Xander Bogaerts' egregious baserunning blunder on Tuesday night illustrated the sheer stupidity and ineptitude that has defined the 2019 Red Sox.
Before you suggest it's “good news” that Chris Sale doesn't need surgery, let’s make this clear: Sale does not need surgery NOW, and the Red Sox have a depreciating asset despite limiting him over the last two years.
Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe says Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski is not long for the job. Tony Mazz breaks down how we've gotten to this point.
Behind The Seams: Quiet trade deadline puts onus on existing Red Sox to play closer to their potential
The Red Sox did nothing at the 2019 trade deadline, but that just means the onus is on their existing players to play closer to their potential.
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.
We all know the plan with Chris Sale this year, but looking at the numbers after his high pitch games, his performance is inconclusive.
Sale has a maybe a dozen starts left to validate a baby-Sale plan that certainly seemed to have blown up in the Red Sox’ faces in the earliest stages of this season, when the Red Sox opened by going 6-13 and Sale went 1-7.
The Boston Red Sox have picked up where they left off before the All-Star Break, and that's not a good thing. Tony Mazz has more in this week's Behind the Seams.
Andrew Cashner was the Red Sox' “solution” to the pitching problems that have affected them since they showed, which isn’t even the equivalent of putting a tuxedo on a pig. It’s buying the pig a t-shirt and some Army fatigues at the thrift store.
The reigning world champions are closer to the bottom of the real AL, not the top, and there is simply no excuse for that.
Dave Dombrowski called it "urgency". But the reality is that his decision to name Nathan Eovaldi the Red Sox' closer is a move that screams "desperation".
A very wise person once told Mazz, "show, don't tell." He shows you just how bad the Boston Red Sox bullpen is this year. They need to fix it, and fast.
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.