Do the Red Sox and Yankees really have to go to London? Or can they pull the plug on it and split the two games? Because it simply doesn't seem worth it for either baseball team.
Alex Cora and the Red Sox grabbed one win against the league-best Twins and acted like everything was just like 2018 again - then they lost. Will they ever turn the page?
The Red Sox need to step it up in the situational play department. Mazz breaks down why the team has been awful as of late.
Let’s say this part clearly, too: the Red Sox don’t want to win as much as they did a year ago. That doesn’t mean they stink. It just means that the edge they played with a year ago is completely gone – at least for now – and we have no choice to believe that the issues relate directly to last year’s World Series victory, which the Red Sox seem to be holding onto as if they never need to let it go.
For St. Louis, the harsh reality is they haven’t beaten Boston in any remotely important competition in the last 50 years.
And so here we are, on the morn of Game 3 in the Gateway to the West, and we are reminded of something we learned long ago in the Sports Hub of the universe: there is no easy path to a title. Championships are not given so much as they are earned, and the Bruins are going to have to fight for it, starting tonight at the Enterprise Center.
The Red Sox have lost 3.5 games in two weeks, and time isn't on their side.
In the end, how you remember Pedroia is entirely up to you, but here’s a suggestion: don’t be a baby about it. Pedroia gave you his all, and the mere fact that he has hobbled along for the last two years should tell you that.
The Red Sox seem to have an inability to beat bad teams so far this year.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox are, in order, 25-23 overall, 13-10 at home, 12-13 on the road. They look like the definition of middle class. Among the 15 AL teams, they have the sixth-best record in the league overall, the seventh-best record at home, the sixth-best record on the road, the fifth-best record against right-handed starters and the 10th-best record against left-handed starters. Against teams at or above .500, they rank ninth among the 15 AL teams. Against teams below .500, they rank sixth. Get the picture? For the most part, overall, they’ve been average Joes.
This could be our first good read on the Red Sox as they go up against the Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians, and New York Yankees in 12 of the next 16 games.
A closer look at the recent performance of Michael Chavis and Rafael Devers, a pair of young sluggers at the heart of the Red sox' resurgence.
Five observations about the 2019 Red Sox as they approach the quarter-mile pole in pursuit of a second consecutive World Series championship.
Don’t look now, Red Sox followers, but the news that David Price has landed on the injured list has left the Sox in a rather curious position. Forty percent of the team’s starting rotation is now on the IL, Price (elbow tendinitis) joining Nathan Eovaldi (elbow surgery) on the sideline. No one can possibly know how Sox pitchers will fare in the long run this season, but the idea was to bring them along slowly so that they would all be at maximum strength in September and October.
Where do the 2019 Red Sox land after the first month of baseball? Tony Massarotti breaks down the numbers, and there is room for improvement.
The Red Sox have not won more than three games in a row. They have won as many as two straight only three times, which means they haven’t played consistently well for consecutive days – let alone weeks – for what amounts to an entire month.
If you’re looking for small signs that the team is waking up, the third inning Thursday night is a good start.
Meanwhile, here’s the bigger picture: the Red Sox this season are now 9-10 when someone other than Sale is their starting pitcher and 0-5 in games started by their ace. Neither number is especially praiseworthy given what the Sox should be, but that 0-5 right now is the No. 1 reason they continue to stumble along as if blindfolded.
With this new launch angle approach, hunting fastballs, let's hit home runs, culture that's hit Major League Baseball, pitchers don't throw fastballs anymore, and that's bugging Tony.
Call me a traditionalist – and to a degree, I am – but here’s a simple question: if you’re walking a ton of guys and putting yourself in bad situations, why would you keep pitching backwards? Maybe it’s because the Sox de-emphasized the start of the season, brought their pitchers along slowly, don’t have arm strength just yet. Or maybe the slow spring actually prevented Sox pitchers from getting the necessary feel for their off-speed pitches, which means Sox starters are throwing softer and with less break, movement, command.
So just admit it: you fell in Eovaldi with him last October after what should have been a one-night stand. We all did. And then you committed to something that you really shouldn’t have committed to, a baseball version of “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.”
Mazz: History suggests that the Red Sox need to start digging themselves out of their early hole - and now
Mazz believes in fast starts and strong finishes. The proof is in the performance of recent world champions. And that's why the Red Sox need to start digging themselves out of their early hole now.
What's up with Chris Sale's velocity? And how do the Red Sox approach their complicated catching situation?
When you add it all up – past, present and future – the Red Sox have over a half-billion dollars invested in their starting rotation, $531.8 million to be exact. Those five pitchers are and always have been the foundation in Dave Dombrowski’s formula for success. And when they perform like they’re performing now, there’s really no need for analysis of any kind. You just have no chance.
Does everyone get the point now? When Sale is airing it out, he’s at his very best – and not just because of the velocity. His slider is much sharper, too. The Sale we saw yesterday in Seattle looked like a guy who was holding back and trying to pace himself – again, we’re assuming health here – and the result wasn’t remotely close to good enough.