Coffee and Clippings: Exposed Sox Offense, A-Rod/Braun and Beyond

Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) of the Boston Globe takes a look at the predictability of the Red Sox offense… “If you pitch the Red Sox the right way, you can shut them down,” said one National League scout. “They do a tremendous job of working the count. It’s an organizational philosophy that works for them. But […]

Sunday Notes: The Red Sox

The record in games started by opposing lefthanders is 22-18 (going into Sunday night and CC Sabathia), bettered only in their division by the Tampa Bay Rays. Indeed, they have been overpowered in the second half of the season by David Price and Matt Moore, who on the nights they pitched would have dominated anyone, […]

Coffee and Clippings: Ellsbury’s Basestealing Success

Tim Britton (@TimBritton) of the Providence Journal talks about Ellsbury and the Red Sox’s basestealing success… The Red Sox have occasionally gotten themselves into trouble this year by being overaggressive in trying to advance on balls in play. But Boston has helped make up for it with the volume and efficiency of its stolen bases. […]

Soriano Back in Pinstripes

Alfonso Soriano has been one of the best midseason pickups, with 8 homers since July 26 and, after his blast of Boston’s Felix Doubront Friday, 5 homers and 19 RBIs in four games. With the Yanks still having nine games left with the Red Sox, Soriano becomes a huge figure in the American League East […]

Biogenesis Scandal: What’s Next?

Major League Baseball has great story lines evolving and playing out this season.  Yet, the headlines read: Alex Rodriguez.  PEDs.  Ryan Braun.  Biogenesis. That’s another body blow thrown into the ribs of Major League Baseball.  Good. So, what’s next?  How will MLB and the Players’ Union handle things?  Personally, I am enjoying the overall sentiment […]

Lackey: A-Rod Should Not be Playing

Peter Gammons’ response to an article by Peter Abraham (@PeteAbe) in Boston.com in which John Lackey is quoted saying that A-Rod shouldn’t be playing: Lackey doesn’t believe it’s fair Rodriguez is on the field. ‘I’ve got a problem with it. You bet I do,’ Lackey told the Globe on Thursday. ‘How is he still playing? He […]

Coffee and Clippings: MLB to Implement Replay System

John Harper (@NYDNHarper) of NY Daily News covers MLB’s decision to implement a replay system… Finally, baseball is taking a necessary and overdue step by implementing a replay system that should eliminate missed calls by umpires that are as embarrassing to the sport as they can be crucial toward determining wins and losses. So it’s […]

Coffee and Clippings: A-Rod Planning Lawsuit against MLB

Bill Madden from NY Daily News discusses Alex Rodriguez’s plans to sue Major League Baseball… The report that Alex Rodriguez and his handlers are now planning a federal lawsuit against Major League Baseball, claiming he is being persecuted by commissioner Bud Selig and his drug-enforcement authorities, was greeted with both skepticism and bemusement Wednesday by […]

Dodgers, History; History, Dodgers

From the desk of Joe Sheehan. Joe Sheehan writes for Sports Illustrated and publishes the Joe Sheehan Baseball Newsletter. It’s getting real now. After last night’s Mets-aided 4-2 win, the Dodgers are 38-8 since June 21 and 39-11 in their last 50 games — the first two of which were losses. With a win tonight they would become […]

Rivera’s Singular Pitch

Neil Weinberg is the Founder of New English D (newenglishd.com) and a writer for Beyond The Box Score (www.beyondtheboxscore.com). You can follow Neil on twitter (@NeilWeinberg44). With the Yankees playoff odds dwindling, it seems likely that Mariano Rivera is down to his final dozen or so appearances in the major leagues. He’s been touring around […]