Tony Massarotti

Mazz: Has John Henry Had His Sights Set On Andrew Friedman All Along?

Know what I think? I think the Red Sox knew a year ago – or more – that Friedman was entering the final year of his contract and that he might want to come to Boston. Heck, they probably talked to him – or someone close to him – while the Red Sox were cleaning up on the Dodgers in the 2018 World Series. And that is probably why Friedman hasn’t agreed to new terms with the Dodgers.

Mazz: What Is Brady's Defense? This Year, It's Very, Very Good

Beginning with last year’s Super Bowl – a game won on defense – the Pats are now 2-0 in their last two games when scoring fewer than 20 points. If you think that sample isn’t big enough, you might be right. But while we’re waiting for more evidence, let’s also tell you that the 2003-04 Patriots went 7-0 in their final seven games when scoring fewer than 20 points.

Mazz: With Next Hire, Henry And The Red Sox Need Experience and Stability - And To Stay Out Of The Way

Today, the Red Sox find themselves in the unfortunate position of having significant needs while also possessing very little payroll flexibility and a decrepit farm system. It’s not an easy job. And the idea that Red Sox owners want “a more collaborative model between ownership and their next head of baseball operations” scares the bejeezus out of me for obvious reasons.

Mazz: Unlike Luck, Brady Had Belichick

Brady vs. Belichick is one of the greatest debates of this Patriots dynasty – is Brady or is it Bill? – and many rest on the side of the quarterback. Many also reside with the coach. But if you were and are a Brady guy more than a Bill guy – and I am – the case of Andrew Luck provides the simplest case of the environment making all the difference.

Mazz: With The 2019 Red Sox, Aces Are Low

The Red Sox are now 9-11 behind Price this season and just 8-14 behind Chris Sale, a combined record of 17-25 that would translate into roughly 66-96 over a 162-game schedule. More importantly, the Sox are just 1-3 behind Price and Sale since beginning their 14-game gauntlet against New York and Tampa Bay – and 5-0 behind everybody else.