The Red Sox were not wrong about Marc Melancon

In Nick Cafardo’s Sunday Baseball column last month, he wrote “As time passes, it seems more and more likely that (Marc) Melancon, who led the league with 51 saves last season….stands to make a salary in arbitration likely north of 10 million” It was not the man we saw in Boston. Melancon pitched for the […]

Felix Doubront- Another Disappointing Starter

The Red Sox have not had a starting pitcher from their organization succeed in the majors since Clay Buchholz in 2008. Some examples of failures are Justin Masterson (twice), David Pauley, and Felix Doubront. Doubront, who came up to the Sox in 2010, had slightly better than average stats in 2012 and 2013, even picking […]

Update on Will Middlebrooks

The last time we saw former Red Sox player Will Middlebrooks, he struggled through a 2014 season with a number of injuries, rehabbing in the minors. and having a slash of .191/.256/.265. On December 19, 2014, Middlebrooks was traded to San Diego for Ryan Hanigan. There he played third base and some shortstop.He went back to the minors on July […]

John Farrell – Job in Jeopardy

The Red Sox are in a difficult situation with John Farrell. After apparently recovering from cancer treatment, he is back managing the team. The Sox seem to have improved dramatically under President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski. They have acquired David Price, Craig Kimbrel, Carson Smith and Chris Young. Price has had success everywhere he […]

Ben Cherington- I’m Afraid He Had Me Fooled

I wrote three blogs on former Red Sox GM Ben Cherington-October 12, 2012, September 13, 2013, and August 1, 2015. The first one used phrases like “Ben Cherington does not impress me”. “he seems to lack an identity”, “out of the loop”. and “overwhelmed by the team’s many problems” A year later, as the Sox […]

Josh Beckett-Final Three Years

Between 2001 and 2011, former Red Sox hurler Josh Beckett was one of the AL’s star hurlers. Between the Marlins and the Sox, he compiled a record of 130 wins and 86 defeats with a fine ERA of 3.93. Only in 2010 did a lower back sprain limit his effectiveness. He was a three-time All-Star […]

Daisuke Matszuzaka- Things Were No Better in Japan

In a blog in September 2012, I wrote a piece on former Red Sox hurler Daisuke Matsuzaka. It contained the history of his career including his high school years in Japan (a national championship) and his time with the Seibu Lions- rookie of the year, leader in strikeouts. I also mentioned his signing with the Red […]

Say Goodbye to Bucky- Am I Glad I Was Wrong?

In my July 29, 2014 blog “Say Goodbye To Bucky” (Red Sox hurler Clay Buchholz), I wrote about his many accomplishments- a no-hitter in his second major league start, his 63-39 overall record with a 3.81 ERA. His most successful season was in 2010- a slash of 17-7/2.33/1.203. That year also brought an all-star selection […]

Bard Experiment- It Did Not Work

On a blog I wrote back in February 2012, I mentioned a Nick Cafardo column. It talks about the conversion of Red Sox hurler Daniel Bard from setup man to closer. I later wrote that the experiment may not work. It did not. Bard, a Texas native, was first notice at the University of North […]

Ryan Kalish- Why Is He Forgotten?

In a blog last fall, I called former Red Sox outfielder Ryan Kalish a “forgotten prospect” Why is he forgotten? The last time we saw Kalish, he agreed to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays that included an invitation to spring training. The deal was not completed. He had a generally strong minor […]

Jose Iglesias- He Did Deserve An Opportunity

In a blog in March 2013, I wrote about former Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias: ” He is already a star in the field…He is trying to become a better hitter, working last winter with Dustin Pedroia…The man is obviously working to improve. He deserves at least an opportunity.” A Cuban defector, Iglesias was signed […]

Justin Masterson -A Mistake

I wrote in a blog last December that Justin Masterson, signed recently to a one-year contract by the Red Sox, was projected to be a third or fourth starter with the Sox. It did not happen Pitching as both a starter and reliever, he had a poor slash of 4-2/5.61/1.601. His WHIP was the second highest of […]

Jackie Bradley-Dueling Opinions

Drew Peabody of Bosox Injection writes about Jackie Bradley Jr- his time at Pawtucket (several times up and down in 2015), his Sox slash on August 7 (.118/.254/.176), his month-long explosion.(.422/.469/.889), and his late tailspin. He also mentions moving Bradley around the outfield in a “BBC combination” of Bradley, Mookie Betts, and Rusney Castillo. Peabody […]

4 of 33,754 Chili Davis-Offense Showing Improvement

In a blog last October , I wrote that the 2014 Red Sox offensive stats were not good-634 runs (11th in the AL), 123 homers (12th), .316 OBP (8th), .369 slugging percentage (14th), and a league-leading 1337 strikeouts, a club record. I also wrote that confidence seemed way down for players like Jackie Bradley Jr […]

Allen Webster – Trade Did Not Help

In a blog I submitted last December, I wrote that everyone who saw Red Sox righthander Allen Webster pitch was impressed by his stuff.  In 8 seasons in the minors, he had a slash of 50-39/3.86/1.357 Webster was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in late 2014 along with Rubby De La Rosa and a minor […]

Blake Swihart- Vast Potential Inbox x

On May 9 of this year, I wrote a piece entitled “Blake Swihart- Another New Face” I wrote about his minor league stats, the Red Sox unstable catching situation, and is first major league win behind the plate In this piece, I will confine myself to his performance this season. The new face now has […]

Gold Bust Twins- Let’s Keep Sandoval

In Tuesday’s Herald, Scott Lauber called Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval the “Gold Bust Twins” He wrote that Sandoval “is the safer bet to bounce back” I tend to agree. In comparing the two, Lauber mentions their OPS, homers, rbi’s, average, UZR’s, WAR’s, etc. All it adds up to is that both had terrible years […]

Rick Porcello- Too Many Good Pitches

There have been a number of possible reasons for Red Sox hurler Rick Porcello’s subpar season. Too much was expected of him by Boston fans, given his salary. He was put in the position of being the “de-facto” ace (as I wrote in my April blog). He does not throw hard enough, despite his 6’5″ […]

Robbie Ross Jr-Emerging Closer

The Herald’s Jason Mastronardo was right on when he mentioned Red Sox hurler Robbie Ross Jr on his list of emerging closers. Mastronardo writes about RRJ adding juice to his fastball, injury issues, an improving ERA and increased strikeouts. A 5’11” lefty from Lexington, Kentucky, the 26-year-old Ross Jr labored in the Texas Ranger organization from 2009 to […]

Wade Miley-Durability

In my blog dated February 12, I featured the minor and major league careers of Red Sox hurler Wade Miley. Today I will limit myself to his performance in the 2015 season. In the piece, I mention that “he has been quite durable”. He certainly has been. Miley’s durability is reflected in these figures: He is […]