Coffee and Clippings: Red Sox Keep Slugging

Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) from discusses the Red Sox’s incredible success at the plate…

If only these Red Sox had 11 more runs and one more homer in them.

Boston’s 1950 squad, which had seven regulars hit over .300 and didn’t have one regular under .294, holds the modern major-league record for runs in a four-game span, with 65, according to Elias.

From Wednesday through Saturday’s 13-9 win over the Yankees, the Red Sox put up 54 runs.

Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) of the Tampa Bay Times talks about the Rays struggles as they chase the postseason…

At least the Rays are being consistent.

Immersed in a stretch of what manager Joe Maddon candidly and accurately on Saturday afternoon called their “worst baseball of the year,” the Rays kept it up in a 6-2 evening loss to the Mariners.

There was the obligatory error, and on their first play. A second straight abbreviated start by rookie Chris Archer. And another night of listless and inefficient offense, held to five hits with their only runs scoring on an Evan Longoria homer.

Bernie Miklasz (@miklasz) of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch looks at Adam Wainwright’s return to ace form…

It was good to see the real Adam Wainwright pitching again for the Cardinals. I don’t know what happened during those two hideous starts against Cincinnati.

Maybe Wainwright ate some bad barbecue before the first time the Reds beat him up. Five days later, maybe he was still upset by his beloved Georgia’s season-opening football loss to Clemson when the Reds smacked him around again Monday.

Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) of Dallas Morning News breaks down Yu Darvish’s recent struggles on the mound…

Darvish, however, was serious about being frustrated after consecutive disappointing losses. He spent a longer time than usual in his bullpen session and also had a long talk with pitching coach Mike Maddux. Darvish said the duo was simply discussing the Pittsburgh Pirates, against whom Darvish pitches on Monday.

The Pirates, in particular, offer Darvish an opportunity to address what has shown up as his biggest weakness over two seasons. Namely: how to attack selective-hitting teams. Pittsburgh ranks second in the NL in pitches per plate appearance (3.88) and seventh overall.

NY Daily News’ Bill Madden discusses the illusion surrounding the Yankees’ postseason hopes…

They have somehow given New York a baseball season with meaningful games in September, the Yankees have, but it is an illusionary one and, judging by all those empty seats at Yankee Stadium against the Red Sox, their fans seem to agree.

Quite simply, the Yankees are where they’re at, still hanging in there in the wild-card chase, because the teams they’re contending with — the wildly inconsistent Tampa Bay Rays, Buck Showalter’s pitching-challenged Orioles and Terry Francona’s overly optimistic Cleveland Indians — are all just as flawed and mediocre as the Yankees. None of them is worthy of the postseason, but one of them is nevertheless going to get to at least to that one-game wild-card playoff, and it will likely be because they backed into it.

Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) covering the Mariners for looks at Danny Hultzen’s performance in the simulation game on Saturday…

Danny Hultzen, the Mariners top left-handed pitching prospect, threw three simulated innings prior to Saturday’s game at Safeco Field as he continued working on a revamped arm motion designed to alleviate the pressure on his left arm.

Hultzen threw only 35 2/3 innings in seven games this season while dealing with shoulder problems. But he faced teammates Abraham Almonte, Carlos Triunfel, Humberto Quintero and Henry Blanco and threw 51 pitches as general manager Jack Zduriencik, manager Eric Wedge, pitching coach Carl Willis and trainer Rick Griffin watched closely from behind the batting cage.