Can Boston crash the Andrew Cashner party?

What does the orb say? The up-and-down Red Sox (22-21) welcome the red-hot Texas Rangers (24-21) tonight at Fenway Park for the first game of a three-game series and six-game homestand (7:05 p.m., NESN). Texas just came off a 10-game winning streak, and they’re always pesky against Boston. Reigning Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello (4.23 ERA), suffering through a “slightly disappointing year,” per Over the Monster site manager Matt Collins’s series preview, will look to get back on track against Rangers righty Andrew Cashner (2.45 ERA). While Cashner’s ERA looks good, the...
May 23, 2017
NESN announces new streaming service for cable subscribers

NESN announces new streaming service for cable subscribers

NESN has joined the future. Tuesday brought big news in terms of how you can watch the Red Sox. Joining a large number of other sports networks around the country, NESN announced a new streaming service called NESNGo. With the new service, anyone with a cable subscription will be able to watch Red Sox games on a multitude of devices. There are a lot of details involved here, including a limited number of cable providers for now. If your provider is not currently listed, the network says they should be up and running within the next few weeks. You can read the linked announcement yourself...
May 23, 2017
Sam Travis promoted to Boston; Hector Velazquez optioned to Pawtucket

Sam Travis promoted to Boston; Hector Velazquez optioned to Pawtucket

The first base prospect is comin’ on up. Red Sox fans have been clamoring for one of the organization’s top prospects to be called up for the better part of a month. Well, they’re sort of getting their wish. Rafael Devers is still a little ways away from the majors, but we’ll be getting a nice consolation prize with Sam Travis’ promotion to the majors. The move was announced on Tuesday, and Hector Velazquez will be optioned to Pawtucket as a corresponding move on the active roster. Red Sox announce Sam Travis is coming up. Velazquez sent down.— Tim Britton (@TimBritton) May...
May 23, 2017
Red Sox vs. Rangers series preview

Red Sox vs. Rangers series preview

Looking ahead to the week’s three-game set against Texas SB Nation Blog Lone Star Ball The opponent in one sentence The Rangers have recovered from a slow start to get back into second place in their division thanks to a high-powered offense and a stabilized bullpen. Record 24-21 Trend Up. Way up. Texas is fresh off a ten-game win streak that included sweeps of Oakland and Philadelphia as well as series wins against San Diego and Detroit. Obviously, that’s not the toughest group of opponents, but as we’ve seen all year it’s never smart to underestimate anyone. Winning ten in a row...
May 23, 2017
Why go to Fenway? You can party like it's 1999

Why go to Fenway? You can party like it's 1999

Do you miss vintage Pedro Martinez? Did you miss him entirely? Well, now's your chance to catch up. Chris Sale is the best reason to go to Fenway Park since… when, exactly, do you think? It could be as recently as last year, during David Ortiz’s historic farewell season. It could be a little bit further back, in the surprising, wonderful 2013 championship season. It could be the blessed year of our lord two thousand and four itself, the year the Sox became World Series champions for the first time in 86 years. The farthest back you can go is vintage Pedro Martinez, the 1999 and 2000...
May 23, 2017
Red Sox draft review: The class of 2014

Red Sox draft review: The class of 2014

Over the next few days, we’ll be looking back at the most recent draft classes from the Red Sox in advance of the upcoming Rule 4 draft that starts on June 12. We’ll look at their top picks, as well as some hits later in the drafts and see if we can find any trends with the organization. Today, we’ll look at the class of 2014. The Top Pick The 2014 draft, of course, was the draft that took place in the year following the team’s championship run in 2013. We’ll take this trade every time, of course, but the result of that championship was a late pick in 2014. With that selection —...
May 23, 2017
Red Sox reportedly send scouts to see Todd Frazier and Jose Quintana

Red Sox reportedly send scouts to see Todd Frazier and Jose Quintana

Trade season is coming. According to a recent report from CBS Chicago’s Bruce Levine, the Red Sox sent top scouts to see potential trade targets Jose Quintana and Todd Frazier. The trade deadline is still a couple months away, but Boston is being proactive about two potential areas of need. We’ll start with Frazier, because he seems to be the more logical option of the two. The righty plays third base, which has obviously been the biggest hole on the roster all season. Pablo Sandoval has been injured and ineffective, and the multitude of replacements they’ve played at the hot corner...
May 23, 2017
Red Sox Minor Lines: Who is Roniel Raudes?

Red Sox Minor Lines: Who is Roniel Raudes?

Roniel Raudes pitches....okay, Greenville has a boring loss. Portland PPD Salem W 10-5 Tate Matheny: 2-5, 1 R, 2 K Michael Chavis: 3-5, 2 R, 2 RBI Josh Ockimey: 1-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB Trenton Kemp: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K Roniel Raudes: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 4 K Raudes is one of those players that’s really hard to judge off just a box score. Of course, you don’t want to judge any player off just their box score, but it’s especially true for someone like Raudes. Over his last couple of starts, he’s gotten his control back to where we expect it but is still allowing runs...
May 23, 2017
Daily Red Sox Links: Jose Quintana, Todd Frazier, John Farrell

Daily Red Sox Links: Jose Quintana, Todd Frazier, John Farrell

Today is all about what’s wrong with the Red Sox and ways to fix it. Sunday’s 12-3 win aside, the Red Sox have had a lot of trouble with the lumber this season. Here’s a deep dive into this unfortunate subject. (Brett Cowett; BP Boston) And here’s another examination of the offensive struggles and how they’ve led to a forgettable start to the season for a team that was a World Series favorite in the preseason. (Jorge L. Ortiz; USA Today) Those offensive woes, injuries and poor pitching from everyone but Chris Sale, Craig Kimbrel and Eduardo Rodriguez have made for a bad first...