Red Sox Bullpen

On a team of inconsistency, the one constant has been the Red Sox bullpen. The five prime relievers (according to are Koji Uehara, Craig Breslow, Junichi Tazawa, Alexi Ogando, and Tommy Layne. Let’s look at their stats. Through Tuesday, the group had a 2.25 ERA (the team’s was 4.51) with a 3.21 strikeout/walk ratio and a […]

Chili Davis and RISPs

In Peter Abraham’s Red Sox Notebook column earlier this week, he mentions a constant problem in the team’s lineup, the inability to hit with runners in scoring position. The Sox’ RISP (sometimes called SPos) was a league-low .205. Some of the figures were embarrassing-David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Mike Napoli, Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez were […]

Steven Wright – Long Relief

Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright is a journeyman in the true sense of the word. Drafted by the Indians after a fine career at the University of Hawaii, he has changed teams (majors and minors) no less than 21 times, including three short stints with the Sox. Most recently, he was brought up Saturday from Pawtucket, where he […]

Blake Swihart – Another New Face

The Red Sox would have preferred to leave Blake Swihart at Triple-A for one more year, but here he is-the third Sox catcher the Sox have used in this young season. The Sox catching situation has been in flux since Jason Varitek retired in 2011. Jarrod Saltalamacchia was up and down, though showing some power. […]

Alexi Ogando-Stablity in the Bullpen

Nick Cafardo on Sox righty reliever Alexi Ogando: “According to a National League scout, Ogando has some real action on his fastball  and electric stuff at times….A lot of teams missed the boat and the Red Sox were one of the few teams willing to offer him a major league deal..” Ogando has been a […]

Rick Porcello – Feeling the Pressure

The lack of an ace continues to dog the Red Sox rotation.. Rick Porcello, Wade Miley, Clay Buchholz, and Justin Masterson all have 5.50- plus ERA’s, and Joe Kelly’s is over 4. The team does not seem to want to look outside the organization, at least for the present. According the the Globe’s Nick Cafardo, […]

Joe Kelly – Big Win

Red Sox hurler Joe Kelly has a reputation as a bit of a flake. Before Game 6 of the 2013 NLCS, he engaged in a “staredown” of Dodger outfielder Scott Van Slyke, with neither man moving for 15 minutes as the ground crew prepared the field. He also wears glasses to better see his catcher’s […]

Clay Buchholz – Last Chance?

Clay Buchholz is in an unusual position. He has gone from being a number 5 starter at the beginning of 2015 to the top spot in the rotation. All of this despite a disappointing year in 2014 (8-11, 5.34) with unsatisfactory figures in many categories. Some say that he has the number 1 spot by […]

Junichi Tazawa – Possible Closer?

Even before the injury that will cause closer Koji Uehara to start the year on the disabled list, the Red Sox closer situation was unsettled. Edward Mujica, who was brought in last year from the Cardinals as a sort of backup to Uehara, had a subpar 2014 campaign. Though he had been designated by John […]

Brian Johnson – Another Rookie to Watch

In is Red Sox Notebook column on Monday, Peter Abraham details some injury issues among Red Sox starters. Clay Buchholz- time on DL for 5 consecutive years. Joe Kelly- yet to make more than 17 starts in a major league season. Justin Masterson- injury-plagued 2014. These numbers would seem to make one and possibly two […]

Eduardo Rodriguez – A Man to Watch

A few weeks ago, the Red Sox rotation appeared set. However, cracks are beginning to show. In a 14-5 loss on March 15, projected starters Justin Masterson and Wade Miley were hit hard. Masterson was touched for 7 hits and 6 runs in 3 2/3, while Miley surrendered 6 hits and 4 runs in 4 […]

Garin Cecchini – Let’s Keep Him for Now

Last fall, Red Sox prospect Garin Cecchini had reason to be optimistic. Third base had been an inconsistent positon for the team in 2014, with Will Middlebrooks, Xander Bogearts, and Brock Holt playing there at times. But there was really no regular third-sacker. A Louisiana native, Cecchini comes from a baseball family. His brother Gavin […]

Ryan Kalish – Forgotten Prospect

Every year it seems, a young player in Red Sox spring training excites fans and writers. Two years ago it was Jackie Bradley Jr. Last year it was Xander Bogearts. This year-Mookie Betts. But 5 seasons ago, there was a 20-year-old who possibly was better than all of them. Ryan Kalish, born in 1968, had […]

Trade Victorino? Not So Fast.

In is Sunday Baseball column, Nick Cafardo wrote: “Don’t buy that Shane Victorino will be Boston’s right fielder on Opening Day. If he’s healthy, he will draw interest and be traded.” Cafardo went on to say that John Farrell’s statement that Victorino will start in right was done mostly to increase his trade value. Before we deal […]

Juan Nieves – Highs and Lows

As the Sox begin spring training, a lot of eyes will be on their pitching staff. The starting group lacks an ace, and the bullpen is rather unsettled, with closer Koji Uehara coming off an injury-plagued year. Those same eyes will be on pitching coach Juan Nieves, who enters his third season on the job. […]