2014 Fantasy Baseball: The Week 22 Closer Report

Source: Bob Levey/Getty Images North America Welcome to another addition of the Closer Report here at the Fantasy Fix. For Week 22, we see a committee emerge where one hadn’t existed, but otherwise things are slowing down considerably. We also draw closer to the Sept 1 and the roster explosion that comes with that date. Follow along to see where we are today. Remember, we’ve...
Via The Fantasy Fix
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Jerry Remy On Koji Uehara: Every Closer Goes Through Bad Stretches (Video)

Even someone as typically dominant as Koji Uehara is susceptible to a bit of a downturn. The Boston Red Sox closer has struggled mightily of late, blowing two saves and surrendering seven earned runs on 10 hits over 3 1/3 innings during his last four outings. Uehara’s recent collapses have been puzzling for everyone involved, as it is unknown for certain whether the struggles stem...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

John Farrell Searching For Answers After Koji Uehara Struggles Continue (Video)

The recent struggles of Boston Red Sox closer Koji Uehara have prompted plenty of questions, but not many answers. The 39-year-old, who blew his second consecutive save opportunity Monday night before the Red Sox came back to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 in 10 innings, has given up seven runs on 10 hits over 3 1/3 innings during his last four outings. It’s becoming more and...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Wait? What? The Red Sox Won A Game?

The Red Sox had been riding a streak that they desperately wanted to get off, an 8 game losing streak.  The Sox had held leads in many of the games, but weren’t able to hold on to the lead into the final stretch.  Last night the Sox had the only remaining starter from the World Series team on the mound in Clay Buchholz.  Buchholz has done nothing but struggle this year and everyone...
Via Fenway West
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cespedes Delivers Blown Win As Sox Top Jays

NESN ScreenshotThe Red Sox are having such a bizarre year, they should invent stats just to apply to their situation. A case in point was last night's game in America Lite. Leading 3-0 with one out in the ninth, Clay Buchholz (named 'most disappointing' in our FN Poll) loaded the bases. On comes Koji Uehara for the easy save, right? Maybe last year. Uehara coughed up...
Via FenwayNation
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Notes: Brock Holt Feeling ‘Little Cuckoo’ Following Collision

You can’t win ‘em all. You can’t lose ‘em all, either. The Boston Red Sox snapped their eight-game losing streak Monday with a 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. The Sox blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning but prevailed in 10 frames after Yoenis Cespedes knocked in Brock Holt with a two-out, two-strike RBI single. There were several positives to come...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara: Surprising Struggles With Red Sox ‘Nothing About Fatigue’

Boston Red Sox closer Koji Uehara continues to deny that his surprising struggles are a product of his heavy workload over the last two seasons. Uehara, who blew his second straight save opportunity Monday before the Red Sox defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 in 10 innings at Rogers Centre, told reporters after the game that he isn’t worn out despite racking up 148 innings since...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Overcome Late Collapse To Snap Losing Streak Against Blue Jays

Loss No. 9 would have been a tough one to swallow. The Boston Red Sox snapped their eight-game losing streak Monday with a 4-3, 10-inning win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. It wasn’t before a disastrous ninth-inning collapse in which the Blue Jays scored three runs to tie the game. Clay Buchholz, who allowed only two hits through the first 8 1/3 innings, loaded the...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: The Week 21 Closer Report

We are a couple of days late this week with the Closer Report for Week 21. News is generally slow this time of year, but we had a couple of things happen over the weekend so I’m glad I waited until Monday to publish.  This may be the last column of the season as once rosters expand bullpens become a quagmire of arms. Follow along to see where we are today. Remember, we’ve moved...
Via The Fantasy Fix
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Koji Melts Down Again; Sox Blow 3-0 Lead, Lose

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Koji Uehara used to be a lock in the ninth. Lately, not so much. Uehara inherited a 3-0 lead last night—then the Mariners scored five runs and The Carmine Hose were on their way to a 5-3 loss. Joe Kelly gave up just one hit through five innings and was in-line for the win, as Craig Breslow, Tommy Layne and Burke Badenhop set things up for Koji. Yoenis Cespedes...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Notes: Xander Bogaerts Feels ‘Good’ After Scary Scene At Fenway

BOSTON — The Red Sox’s losing streak extended to six games Friday. And it was their most crushing loss yet. Koji Uehara allowed five runs in the ninth inning as the Red Sox fell to the Seattle Mariners 5-3 at Fenway Park. It was Boston’s first loss of the season when leading after eight innings. The Red Sox had been 44-0 when entering the ninth inning with a lead. They were...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara’s Breakdown Ends Red Sox’s One Constant Amid Awful Season

BOSTON — There have been very few constants — positive ones, at least — in the Red Sox’s 2014 season. Nothing has been more stable than Boston’s ability to win games when leading after eight innings. In a year in which new problems continue to arise for the Red Sox, however, closer Koji Uehara became the latest victim of the Baseball Gods’ cruel joke. Uehara surrendered...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Yoenis Cespedes rocks Felix for HR out of Fenway onto street

Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez is widely considered the best pitcher in the American League.  Coming into today at 13-4 with a 1.99 ERA, he was in the Top 5 of both stats (along with strikeouts).  It’s not often he gives up one square, but recent Boston Red Sox acquisition Yoenis Cespedes did just that.  Watch (via MLB.com) as he connects with a Green Monster clearing...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox 2015 Bullpen Preview

The Boston Red Sox have gone through some changes this year in their bullpen, including trading one of their top relievers, Andrew Miller, to the Baltimore Orioles. With their closer Koji Uehara and other relievers Craig Breslow and Burke Badenhop hitting free agency, their could be more moves made. Here are some of the odds for the pitchers in the Red Sox organization.   Koji Uehara...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Rusney Castillo agrees to seven-year deal with Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox have reached agreement with Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo on a seven-year deal worth $72.5 million, reports Alex Speier of WEEI. According to the report, Castillo’s deal will take effect starting in 2014 and run through 2020. Earlier this week Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington acknowledged that the team worked out the 27-year-old. “There’s obviously...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

The Year in the Eephus

On Monday, our very own Jeff Sullivan wrote about the return of the Koji Uehara curveball. You see, Uehara doesn’t really throw a curveball. He only threw three last season. He’s thrown two this season. This fascinated me. Pitchers have set repertoires and, for the most part, they typically don’t deviate from them. What I […]
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Sox Lose Yet Another One Run Game

I am pretty sure the Red Sox are never going to win another game, ever.  It sure feels like that sometimes, doesn’t it?  The Red Sox were up against Jered Weaver of the Angels and were able to battle back to the tie the game, but Koji Uehara had one of his rare hiccups and allowed the go ahead run in the top of the 9th.  Rookie starter Allen Webster held his own against Weaver...
Via Fenway West
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox: Angels Beat Sox 4-3 As Uehara Blows It

With the game tied at 3 going to the 9th, Koji Uehara gave up back-to-back doubles and a run as the Red Sox fall to their third straight loss. 
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

The Return of the Koji Uehara Curveball

Every pitcher in baseball has a primary pitch, and for almost every pitcher in baseball, that’s going to be some variety of a fastball. After the primary pitch, there will be an assortment of secondary pitches, numbering from one to a lot more than one. But not all secondary stuff is created or treated the […]
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Rumors: Koji Uehara wants to stay in Boston past this year

Koji Uehara, the 39-year-old closer for the Boston Red Sox, is under contract with Boston just through this season. He came up in many trade discussions, but the Red Sox ultimately decided that they would not move the 2013 ALCS MVP. Now, however, they may not get a return for him, as he may head elsewhere in free agency.Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Uehara wants...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Jon Lester says goodbye to Red Sox with full page ad

Jon Lester picked up his first win in his first start with the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.  The former Boston Red Sox held the Kansas City Royals to three runs in 6 2/3 innings. Lester took out a full page ad in the Boston Globe to say goodbye to Red Sox Nation on Sunday. Dear Red Sox Nation, I have a lifetime of great memories of Boston highlighted by 2 World Championships!...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox trade John Lackey to Cardinals for Allen Craig, Joe Kelly

The Boston Red Sox have traded veteran pitcher John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for outfielder Allen Craig and right-hander Joe Kelly. Lackey, 35, has compiled a 149-114 record and a 4.02 ERA. He was an All-Star in 2007. Lackey missed the entire 2012 season after undergoing Tommy john surgery in 2011. He is 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA in 21 starts this season. Craig, 30, was selected...
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July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox have no intentions of trading Uehara

While Red Sox pitchers from Jon Lester to Andrew Miller find themselves in the middle of trade rumors, it appears that another potential free agent pitcher will be staying put. There's been little talk about the Sox entertaining offers for closer Koji Uehara -- and there's a reason for that. "He's the easiest to retain,'' said a baseball source. Translation...
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July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Larry Lucchino: Red Sox, Jon Lester to talk contract after season

Boston Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said Thursday on WEEI’s “Dennis & Callahan” that contract talks with Jon Lester have been put on hold until the offseason. “[Ben Cherington] may still have some continuing discussion with [agent] Seth[Levinson] on other issues or other matters, but certainly the negotiation, the parties have agreed to let’s step away and do this...
Via Sports-Glory
July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox trade rumor latest

Photo from USA TodayConor Frederick (@C_Frederick1016)Contributing WriterThe trade deadline is inching ever closer, and as such, there are a lot of rumors swirling surrounding the Red Sox with some believing the Sox season over. Without further ado, here is the latest buzz surrounding the Sox.Koji Uehara: Bleacher Report is reporting that Koji Uehara could be valuable in a trade...
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July 24, 2014  |  Discuss
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