Author: Tim Scott (page 2 of 3)

Ortiz and Bogaerts Carry Struggling Red Sox As Trading Deadline Approaches

David Ortiz hit HRs last Sunday with a career high 7 R.B.I’s in last Sunday’s Baseball Game. Of Course, the Red Sox won as their Future Hall of Famer Desdignated Hitter showed that he can still produce. Meanwhile, in Cooperstown legendary Red Sox Pitcher and fellow 2004 Champion gave a rousing final speech of the day as a new batch of players were inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame.

With several up and comers like Brock Holt, Mookie Betts, Blake Swihart, and Christian Vasquez…. one has to wonder if the Sox Farm System will make any Hall of Fame caliber players. Xander bogaerts is probably the best hope that area as he already has a 2013 championship under his belt, leads the team with a .317 avg. and continues to perform in the clutch …earning the name Mr. Walkoff.

Ortiz and Bogaerts have been carrying the Red Sox offense as Pedroia is sidelined due to injury. unfortunatley the pitching has been subpar and as today is the trading deadline, many expect and are indeed calling for some big moves to aid the Red sox in a pennat drive for the final 2 months….the most important for any team. Go Sox.

Post All-Star Break: Red Sox Stumble Out of Starting Gates: Looking to Regroup and Possibly Trade Up.

It appears at this point in the season and after last weeks stumbling to get a win after the All-Star Break…. that the Red Sox are in need of some extra help and quickly at that.

With the trading deadline less than a week away I would be shocked if the Red Sox did not make some major-league deals. Manager John Farrell and upper management have already alluded to the fact of this happening unless performances improve soon. It will be extremely interesting to see exactly what types of moves will be made. Should the Sox land another set of players for a Pennant chase this season or re-strategize to trade up for the future? Either way, it looks like the Sox will enjoy a solid core of strong up and coming players for many years to come.

They are now 12 games back in the AL East standings but capable of a comeback that will definitely require extremely effective pitching and extra defensive help. Inexperienced rookies are unlikely to get the job done but a core of veterans could turn around their prospects for this season rapidly.

In what looks like a last-ditch effort to salvage their playoff hopes for this season the Red Sox face the Detroit Tigers in a weekend series. Porcello pitches Friday. Steven Wright pitches Saturday and the Rookie Lefty Rodriguez goes at it on Sunday.

The Sox have been hitting well but have been unable to pick up wins especially in close contests. Ortiz hit 2 HRS this week and Napoli is contributing again but the team and the bullpen dropped some tight games including a 1-0 loss to Anaheim where Angels Superstar Mike Trout hit a bottom of the ninth HR off of closer Koji Uehara last Friday night. The rest of last weekends series was besieged by a huge Socal storm postponing some games and forcing the Sox to play a doubleheader on Monday where the results were less than satisfying. They looked to rebound against a better Astros team in Texas but lost games there as well. A tough road trip for our heroes so far.

With the A.L. winning homefield advantage in the World Series again for this year with their resounduing All-Star game Victory… the opportunity is excellent for the Red Sox to have a successful playoff chance as well as something to play for. Red Sox fans would be more than excited to see another World Series being wrapped up at beautiful Fenway Park again in October. For the current time being….. August and September often happen to be the most exciting months for Baseball action and will also be the time where we all find out if the 2015 season Red Sox have what it takes to be successful. Let’s hope so. Go Sox Go.

Sox Trying To Keep Momentum Alive Into Second Half of Season.

Currently, after a much deserved Thursday night off and riding a 4 game winning streak, the Boston Red Sox head into their weekend series against the Yankees before the ever important All-Star Game.

Verified pitching ace and righty Clay Buchholz gets the ball in the Friday night opening game against the rival New York Yankees. He has been spectacular in his last six starts and shown that he is someone the Sox can count on to pitch in big games. Plainly and simply if he gets run support the team has an excellent chance to win games. Koji has been back in good form too anchoring a struggling bullpen to clamp down some much needed wins to keep the Red Sox alive in the Al East playoff Race.

After beating the Astros and the Miami Marlins the Red Sox have proven that they are not quitting on this season as some have suggested. This weekend’s wonderful return to Fenway Park to face the Yanks is the perfect opportunity to make a statement that they are playing to Win and will not fade away!

David Ortiz has hit 15 Hr’s so far this season while also filling in at 1st base, Brock Holt has been impressive even earning a well-deserved spot on the All-Star squad, Mookie betts has been dazzling onllokers with his all-around hustle/play while Xander Bogaerts has quietly been becoming a star who can come through in the clutch with the game winning hit.

All these are positives going froward for the Red Sox to build on as they head into the Home Stretch in Baseball’s Second Half of the season. Hopefully, the Red Sox will take their cue from the local Boston Football team… the New England Patriots… who were down at half-time in last year’s Super Bowl 49 only to make a blazing comeback to secure the Championship Trophy. The Red Sox have been there before and if anything have shown three times in the last 10 years that they can handle the pressure.

Manager John Farrell has been taking a no nonsense approach in keeping the team not only focused on the tasks at hand but also remaining committed to playing for this season’s playoffs. He has been rotating lots of players throughout the lineup and at several various positions not only to add to their experience but also to meet the practical needs of the team. This re-shuffling may have led to some ups/downs but I think it will strengthen the team and make it so many players can contribute if there are any trades, injuries, etc.

Time will tell us what is in store for this season’s Red Sox. So far i’d say it’s been an entertaining show. However, the team is extremely capable of putting together long winning streaks in large part due to the fact that their lineup is almost equal to that of an All-Star team. This bodes well for the Red Sox’s chances. Once the pitching staff kinks are ironed out the rest of Baseball had better Watch Out because the Red Sox are Coming Back Soon. Go Sox.

Red Sox Win Weekend Series Against Royals and Then Flounder vs. Orioles.

The Sox looked sharp against the Royals last weekend taking 2 out of 3 vs. the Royals to win the series. This was an important statement that shows the Red Sox can win against quality opponents. At a record of 32-42 this is an important rallying point to remember. Most strong teams play their best baseball after the All-Star Break. This is the part of the Baseball when significant winning streaks occur and champions are crowned.

The Red Sox bats are finally waking up and runs are being produced in many high scoring games….The only downside is outside of Buchholz pitching consistently…. the remaining starters on the Red Sox pitching staff look like they are breaking up.

This issue can be and is expected to be improved. Knowing and having seen his dominance for many years with the Sox…. I am probably not alone in finding it difficult to see Jon Lester now pitch with another team. Rodriguez is a talented Lefty but has shown he needs experience and time to develop. The acquistion of one or two proven starters will make a huge difference for the Staff and the entire team.

Baseball is a game of many ups and downs. As George Will pointed out in his Baseball Tribute Book…” Men At Work” written 25 years ago….[what other profession calls you successful when you fail 7 out of 10 times(Bat .300) and approaching greatness when you fail 6 out of 10 times(Bat .400)?]

Ironically isn’t it something more than coincidence that A Red Sox Slugger (The Greatest Hitter that ever lived named Ted Williams wore a Boston Red Sox uniform? You might want to check out another current slugger called David Ortiz while he’s around I hear he ain’t so bad either. ;). Have a Safe, Fun, And Happy Summer Everyone and Go Sox.

Red Sox Split Series With Braves: Looking To ReSurge Against Royals This Weekend.

The Boston Red Sox are a team that is definitely looking to rebound and hopefully going to once again Resurge. That is exactly what needs to happen in this weekend’s road series against last season’s World Series Runner-ups…. the Kansas City Royals.

After a decent week that saw Brock Holt hit for the Cycle( a feat that hasn’t happened for a while), some added run-support from the Red Sox Batters(including a game where they scored 9 Runs), and Clay Buchholz pick up a masterful win that solidifies him as anchor of the pitching staff …..
Under-Fire Manager John Farrell must feel somewhat relieved. Out of frustration at the Under-performing and seemingly unfocused 2015 team(ie. the Kung-Fu Panda Instagram Benching Incident), some fans are questioning if Farrell is such a good fit as manager of this team.

An online fan called for him to be replaced immediately with Jason Varitek who works within the organization.There is lots of excessive drama like this happening on talk radio, sports shows etc. as so many cannot figure how such a talented team cannot simply string together wins. Red Sox Nation always expects their team to be competetive as they very well should be!

However, I think it is too early to give up on the 2015 Sox. They are well within the playoff race and Farrell is signed long-term.They’ve been to and won the World Series recently. Only two years ago folks! ūüôā

There are obvious holes in Pitching especially the bullpen but this is more of a personnel problem than managerial. I am expecting a few trades to remedy this and if not the Red Sox have some of the best up and coming stars in their Awesome Minor League System….. Many of whom are already up with the Big Major League Squad at Fenway Park and they have been performing well. Take a look at Rodriguez, Castillo, and Betts. Sometimes you wonder if the Sox are so good that it’s hard to find somehow to squeeze it all into one lineup. 

This week will be a big test to prove how strong this year’s Red Sox team is. The Kansas City Royals are one of the top teams as are the Baltimore Orioles. The Red Sox face both during this grueling week in June. If they can win both series I would say their prospects are excellent for being in the running come playoff time. I am certain that John Farrell has made them all well aware of this and probably even mentioned that if they don’t take these series that they should be ready for some major trades. This unpredictability factor is part of what makes Baseball such an exciting sport to follow. So much can happen over the course of an entire season and it always keeps fans and writers like me not only entertained but also always busy. 

While June Gloom Continues to Linger…. Red Sox Look for Redemption in Weekend Series Vs. The Blue Jays.

It isn’t easy being A Red Sox fan. While we have had many high highs(3 Extremely Impressive World Series Victories) in the last 11 years there have also been some unexpected lows. This shouldn’t be looked at as a bad thing however…..instead look at the Red Sox team just keeping the fans on their toes. Whether wins or losses, homeruns or strikeouts in the rough that is Baseball…. that is more often than not….simply how it goes. Where will the Boston Red Sox be at the end of this Season??!! At this time it appears the answer to that question is your guess is as good as mine and nobody knows! 

While all this makes for some exciting drama and some interesting articles …… ūüėČ

I think at this point most Sox fans would rather see their beloved team return to it’s winning ways.A huge opportunity comes this weekend in their series against fellow AL East contender…. The Toronto Blue Jays. 

Joe Kelly gets the ball Friday Night. With some fellow teammates recently getting sent to the minors this should be an opportunity to show Manager John Farrell(who is feeling the heat while facing some recent adversity) and the Big League ball club that he belongs with them.

pitching has been at times amazing but in reality remains a huge question mark depp into this season. Do the Red Sox have enough pitching for a successful season? If they are talented enough why aren’t they performing. This has many Sox fans scratching their heads and saying…. Why is it like this?….Does this underperformance have a reason? 

Many fans would like to see the Sox obtain some well known lefties to fill the Gap that Lester filled and return the Red Sox to pitching dominance. Cole Hamels is one such Lefty who has popped up in trade talks. Luckily another Lefty Rodriguez who pitches this Sunday after righty Buchholz goes at it again this Saturday…. has been picking up wins while pitching consistently in his first few Rookie starts.

Hopefully the Red Sox can bounce back against the Blue Jays after being swept by the Orioles earlier this week. Even 2 out of 3 should be enough to put them back on the Road to Redemption. Go Sox.

Red Sox Looking to Improve: A Few Bright Spots Occur During A Turbulent Week.

General Manager Ben Cherington took most of the blame on Friday for the current Red Sox underperformance. He did not point fingers at Manager John Farrell as he easily could have and said that the team is ” ironing out their problems from within for now”. He also stated that the Red Sox would be actively pursuing trades to solidify the team during the busy Baseball months of June And July.

Many Fans are wondering how the Red Sox could be in the basement of the AL East with so many good players on this year’s team. They have played tough opponents however and are trying to successfully integrate a solid core of veterans with an up and coming roster of rookies. This is never an easy task. The Red Sox management and owners from John Henry to Ben Cherington to John Farrell have stessed that they are doing this all while pursuing an AL East Title.

This past week was somewhat turbulent in immediate results though. The Red Sox dropped the last game against the Rangers on Sunday. However, after the Monday game was postponed….. they played Minnesota again. Clay Buchholz stepped up and surrendered 0 runs in a spectacular 1-0 Red Sox Win. The next game a bright spot occured as Lefty Rookie Pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez picked up the win as the Red Sox scored 6 and the twins only had 3 and his record improved to 2-0. It seems that there will be a roster spot for Rodriguez as Porcello and Kelly struggle and Wright pitches… fans are wondering who will be sent back to Pawtucket.

As the pitching staff looks to settle into a consistency….they cannot have games like Thursday where they were up 4-0 , the bullpen then collapsed and Uehara got roughed up taking the loss for the night. Some pitcher’s may need to be re-shuffled to address this problem for the Red sox to have a good chance at being competitive in the stretch run.

This weekend’s matchup against the Oakland Athletics will answer some important questions as Miley and Kelly get starts to show what they can continue to do for the team.. Hanley Ramirez is back and the bats should be warming up to support the starting pitching when it does perform well. The Red Sox lineup is still stacked and will be exciting to watch during the fun Summer months to come.
Let’s Go Sox.

Don’t Count Out Sox Just Yet

As the All-Star Break rapidly approaches the Boston Red Sox sit with a record of 22-26. Many have started to write-off the 2015 season, yet fail to recognize that the Sox are still only a few games back in a weakened yet competitive AL East Division. If last weekend’s series against the Angels is any indication, they are a team bouncing back from the brink of disaster. 

After losing the first game of the three game homestand vs. the Anaheim Angels, the Red Sox surprisingly won the next two games.  Mike Napoli went off (finally) hitting 3 HR over the weekend….giving him 7 for the year. Despite the struggles, the Red Sox have impressively shown that they can win in bounceback fashion.  If guys like Napoli can continue to turn around, the Sox could be on their way to future success. 

Sadly, after the series win vs the Angels, the Sox dropped a few games against the Minnesota Twins, despite a good outing from Clay Buchholz. The games were close throughout and the Red Sox were definitely competitive. Fans are only hoping that they can get a few more pieces to come together. 

As to other positive developments–Blake Swihart has stepped up to hold down the catcher position while contributing both defensively and in the batter’s box. Rookie Mookie Betts is continuing to impress while Dustin Pedroia plays a solid 2nd base.  While the hitting isn’t quite there for ‘Laser Show’, I predict Pedroia will turn around from here on in.  ‘Kung Fu Panda’ Pablo Sandoval continues to tear up opposing pitchers.  This might be Ben’s best move over the off-season.  

The Red Sox bounced back Thursday night in the first of 4 games in Texas vs. the Rangers. They won 5-1. In tonight’s matchup Steven Wright (the knuckle-ball pitcher not the funny Boston-Native comedian) takes to the mound, while Wade Miley goes at it Saturday, and Joe Kelly gives it another try on Sunday.

Manager John Farrell definitely has his work cut out for him as he looks to turnaround a percieved sinking ship. He recently had his contract extended, but many of the talking heads on sports radio are calling for Farrell’s head. Let’s give him a little leeway–he wasn’t exactly handed a staff full of aces, so let’s not start to judge until the season progresses a bit further.  I hope the Red Sox can get back to the playoffs and World Series here in 2015. Another championship run this season would be one of the best that Major League Baseball has ever seen. The fans need to get back into it, support those Sox, and watch as some good baseball action begins to take place. Go Sox and Enjoy the Show.

Red Sox Roll Into Memorial Day Weekend With Many Lingering Questions

At a Clip of 19-22 and riding a 1 game winning streak….the Boston Red Sox roll into their Memorial Day Weekend matchup with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at beautiful Fenway Park. Coming off of last night’s 3-0 victory over the Oakland A’s, throughout this season these Red Sox have shown moments of brilliance like on Opening Day where they won 8-0 with Bucholz pitching scoreless innings and Hanley Ramirez hammering the ball out of the park with a HR and a grand slam. Since then, they have played fairly well at times….but many questions linger as the bats have gone cold, injuries to Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez have taken some wind out of the sails, and the pitching staff struggles to find an identity under an unexpected pitching coaching change.

On the brighter side of things, the season is still early… there is lots of Baseball left to be played and it is usually much better for a team to iron out the problems in their armor BEFORE the All- Star Break. Many fans expect a trade or acquisition of some veteran Starting pitching to go along with a young and developing starting rotation.This will be especially handy….no pun intended….during any successful playoff run. The playoffs are exactly where the Red Sox hope to be come October, they are within striking distance in a tight AL East Race, and are loaded with awesome talent to go along with their experience.

The Red Sox Farm System has been one of the best in Baseball in bringing up future Baseball Stars! The trend continues this season and in exciting news out of Pawtucket, Rhode Island… it was recently announced that
Minor Leaguer …Rusney Castillo, who had some good games during this past Spring Training will soon be moving up to the Big Leagues to help the ball club immediately. Sadly, this means Jackie Bradley Jr. has been optioned but will find somewhere for his services. Mookie Betts has shown that the CF postion is his… at least for now he fills up that wide hole and has made many amazing offensive as well as defensive contributions to the team.

The Anaheim Angels are always a formidable opponent and a fine Baseball team to watch. Before their shocking early exit from last year’s playoffs, they had the best record in the American League. The Kansas City Royals reminded everyone though that the playoff are a season all of their own and a Wild-Card team can make an incredible Post-Season run. Unlike the Royals however, Red Sox fans are more than familiar with going all the way, pulling out the broom to sweep their opponent, AND capturing a Title in their spectacular Wild Card fashion. After all, it’s what the 2004 Boston Red Sox did after 86 years of struggle and frustration. Go Sox Go!

What a wonderful pleasure and privelege it is to be a Boston Red Sox Fan. Have a Happy Kickoff to Summer and a Nice Memorial Day Weekend.

Victorino Hits Homerun As Sox Win First of Four In Seattle

¬†Te Boston Red Sox headed into Seattle to play the first of a Four Game Road Series at the Mariners’ Safeco Field. Perhaps, the team has bounced back from recent pitching controversies as Joe Kelly pitched 6.1 solid innings and the Red Sox won 2-1. The Red Sox knew it would not be easy to go into Seattle especially since this is the first Boston sports team to do so since the Patriots won the Super Bowl over Seattle in a spectacular and unanticpated ¬†last minute interception by Malcolm Butler…. leaving many Seattle fans shocked and upset.
Amazingly, Shane Victorino was the hero for the night blasting a Homerun during the 2-1 victory. Many fans were surprised to hear the fact that this has been his first Homer of the year as he has seen limited action playing in the outfield.
Tonight, the series continues with Pitcher Clay Buchholz taking to the mound. With the former pitching coach being replaced, Buchholz needs to show what he can do to be the anchor of the staff. With the new pitching coach the rotation will probably be shaken up as other Pitchers are acquired.
 We will have to wait and see how the new Pitching Coach re-formulates a staff that will hopefully, carry the Boston Red Sox through the playoffs and once again into the World Series. As Dustin Pedroia would attest to a World Series Win this season has to be the goal of the team. buckle your seatbelt and Enjoy the Ride Red Sox fans as we are in for another fun and exciting Baseball Season. Go Sox.

Red Sox Are Back On Track

Not only are the Boston Red Sox back…. but they appear to be once again Back¬†on Track. After the first week of exciting regular season action the Red Sox, are perched atop the AL East Division with an overall record of 5 Wins and 2 Losses. That’s a winning percentage of .714.
The Red Sox started this 2015 season on¬†the road in Philadelphia. Clay Buchholz was the Opening Day starter and dazzled the Red Sox Faithful by pitching masterfully for seven innings…. surrendering no runs, striking out 9, and walking only one. Manager John Farrell must have had a huge sigh of relief after this performance as Buchholz is expected to anchor the staff as the #1 starter while¬†the other pitchers (Miley, Masterson, Kelly,Porcello and Workman) carefully ease into their starting pitcher roles to complete the staff. Many are also expecting¬†trades to pick up a proven starter like a Cole Hamels. However, on this Opening Day Buchholz showed that he was the better Number 1 starter in picking up the win 8-0! Dustin Pedroia and Hanley Ramirez hit homeruns in the victory with Hanley Ramiorez showing he will be a force…. even hitting a Grand Slam to close the door on any¬†rallies by the Phillies. Red Sox Nation was quite pleased with this¬†impressive win.
After taking 2 out of 3 in the opening road series…. the Red Sox travelled up north to face the Yankees. They would again take 2 out of three as the bats of the veterans started to wake up. Victorino, Ortiz, and Napoli showed that despite injuries they can still contribute with their steady play. The Yankees were befuddled by this strong 2015 Red Sox team and upset in their own stadium losing the series while barely getting a win. The Red Sox know they have to subdue the Yankees and the Orioles if they want any chance of winning the AL Pennant. So Far So Good!
Finally, our Heroes…. the Boston Red Sox made their way back to Boston’s Fenway Park for the Home Opener. Red Sox Legends Pedro Martinez, David Ortiz, and Patriots QB Tom Brady hung out before the Opener with Pedro even throwing batting practice to former baseball player Brady! The 3¬† Red Sox World series Championship Trophies were displayed along with the recent Patriot’s Super Bowl on the storied Fenway Park Field. In a great way to start the season Tom Brady was invited to throw out the First Pitch. Brady inadvertently through a slider that one hopped in front of the plate with a bounce….¬†but of course…. acting as Catcher Big David Ortiz helped him save face by scooping it up before it could escape to the back stop. The crowd chuckled knowing Tom Brady is definitely¬†more suited to throwing footballs. Nevertheless David Ortiz congratulated Brady with one of his now trademarked Big Papi hugs.
The Red Sox then played ball against the Washington Nationals in what would turn out to be another spectacular game. Rick Porcello made his pitching debut with the Boston Ballclub and enjoyed a¬†wonderful amount of¬†run support. The Red Sox would go on to win 9-4. With Ortiz chipping in a HR while 22-Year Old CF Mookie Betts put on what looked like a Baseball skills clinic….. Stealing 2 consecutive bases, Homering again, and even defensively¬†robbing an important comeback¬†HR while playing a solid Centerfield. On an amazing team of athletes Mookie Betts looks to be another incredible everyday player that will make the team better.¬†And did I mention that¬† RP Koji Uehara was activated again from the diasabled list on Monday April 13? This means when the Red Sox aren’t¬†winning by wide margins they will once again have one of the best closers of the past few seasons.¬†The future looks bright¬†indeed for the these 2015 Boston Red Sox as they continue their quest for another Pennant.

Red Sox Win On Opening Day in a Spectacular Way!

After a great Spring Training of good vibes, friendly camaraderie, and awesome hitting displays…. the Red Sox rolled their winning ways into Opening Day in quite¬†a spectacular showing by winning handily 8-0. It is hard to imagine a first game of the season going any better and if they continue to play this way…. any Red Sox fan has to be very¬†excited for this new 2015 Season.
The Red Sox left their JetBlue Park in Fort Meyers, Florida with an overall Spring Training Record of 17-12. This put them in fourth place in the American League. More importantly though…. Red Sox players were found to be near the top in statistical categories ranging¬†from batting, to fielding, to pitching. After a short weekend break….. Manager John Farrell brought the team to Philadelphia for Opening Day and boy did they ever show that they were¬†well¬† prepared. They faced the Phillies and proven Pitcher Left -Handed Pitcher Cole Hamels. Dustin¬†Pedroia stepped up again in the first inning to belt a Homerun to Left-Center Field. In the third inning, ¬†Mookie Betts punctuated the fact that he will be a valuable batter in the Red Sox lineup by blasting a Homerun. In the Fifth, Pedroia took Cole Hamels deep again with another shot into the bleachers of Citizens Bank Park.¬†Not to be outdone… Hanley Ramirez hit a HR in the same inning finally forcing Hamels to exit the game.
Meanwhile, Clay Buchholz worked on a pitching gem in his first Opening Day as the Red Sox #1 starter. He kept the Phillies hitless throughout the first three innings as the Red Sox batters jumped to an early lead. In a very solid and promising outing he would go on to pitch 7 scoreless innings surrendering no runs, striking out 9, and walking only 1! The Red Sox will rely heavily on Buchholz as they re-build the pitching staff and possibly trade for some more experienced starters to round out a rotation that struggled heavily last season.
MVP of the day and the subsequent¬†Bear Hug by David Ortiz(who started at 1st base)¬†has to go to Hanley Ramirez when he hammered a Grand Slam off the left field foul pole in the top of the Ninth¬†bringing home¬†teammates Allen Craig, Mookie Betts, and Mike Napoli!¬†Final Score after Tazawa pitched the 8th and Layne closed the Ninth….. Boston Red Sox 8 Philadelphia Phillies 0. …..Putting the Red Sox in first place in the Al East. So far So Good for the 2015 Sox! A trend we all hope will continue.
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