Found May 16, 2012 on
The Baseball Page:
Boston Red Sox
New York Yankees
So, when you get a plethora of injured outfielders, a pitcher who would rather golf than pitch sometimes and a rookie who is threatening to take over third base, what do you have? Well, the Boston Red Sox of course. 2012 has started out the same way for Boston that 2011 did, slow. The expectations of last year were perhaps much greater as the acquisitions of Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez were supposed to be monumental, but only Gonzalez has produced as Crawford remains injured. With the way the AL East has been going, Baltimore and Tampa Bay are going nowhere else but up. Who would have thought going into mid-May that the Red Sox would be battling the New York Yankees to get out of the cellar? Not me certainly.
The one thing that has plagued Boston so far is what has hurt many teams, pitching. The Red Sox pitching staff sits at 28th overall in ERA at 4.89. Jon Lester leads the Sox in ERA at 3.71 and WHIP at 1.27 while Clay Buchholz leads the team in wins with...
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Josh Beckett is not a popular man right now in Boston. The Red Sox right-hander made news last week with the most infamous golf outing in recent memory and followed it up a week later with one of the worst starts of his career. After the game, he was defiant and stubborn in his postgame news conference, leading some to believe that he should be shipped out of Boston. Beckett will...
GETTIN' JIGGLY WIT IT
Check out this video of a female Boston Red Sox fan at Fenway Park rocking out to the old Will Smith song "Gettin jiggy with it." This is a great way to get attention these days in ballparks. Just start dancing like crazy and you can expect some fan with a cell phone to film it and post it on YouTube in no time.
BOSTON –– This is Josh Beckett. At any given moment, Beckett can be a defiant personality, a man who is rarely remorseful and barely cares about the public perception. After last Thursday's debacle, he was unapologetic about playing golf –– during an off day –– while he battled a sore lat. The lack of remorse prompted many to call for Red Sox management to immediately...
The Red Sox have enough injuries without their pitchers getting hit during batting practice, but that's exactly what happened this week -- twice. Felix Doubront was struck in the ear on Tuesday at Fenway Park, and reliever Rich Hill took one to the arm Wednesday at Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay. Tom Caron and Dennis Eckersley talk about the flukiness and danger of fly balls for...
Tim Wakefield enjoyed a very successful career, but things didn't always look so rosy. Wakefield started his career as a first baseman before his knuckleball was discovered, and it once seemed that the former Pirates minor leaguer would never catch on. He did catch on, though, turning in his first baseman's mitt, and subsequently embarking on a career defined by versatility...
Josh Beckett was out in vintage form on Tuesday, shredding the opposition through seven innings for his third win of the season. Beckett threw 93 pitches and allowed only four hits while striking out nine Mariners. The solid start came after a rough, 2 1/3 innings loss to the Indians last week as Beckett endured the recent controversy surrounding his golf outing. Beckett was also...
Perhaps taking a page from teammate Jon Lester's complete game performance the night before, Josh Beckett put his stamp on the Red Sox 5th straight win, 5-0 over the Mariners at Fenway Park.Beckett was perfect through 3 innings and didn't allow a hit until there were 2 outs in the 4th inning. His afternoon ended with 7 innings, 0 runs on 4 hits, 9 strikeouts and a pair of...
Jon Lester had made two starts at Fenway Park in 2012. And he hadn't fared too well in them going 0-1 with an 11.25 ERA (10 ER/8 IP).
That all changed on Monday night against the Seattle Mariners as the offense backed up his 119 pitch complete game effort in a 6-1 win.
For one, he was the first Red Sox starting pitcher to make it into the 9th inning let alone pitch a complete...
Yeah, yeah, they've won four in a row. That's great. I'll send in my money for the post season tickets today. Can't wait. In the meantime, the Boston Red Sox are still in last, and you can see Memorial Day on the calendar. So, with that, here's today's Terry Francona "Add your caption to Tito" post. Enjoy.
Time: 7:10 PM ET
Red Sox (17-19)
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (4-1, 8.31)
8 a.m. ET: After getting hit by a fly ball in Tuesday's batting practice, Felix Doubront is fine and will take the hill for the Red Sox (17-20) against the Rays (23-14). The lefty has won two straight decisions -- over the Royals and Indians -- and will look to extend his luck. When he took the mound against the Rays on April 15, Doubront was solid, allowing four runs and nine...
A couple days ago Paul Daugherty of Cincinnati.com wrote a piece wondering if Kevin Youkilis would be a good fit for the Cincinnati Reds. He talks about how the Boston Red Sox third baseman is a native of the city could be the grinding power bat that the team needs. Well today John Fay also of Cincinnati.com has a quote from General Manager Walt Jocketty that killed any chance...
Sweeney CFPedroia 2BOrtiz DHGonzalez 1B Middlebrooks 3BSaltalamacchia CRoss RFNava LFAviles SS
You have never seen anything like this. Rays second baseman Will Rhymes gets nailed in the forearm by Boston reliever Franklin Morales and he passes out. Over a minute later. Longest delay between...
Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com
8 a.m. ET: After unraveling in his last start for the Red Sox (16-19), Josh Beckett caught heat for his off-the-field exploits. He'll likely aim to make amends for the atrocious start with a strong outing in the second game of the two-game series versus the Mariners (16-21). Beckett, who is 2-4 with a 5.97 ERA, has a 6-2 record with a 3.39 ERA lifetime against the Mariners as...