Peter Gammons: Developed relievers making the difference

In the end, the cost is never knowing. Back on August 18th, the Red Sox were coming off a rain-delayed night game in Baltimore. Flew to Detroit, landed at 6 a.m. and courtesy of whatever Tiger ownership still felt a year after firing Dave Dombrowski scheduled a 1:05 game—the only beloved Thursday afternoon game scheduled […]

The Boston Red Sox – What difference does a year make?

Following their loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on April 27, 2014, the Red Sox were 12-14 and were in fourth place 3.5 games out of first place. Following their loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on May 4, 2015, the Red Sox are 12-14 and are in fifth place 4.0 games out of first […]

Red Sox Gamble Ogando’s Health, Slider Return in 2015

It’s not very often that a club adds a former All-Star starting pitcher who has also been lights-out as a set-up man for the MLB equivalent of seat-cushion change. But the Boston Red Sox did just that by recently signing Alexi Ogando to a one-year, $1.5 million contract, with another $1.5 million in possible incentives. […]

The Boston Red Sox bullpen, a bevy of strikes and splitters

Chris Moran is a second-year law student at Washington University in St. Louis. He is also an assistant coach with the baseball team at Washington University. He graduated from Wheaton College, where he wore the tools of ignorance for the baseball team. Follow him on twitter @hangingslurves. After a shaky start that featured the ineffectiveness and […]

Koji & Taz visit Caroline Kennedy in Japan

Red Sox relievers Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa visited the new U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy and gave her a Sox uni and showed off the 2013 World Series trophy with baseball fans in in the country. At a reception at the Embassy’s residence also attended by Japan’s first major leaguer, Masanori Murakami, former New […]

Relievers used by each team in 2013

The Hot Stove season is not unlike an event in which a buffet is served at various stations and you fill your plate with goodies. Instead of going to the carving station, the pasta stop, or the veggie table, GMs pile their plates with power hitters, their stars, or their starting pitchers. We are in […]

The Amazing World (Series) of David Ortiz

This is David Ortiz‘ world, we just live in it. The Red Sox will complete the 2013 season without a four-game losing streak in part because of their “every game, a different hero” approach to playing. This postseason has seen key hits and at bats from Jonny Gomes, Shane Victorino, Mike Napoli, Xander Bogaerts and […]

The Cardinals and Red Sox pitchers are throwing hard cheese

While watching last night’s game I must admit I was missing “Eckspeak,” Eckersley’s unique descriptions. Last night, he would have mentioned that the Cardinal pitchers were using their “cheese” (a formidable fastball) to get critical whiffs. He might add that a pitch had “hair” on it after the batter flailed at a fastball. He would […]

The Matchup: Miguel Cabrera and Junichi Tazawa

From the desk of Joe Sheehan. Joe Sheehan (@joe_sheehan) writes for Sports Illustrated and publishes the Joe Sheehan Baseball Newsletter. Miguel Cabrera is one of the most famous baseball players in the world. The best hitter alive, Cabrera won the AL MVP award in 2012 and is the favorite to win it again this season. Once […]

Coffee and Clippings: Lance Lynn, Cardinals take 3-1 lead over Dodgers in NLCS

Joe Strauss (@JoeStrauss) of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch talks about Lance Lynn’s performance on the mound last night as the Cardinals beat the Dodgers to take a 3-1 advantage in the NLCS… Of course Lance Lynn wasn’t sending a message, because no one ever does. Of course with two runners on base and no one […]