Sox 99 – Division Series

The Red Sox ended the 99 season as the AL wild card, riding a hot September to finish 94-68. They finished 4 games behind the Yankees and 7 ahead of the Oakland A’s, their top WC challengers. It was the most wins for Boston since 1986. The Sox were paced by two men with tremendous […]

New Hitting Coach

With the season over, the final Sox offensive stats are in, and they are not good. 634 runs (11th in the AL). 123 homers (12th), a .316 OBP (8th). a .369 slugging percentage (14th). 1337 strikeouts (a club record). a .237 average with runners in scoring position (last in the league). The stats are more […]

Sox 99 – September Hot Streak

The Red Sox continued as one of the hottest teams in baseball as September unfolded. They first took 2 of 3 from Cleveland, owner of the best record in the majors. In a battle of hot-hitting clubs, the Tribe prevailed in the first constest 11-7 before over 43,000 at Jacobs Field. The home squad went […]

Shaughnessy- Not Quite Right

As is his style, Dan Shaughnessy had a rant last weekend on the state of the Red Sox. “Nobody’s mad at the local nine, ” he wrote. “After all, they’ve won the World Series three times in 10 years and they won it last year…everybody is happy just to enjoy another day in America’s most […]

Young Pitchers – Don’t Judge Yet

How have the Red Sox young hurlers done since THE TRADES? If you go on stats, not very well. Through Saturday, Rubby De La Rosa, Brandon Workman, Anthony Renaudo and Allen Webster have made 49 starts. Their record is 12-23 with a 5.06 ERA and only 6 strikeouts per 9 innings. The latest disappointment is […]

Sox 99 – Toward Postseason

The Red Sox made a big leap toward the postseason by taking three from the Yankees in the Stadium behind solid pitching and strong hitting. It was Boston’s first sweep in the Big Apple in 15 years, and started with perhaps Pedro Martinez’ best of many great performances. On September 10 he tossed a one-hitter […]

Sox 99 – September Surge

Boston’s late-August surge continued into September, as they swept three from the struggling Kansas City Royals and split a four-gamer with Seattle. Pedro Martinez took care of things in the opener, fanning 11 and walking one while allowing 4 hits and a run in 6 frames as the Sox breezed 7-1. They broke open a […]

Keep Mookie

Twice last week, Peter Abraham, Globe Sox beat writer and NESN contributor, suggested that Mookie Betts could be a trading chip over the winter. Though I respect Peter very much, I have to strongly disagree. As of Sunday (the day the Globe pubishes expanded stats), Betts had played 39 games with the Sox. His .283 […]

Sox 99 – Bouncing Back

After being swept in Texas, the Red Sox bounced back in late August against much weaker competiton. The Minnesota Twins, 51-72 and 25 1/2 games behind Cleveland in the AL Central, fell in the first game 4-1. The Sox rode two-run homers from Trot Nixon in the second and Troy O’Leary in the fifth. Pat […]

2015 Rotation

What will the Sox starting rotation look like in 2015? That’s a difficult question. The “rehearsal group” which now consists of Clay Buchholz, Joe Kelly, Anthony Ranaudo, Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa and Brandon Workman has produced mixed results. At this point, Buchholz, despite his maddening inconsistency, Kelly and Ranaudo seem to have the […]

Sox 99 – Cooling Off

The roaring Sox cooled a bit in mid-August, but hung on in a three-team wild card race. Brian Daubach, now being referred to as the Belleville (Illinois) Basher, assumed the hero’s role once again on the 17th, with a three-run double for a 6-5 walkoff win over Oakland. Daubach, who had barely missed a grand […]

Sox 99 – Booming Bats

Booming bats and adequate pitching pushed the Red Sox ahead in the wild card race. They first went to Kansas City and emerged with a two-game sweep. The first was a 9-6 seesaw contest which saw Boston rally form a 3-1 deficit to go ahead 5-3 entering the ninth. In a strange set of events, […]

Veterans and SPos

As the Red Sox wind down this sadly disappointing campaign, one statistic stands out. It is only published once a week. The abbreviation is SPos- average with runners in scoring positon. A glance at the Sox stats would suggest that the youngsters (with the exception of Brock Holt) are largely responsible for the team’s hitting […]

Sox 99 August Resurgence

Slumping since early June, the Red Sox woke up in August to stay close in the wild card race. They did it mostly on the strength of their lineup, but also had some good efforts on the mound. The Cleveland Indians invaded Fenway sporting the best record in the majors at 64-41. Though the Sox […]

We Can’t Even Be Sure of Uehara

Et tu, Koji? Going into last Friday’s contest with Seattle, Uehara had been one of the few bright spots in the dismal 2014 season. In 57 appearences, he had a 5-3 mark and 1.53 ERA, allowing 40 hits in 58 2/3 innings. His 26 saves and only 7 walks and 72 K’s helped enable the […]