Should we be concerned with Red Sox rotation?

(STACY REVERE/GETTY IMAGES)Eric D. Schabell Contributing Writer The Spring is far enough along to take a closer look at the progress of the Red Sox, specifically the starting rotation and eventual backup should one go down.Each of the starters should have completed at least two starts in a Spring Training game, giving us something to evaluate.We have to keep in mind, as Christopher...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Notes: Justin Masterson Not Concerned About Velocity Issues

This embed is invalid" /> The Boston Red Sox’s mound work wasn’t exactly up to snuff. The Red Sox surrendered nine runs over the final three innings Friday in an 11-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles at JetBlue Park. It was a noteworthy day in Fort Myers, Fla., for several reasons, some of which weren’t even related to the action on the field. Let’s...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Eduardo Rodriguez – A Man to Watch

A few weeks ago, the Red Sox rotation appeared set. However, cracks are beginning to show. In a 14-5 loss on March 15, projected starters Justin Masterson and Wade Miley were hit hard. Masterson was touched for 7 hits and 6 runs in 3 2/3, while Miley surrendered 6 hits and 4 runs in 4 innings. Both Masterson and Miley have 6-plus ERA’s this spring. Joe Kelly’s is over 11...
Via Fenway West
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Do the Boston Red Sox Have the Worst Rotation in the AL East?

View image | gettyimages.com With the start of the MLB regular season right around the corner, TopSportsReport thought it was time to ramp up our baseball coverage.  In order to jump start our coverage, we decided it would be smart for us to have an article where we could share some opinions about each team.  In order to do so, we decided to put out a power rankings article...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Steven Wright provides stability to shaky starting rotation

(STEVEN SENNE/ASSOCIATED PRESS)Eric D. Schabell Contributing Writer Manager John Farrell said it best after watching Steven Wright toss three scoreless knuckleball filled innings Monday against the Mets, "Steven Wright is a guy that in my mind gives us a lot of comfort..."It has not been pretty for a few of the projected starting pitchers this spring.Yesterday we watched as Joe Kelly...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Spring Training Gameday: Phillies split-squad (7-4) vs Yankees(8-5), at Red Sox (7-4)

Philadelphia Phillies (1-1-1) vs. Boston Red Sox (7-4), at New York Yankees (8-5) Starting Pitchers:PHI: Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez vs. BOS, Sean O’Sullivan at NYY vs.BOS: Justin Masterson, NYY: Nate Eovaldi Time: 1:05 EST, Bright House FieldTV: CSN, Weather: Scattered Clouds, 79 DegreesMedia: Twitter and Facebook at NYY: not televised A Note for Today:  Against Boston –...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Notes: Justin Masterson Delivers Three Perfect Innings In Second Start

The second time’s the charm. After a lackluster but promising spring training debut from Justin Masterson — he allowed one unearned run on one hit and two walks over two innings in a 5-3 loss to the Miami Marlins — the Boston Red Sox starter turned in a performance to call home about. The right-hander pitched three perfect innings in a 5-1 win over...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Justin Masterson Throws Three Perfect In Win

(AP Photo)Maybe Justin Masterson really is fully healthy this year. The former and present Red Sox starter threw three perfect innings today en route to a 5-1 Boston win over Tampa. Masterson struck out four as The Carmine Hose extended their Grapefruit winning streak to five. Jackie Bradley, Jr. is apparently intent on making Ben Cherington's job difficult—getting a double, single...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays can't solve Justin Masterson, drop split-squad game against Red Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Boston Red Sox starter Justin Masterson kept up his strong spring by pitching three perfect innings Tuesday in a 5-1 win over the split-squad Tampa Bay Rays. Masterson struck out four as the Red Sox stretched their Grapefruit League winning streak to five. In five spring innings, Masterson has yet to surrender a run. New Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Masterson pitches 3 perfect innings, Red Sox beat Rays

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Boston Red Sox starter Justin Masterson kept up his strong spring by pitching three perfect innings Tuesday in a 5-1 win over the split-squad Tampa Bay Rays. Masterson struck out four as the Red Sox stretched their Grapefruit League winning streak to five. In five spring innings, Masterson has yet to surrender a run. New Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Justin Masterson Very Optimistic About Early Spring Training Progress

This embed is invalid" /> Justin Masterson feels like a million bucks. (Or maybe it’s $9 million.) Either way, the right-hander came out of his spring training debut Friday feeling very optimistic about where he is physically and mentally going into this season with the Boston Red Sox. “As we continue to progress, I’m really happy where it...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Hamels trade talk motivating Red Sox pitching staff

  Cole Hamels this, Cole Hamels that. It’s impossible to bring up the Boston Red Sox in spring training without Hamels’ name coming up.   The Red Sox’s lack of a starting pitcher who is considered a true ace has been a major storyline in Fort Myers, Fla., where the Red Sox opened their exhibition schedule Tuesday. Rick Porcello, Clay Buchholz, Joe Kelly, Wade...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Pablo Sandoval Goes Deep Off Justin Masterson During Red Sox BP (Video)

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Justin Masterson was greeted rather abruptly by Pablo Sandoval. Masterson threw his first live batting practice of Boston Red Sox spring training on Saturday. The right-hander showed some encouraging signs, but the highlight of the session involved Sandoval going deep. Sandoval has brought plenty of energy to camp. It’s been reflected in his BP sessions, during...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Clay Buchholz, Justin Masterson Break Down New-Look Red Sox Rotation (Video)

The Boston Red Sox opened spring training with questions about their rotation. Veteran Clay Buchholz and newcomer Justin Masterson joined NESN’s Tom Caron with answers about their expectations for the season. Watch the two videos below to see what Buchholz and Masterson had to say.
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB announces rule changes to speed up play

The MLB announced additions to the sport’s pace of game program Friday, which will be effective in Spring Training, the regular season and the Postseason, and a series of modifications to the instant replay system. From MLB.com: PACE OF GAME The pace of game program will enforce the batter’s box rule, requiring that all batters must keep at least one foot in the batter’s...
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February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Tribe Opens New Season with Same Expectations

As the sun rises in Goodyear, Arizona this morning and pitchers and catchers officially report to spring training, many things have changed around the Indians while very little has changed internally. Chief Wahoo smiles atop the page this morning for the first time since last season’s disappointing 85-77 third place finish. The 2014 goal, Unfinished Business, was clear: build upon...
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February 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Justin Masterson comes full circle to Red Sox

(March 8, 2009 - Source: J. Meric/Getty Images North America)Eric D. Schabell Contributing Writer It started in Indiana, where he was born in 1985, brought up right, a good person, at 6'5" and 250 pounds he was good enough to be considered as a right-handed pitching prospect.He entered professional baseball as a top minor league prospect in the Red Sox organization in 2006, first...
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February 15, 2015  |  Discuss

The Red Sox, Grounders, and You

Masterson will be a part of Boston’s wormburner brigade. The first thing you probably said when you looked at the starting rotation of the 2015 Red Sox this morning probably wasn’t “yeah, this’ll work”. Knowing you, it was probably something like “eh”, “meh”, or a statement – when processed through Google SafeSearch – that’s something like “what the freak...
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February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Bill James Projections: Justin Masterson

Source 2010: 6-13, 29 starts, 180 IP, 4.70 ERA, 73 BB, 140 SO2011 projection: 9-10, 26 starts, 175 IP, 4.11 ERA, 73 BB, 147 SO2011: 12-10, 33 starts, 216 IP, 3.21 ERA, 65 BB, 158 SO2012 projection: 11-12, 32 starts, 205 IP, 3.82 ERA, 70 BB, 164 SO2012: 11-15, 34 starts, 206.1 IP, 4.93 ERA, 88 BB, 159 SO2013 projection: 10-12, 34 starts, 204 IP, 4.01 ERA, 79 BB, 160 SO2013: 14-10...
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February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Justin Masterson Primed To Return To Form

The Boston Red Sox surprised a lot of people this off-season when they signed right-hander Justin Masterson to a one-year, $9.5 million deal laced with incentives. The shock wasn’t the pitcher, it was the time in which he signed. After trading for Rick Porcello and Wade Miley, Boston had one vacated rotation spot that many believed was going towards the club’s next Ace. Instead...
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February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Some Uniform Numbers Dealt Out To Red Sox

Chrsitian Vazquez has always loved the way Ivan Rodriguez played his position. So, to honor "Pudge", Vazquez will wear #7 on his Red Sox uniform jersey this year. Others grabbing new numerology are: Rick Porcello (#22), Wade Miley (#20), Pablo Sandoval (#48) and the prodigal sons Hanley Ramirez (#13) and Justin Masterson (#63). Andover High School graduate Ryan Hanigan wants #24...
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February 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Players Answer Kids’ Tough Questions At ‘Winter Weekend’ (Video)

If the Boston Red Sox thought the local media was tough, they had another thing coming at “Winter Weekend.” The three-day event, held at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn., on Jan. 23-25, featured plenty of good times. Yet the highlight of the festivities came when the kids took over. In a special “kids press conference,” a roomful of young Sox fans got to fire...
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February 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Rotation Out To Silence Critics, Prove ‘Ace’ Label Is Overrated

This embed is invalid" /> The Boston Red Sox’s philosophy is simple: One ace doesn’t guarantee the best hand at the table. The Red Sox have acquired three starting pitchers — Rick Porcello, Wade Miley and Justin Masterson — this offseason, but no one in Boston’s rotation owns a reputation as a legitimate No. 1 starter. The Red Sox aren...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Justin Masterson Primed For Success With Red Sox After Identifying Flaws

This embed is invalid" /> Justin Masterson is a lottery ticket for the Boston Red Sox. The odds of winning on that lottery ticket look better every day. Masterson, an All-Star in 2013, had a disappointing 2014 marred by both injuries and mechanical issues. The right-hander now is healthy and confident he has fixed the flaws that contributed greatly...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox rumored to be "in" on Cliff Lee

The Boston Red Sox went into this offseason with one mail goal: address their scarce pitching rotation. With some minor acquisitions as in Rick Porcello, Wade Miley and Justin Masterson, they have indeed gotten better but one more piece could really put them over the top.
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January 17, 2015  |  Discuss
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