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 […]

Lots of Questions

The Red Sox hitting attack, so often their trademark, seems to have disappeared. As of last weekend, they were last in the AL in average (.244), runs, slugging percentage, and total bases. They were next-to-last in homers and rbi’s. If it were not for David Ortiz’ totals, they might have the worst stats since the […]

Sox 99 – August Awakening

As July rolled into August, the Red Sox came out of their funk a bit, with 5 wins in 8 constests against contending teams. The Blue Jays had won 29 of 39 to move past Boston into second in the AL East. Backed by strong hitting, however, the Sox swept two in Toronto. The first […]

John Farrell – Okay for Now

For the second time in three seasons, the Red Sox seem headed for a last-place finish. However, the circumstances are hardly the same. The 2012 group was managed by Bobby Valentine, who seemed totally unable to deal with the situation. He fought with players and coaches. His media relations were poor. His pitching coach was […]

Who is the Stopper?

Now that Jon Lester and John Lackey are gone, the question arises- who is the Red Sox stopper? The answer is easy- they don’t have one. At the beginning of this season, the rotation consisted of Lackey, Lester, Jake Peavy, Felix Doubront and Clay Buchholz. Combined, these five hurlers had chalked up 482 major league […]

Sox 99 – July Pitching Woes

The Red Sox late July struggles continued, as they saw their wild card lead, once 7 1/2 games, totally disappear. The Florida Marlins, Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers, hardly the class of their divisions, took 5 of 8. Florida, whose 34-58 mark was the poorest in the majors, invaded Fenway on the 18th and gave […]

Sox 99 – Before and After the Break

The Red Sox continued to play erratically around all-star time. A trip to Atlanta yielded one win against the Braves, whose 56-34 record was second best in the majors. The series began with a 5-4 Sox victory, despite getting only 5 hits off four Brave hurlers, Boston rallied from a 3-0 deficit with a solo homer […]

Say Goodbye to Bucky

I’m sure Clay Buchholz is a good and decent man. He appears to be happily married with a 4-year-old daughter. He does a lot of charity work. He has never been considered a clubhouse distraction. I have come to the conclusion, however, that this should be his last year with the Red Sox, no matter […]

Whatever Happened to Felix Doubront?

The answer to this question is easy. He is buried in the Sox bullpen. When the season began, the 26-year-old Venezuelan was listed as the number 4 starter behind Jon Lester, John Lackey and Jake Peavy. But after a poor start and the emergence of Brandon Workman and Rubby DeLa Rosa (and later return of Clay […]

Sox 99 – Bats Explode

With bats booming, the Red Sox continued there streak in late June, taking 6 of 8 from the Orioles and White Sox.On Monday the 21st, they put down the hot O’s 5-4 in a seesaw contest. The Bosox broke out 2-0 in the second, but the Birds rallied with one in the fifth and three more […]