Author: Matthew Martin

Red Sox Sign Infield Veteran Brandon Phillips

The Red Sox have signed 36-year old infielder Brandon Phillips to a minor league contract. He has spent parts of 15 seasons with the Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves, and the Los Angeles Angels. Phillips is primarily a second baseman, the position at which he has won four gold gloves. Before getting promoted to the majors, Brandon will probably go through an “extended spring training” of sorts. He hasn’t played a major league since September 30, 2017. What role will he have with the Red Sox? Phillips Provides Infield Depth The Red Sox have been in need of...

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Why the Red Sox Need to Make a Trade Now

Our Boston Red Sox are 51-26 and one game back from the Yankees as of June 22. We have the most wins in the MLB and first place is well within our grasp. Everything sounds like it is going swimmingly, right? I wouldn’t say so. After dropping two games to the Twins and the Mariners each on the road, there is room for concern. The Red Sox pitching has been good, not stellar, and our offense (before the last two games) was struggling. Here’s why they need to act now: Trade Season May Be Now Per Evan Drellich of NBC...

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Who Will be the Red Sox Appointees at the 2018 MLB All-Star Game?

MLB released the first American League All-Star fan voting update last week. It is very clear that Red Sox Nation is participating in the voting. Two Red Sox players are slated to be appointees in the midsummer classic if the voting were to end today. Here are my predictions: Clear-Cut Appointees Mookie Betts There is no chance Mookie will be left off the All-Star team. As of June 16, Mookie is hitting .348 (leads majors), slugging .721 (leads majors), has an OPS of 1.148 (leads majors), and has scored 55 runs (second in majors). Do you see a pattern...

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Will David Price Opt-Out?

At the end of the 2018 MLB season, Red Sox left-hander David Price has a decision to make. The 32-year old (33 in August) has the ability to opt-out of his 7-year, $217 million contract at the end of the season. This means that David Price can end his Red Sox career and move on to another team just by deciding to opt-out of this lucrative contract. There are many factors that will play into this decision, and here are some. Price’s Price David Price’s potential salary next year will, of course, play a big part in this decision....

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The Rise of Steven Wright

With Drew Pomeranz struggling mightily as of late, changes could be made in the Red Sox rotation. The answer to this problem is sitting in the bullpen. Since Steven Wright has come off the DL, he has shown shades of his 2016 All-Star self. Here are a few reasons why Drew Pomeranz and Steven Wright should switch places: Pomeranz’s Success in the Bullpen Drew Pomeranz has pitched well when coming out of the bullpen in his career. In 64.1 innings pitched as a reliever, he has a 2.10 ERA with a WHIP of 0.995. The Red Sox could use...

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Red Sox May in Review

This Red Sox team is playing well. In May, the Sox had a 18-11 record, putting them in first place in the AL East. This month was not overflowing with equal competition, but that should not matter. While May did not measure up to the 19-6 record the Red Sox had in April, it was still a very exciting month. Let’s go in depth. May Offense Courtesy Matthew J. Lee/Globe If Red Sox fans are going to get excited about one thing, it has to be this lineup. This lineup features a dynamic duo, who both should compete for...

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Why It May Be a Good Idea to Trade Kyrie Irving

The Boston Celtics have performed way beyond expectations in these playoffs. Without Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving they have been able to beat good teams. Everyone said they would lose to the Bucks. Well, the Celtics beat them in seven games. They said the same about the 76ers. That series only lasted five games. With these injuries, other players had to step up their games, and one player in particular has really ramped up his play. Terry Rozier has become somewhat of a legend in Boston, averaging an impressive 17.4 PPG and 5.6 PPG. This could be an opening for...

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Importance of Dustin Pedroia’s Comeback

Many in Red Sox Nation have started growing tired of waiting for Dustin Pedroia. The four-time Gold Glove award winner started this season on the DL with a left knee injury. Many people bring up the idea of getting rid of the 2008 AL MVP. It seems as though many fans are comfortable with Eduardo Nunez being the everyday second baseman over the four-time All-Star, but they should not be. Importance of Pedroia’s Defense Eduardo Nunez is not a good defensive second baseman. His range has not been the same since his knee injury that he suffered last year....

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Do Not Worry About Drew Pomeranz

The Red Sox acquired Drew Pomeranz during the 2016 MLB All-Star break from the San Diego Padres. He has become an important part of the Red Sox rotation over the past two seasons. Last year, Pomeranz had a great season, going 17-6 with a 3.32 ERA. He struggled in the postseason, and this has caused Red Sox Nation to worry about his future. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) Injury Going into the Spring Training before the 2018 season, Red Sox Nation had high hopes for their rotation. This rotation had two Cy Young Award winners, an arm with a 300-strikeout season,...

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Updates on Our Favorite Ex-Red Sox Players

The Red Sox are a storied franchise with many great moments and great players, but many of them have become ex-Red Sox. Many of these come from the last ten years. Here are updates on our favorite active ex-Red Sox players: Ex-Red Sox #1 – Jon Lester Getty Images Jon Lester is definitely a fan favorite when it comes to ex-Red Sox players. Since Jon Lester signed a six-year, $155 million contract with the Chicago Cubs in the 2014, he has achieved many things. We all know about his addition to his World Series ring collection, but he has also...

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What If the Red Sox Didn’t Sign David Price?

NOTE: There is no way anyone can tell what would actually happen to the Red Sox and David Price, so these educated guesses are based on rumors from MLBTradeRumors.com On December 4, 2015, the Boston Red Sox signed left-hander David Price to a seven-year, $214 million contract. This was supposed to be a sign to the league that the Red Sox wanted to compete, but it didn’t work out right away. Here’s what would happen if the signing didn’t happen at all. Where Does David Price Go? David Price was one of the top free agents of the 2015-2016...

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Red Sox – April in Review

It was a fun month to be a Red Sox fan. It’s only April, but our 2018 Boston Red Sox are already in the record books. In the month, the Sox went 19-6, which is a new franchise record. The public criticized the Red Sox for their lack of changes in the offseason, but one would like to believe that they silenced those critics. Let’s go in-depth on the 2018 Red Sox’s performance. Alex Cora Photo via Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports Images Alex Cora went into this season as a rookie manager, and no one knew what to expect...

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What If the Red Sox Didn’t Trade for Chris Sale?

NOTE: There is no way anyone can tell what would actually happen, so these educated guesses are based on rumors from MLBTradeRumors.com On December 6, 2016, the Red Sox acquired starting pitcher Chris Sale for four prospects. These prospects were infielder Yoan Moncada, starting pitcher Michael Kopech, outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe, and relief pitcher Victor Diaz. In this alternate universe, this groundbreaking trade never happened. Where Does Chris Sale Go? It was inevitable that White Sox GM Rick Hahn was going to trade Chris Sale, but who would be Chicago’s trade partner? Well, according to Barry Svrluga of the...

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Reds’ Firing of Bryan Price Impact on the Red Sox

(AP Photo/David Zalubowski) On Wednesday, April 18, the Cincinnati Reds announced the firing of manager Bryan Price. He was fired after only 18 games in the 2018 season. This is a sign for Reds fans that they are in for a long season. The Reds were a dreadful 3-15 at the time of the firing, which puts them at a meager 0.167 winning percentage. This is the worst start in franchise history since 1931, when the Reds started 2-16. Now, how would this impact the Red Sox? Aren’t the Reds in a different league and division? This firing sends...

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Series Review – Red Sox @ Angels

Game 1 – Shohei Ohtani vs. David Price This game had a lot of hype going into it. MLB Network was broadcasting this game, and many in Japan were watching, for baseball’s new phenom was pitching for the Halos. Shohei Ohtani, before this game had pitched two games, both being against the Athletics. He had a 2.08 ERA in 13 innings pitched in those two starts. The latter of the two starts, Ohtani had a perfect game through 6 ⅓ innings. Furthermore, if you add in the three home runs and the .367 batting average, that is a recipe...

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