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It’s September And Time For Sox To Shine

An old baseball adage says “Anything Can Happen in September”. The Red Sox are a team that has experienced the highs and lows of the dramatic September Pennant Races.

The Red Sox have steadily improved throughout this season spending many days in and out of first place. As our nation recovers from celebrating Labor Day weekend, the Sox find themselves tied with the Toronto Blue Jays for 1st place. With a respectable record of 77-61 and a high-octane powered offense, the Red Sox have a decent chance of capturing the AL East Pennant for 2016 or at least clinching the wild-card spot. In what could be David Ortiz’s last season anything short of the playoffs would be less than he deserves. read more

Sox Offense Has Been Key To Success in 2016

The Boston Red Sox now find themselves in second place (a few percentage points of difference) in the AL East Division behind the Baltimore Orioles. Things had been rolling along nicely but the Sox hit a wall of sorts and they have now lost six of their last ten games.  Still, the shuffle of the past two seasons saw seen them finish near the bottom so being nearly atop the division for a change is a welcome relief for Red Sox Nation. read more

Red Sox Hover Around .500 as First Month of Season Comes To a Close

As the first month of the 2016 season comes to a close the Red Sox have been playing some solid baseball. Looking to improve on last years difficult season the Red Sox changed General Managers and have been getting solid contributions from players that were added to bolster the pitching staff. More importantly they are playing well together again and functioning once again as a team. read more

Red Sox Open Season in Spectacular Fashion on the Road in Cleveland

In what he currently states will be his last Opening Day Road Game….David Ortiz was quoted as saying “It’s the beginning of the season” then after hitting a amazing 2-Run HR in the ninth inning at Progressive Field…. he followed up with “As the light goes on, so goes Big Papi!”. read more

Right Price for the Red Sox

Last season the Red Sox Struggled to fill the huge gap left by Jon Lester going to the Chicago Cubs. Many pitchers tried but Lester’s mastery on the mound has been proven to be irreplaceable. Entering this post season many in Red Sox nation expected and called for the signing of a big name free agent to balance out the starting rotation. GM Dave Dombrowski responded to this angst by delivering the top free agent pitcher of these winter meetings….. none other than Ace lefty David Price.

This is a major coup because not only does it give the Red Sox one of the most consistent lefties of the past 10 years…. Behind Lester of course…. but it keeps rival teams in the AL East like Champion Toronto Blue Jays, big spenders New York Yankees and competitive Tampa Bay from using the tall lefties wide array of pitching skills against them on a regular basis. read more

Lefty Rookie Henry Owens Goes To the Mound For the Red Sox

In their final weekend of the 2015 MLB season the Boston Red Sox will face the Cleveland Indians in a three game concluding series. It will put to an end a rather turbulent, up and down season for the Boston Baseball Team. Besieged by injuries, frequent personnel changes, and their manager’s sickness during an important part of the season it was very difficult for this year’s team to string together any continuing sense of camaraderie or a team-building atmosphere. Amidst all the turmoil, the Red Sox were still able to bounce back to have a spectacular record in September, making them hover around the .500 level as the regular season closes. Some players like David Ortiz (who in a definite Hall of Fame highlight treated fans to his 500th Career Homerun) ,Xander Bogaerts(First career Grand Slam last week) , and Brock Holt(the Lone All-Star Representative) put up amazing numbers that show they can contribute to the team for years to come. Players like Mookie Betts, Blake Swihart, and even Jackie Bradley Jr. had an amazing amount of playing time where they removed any doubts to show that they can compete at the MLB level consistently. These prospects and one of the better performing Farm Systems in MLB should relieve many sighs and worries within Red Sox Nation about the future of the club. The main needle in the foot of the Red Sox this season however was their lack of pitching. Clay Buchholz started strong but the heavy load caused him to be injured and he finished the season on the DL. Pitchers like Miley, Porcello, and Rodriguez displayed moments of brilliance where they could step up and pick up the slack but the Sox are going to have to trade for consistent starters to go work along with a re-strengthened bullpen if they want any real chance of competing next season. Luckily, Dave Dombrowski has been proven and hired to be able to assemble and re-build amazing pitching staffs. Sadly, for the current Red Sox it looks for now like a lot of re-working will have to be done. In this final weekend series facing the Cleveland Indians ……………… Lefty Rookie Henry Owens goes to the mound to show his abilities Friday Night, with a Pitcher to be Determined on Saturday , and Rick Porcello pitching the final game on Sunday. Owens has had some decent games and his E.R.A. is solidly in the 3’s (not bad for a rookie) he looks to be part of the as of now unclear puzzle of Re-building a pitching squad that is in much need of help. Let’s hope the Red Sox Re-building process goes smoothly during the end of this season, through the Off-Season(including Winter Meetings), and into early next year. This Sox Fan thinks it may take most of an exciting 2016 which will be a return to playoffs season that will set up the Red Sox to be back at the top in 2017, 2018, and beyond. So please be patient Fenway Faithful as we continue to say Go Sox Go.

Red Sox Winding Down Season Against the Orioles

The Red Sox have had a rough season. Loaded with talent they got off to a decent start but the lack of solid pitching, personnel changes and injuries have taken a toll on them and have made it difficult to string together enough wins to post at least a .500 record. With about 10 games to play they have returned to their winning ways in the month of September but face a deficit from frequent summer losses that looks to be insurmountable. Some players like Ortiz, and Bogaerts who hit his first Major League grand sllam this past week have been bright spots in an otherwise turbulent, albeit up and down season. The Red Sox are looking to rebound against the surging Baltimore Orioles who make the trip to Fenway to face some Rookie pitchers and then Henry Owens on Sunday. Wren has now joined Dombrowski’s team as they look to re-build and re-structure a winning roster for next season. Let’s hope they turn things around sometime soon.

Legendary Red Sox Hitter David Ortiz Finally Joins 500 Homerun Club

We all knew it would happen sometime….then finally it happened last Saturday September 12, 2015. Red Sox 1B/DH/3-time World Champion David Ortiz has now joined the All-Important 500 Homerun Club. Making him a stronger contender for the MLB Hall of Fame, maybe even on a first ballot! (Anything later will be an injustice!) read more

Red Sox Reeling Yet Try to Look for Positives as they Take on Phillies

The Red Sox are undeniably having a rough season. Still reeling from the illness of manager John Farrell and many injuries, Sandoval, Ramirez, Buchholz etc. one cannot blame them too much for falling out of contention in the playoff race for this season. read more

Red Sox Riding 3-Game Winning Streak Into Weekend

The Boston Red Sox come off a wild week where they are riding a hope-filled 3 game winning streak after posting a 6-4 record in their last 10 games. They are not completely out of the playoff race due to a wild card possibility but are a difficult 12 and a half games behind in the always competitive AL East. In fact, in a sudden offensive resurgence….. the Red Sox scored 22 runs in one game where they welcomed the return of future prospect and minor leaguer Jackie Bradley Jr. to the Big League Ballclub. This game was played  shortly after the team heard of the illness of manager John Farrell, the trade of Mike Napoli to the Texas Rangers, and that GM Ben Cherington was soon to be replaced by Dave Dombrowski from the Detroit Tigers. read more

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. read more

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. read more

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