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Andrew Benintendi is Back

The 2018 season did not start very well for Andrew Benintendi. He started off hitting in the low .200s. He just wasn’t the guy we all came to know and love. But after a cold April, it’s safe to say he’s on a roll. In his last 30 games, he’s slashing .333/.400/.615, which has bumped up his overall numbers on the year. Benintendi has been especially strong at home this season, slashing .306/.392/.492 with an .865 OPS at Fenway this year, meanwhile slashing only .202/.315/.330 with a .655 OPS on the road. He also has not hit lefties well this year,...

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Dustin Pedroia Is Back

It was winter when we all heard the unfortunate news. Dustin Pedroia was getting surgery. We all knew he was going to be out for a while, so it was no surprise he didn’t play a game in spring training or start the regular season on the roster, even though he was itching to.  Pedroia Is Shipping up to Boston Pedroia said he was ready to start by Opening Day, but Cora and the team kept it safe. He stuck around the team for the first several weeks before going on a rehab assignment to get ready to come...

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Impressive JD Martinez Just Getting Started

As the Red Sox rolled onto another win on Sunday, JD Martinez had four at bats, going 2-4 with two homers and three RBI. It’s exactly where he hit them on Sunday that made the impression.  After a one-out double by Mitch Moreland, JD came to the plate. With the score 3-0, the Sox looked for more runs to break it open. Martinez would take the second pitch, a 1-0 fastball, to deep center for his second homer of the day.  Sox up 5-0.  JD Martinez home runs are always fun, but what was even more awesome about them...

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Carson Smith Throws His Manager Under the Bus

Two years ago, with bullpen help being one of the highest needs on the club, Dombrowski traded for Carson Smith from the Mariners. Right off the bat the Red Sox had high hopes for him. In 2015 he finished with a 2.31 ERA after striking out 92 hitters in 70 innings. He arrived in Boston as part of a bullpen that also had Craig Kimbrel in the mix. It was sure to be a deadly 1-2 punch.  Two years later, Kimbrel is still in the bullpen and doing well overall. It’s just Smith who hasn’t been living up to...

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Sox Bullpen Takes a Step in the Right Direction

There have been mostly positive things about this Red Sox team thus far in 2018. But even the best of the best have weaknesses, and for the Red Sox, it’s the bullpen. Besides Craig Kimbrel and Joe Kelly, there haven’t been any other reliable guys who you can trust to go pitch in a close game in the later innings. Hembree & Barnes Heath Hembree has been one of the guys you cannot trust so far. He’s riding a 5.17 ERA in 17.1 innings. Hembree’s biggest problem has been walking batters, as he is averaging 4.2 walks per nine innings. Walks have also...

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Sox Lose Series Opener in New York 3-2

The Red Sox and Yankees started up their second series of the season on Tuesday. Drew Pomeranz got the ball for Boston, as well as Luis Severino for New York. Luis Severino pitched for six strong innings, striking out 11 and giving up two earned runs. Drew Pomeranz, however, gave up only two earned runs as well. But here’s the catch- both runs came off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton. One solo shot to left field and one to right. Besides Stanton, Pomeranz was able to work around the lineup, going six innings strong and striking out six.  Heath Hembree took over at...

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Red Sox get a huge series win taking 3 out of 4 from Texas.

With the AL East heating up, this series win is huge momentum for the Red Sox. After David Price got shelled on Thursday giving the Red Sox their 4th loss in their last 7 games, the next 3 games would be more reassuring. On Friday night, Rick Porcello would take the hill as he would be facing the 60 year old Bartolo Colon on the opposition.  Porcello would continue to roll as he went 6 innings, struck out 8 men while only giving up one earned run; a solo shot to Nomar Mazara. JD would keep on rolling as...

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David Price Needs to Get It Together Before It’s Too Late

It was December 4th, 2015. John Henry, Tom Werner, and Dave Dombrowski were all sitting at the press conference and made it official. David Price was now a member of the Boston Red Sox. He talked about how excited he is to win and play with such a great group of guys. Great things were ahead. Or were they? A Turn for the Worst Skip ahead to the beginning of 2018. Price is coming off two very disappointing seasons. Although 2016 wasn’t awful, a horrendous April left him with a 3.99 ERA. For an ace that is no good....

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Needing a Big Win, Rick Porcello Came Through

Going into the weekend series against Tampa Bay, the Red Sox had Drew Pomeranz and David Price slated to start the first two games. Those were two games that they should have won. However, they did not. Pomeranz gave up three homers on Friday night’s game and only lasted five innings. Price allowed five runs while pitching 5 2/3 innings as well. The offense certainly had a tough time with runners in scoring position, but when your starters are not doing well, it’s tough to win ballgames. In comes Rick Porcello. Rick Porcello, who has been the most consistent starter...

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No Need to Panic After Sox Lose Twice in a Row

Sox Drop Two in a Row After an incredible start to the season at 17-2, the Red Sox finally looked human. Over the weekend they dropped two straight games to the Oakland A’s at the Coliseum. The first one was just the offense flat-out taking a nap. Well, maybe the second one too, but we’ll get to that in a moment. Sean Manea of the Oakland A’s had one hell of a performance on Saturday night throwing a no hitter that was not cheap by any standards. Some may say the Leon pop up was a hit, that maybe Benintendi stayed...

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The Red Sox Should Not Underestimate the Oakland A’s

It is safe to say that the Red Sox are red hot right now heading into Oakland. They are coming off three game sweep against the Anaheim Angels, who were also hot going into the series. The offense and pitching did everything right, as they won the first game 10-1, the second game 9-0, and the final game of the series, 8-2. The Red Sox outscored the Angels 27-3 in this series. Pretty amazing. They now begin a three game set against the Athletics at the O.Co Coliseum. There is one thing for certain. Although the A’s currently sit...

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Red Sox – Angels Series Preview

With the unfortunate postponement of Monday’s annual Patriots Day game, it is time to look on to the upcoming road trip for the Sox. Their first stop will be at Anaheim to face the red hot Angels. This was already going to be such an intriguing series, but it got even more exciting as we learned the new superstar Shohei Ohtani, will be facing Boston in the first game of this set. And who will he be facing? David Price. The next two matchups will be Rick Porcello against Tyler Skaggs on Wednesday, and Erod versus Nick Tropeano on...

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The First Series Between the Red Sox and Yankees of 2018 Was a Good One

It looks like Red Sox vs Yankees in 2018 is off to a hot start. This past series between the two teams at Fenway Park was everything we were anticipating. Maybe even more. Game 1 It all started with absolute onslaught of the Yankees on Tuesday night. Chris Sale went six strong, allowing only one run. Mookie Betts had the game of his life. He racked up four hits and a walk, including a grand slam that would put the cherry on top to make the score 14-1. The second game was even crazier. It opened up with David...

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Don’t Worry About Xander Bogaerts’s Injury

The Red Sox’ is off to a season has started off great start so far. The offense and pitching are firing on all cylinders. There is just one problem: Xander Bogaerts suffered an ankle injury sliding into the Rays’ dugout during Sunday’s game. The Injury It was the top of the seventh and Joey Wendle was up. Wendle hit a ball high in the air that ended up off of the monster. J.D. Martinez fielded the ball and made a throw that landed off the line to Bogaerts. But Xander, who thought someone was nearby to help, made the mistake of...

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The Red Sox Bullpen Is a Major Early Flaw

The 2018 Red Sox started off with a crushing loss on Opening Day. Ever since, however, they have now won eight straight. Even with the best start in franchise history, this team still has some flaws. And the guys over in the bullpen are a big one. The bullpen wasted no time to blow their first game of the year. They blew a three run lead in the 8th inning against the Rays. Joe Kelly walked three guys, and Carson Smith would give up a two out, three RBI triple to Denard Span. Not good. What’s even worse is...

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Red Sox Finish Road Trip with a Huge Win

The Road Back to Boston The Red Sox first road trip of the year is over, and boy did it end well. Chris Sale took the ball and clearly wasn’t at his best. He had some control issues and worked up a high pitch count early. But nonetheless, Sale threw five innings of one run ball. Not your usual Chris Sale start, but he did enough. The relievers began coming in by the 6th, starting with Bobby Poyner, who went 1.2 scoreless innings. Carson Smith followed him to get one out, and left the game tied at one apiece....

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Shohei Ohtani, Meet Chris Sale

Sale for Home Run Derby The 2018 season is underway, and so many things have happened so far. Xander Bogearts is off to a hot start, the starting pitching has been good, Chris Sale is hitting bombs… Wait, what? Yeah, you read that right. The Red Sox, who will be going to Miami after Sunday’s game, will have starting pitchers in the batting order for the two games against the Marlins. You might as well start getting ready as early as you can. Red Sox beat writers posted a video of Boston’s ace pitcher taking BP. You can see him pimping...

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It’s Opening Day and We Have Ourselves a Lineup

Opening Day Is Here It’s been a long last few months. A lot has happened from losing to Houston in the ALDS last year to now. Alex Cora was hired to be the new manager, J.D. Martinez signed with Boston, and the Red Sox had the best record in all of Spring Training. The day has finally come. Today is Christmas for baseball fans. Opening Day. A day that should be a national holiday. A day where baseball finally makes its return after a long winter and a long spring of exhibition games. Everybody is in it, no team is eliminated...

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Christian Vazquez Will Be Here for a While

Christian Vazquez has been the lock for the starting catcher ever since Spring Training began. He split the time last year with Sandy Leon, but that won’t be happening going forward. Cora has already stated that Vazquez will be the starting catcher, and Leon won’t be Sale’s personal catcher for 2018. Vazquez recently got some more good news as the Red Sox re-signed him to a three-year extension with a club option for the 2022 season. Last year, Vazquez played in 99 games and hit .290 with a .735 OPS. For a guy who doesn’t necessarily have the biggest slugging percentage in the world, it’s hilarious whenever he hits a home run because it’s always a bomb. He doesn’t hit many, but when he gets ahold of one, watch out. One great thing about Christian is his personality. If you don’t follow him on Instagram or Snapchat (if you’re into those sorts of things), you should definitely rethink that decision and hit that follow button. He’s always smiling, playing around, and most importantly just having fun. That’s the kind of player you want on your team. Someone who always has a smile on their face and is having a good time. Now if I haven’t mentioned it yet, he’s a pretty darn good player. He has a gun for an arm and is great at pitch framing. Vazquez was always...

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This 2018 Red Sox Bullpen Has Potential

The Red Sox bullpen may not be as attractive as some of the others in baseball. However, it certainly can be a good one. As of right now the bullpen looks like Kimbrel, Thornburg, Smith, Kelly, Barnes, and maybe Maddox. The first four names on that list are definite. Everyone else is a question mark. The Lefty Situation Cora has already stated that if a lefty pitcher does not make the team out of spring training, then they won’t need one. At least for right now. Robby Scott was the favorite to make the team before Spring Training started,...

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David Price Is Ready for 2018

David Price was scheduled to make his first start of the spring last Saturday, but got scratched due to the wet weather. He finally pitched his first Grapefruit League game on Thursday against the Blue Jays. The results? Let’s just say he did pretty well. He threw four shutout innings, he gave up one hit, one walk, and punched out five. Now I know it is only Spring Training, but regardless of how Price did today, I as well as many Red Sox fans are excited. And for the ones that aren’t, you might want to jump off that train...

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Joe Kelly Is What the Red Sox Need

I’d say Jim Buchanan is one of my favorite reporters out there! Joe Kelly has been doing a great job of trolling everybody at the Red Sox spring training camp. He recently started dressing up as some goofy reporter named Jim Buchanan. He’s been messing around with the media and security guards, which is awesome and hilarious. Joe Kelly, who came over to Boston in the John Lackey trade back in 2014, has had a great past couple years as a reliever. He used to be a starter, but couldn’t usually pitch deep into games. He is just a...

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J.D. Martinez Is Making Plays with Mookie Betts

Looking Forward to J.D. Martinez in 2018 When J.D. Martinez signed with the Red Sox, it felt awesome no doubt. But it didn’t feel fully real. At least not then. I wouldn’t even say it feels 100% real now, as he has yet to play a regular season game for it to really sink in. But it’s definitely getting to the point where I don’t feel like I’m in a dream anymore. It was the same way when David Price signed a couple of years back, and Chris Sale last year. They both had to start a few games before...

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Rafael Devers- Boston’s Future at Third Base

The Third Base Conundrum Last year in the summertime, the Red Sox were in a very tough place. They had just released Pablo Sandoval, a third baseman they had expected to be their guy over the next five years. He was signed to a $95 million contract in the winter of 2014. He did not produce in the way he did in San Francisco, where he helped lead them to three championships in five seasons. They had started the year off with Pablo over Travis Shaw, because they were hopeful the Sandoval situation would work out. Obviously it didn’t....

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Red Sox Petition to Change Yawkey Way Back to Jersey Street

From Yawkey Way Back to Jersey Street John Henry and the Red Sox over the past year have been thinking of changing the street name “Yawkey Way”. They recently filed a petition to name it back to what it was before, Jersey Street. This may really be breaking news, as we all know why the ownership is pushing for this to happen. Tom Yawkey, the old owner for the Red Sox for over 40 years, wasn’t the greatest guy ever. Although he did some great things to help out the community throughout his tenure, he was also a racist....

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