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Eduardo Rodriguez Gets His First MLB Start and His First Win!

The Red Sox showed up in Arlington after just being swept by the Twins.  The Sox called up rookie pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez to make his MLB debut for a spot start and he looked like someone who I’d like to see remain in the rotation.  Rodriguez dealt with seeming ease with the potent Rangers lineup en route to his first win.  Another interesting change in the lineup is that...
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Red Sox Bullpen

On a team of inconsistency, the one constant has been the Red Sox bullpen. The five prime relievers (according to BaseballReference.com) are Koji Uehara, Craig Breslow, Junichi Tazawa, Alexi Ogando, and Tommy Layne. Let’s look at their stats. Through Tuesday, the group had a 2.25 ERA (the team’s was 4.51) with a 3.21 strikeout/walk ratio and a fine 1.05 WHIP. Uehara led...
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Sox Lose, Get Swept By Twins

The Red Sox had day game baseball yesterday and hoped to get at least one win before heading out of town.  The Sox had Rick Porcello on the mound and even though Dustin Pedroia hit two 2 run homeruns in the game, the Sox still fell to the Twins.  The Sox were making strides in the AL East, but now they are once again sitting in the basement looking up. The Red Sox got on the scoreboard...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Sox Waste Another Strong Buchholz Start in Loss to Twins

The Red Sox faced off with the Twins in last night’s game after a rain delay of about 90 minutes.  With the game starting at 9:30pm EST it felt like one of the games from the west coast swing.  The Sox had Clay Buchholz on the mound and while he struggled in the 1st inning, he settled in and gave a pretty good performance.  Buchholz only allowed two runs, but when the offense...
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Twins Win Due to Joe Kelly’s Poor Start

The Red Sox had a Memorial Day game in Minnesota and had Joe Kelly on the mound.  Kelly has been better as of late, but that would not continue yesterday.  Kelly struggled and didn’t make it out of the 2nd inning and put the Sox in a hole early.  The Sox offense was not able to make up the difference and the Twins coasted to a victory in the series opener. Kelly gave up a single...
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Miley Shines and Napoli Homers in Sox Win!

The Red Sox took to the field in the series finale with their eyes on a series win.  The Sox had Wade Miley on the mound vs. Hector Santiago for the Angels.  Miley has come off a few strong starts in a row and the Sox would need him to continue that trend in order to get the win.  Miley didn’t disappoint and he got all the needed run support when Mike Napoli continued his homerun...
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Napoli Homers Twice In Sox Win!

The Red Sox were coming off a pretty brutal loss as they headed into Saturday game with the Angels.  The Sox had knuckleballer Steven Wright on the mound vs. CJ Wilson for the Angels.  Wright struggled out of the gate, but settled down nicely and let the Sox offense get those runs and then some back for him. Wright got into trouble in the 1st and the Sox were losing before the...
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Angels Bash Away At Sox Pitching in Series Opener

The Red Sox just lost a series against the Rangers and looked to rebound against the Angels.  The Sox had Rick Porcello on the mound vs. Garrett Richards for the Angels.  Porcello started off well, but when the Angels were able to score 9 runs in the 5th inning that is a hard game to win. The Sox got on the scoreboard first in Friday’s game.  Mike Napoli hit a solo homerun in...
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Sox Lack of Run Support Means Another Loss

The Red Sox came into the game with the series tied and were hoping for a series win.  Clay Buchholz was on the mound for the Sox and in his last few outings he has looked much more like the promising pitcher we need him to be.  Buchholz struggled some in the early innings, but he was able to get into the 8th and give the team a quality start.  Unfortunately he didn’t get much...
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Kelly’s Strong Start Wasted in Loss to Rangers

The Red Sox looked to  have another strong start out of Joe Kelly when they took on the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.  They definitely got that from Kelly, but unfortunately it was another game where the Sox offense went silent.  Kelly only gave up 2 runs, but when the offense only scores one you are still looking down the barrel of a loss. Joe Kelly gave up his first run in the...
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Red Sox Look For Continuation Of Strong Pitching Against Rangers, Angels

They aren’t running out of time just yet—the Major League Baseball season hasn’t even reached the one-quarter mark at this point—but the Boston Red Sox are taking a long time to get their new, revamped roster to click. After splitting a four-game series with the Seattle Mariners, the Red Sox look ahead to this week where they have two series against the Texas Rangers and...
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Chili Davis and RISPs

In Peter Abraham’s Red Sox Notebook column earlier this week, he mentions a constant problem in the team’s lineup, the inability to hit with runners in scoring position. The Sox’ RISP (sometimes called SPos) was a league-low .205. Some of the figures were embarrassing-David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Mike Napoli, Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez were all under .200. Since...
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Papi and Nap Homer in Sox Win!

The Red Sox came home to Fenway after splitting the road trip and moving out of the basement in the AL East.  The Sox had Wade Miley on the mound vs. Gallardo for the Rangers.  Miley pitched well in his last outing and he’d need to do the same last night.  More importantly the Sox offense would need to come to life and with homers from Ortiz and Napoli they did just that. The...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners Blank Sox; Split Series

The Red Sox lead the series 2-1 coming into Sunday’s day game.  The Sox had knuckleballer Steven Wright on the mound vs. James Paxton for the Mariners.  Wright was recently called up to replace Justin Masterson in the rotation.  Wright gave up a few runs, but had himself a positive spot start.  However since the Sox offense couldn’t scratch out a single run against the Mariners...
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Red Sox Bats Take Down King Felix!

The Red Sox came into the series 1-1, but to win this one they would need to beat Felix Hernandez who came into the game with a 6-0 record.  The Sox had Rick Porcello on the mound who has made his case to be the ace of the Sox rotation.  Porcello had himself a strong outing and the Sox offense was able to get to King Felix in order to get the win and the series lead. Rick Porcello...
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AL East Standings 5/15/15

I forgot to do the standings last week.  We were in last place.  It was no bueno. Here are the standings as of 5/15/15 for the AL East: The Red Sox are no longer sitting in the basement, but there is only a game in between the Sox and the Jays and O’s who are sitting down there.  There still is not a lot of distance in between the top and bottom when it comes to the AL East...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners Walk Off in the 9th on Sox!

The Red Sox came into the game winning two in a row and having two quality starts from their pitchers.  The Sox had Clay Buchholz on the mound and hoped he could continue that trend.  Buchholz did pitch what could be considered a gem, but got only one run in support from the Sox offense.  The game was tied in the 9th and Nelson Cruz ended up making the Sox pay with a walk off...
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Another Strong Start, Another Sox Win

The Red Sox headed to Seattle to face off against the Mariners in a 4 game series to finish off their west coast stretch.  The Sox had Joe Kelly on the mound who struggled mightily in his last start.  Kelly would not end up with the win, but he sure had himself a nice outing.  The Sox were able to get the go ahead run in the 9th inning and Koji Uehara did his magic and brought...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Wade Miley Comes Through & Brings Sox A Much Needed Win

The Red Sox came into the final game of the series with the A’s after a horrible performance from Justin Masterson the night before.  Wade Miley has previously had some problems as well, but he put them all behind him today and was able to work some magic to get out of trouble each and every time he got into a jam.  The Sox offense was able to get him a run or two which was enough...
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Steven Wright – Long Relief

Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright is a journeyman in the true sense of the word. Drafted by the Indians after a fine career at the University of Hawaii, he has changed teams (majors and minors) no less than 21 times, including three short stints with the Sox. Most recently, he was brought up Saturday from Pawtucket, where he posted a 3.66 ERA in 11 appearences. Though a...
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Masterson Struggles As Sox Lose to A’s

The Red Sox haven’t changed much since the hiring of their new pitching coach Carl Willis.  Justin Masterson took the mound on Tuesday night and wasn’t long before the Sox were in a big hole and he was sitting in the dugout.  Masterson has looked pretty hittable in almost all of his performances this season and I wonder if the Sox will have him make his next scheduled start...
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It Took 11 Innings, but Sox Took First Game From A’s

The Red Sox headed out on a west coast swing that included a series with the A’s and the Mariners.  The Sox had Rick Porcello on the mound who is the closest thing they have had to an actual ace since the 2015 season began vs. Scott Kazmir.  The score went back and forth all night and ended up going into extra innings.  The Sox were able to take the lead in the top of the 11th...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Sox Offense Comes to Life in Win Over Blue Jays!

The Red Sox had a team meeting after the loss yesterday and whatever it was that they said, it seemed to have worked.  Clay Buchholz was on the mound and it might have been the best we have seen him since Opening Day.  I am still not sure he’s the ace, but he sure looked like a pitcher that can find a place in the rotation.  More importantly, the Sox offense was hitting early...
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Sox Announce Carl Willis as the New Pitching Coach

The Red Sox parted way with Juan Nieves on Thursday and it only took them 2 days to officially announce his replacement.  The Sox announced that Carl Willis will officially be brought on as the pitching coach.  Willis has a lot of minor and major league experience and he has also worked alongside John Farrell when they were both in the Cleveland organization. What do I think about...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Sox Continue to Struggle in Loss to Jays

The Red Sox faced off last night without the power of David Ortiz or Hanley Ramirez in the lineup, but both bats returned today, so we all hoped that the offense would at least take some pressure off the slumping pitching.  Sadly, neither happened.  Joe Kelly struggled with finding the strike zone all afternoon and the Sox offense was only able to muster up one run in 9 innings...
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