Sox Beat Yanks, Uehara News Overshadows Victory

Grady Sizemore helped lift the Red Sox to a big early season win over the Yankees when he crushed a 3-run homer in the 6th inning of Friday night’s game. The real news was that Edward Mujica was chosen to close out the 4-2 victory leading to questions about why Koji Uehara was not available in the obvious save situation.  Continue reading “Sox Beat Yanks, Uehara News Overshadows Victory” »

Game 2 of 162: Red Sox defeat Orioles 6-2

Game 2 of the 2014 season ended with a better outcome than Game 1 did for the Red Sox. Lackey pitched very well giving up only two runs in six innings. The Red Sox were helped offensively by four RBI from Napoli and four hits from Dustin Pedroia.

Game 3 will be Thursday night in Baltimore. Rain is expected right around the start of the game so it will be interesting to see if they can get in a full game Thursday evening. A long night in Baltimore on Thursday would not be ideal since they have to fly home Thursday night for a 2:05 p.m. game at Fenway on Friday. We all know that the pre-game ceremony will be a lengthy one early Friday afternoon.

Takeaways – Game 1 of 162

First, the offense is going to be just fine. Obviously, there were some concerned Red Sox fans due in large part to the departures of Jacoby Ellsbury and Stephen Drew. Well, mostly Ellsbury. Plus, David Ortiz is a year older and offensively he is bound to hit the same wall that every aged player inevitably hits. Continue reading “Takeaways – Game 1 of 162” »

Prediction Time: 2014 Edition

Last time I wrote a column here, it turned out to be rather prophetic, but perhaps my 2013 predictions were not quite as good. Still, I will claim victories for having the Red Sox in the playoffs (something that most people did not predict), and I also had the Yankees finishing 4th in the division. I had the Tigers winning the central (pretty easy). I had the Braves winning the NL East. Other than that, not so good with the predictions.

Here we go with my 2014 predictions: Continue reading “Prediction Time: 2014 Edition” »

The Red Sox Should Give Up

First, let me start by saying that I purposely baited you into reading this article with a controversial title. Second, I don’t believe a word of it. This blog post is meant to mock those that thought the Red Sox should have never traded for Jake Peavy and noted that the Red Sox should be sellers at the trade deadline.

If you are a frequent follower of my tweets, you know by now that I love the trade for Peavy. By now you know all of the numbers. Peavy has a higher WAR than any pitcher on the Red Sox over the last 2 seasons. He’s a gamer. He’s a winner. On Saturday nigh, he showed us just how much he cares about winning. After the game he said, “Winning is what it’s about. It’s always fun to win, I don’t care where you win, even if you win ping-pong in the clubhouse.” This is the perfect guy to come help the 2013 Red Sox get over the little mid season slump they have been in. Oh, and the two walk-off wins on Wednesday and Thursday helped, too.  Continue reading “The Red Sox Should Give Up” »

Craig Breslow: Underrated Arm

By the very nature of the job, pitchers whose main role is throwing in middle relief tend to be underrated. For some reason, the baseball world still bases their bullpen on archaic stats like saves, so the ninth inning pitchers get 90% of the glory, with the rest going to the setup guy pitching in the 8th. Oftentimes, it can seem like the 6th and 7th innings can’t have the same high-leverage situations are later in the game. Because of this, Craig Breslow’s contributions to the team this year have gone vastly underrated.

Breslow is in the midst of his second stint with the Red Sox, having previously been here in 2006, at the start of his career when he only pitched 12 innings. After bouncing around to a few different teams, he was traded to the Red Sox for the unimpressive package of Scott Podsednik and Matt Albers at deadline last season. Before the trade, he had pitched 43-1/3 innings in Arizona, with a 2.70 ERA and a 43/14 K/(BB+HBP) ratio. After coming to Boston he posted the exact same ERA in 20 innings. Continue reading “Craig Breslow: Underrated Arm” »

Lester’s Woes on the Mound Continue

Jon Lester’s struggles have continued after he started against the Baltimore Orioles yesterday afternoon. He lost again yesterday, and has not been able to win for a streak of 6 starts. His last win seems very far away as it occurred on May 15th.  After not recording a win in several outings, it must be very frustrating for a starter like Lester.

Lester has pitched 94.2 innings in baseball so far this season. He has given up 92 hits, 48 runs, 11 home-runs, and walked 33 batters on the year. His opponent’s batting average has risen to .251. In April, his opponents were batting .220 against him. He currently has a 6-4 record in 15 starts. His ERA stands at 4.37. Continue reading “Lester’s Woes on the Mound Continue” »

Bidding Adieu to Derek Lowe

I started watching the Red Sox on a full-time basis in 1999, the year Pedro Martinez put up arguably the best season by any starting pitcher in the history of baseball. Since that time, there have been many different players who have donned the Boston jersey, some for longer than others. Among them was Derek Lowe, who joined the team in 1997, and stayed in town through the magical 2004 season. That span was the time I morphed into the baseball fan I am today, and Lowe was a big part of it. In a sad bit of news over this past weekend, Nick Cafardo reported that the right hander has decided to hang up his cleats, telling his agent not to seek any new job opportunities.

Sixteen years ago, the Red Sox made one of their best trades in team history, sending relief arm Heathcliff Slocumb in exchange for Lowe and longtime catcher Jason Varitek. The pair would go on to be a big part of the most memorable team in franchise history. Continue reading “Bidding Adieu to Derek Lowe” »

Red Sox Top the Rays in Extra Innings

John Lackey was on the hill for the Red Sox as they opened up a three game series against Tampa Bay. What seemed to be just another regular season game was anything but one. This is a game that is sure to be remembered a while.

The Red Sox struck first, picking up six runs in the top of the first inning against Alex Cobb. The first eight batters for the Red Sox safely reached base paving the way to six big runs. It seemed like a game that the Red Sox had in the bag. Tampa Bay quickly responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first. The Red Sox had a solid four run lead. Everyone was thinking that this was Boston’s game to win. Tampa Bay obviously didn’t. They rallied.  The Rays persevered and kept applying pressure to Lackey.  By the fourth inning the score of the game was 6-4. The Rays were within two runs. The lead didn’t seem as if it would hold for long. Continue reading “Red Sox Top the Rays in Extra Innings” »