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Whither Shane Victorino In The 2015 Sox OF?

As Red Sox GM Ben Cherington decides which of his free agents to offer qualifying offers to (starting today) and which free agents he covets from other teams (starting next Tuesday), there remains the issue of the 2015 outfield. Currently, it could be composed of any combination from among: Yoenis "He Hate Me" Cespedes, Rusney Castillo, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley, Jr...
Via FenwayNation
1 day ago  |  Discuss

A brief history of Game 7 of the World Series

Tonight, the Royals and Giants will square off in the final MLB game of the 2014 season. It’s a winner take all Game 7 between the two clubs, and there’s a ton at stake for both teams. For the Royals, they have a chance to excise all the demons that have plagued their club for the last 29 seasons. For the Giants, it’s a chance to become just the fourth team in the divisional...
Via The Outside Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Red Sox May Look to Trade Yoenis Cespedes

Well that escalated quickly. According to a report courtesy Sports Illustrated via Nick Carfardo of the Boston Globe, the Boston Red Sox may already be looking to offload Cuban outfielder Yeonis Cespedes, a player they acquired in the Jon Lester trade this past season. According to Carfardo, Cespedes has previously said he’s not sure if he’ll talk to the Red Sox about negotiating...
Via BlackSportsOnline
12 days ago  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: St. Louis Cardinals

This was such a strange year for the Cardinals. They didn’t clinch the NL Central until the final day of the 2014 season. They didn’t take sole possession of first place until September 1st. Yet, the Cardinals still won 90 games, beat Clayton Kershaw twice in the NLDS, and advanced to the NLCS. For most teams, that end to their season would be considered an accomplishment. For...
Via Bloguin Best
14 days ago  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: St. Louis Cardinals

This was such a strange year for the Cardinals. They didn’t clinch the NL Central until the final day of the 2014 season. They didn’t take sole possession of first place until September 1st. Yet, the Cardinals still won 90 games, beat Clayton Kershaw twice in the NLDS, and advanced to the NLCS. For most teams, that end to their season would be considered an accomplishment. For...
Via The Outside Corner
14 days ago  |  Discuss

John Lackey Trade Revisited: Will Red Sox Regret Deal With Cardinals?

Baseball is all about calculated risk-taking. The Boston Red Sox sought to master the art at the Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline. The Red Sox made a bevy of moves in July geared toward positioning themselves for a more rewarding 2015. As John Lackey pitches into October with the St. Louis Cardinals, it’s reasonable to wonder whether the Red Sox will at some point...
Via NESN.com
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Outfield Outlook: Boston’s Surplus Gives Club Offseason Options

The Boston Red Sox’s outfield changed drastically over the course of 162 games. The unit hit historic lows over the first couple of months of 2014, contributing greatly to the Red Sox’s overall lack of offensive success. To his credit, general manager Ben Cherington addressed the issue both before and after the Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline. As the Red Sox enter...
Via NESN.com
21 days ago  |  Discuss

3 Reasons for Optimism in 2015

The Red Sox entered 2014 with high expectations following the World Series championship campaign of 2013. Those expectations were dashed during a disastrous season which saw the Red Sox finish under .500 for the second time in three years. Despite this underwhelming performance, there are reasons to be optimistic for next year. Here are three reasons why the Red Sox should be competitive...
Via Fire Brand AL
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox First Base Outlook: Mike Napoli’s Health A Key Factor In 2015

First base was a hot topic for the Boston Red Sox the last two offseasons. This year is much different. Mike Napoli was a free agent following the Red Sox’s 2013 World Series win, forcing Boston to make an important decision. The organization lacked internal options, so it was fairly obvious the Sox would need to sign a free agent. Napoli represented the best option and eventually...
Via NESN.com
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox 2015 outfield preview

In my previous article, I took a look at the Boston Red Sox 2015 infield. The biggest questions in this lineup however are in the outfield. In what was statistically one of the worst outfields in the majors, they made it a priority to acquire outfield help at the deadline, which they did by adding Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig. They also signed Cuban defector Rusney Castillo, who...
Via Total Sports Live
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox projected roster 2.0

Brian Hines (@BringLesterBack)Contributing WriterWell it's officially the offseason for the Red Sox, but that hasn't stopped all the rumors about this team entering the offseason. These Sox need some help entering 2015. From the infield to bullpen and everywhere in between, the Sox need to get better. I still don't see any blockbuster trades going on this offseason, but...
Via RedSoxLife
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Who stays and who goes in the Red Sox outfield?

Ian Vescera (@Ian_Vescera)Contributing WriterNow that the outfield grades are in, it's time to project the Red Sox outfield going forward for the 2015 season. Even though the outfield struggled throughout this season, the Sox still have very capable outfielders on their roster. In fact, they have too many outfielders. The reality is not all of them will be on the 2015 version...
Via RedSoxLife
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Matheny got it right with NLDS rotation

The July 31 trade that sent Joe Kelly and Allen Craig to the Boston Red Sox for John Lackey will be looked back on as the likely catalyst to helped propel the St. Louis Cardinals over the proverbial hill they seemingly couldn’t climb over the first half of the season. But that trade ended up [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Grading the Red Sox outfield

Ian Vescera (@Ian_Vescera)Contributing WriterThe Red Sox outfield did not come close to meeting expectations this season. The Sox ranked 11th out of 15 AL teams in runs scored. The poor outfield production was a big reason why. As a group, their production was historically low. The poor grades will all reflect this.Before I get into individual grades, let's take a look at the...
Via RedSoxLife
September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox 2015 Infield Preview

The Boston Red Sox ended a disappointing season, just one year removed from a World Series title, in last place in the AL East. Offensive production was a big issue for the Red Sox, and they will need solid production from the infield after totally retooling the outfield. Next year, we could see very interesting changes and tough decisions will have to be made this offseason. Let’s...
Via Total Sports Live
September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

FG on Fox: Don’t Trade Mookie Betts

During the massive disappointment of the 2014 season, the Red Sox have been busy acquiring hitters: Yoenis Cespedes from the A’s, Allen Craig from the Cardinals, and Rusney Castillo from Cuba being the most notable additions to the team’s line-up. The team has not been shy about the fact that this strategy has a second […]
Via Fangraphs
September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Allen Craig ‘Confident’ He’ll Overcome Struggles With Red Sox In 2015

Allen Craig was having a bad season with the St. Cardinals. It has only gotten worse with the Boston Red Sox. Craig, who was acquired in the trade that sent John Lackey to the Cardinals, entered Saturday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards hitting .114 (8-for-70) with 29 strikeouts in 23 games with the Red Sox. The 2013 All-Star was hitting .217 with a .606 OPS...
Via NESN.com
September 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox 2015 roster projection

Well I’m just going to come out and say it, this season sucked. But their's hope for next year, a lot of it. One key thing will be getting healthy. Players like Pedroia, Papi, Napoli, Craig, etc. were all players with nagging injuries that caused them to perform worse than expected. Another reason for hope is free agency. The Sox have a lot of money to spend and they need to...
Via RedSoxLife
September 20, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Red Sox Channel 2013 Red Sox. And Magic Happens.

For a few, bitter moments, last night’s Fenway homestand opener against the Jays seemed a terrible, terrible microcosm of this 2014 season. Specifically, I’m talking about the bottom of the ninth, when, immediately after clawing their way back in the eighth from a two-run deficit, the Sox put two men on with nobody out and a chance to win the game… then served up three straight...
Via Surviving Grady
September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Notes: Allen Craig Struggling To Gain Traction Since Returning

Anthony Ranaudo received his first taste of major league defeat Wednesday. Ranaudo, who entered his fourth start with the Red Sox with a 3-0 record, suffered the loss in the middle game of Boston’s series against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The Red Sox’s offense didn’t help. The Red Sox were held to six hits by Hiroki Kuroda and Co. in a 5-1 loss. It was a disappointing...
Via NESN.com
September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Turn Crazy, 2-6-3-4-5-3 Double Play Against Yankees (Video)

The New York Yankees ran right into two outs Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox turned an extremely unconventional double play in the first inning of the teams’ middle game at Yankee Stadium. It was the product of some awful baserunning by the Yankees, though the Red Sox also deserve credit for their collective awareness amid a whole bunch of moving parts. Derek...
Via NESN.com
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Too quick to bandwagon Matt Adams

Matt Adams came to Spring Training in 2014 with a slimmer physique and then quickly jumped out of the gate swinging for the St. Louis Cardinals. His success led to a semi-controversy between who should get playing time between Adams, Allen Craig and Oscar Taveras. Between Adams' early jump on the season, Taveras' growing pains and Craig's horrendous start to the 2014...
Via The Flagrant Fan
August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Allen Craig: ‘It Felt Great’ To Hit First Home Run In Red Sox Uniform

A foot injury prevented Allen Craig from hitting the ground running with the Boston Red Sox. The outfielder/first baseman offered a glimpse Tuesday of what he’s all about. Craig, who was acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals at the Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline, hit his first home run in a Red Sox uniform as Boston defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 11-7 in 11 innings...
Via NESN.com
August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox’s Middle Of The Order Gets Boost In Series Finale (Video)

The Boston Red Sox’s heart of the order has the potential to do some serious damage. For the first time this season, David Ortiz, Yoenis Cespedes, Mike Napoli and Allen Craig will hit in the No. 3-6 holes, respectively, posing one challenge after the next for Seattle Mariners starting pticher Hisashi Iwakuma in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park. While Ortiz and...
Via NESN.com
August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Rusney Castillo’s Reported Deal Will Give Red Sox Offseason Flexibility

The Boston Red Sox aren’t wasting any time in retooling for 2015. The Red Sox on Friday reportedly agreed to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract with 27-year-old Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo. While the deal crowds Boston’s outfield, it also opens up a world of possibilities for the Red Sox as they gear up for an interesting offseason. The Red Sox faced an outfield logjam...
Via NESN.com
August 22, 2014  |  Discuss
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