The Elephant Seems to Be Fading

On Monday, May 16, the Herald’s Jason Mastrodonato wrote about the “elephant in the room”. The elephant, of course, was the depth of the Red Sox starting rotation. It showed itself in the use of Sean O’Sullivan, a career journeyman with a 6.03 ERA. He also wrote about September 2011, when “a potent offense made […]

Super Sub To Position Player- So Far So Good

In a blog I wrote on June 14 of last season, I wrote of Brock Holt’s 2012 trade in deal involving Joel Hanrahan and Marc Melancon as a “throw in”. I also wrote of him a super sub with a .281 average, .711 OPS and base-stealing ability. I also expressed the feeling that he was […]

Steven Wright- Journeyman to Reliable Starter

On May 13, 2015, I wrote in a blog about Red Sox hurler Steven Wright that he was a journeyman in the true sense of the word.  I also wrote that he had changed teams 21 times and would look good in a long relief role. After a 7-inning effort last Wednesday night in which […]

Craig Kimbrel- A Rude Awakening

Welcome to Fenway Park, Craig Kimbrel. Michael Silverman of the Herald said it best: “Did somebody forget to send Craig Kimbrel the memo about Opening Day and Patriots Day being kind of big deals around these parts?” Kimbrel’s stints in Atlanta (15-10/1.43/0.903) and San Diego (4-2/2.58/1.045) did little to prepare him for what happened Monday. […]

In Search of Quality Starts

Fans, writers and talk show hosts have been commenting all season about the disappointing Red Sox staff. the only quality starts have been by Steven Wright and David Price. It is a little too early to talk about slashes, but the figures certainly stand out. Wright (1-0, 1.35, 1.350) is a fifth starter and Price […]

Rick Porcello- A Lot to Prove

Red Sox hurler Rick Porcello has engendered much controversy in his short career in Boston. In the March 29 Herald Jason Mastrodonato wrote “Despite a poor start, Porcello’s spring training ERA has dropped from 12.00 to 9.76. He has allowed 29 hits in 15 1/3 innings. He quotes pitching coach Carl Willis: “Problem fixable. He’ll […]

Grady Sizemore Update

On February 7, 2014, I quoted from Nick Cafardo’s Sunday Baseball page: “Red Sox loved Sizemore’s speed and explosion during workouts.” Later I wrote about his injury problems since 2009. Too many times his comebacks have been false starts. When the 2014 season began, the 33-year-old Seattle native had a slash of .216/.289/.324 in 52 […]

Hideo Nomo- Good But Not Great Part 2

Nomo returned to the Dodgers in 2002, and had two of the best seasons of his career, with a 32-18 mark, a 3.20 ERA, and WHIPs averaging 1.283. But after undergoing shoulder surgery in October 2003, his slash plummeted to 4-11/8.25/1.750. For the next few years, he bounced through several more organizations, including Tampa Bay, […]

Hideo Nomo- Good But Not Great (Part 1)

Recent item- The San Diego Padres have hired Hideo Nomo as advisor to help expand their presence in the Pacific Rim Hideo Nomo, the first Japanese star on the Red Sox, was always on the verge of stardom. Nomo first played in the majors in 1995, leading the league in strikeouts, was second in the […]

Red Sox – The Middle is Strong

Dustin Pedroia, whose resume has an MVP, Rookie of the Year, 4 all-star selections, a silver slugger and 3 gold gloves improved from his disappointing 2014 performance for a .291/.356/.441 slash with 12 homers and 42 rbi’s despite a hamstring injury. Xander Bogearts went from being a questionable prospect in 2014 to explode to .320/.355/.421 […]

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 […]