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The postseason roster has still not been officially released...any minute now really...but John Farrell did give us some additional insight into how it might shape up. He announced his decision to carry 11 pitchers, not 10, for the ALDS.
Yesterday we speculated that the final roster spot would probably come down to either outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. or reliever Matt Thornton. We put it to a Fenway Refugees vote, and 60 percent of you voted for JBJ, while 32 percent, including myself, chose Thornton. One of you, was clever enough to vote for Kevin Millar.
My main argument was not based off talent and whether or not I thought JBJ would perform, but instead, off the fact that we need bullpen help and well, our outfield is shaping up to be pretty solid already. Not to pat myself on the back, but it looks like I and 32 percent of you were right (and NESN's Ricky Doyle was wrong). Farrell said of his decision:
It was more staying with what our strengths have bee...
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While much of the Red Sox’ ALDS roster appears set, there are still a few things to sort out before Boston opens up its playoff slate at Fenway Park on Friday. The Red Sox still don’t know who they will be playing in the first round, but it doesn’t mean that we can’t speculate on what Boston’s roster will look like come Friday’s series opener.
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell isn't ready to announce his rotation for the AL division series.
It would be a surprise, though, if Jon Lester didn't throw the first pitch in Friday's opener at Fenway Park.
''We all gain confidence from every starting pitcher that goes out and keeps a game under control,'' Farrell said Tuesday. ''He's...
BOSTON — Quick. What’s the Red Sox’ biggest weakness?
A lot of you probably said their bullpen, and understandably so. The bridge to Koji Uehara has stood out in recent weeks as the biggest flaw on a team built on balance and consistency, and it’s the one area that’s a cause for concern going into the postseason. John Farrell is not among those concerned about the unit...
BOSTON — The Red Sox aren’t exactly sitting around with their feet up.
Four days separate Sunday’s regular season finale and Friday’s ALDS opener. While the break presents an opportunity for the Red Sox to get some rest, the club also seems to understand the importance of staying in game mode while the Rays and Indians vie for an opportunity to play Boston in a best-of-five...
Jon Lester will start Game 1 of the AL division series for the Boston Red Sox.
Manager John Farrell confirmed the rotation on Wednesday after the team's played an intersquad simulated game. John Lackey will start the second game, followed by Clay Buchholz. Jake Peavy would start a fourth game if it is necessary.
The rotation had been suspected ever since the Red Sox lined up...
BOSTON — It was safe to assume that Jon Lester would get the nod for Game 1 of the ALDS. The only question was which pitcher would take the ball in Game 2.
Red Sox manager John Farrell announced Wednesday that John Lackey will start Game 2 of the ALDS in Boston. The move wasn’t too surprising given how Farrell managed his rotation during the final week of the regular season,...
Red Sox manager John Farrell decided to put his bullpen to the test, giving his relievers some work before the postseason stage. The Sox rotated through seven pitchers and while things started out promising, they took a quick turn for the worse, adding to the pre-existing concerns regarding the team's middle relief. The Sox fell to the Orioles in the final game of the regular...
John Farrell opened up his news conference on Tuesday by saying that most roster decisions will be announced after the Red Sox get through Wednesday’s workout and simulated game. Four players have already been sent home, though.
Brock Holt, Allen Webster, Steven Wright and Brayan Villarreal will not be considerations for a playoff roster spot, according to Farrell.
The news comes...
With the regular season completed, and home field advantage now a lock for the Red Sox through the World Series - should they make it that far, of course - the team now turns its attention toward getting ready for the postseason.
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The Boston Red Sox didn’t mind waiting a few days to start their playoffs.
Not after missing them for the past three seasons.
Not after the September collapse that ruined their chances in 2011.
The Boston Red Sox have some decisions to make and plenty of time to make them.
After tying for the best record in the majors, they won't play until Friday night when they host the opener of the AL division series.
They must decide whether to keep 10 or 11 pitchers for the best-of-five series. They also must finalize their rotation.
The Red Sox won't know their opponent...
Red Sox manager John Farrell seems ready to manage his first postseason game Friday.
When Danny Salazar toes the rubber for the first pitch of the Wild Card game Red Sox fans will be watching eagerly to find out the opponent their team will face this Friday in Game 1 of the American League Division Series. Alex Cobb will be pitching for the Rays as they look to advance to the ALDS...
t happened four times during the regular season and based on everything Red Sox manager John Farrell has been saying it will be a regular occurrence in the playoffs.
Get ready to see closer Koji Uehara for more than three outs in a save situation.
“We’re certainly willing to go more than a three-out save” Farrell said. “Hell there might be a six-out save at some point....
The Tampa Bay Rays have been playing for their postseason lives on a game-to-game basis since Sunday in Toronto. Having a five game series with the Boston Red Sox in the American League Division Series should come as a relief.
Of course, these two teams are no strangers to each other as they battled 19 times with the Red Sox winning the season series, 12-7. Those 12 wins were part...
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Manager John Farrell has not been coy about his plans with Koji Uehara.
They will be relying on him for more than the normal closers three out save in the ninth inning. There have been just too many blown bridge attempts to get through the seventh and eighth innings with the game on the line this season.
It is probably...