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.
The 2018 Red Sox were an extraordinary team, a season that may never be replicated. But how close can the 2019 team come to achieving that?
Look, you all know how I feel about Jimmy Garoppolo. At this stage, I think we all know how Belichick felt about Garoppolo. But whether the next quarterback of the Patriots is Jimmy G. or Maggie Q., the Patriots need to start the process again, whether you believe Brady is playing until age 45 or not.
But Edelman? Let’s not be ridiculous. The Patriots missed him for the first four games last year and it showed. With Danny Amendola gone, the Patriots had no suitable replacement behind him. Now there are lesser players making more, some of whom the Pats seemingly tried to recruit.
Four quick thoughts on each of Boston’s four major sports teams during the black hole between the Super Bowl and NFL free agency…
So we’ll say it again: don’t make too much of this. If the Celtics go out and revert tonight against the Sacramento Kings, last night’s win becomes nothing more than another outlier. We need to see something reasonably consistent from this team – over an extended period of time – before we can even begin to believe that have cured of the selfishness and pettiness that has plagued them all season. That said, the basketball last night was, at times, scintillating.
Mazz: As Another Patriots Coach Departs, a Familiar Question Lingers: Is Bill Belichick Nearing the End?
With character coach Jack Easterby becoming the latest coach to depart the Patriots, it begs the question: is the writing on the wall for Bill Belichick's imminent departure too?
To win games against good competition in any sport, you have to show up for work with, as one expression goes, your lunch sack. And so pardon the tactless word play, but the Celtics don’t have one.
LeBron James is a great player, but how often is he called a great leader? The sooner Kyrie Irving realizes that about himself, the better off he'll be.
Here we are, five years after John Henry blew the Jon Lester situation. Now the owner is suggesting something altogether different. And it all suggests the team is now willing to pony up for yet another 30-year-old pitcher entering the final year of his contract.
Simple truth: There is the way things should be. And there is the way things are. And the latter is why the Celtics should let Kyrie Irving play in the All-Star Game.
The Sox finally got over the hump last year, so the question now becomes the following: how does president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski keep this together?
Kyrie Irving and the Celtics' inability to secure a loose ball factored in when Rajon Rondo (of all people) corralled a loose rebound and nailed a jumper at the buzzer, sending the Celtics home with yet another loss that should shake your faith in them.
As the league - and his team - changes around him, Bill Belichick still proves why he's the best coach of his generation.
Mazz looks at three of the biggest matchups to watch for in the Super Bowl.
The rules are completely different. Offenses and defenses have changed. The competition has completely turned over. And Brady still wins.
If you’re answer is yes, will you feel the same way on Monday if the Patriots lose the Super Bowl?
Mazz thinks there were actually a few nuggets worth discussing at Super Bowl Opening Night as the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams prepare for Super Bowl LIII this week.