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Author: Thomas Howland

Chris Sale Pitches A Gem

While you were busy watching the Bruins in the Eastern Conference Finals, or the Celtics ping pong balls, Chris Sale was dealing. After striking out 9 in his first four innings, he proceeded to finish with 17 in seven. Not bad being shoulder to shoulder with Pedro Martinez in 2000. #RedSox pitchers with 17 or more strikeouts:Pedro Martinez (twice), Roger Clemens (twice), Bill Monbouquette and Chris Sale.Sale is the first since Pedro in 2000.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) May 15, 2019 A twisting ball in the corner evaded JD Martinez to end his no-hitter bid, but Sale bounced back with...

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Red Sox – Rockies Series Preview

When we last took an depth look at the Sox they were starting their road to recovery. On May 1st they had gone 8-4 in their last 12 to meet last year’s .667 winning percentage. Since then they’ve gone 8-2. Mash that together and it’s 16-6 since April 19th. That’s a .727 winning percentage for the math geeks out there. Can they keep it going against the 19-21 Rockies? Pitching Matchups/Schedule (TV) 5/14 – Chris Sale vs Kyle Freeland (NESN) 5/15 – Eduardo Rodriguez vs German Marquez (NESN) Notable Numbers +27: That is the Red Sox run differential. On...

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The Celtics Are Just Getting Started

The Celtics are not finished. Everyone and their Podcast partner is writing them off. Boston sports radio is dancing over their graves. The team is at rock bottom, down 3-1 to the Greek Freak and a band of also-rans playing over their heads. But just like last year’s Patriots, rock bottom is where they strip out all the noise and bring it back to team basketball. Kyrie Irving Kyrie Irving hasn’t forgotten how to play basketball. His talk isn’t for everyone, but it’s just talk. Between the lines this guy is a certified basketball genius, he’s just been a...

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Red Sox Demise Vastly Overstated

The Red Sox aren’t exactly Arya Stark, and the AL East isn’t exactly the Night King. But yesterday the Red Sox won, the Rays got swept in a double header by the Royals, and the Yankees lost against the Diamondbacks. That’s a game to a game and a half gain in the standings in one day. The end result is the Sox are a respectable 5.5 games out in the AL East today. Here’s what’s going right. Playing Cora Ball Last year the Red Sox pulled off a .667 winning percentage all year, resulting in 108 wins. The last...

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The Patriots Should Trade For Josh Rosen

With the NFL draft only hours away, the rumors of a Josh Rosen trade continue to percolate. The Arizona Cardinals will trade Rosen if they take Kyler Murray first overall tonight. The Patriots should strike if that happens. Here are some reasons why he would be worth it, what has gone wrong, and what it would take. Josh Rosen The Prospect What made Rosen a top 10 pick last year? Here are his college stats from Sports Reference: Keep in mind, Tom Brady never threw more than 16 TDs in any year, and finished with a 134.9 career rating...

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Red Sox – Rays Series Preview

Right now the Red Sox are poor Ned Umber. Nailed to a wall of poor performances, turned by the Night King of a 6-13 record, and set on fire by Red Sox Nation. This is not a melodramatic assessment. Check out what David Price, the only starter who has thrown 7 shutout innings this year, has to say: David Price has been on talented teams that recovered from awful starts, as well as some that didn’t. What if the Sox don’t recover? Price: ‘We don’t play better, Mookie will be traded, JD will be traded… We need to play...

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Blake Swihart DFA’d

.@LouMerloni on Blake Swihart:"They screwed that kid up from Day 1"#RedSox #DirtyWater— OMFonWEEI (@OMFonWEEI) April 16, 2019 Why? Why? Sandy Leon is hitting .120 in Pawtucket, after hitting .177 last year. Christian Vazquez is hitting .195, and has let too many balls get past him this year. Blake Swihart was only hitting .231, but the Sox went 3-3 in his starts at catcher. Blake Swihart was not the problem with this team. Blake Swihart will be a starting catcher in the majors, and the Red Sox will rue the day they ever let him go for the sad sack...

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Red Sox-Yankees Series Preview

When the Red Sox and Yankees usually meet it is a contest of an immovable object vs an unstoppable force. In this case the immovable object is a losing record for both teams, the unstoppable force injury on one side and mediocrity on the other.

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Stop It: Chris Sale Will Be Fine

All over the airwaves I’m hearing concern about Chris Sale. His velocity was the lowest of his career last start. You can’t pay Frank Tanana or Jamie Moyer or Koji Uehara $30 Million a year. He’s got to be injured.

Would the Red Sox let Chris Sale pitch if he were injured? Not a chance. They shut him down the whole second half last year because of shoulder discomfort. Every single pitcher in baseball has shoulder discomfort. Cora and his merry men would not risk Sale’s health.

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Red Sox Confused, Worried, Anxious

Have you ever been in a workplace where one person was promoted while another was passed over? Have you ever lost out to someone else when pursuing the same romantic connection? Have you ever worried about your future? The impending deadline for many Red Sox contracts is the elephant in the room. Here are the dynamics.

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Red Sox Opening Day – A Wake Up Call

Well that was a dud. Chris Sale was bad, the bullpen was bad, the bats only managed 4 runs in a 12-4 loss. But this isn’t about injury, and it’s not about punching holes in the teams’ talent. This was a wake up call for a team coming off arguably the most historic season in it’s 117 year history.

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Red Sox – Mariners 2019 Season Opening Series Preview

The defending champs face off against a stripped down Seattle Mariners team in a four game series starting today in Seattle. Here’s what to look for as the Red Sox kick off the 2019 season. Pitching Matchups/Schedule (TV) 3/28 Chris Sale vs Marco Gonzalez 7:10pm ESPN/NESN 3/29 Nathan Eovaldi vs Yusei Kikuchi 10:10pm NESN 3/30 Eduardo Rodriguez vs Mike Leake 9:10pm NESN 3/31 Rick Porcello vs Wade LeBlanc 4:10pm NESN Notable Numbers Rookie Yusei Kikuchi pitched well in his Major League debut in his Japanese homeland last week, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) in 4.1 Innings against the A’s....

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Mookie Betts Is The Best Value In Baseball

Yesterday the New York Post’s Joel Sherman detailed how much money Mookie Betts has turned down in recent years. Mookie then gave an interview to Red Sox reporters this morning detailing how he loves it here, but will be going to free agency instead of signing a long term deal. Cue the hang wringing all across Red Sox Nation. But the fact Mookie is going year to year for the next two years makes him the greatest value in the majors right now.

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Chris Sale Is About To Get A $150 Million, 5 Year Extension. He’s Worth It.

According to Forbes’ Mike Dowling, Chris Sale is on the verge of signing a $35 Million per year extension for 7 years. ***Update – He’s getting a 5 Year $150 Million contract*** The gut reaction of some fans is ‘Woah woah woah, he’s got a 5+ ERA in the playoffs!’. While that is true, he’s also on the road to a Hall Of Fame career. Here are some reasons why, despite the risk, he’s worth it. All Time Leader This guy is historically great. Baseball Reference is a beautiful collection of any baseball stat you can imagine. Chris Sale’s...

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All We Are Saying, Is Give Brock A Chance

Brock Holt is an awesome enigma. He was an All Star on a last place team, averaged .255 or lower in half his seasons, and had the only Cycle in the long history of the MLB playoffs. Holt’s story is one of perseverance, major highs, and frustrating lows. What can we look forward to in 2019? A Parade Of Obsticles & Injuries Here is a list of names that the Red Sox have put in Brock Holt’s way since he came over in 2013 from the Pirates: Jose Iglesias, Will Middlebrooks, Brandon Snyder, Jonathan Herrera, Ryan Roberts, Pablo Sandoval,...

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Changes For Pedroia? Cora’s Got This

Cora has said that he’s looking for around 120 games for Pedroia this year. Before this winter, Pedroia would be fighting back, insisting he could play 150. But Alex Cora has the same touch with players coming back from injury that he does when making winning moves in the postseason.

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Review – Alex Cora: The Making Of A Champion

It was an in depth and poignant piece on our manager, a tremendous watch. The story starts and ends from his home town of Caguas Puerto Rico, from his childhood straight through to his current place as the first Big League manager from Puerto Rico. Oh, and through that incredible Red Sox season in 2018.

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Get Ready Red Sox Fans

It’s here. Spring training baseball is ramping up and seam-heads across the land are readying to descend upon waiting tourist traps in Florida and Arizona. The Boston Red Sox pitchers and catchers officially report on Wednesday, February 13th. Let’s get ready to defend the title. Sights and Sounds Snap. Crackle. Pop. #LGM pic.twitter.com/22LLQ2ELbo— Brodie Van Wagenen (@GMBVW) February 8, 2019 The Mets GM gets it. It’s the sights and sounds. When I flip through the files as I’m working on my taxes I hear the snap, crackle, pop of baseballs hitting gloves. Boy would that long haired dude look...

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Meet Matt Barnes: Red Sox Closer

While wandering eyes look for a free agent, there’s a stalwart right in front of us. Matt Barnes is the most reliable, time tested, experienced, and talented holdover whose time has come. Matt Barnes should be The Closer for the Red Sox.

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The Patriots Get Their Mojo Back

It’s happening again Patriots fans. When that familiar feeling comes back, when what was old is new again. Do you remember, after the tuck rule game, before the match-up with the Rams? When Vegas thought so little of the Patriots they installed them as 14 point dogs in the Super Bowl? This was when the Patriots were at their ‘us against the world’ best. They lost that mojo, after trainers and spending time with family seemed more important than football. After Jimmy G and Gronk and going up the back stairs to the owner. But the Patriots have it back, and it will carry them to another Championship.

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Forget Kimbrel, Sign Kelvin Herrera

Mainly due to a lack of suiters, there is plenty of speculation that Craig Kimbrel is bound to come back to the Red Sox. But Kimbrel’s weaknesses haven’t disappeared. He will still be pricey, even at a reduced rate. Kelvin Herrera, however, is also sitting out there. And his experience and value could be priceless to the Sox.

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