Coffee and Clippings: Miguel Cabrera’s Monster Year

ESPN’s David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield) breaks down Miguel Cabrera’s phenomenal season… So far he’s raised his batting 36 points, his on-base percentage 66 points and his slugging percentage 84 points. His advanced metrics — OPS, park- and league-adjusted OPS, weighted on-base average and wRC+, essentially a park- and league-adjusted version of wOBA — all correspond with that. […]

Kennedy on Fenway Concerts

Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Paul McCartney, Jay Z and Justin Timberlake have all played at Fenway this summer, all to sellout audiences. What is surprising is that the baseball operations folks say those concerts make the Red Sox less money than a regular season sellout. “The notion that these concerts are highly lucrative is wrong,” […]

Koji Uehara Relieving the Red Sox

When the Red Sox signed Koji Uehara, they realized the risks. He’s 38 years old. The medicals were, well, risky. “We understood that to maximize his performance and ability we needed to be careful with him,” says John Farrell. Which brings up the number two. That is the number of times that Uehara has gotten […]

Coffee and Clippings: Tough Times for Drake Britton

One article to share so far… Tim Britton (@TimBritton) of the Providence Journal discusses rookie Drake Britton’s path to a reliever in the majors… For the better part of a month, Britton has excelled in his new role as a major-league reliever. He didn’t allow a run in his first nine innings. Entering Sunday, he […]

Coffee and Clippings; Striking a Chord with Peavy

Michael Silverman (@MikeSilvermanBB) from the Boston Herald looks at Jake Peavy beyond the box score… Anyone who has ever watched Bruce Springsteen perform live can appreciate this: Every time Jake Peavy steps on a mound for a start, he tries to duplicate the passion and intensity and good times of a Springsteen concert. The results […]

Wins: Home and Away

Coffee and Clippings: Rios to the Rangers

Bob Cook (@notgoingpro), a contributor, highlights something special going on in Chicago… If Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West wins its game Sat., Aug. 10, against Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores, Mich., it will go back to the Little League World Series for the first time since 1983  – and instantly become the biggest story in South Williamsport, Pa. That’s because while Major League Baseball […]

Vazquez Improved Game through Molina

When the Red Sox got the Blue Jays to allow John Farrell to move to Boston, the Jays got Mike Aviles, shipped David Carpenter to Boston, then moved Aviles and Yan Gomes to Cleveland for Esmil Rogers. Gomes is developing into one of the best defensive catchers in the American League, with, as one official […]

Red Sox Looking to Fill Void at 3rd

The groundswell to bring Xander Bogaerts up from Pawtucket and instill him as the Red Sox third baseman has gotten to a near-hysterical level. Even Larry Lucchino went on the radio to rave about him, without seeing him play. But Bogaerts is not a lock on being brought up, although as Katie Morrison posted on […]

Coffee and Clippings

Here is a quick look at Peter Gammons’ stories for the day… Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) of the Washington Post takes a close look at Manny Machado’s first full season in the Majors. “When the Orioles promoted Machado straight from Class AA Bowie, they did so hoping he would fortify their defense at third base while allowing […]