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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.

Opportunity Knocks for Struggling Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox reach the quarter pole of the 2015 MLB season this week in disappointing fashion. After opening the campaign as favorites to claim the American League pennant, and strong 10/1 odds to win their second World Series title in three years, the Red Sox have tumbled to a distant 25/1 in MLB betting at the online sportsbooks.

With just 19 wins in their first 40 contests, Boston enters the second quarter of the season trailing in the AL East standings by 2.5 games, behind both the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees, who were described as this year’s Beast of the AL East in a recent report by BettingSports.com.

While plenty of season remains for the Red Sox to overcome their slow start, the club missed a golden opportunity to establish themselves as a division leader during the first six weeks of the season.

Boston has faced AL East opponents in 25 of their first 40 games, but has tallied only 10 wins in those contests, well behind both the Rays and Yankees, each of whom have posted 16-13 divisional records.

Fortunately for the Sox, they do not face New York or Tampa again until late June. Starting with their Memorial Day weekend series against the Los Angeles Angels, Boston has 17 dates on the schedule with AL Central and AL West opponents, against whom they have earned a 75-66 record since the start of the 2013 season.

In particular, a combined 10 games against the Minnesota Twins and struggling Oakland A’s could prove to be the tonic to kickstart the Red Sox campaign.

Boston will be looking to build on their recent 7-2 record against Minnesota in seven upcoming matchups with the Twins. However, the Sox will be facing a much improved Twins squad, that is currently on pace to win 93 games this season after finishing dead last in the AL Central the last four years while averaging just over 66 wins per season.

Minnesota’s early success has not only raised the hopes of long-suffering Twins fans, but also buoyed the club’s World Series to 50/1, after opening the season trailing the pack at 100/1.

Conversely, it has been a difficult campaign for the A’s, who enter the holiday weekend with an American League-worst record of 14-28, a full 13 games back of the high-flying Houston Astros in the AL West standings, and have fallen to a distant 66/1 in World series betting.

The Red Sox took two of three from the A’s in a recent visit to Oakland, but are a middling 5-7 in their last 12 against the Athletics.

Boston will also need to get more production out of both their bats and arms if they are to reverse their fortunes in the coming weeks. The Red Sox enter the final 10 days of May at or near the bottom of most offensive stats categories, and top only the Toronto Blue Jays in team ERA.

The loss of starter Justin Masterson to a shoulder injury, combined with recent injuries to 3B Pablo Sandoval and RF Shane Victorino, further compounds the Red Sox early-season concerns, but with no team in the AL East running away with the division, the opportunity still exists for the Bosox to make a run at their eighth MLB Postseason berth in the last 12 years.

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 Looking For Answers One Month In

The Boston Red Sox have been in a bit of a funk ever since they hoisted the World Series trophy in 2013. A disastrous 2014 campaign was forgivable, but fans are already getting restless after a slow start. There are still five months of regular season action left, so they have time to figure it out. However, it looks like there are still some glaring weaknesses on the team at the moment.

Pitching was something most fans knew would be a concern, but that weakness has been the big theme so far this year. Up until this past week, the team had the worst ERA in daily fantasy baseball as far as starting pitching is concerned. They are counting on Justin Masterson, Wade Miley and Rick Porcello to be more consistent, but most fans are also expecting at least one move during the year to add more quality.

As far as big acquisitions, Pablo Sandoval is trending in the right direction while Hanley Ramirez is dealing with an injury issue. The shoulder injury might not be too serious to keep him out of the lineup for long, but he needs to be more consistent in general.

Finally, with an aging roster, Boston is counting on some of their youngsters to step up their roles. Mookie Betts has cooled off a bit after a hot start, but Xander Bogaerts is starting to step up at the plate. New catcher Blake Swihart has an opportunity to live up to high expectations as the new starter with Ryan Hanigan forced to miss some time.

Boston didn’t have a very good April, but no team is really running away with the AL East crown just yet. A few adjustments can possibly have them going in the right direction.

Sox Swept by Yankees as Joe Kelly Gets Hit Hard

Tough weekend for the Sox, as a sweep at the hands of the hated Yankees leaves the Sox in next to last place in the AL East, four games back from NY.  The Red Sox pitching continues to look horrendous, and it remains to be seen what steps might be taken to stop the bleeding.

BOSTON (AP) – Joe Kelly couldn’t stop the New York Yankees from finishing off a long weekend for the Boston Red Sox. Kelly lasted just 4 2-3 innings and gave up five runs for the third straight start as the Yankees completed a three-game series sweep over the Red Sox with an 8-5 win on Sunday… Continue reading

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.

As Spring Training Closes Out: Red Sox Bats Are Heating Up

Red Sox sluggers David Ortiz and Mike Napoli have seen limited action this spring due to nagging injuries. Manager John Farrell has been shuffling spring training lineups, experimenting to see who can step up and produce runs for the team in the 2015.  Ortiz and Napoli have been known to carry the team on their backs and were spectacular during the 2013 Championship drive.  However, given the struggles last season, the Red Sox will need some extra offensive punch to return to its past efficiency.

Sure it’s still spring training, but Mookie Betts has shown that he can hit with consistency.  Posting an average of .487 with 2 HRs with 5 RBIs and an astonishing .923 Slugging percentage, Mookie Betts looks to secure a spot with the squad going forward into the regular season. His blazing speed was on display with an inside-the-park home-run in this short spring training schedule where he has appeared in 13 games so far.  Betts’ league leading On-Base-Percentage of .512 makes him look like the best candidate for the Red Sox leadoff spot, a role the team has struggled to replace since Jacoby Ellsbury departed to New York.

In a surprise game winning homerun in spring training play, Rusney Castillo drew attention that he can contribute to the ball club too. He may have to start the season at Triple AAA Pawtucket but undoubtedly John Farrell will need some big bats to bring up as the season progresses and nobody knows when injuries and fatigue can take effect.

Looking at these up and coming batters along with Sandoval, Ramirez, Napoli, and Ortiz it does not take too much to figure out that the Red Sox lineup will be quite a formidable one to contend with. Offensively, the Sox have as much potential as any other team in major league baseball.  If the pitching can hold up, this team might just be able to bounce back into the pennant race.

Opportunity is Knocking as Red Sox Round Out Spring Training

As the Red Sox round out spring training over the next two weeks, the team is presented with a unique opportunity. Once regular play resumes, the Red Sox can repeat a last place to first turn-around. They did it before and in the words of owner John Henry are “confident” that they can do it again.

Many baseball writers and critics are indeed picking the Red Sox to once again capture the AL East and from there can they can hopefully string together an exciting post-season playoff run.

A little more than halfway through spring training at sunny JetBlue Park, the Red Sox are in the middle of the American League Pack with an overall record of 9-8.  Manager John Farrell has been experimenting with different pitchers and has given young  prospects like catcher Blake Swihart, left-hand pitcher Henry Owens, and Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo a chance to gain experience with the big league club.  All three have seen a good amount of playing time this spring to aid in their development into major league players.

The offense which sadly struggled last season looks to be resurgent. So much so that Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis optimistically remarked about his batters:

“I look at it like I’m very fortunate to be around this,” Davis, who was hired over the offseason, recently told CSNNE.com’s Sean McAdam at spring training in Fort Myers, Fla. “I love it. When this engine starts rolling, it’s going to be fun watching this. It’s going to be tough on some pitchers.

The fans as always are waiting patiently to soon be able to refer to their team again as Boston Strong.

Pitching will be the key to success and expect the Red Sox to trade for or obtain some extra hands in this department as the season progresses. Even Jonathan Papelbon from the 2007 Championship team has publicly stated that he would like to finish out his career and quest for Coopertown Hall of Fame by shipping back to Boston. Along with amazingly effective Koji Uehara what a bullpen tandem that could be.

The greatest aspect of the new regular season is that plenty of opportunities abound and the possibilities are endless. The 2015 Red Sox have a lot of work to do to rebound this season but the tone of Spring Training has been positive and forward-looking. Hopefully, this will be another spectacular season for the Boston Baseball team to make their World Series dreams come true.

New Look Boston Red Sox Looking Strong For 2015

Manager John Farrell is at the helm of what looks to be a strong Red Sox Baseball squad heading into the 2015 Major League Baseball Season. JetBlue Stadium is all abuzz with the Red Sox winning most of their games so far and seeing young additions as well as older returnees playing impressively. Sure it’s only Spring Training, but for a blizzard tired Boston fan base, it’s a breath of fresh air.

Team leaders and grizzled veteran David Ortiz is getting along wonderfully with newly acquired players like Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez. Hopes are that these proven hitters will provide the offensive firepower that Boston so sorely missed in 2014.

Meanwhile, team captian Dustin Pedroia is boldly declaring the team’s goal as nothing short of getting back to the playoffs and winning the World Series Trophy in 2015. He has backed this statement up with an incredibly high batting average so far in Spring Training and hit a Grand Slam in a recent game against the Twins.

The Red Sox are fortunate to have Pedroia locked into a long term contract where he will play 2nd base and show 22-year old shortstop Xander Bogaerts how to develop into a consistent major league player. The pitching staff should benefit from the strong defense up the middle that this defensive duo will show as the season goes on.

After the San Francisco Giants somehow captured last year’s Title, many in the Baseball World are jumping on their bandwagon. Many baseball experts believe that they are the best team in baseball because of their dominance of late (3 titles within 5 years as opposed to The Red Sox…. also with 3 solid Championships but over the span of 10 years).

These critics fail to acknowledge that the Red Sox have climbed over seemingly insurmountable odds in De-Throning the Yankees, competing consistently in the tough AL East, and going from last place to first in one season. These are legendary teams that will be remembered throughout the history of Major League Baseball.

Last season was difficult especially in seeing legendary Red Sox Ace Jon Lester traded from the team… only to end up going back with Theo Epstein and the Chicago Cubs. However, Clay Bucholz and the other pitchers have shown they have the goods to step up and anchor the starting staff. In fact, Buchholz had a particularly spectacular outing and no-hit his opponents while pitching masterfully. While it remains to be seen if Buchholz can last a full season, he still is young enough that the Red Sox have little to lose in riding out his ups and downs. Other players such as newly acquired Rick Porcello and Wade Miley will need to round-out the staff with consistent innings but former Pitcher himself John Farrell will hopefully be capable of re-building a strong starting rotation.

Spring training is where many teams find their identitiy and set a tone for the upcoming season. The 2013 Red Sox dominated the Spring Season and were able to translate that into an October Surprise Championship. So far, the team looks to be on the winning track again-hopefully on the road to pull off a similar result. I’m looking forward to another amazing Red Sox season and am optimistic that an improved offense and rebuilt pitching staff will keep the Red Sox competitive in 2015.

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