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Fire Farrell! Keep Farrell!

The last few years Red Sox fans in New England have been able to tell when Fall has arrived, not just by the appearance of the reds and yellows in the trees, but also by the cries of “Fire...

Was 2017 The Dustin Pedroia We Should Expect Going Forward?

Dustin Pedroia is the face of the Boston Red Sox. With twelve years in the majors, he is by far the longest-serving member of the team; his resume starts with two World Series rings, with the possibility of adding...

Rafael Devers At The Plate

Rafael Devers was not supposed to reach the majors this year. He finished last season in A+ ball, and the expected progression for him was to reach AAA Pawtucket around the mid-point of the season, and then spend much...

Is Christian Vazquez Blessed At The Plate?

Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez came to the majors with a reputation as a defensive wizard with a weak bat. His offense in 2014 (.240/.308/.309/.617 for an OPS+ of 73) supported that. He lost all of 2015 to Tommy...
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Mookie Betts’ Hitting in 2017

Mookie Betts is having a poor season, by his standards.  Batting .261/.342/.435/.777 (102 OPS+) is fine, especially when combined with his excellent defense, but is a big step down from his 2016 MVP runner-up season (.318/.363/.534/.897, 133 OPS+).   Looking...

How Did The Hitting Fare During The Dog Days?

The Red Sox followed up a mundane July (13-14) with an 18-9 mark in August – a  better monthly W-L than they have had all season. Their previous monthly best was 16-12 in both May and June. August was their...

On Being Wrong: Rafael Devers Was Ready

One of my favorite TV characters is Doctor Perry Cox from Scrubs. An acerbic and gifted healer, he was overshadowed by Doctor Gregory House from House, M.D., as well as by the inherent goofiness of Bill Lawrence’s sitcom-set-in-a-hospital. But...

Aaron Judge Recuses Himself

Time was, strikeouts were seen as the worst sort of out: true failure, and also selfish – an unproductive out, a time at bat sacrificed without benefit to the team. The bunt, the sacrifice, and the ground ball behind...

Minor League Report: A Red Sox Power Surge

Brandon Magee takes a look at the resurgent power game on the Red Sox farm
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Anything More Is Gravy

The Boston Red Sox come to the Bronx with a 4.5 game lead over the second place New York Yankees while riding an eight game winning streak, in large part propelled by the additions of Rafael Devers and...

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Hard Hitting Hanley Ramirez

Hanley Ramirez has long been one of Major League Baseball’s premier power hitters. With his move down the defensive spectrum and as he enters the...
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NLDS Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers vs Washington Nationals

Dave McCullough previews the Los Angeles Dodgers vs Washington Nationals NLDS in anticipation of what will surely be a wild ride to the NLCS.

Visualizing Success: Jake Arrieta’s Cy Young Year

The 2015 season is over and Jake Arrieta has been crowned the NL Cy Young award winner. The pitcher helped lead the Chicago Cubs...

Can Red Sox Outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. Save the Team?

The Boston Red Sox are scuffling and there isn't much reason for hope. The team has done a decent job infusing youth throughout the...
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NLCS Game 3 Recap: Rich Hill Stymied Chicago

Pete Hodges presents our NLCS Game 3 recap in which Rich Hill stymied the Cubs, putting them in an unenviable position.