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Hosted by The Sports Hub's Matt McCarthy, Hardcore Baseball is an in-depth, informative look into the Red Sox and the wider sport of baseball.

Hardcore Baseball: analytics cost the Astros the World Series

The Houston Astros had the World Series in their grasp before the decision to pull Zack Greinke changed everything. Matt McCarthy examines how an over-reliance on numbers cost the Astros. Jason Mastrodonato from the Boston Herald joins the show to recap the World Series and discuss the Chaim Bloom hiring (9:15).

Hardcore Baseball: Tony Mazz on the World Series

Tony Massarotti joins Matt McCarthy to talk everything World Series (9:20). Which pitching staff has the edge? How many pitchers in this series will end up in Cooperstown? Plus a recap of the epic Yankees-Astros ALCS and an update on the Red Sox GM search (spoiler alert: there is no update, nobody wants the job).

Hardcore Baseball: 2019 LCS edition

Matt McCarthy recaps the LDS and previews the LCS. Clayton Kershaw fails again, Dave Roberts gets exposed again, and the Minnesota Twins were a disaster...again. Nick Karski from ESPN Ithaca drops by to talk Yankees-Astros (15:30). Chris Rongey of 101 ESPN Radio in St. Louis shares his thoughts on Cardinals-Nationals (31:30).

Hardcore Baseball: Sad Mike Felger (2019 LDS Preview)

Hardcore Baseball October Edition returns with the 2019 LDS episode. The Brewers ripped Mike Felger's heart out in the NL Wild Card game and he joins Matt McCarthy to talk about it (3:30). Plus: a recap of the AL Wild Card game and previews of the Yankees-Twins series with Nick Karski of ESPN Ithaca (15:10),…

Hardcore Baseball: Tony Mazz on the future of the Red Sox

In this week's episode of Hardcore Baseball, Tony Massarotti joins Matt McCarthy to talk about the future of the Red Sox. Will 2020 be a bridge year? Ian Cundall from SoxProspects.com stops by to talk about the state of the Red Sox farm system. The Brewers are red hot, Mike Trout is done for the…

Hardcore Baseball: Red Sox fire Dave Dombrowski

The Red Sox fired Dave Dombrowski in the middle of the night. Jason Mastrodonato of The Boston Herald joins Matt McCarthy to discuss whether or not the Red Sox made the right decision and what the future holds. Could Ben Cherington be a candidate to replace Dombrowski? And was the timing of John Henry's decision…

Hardcore Baseball: Chris Sale's health

Chris Sale is done for 2019. Is Tommy John still a possibility? Dr. Chris Geary, Chief of Sports Medicine at Tufts Medical Center, joins Matt McCarthy to talk PRP shots, elbows, and what could be in store for the Red Sox ace in the coming weeks (9:15). Plus, Twitter questions from listeners. 

Hardcore Baseball: Mookie Betts' future, Steve Perrault, Indians update

In this week's episode of Hardcore Baseball: Matt McCarthy touches on the Mookie Betts trade rumors. Should the Red Sox move the reigning AL MVP this offseason? Steve Perrault from the Section 10 podcast drops by to talk everything Sox (9:00). Cleveland talk host Mark "Munch" Bishop stops by to talk Indians. What got the…

Hardcore Baseball: Red Sox free fall, farm update, Field of Dreams game

The Red Sox have all but fallen out of the playoff race. Matt McCarthy hits on what led them to this point and what the future holds. Mike Antonellis from the Portland Sea Dogs checks in with an update from down on the farm. The Mets of all teams are the hottest team in baseball…

Hardcore Baseball: Trade Deadline Special

Matt McCarthy hits on the Red Sox failure to bolster their bullpen and whether the decision to eliminate the waiver deadline helped or hurt the July 31 deadline. Sean Pendergast from Sportsradio 610 in Houston talks Zack Greinke (8:15). Nick Karski from ESPN Ithaca on the Yankees standing pat (21:10). What were the Reds doing…

Hardcore Baseball: Jason Mastrodonato, trade deadline preview

Jason Mastrodonato joins Matt McCarthy to talk Red Sox ahead of the trading deadline. Should they buy or sell? And if the Sox buy, what type of chips do they have down on the farm? Will Noah Syndergaard be traded and will the surging Giants alter the market for teams around the league?

Hardcore Baseball: HOF induction (feat. Mazz, Shaughnessy, Hook), Red Sox pitching woes

In this week's episode of Hardcore Baseball, Tony Massarotti, Dan Shaughnessy, and Marshall Hook discuss the 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame class. Matt McCarthy hits on the Red Sox pitching woes, including Chris Sale's struggles and the trade for Andrew Cashner.

Hardcore Baseball: Eovaldi to the 'pen, Jimmy Stewart, Mike Thomas

In this week's episode of Hardcore Baseball: the Red Sox plan to move Nathan Eovaldi to the bullpen, is that the right move? Jimmy Stewart talks everything Red Sox (7:00). Cubs fan and 98.5 The Sports Hub Program Director Mike Thomas talks about the Craig Kimbrel signing and the state of the Cubbies (28:15).

Hardcore Baseball: Christian Arcand, Rays to Montreal?

In this week's episode of Hardcore Baseball: Christian Arcand drops by to talk everything Red Sox (2:50). Should they buy or sell at the deadline? Are the Rays serious about playing games in both Tampa and Montreal? And Ian Cundall of SoxProspects.com has the latest on the Red Sox farm system (29:15)

Hardcore Baseball: Bullpen Disaster

In this week's episode of Hardcore Baseball: the Red Sox bullpen is still a major problem. David Ortiz continues to recover from his shooting and the Red Sox continue to struggle against good competition. Matt McCarthy and Billy Lanni from Felger and Mazz talk Sox (9:00). Grant McAuley from the Atlanta Braves Radio Network stops…

Hardcore Baseball: AL East gap grows, Kimbrel signs, MLB Draft recap

In this week's episode of Hardcore Baseball, Matt McCarthy says the month of June is critical for the future of the Red Sox. Nick Karski from ESPN Radio Ithaca shares his thoughts on the Yankees and the AL East race (8:50). What does the Craig Kimbrel signing mean for the Cubs? And Chris Hatfield from…

Hardcore Baseball: Dan Shaughnessy on Bill Buckner, Dustin Pedroia halts rehab

In this week's episode of Hardcore Baseball, Hall of Famer Dan Shaughnessy checks in with his thoughts on Bill Buckner's passing (11:00). Matt McCarthy touches on Dustin Pedroia's decision to halt his rehab, the state of the Red Sox, and a big change that could be coming to the baseball world.

Hardcore Baseball: Jim Murray, Sean Sylver, Chris Sale's 17 K's

In this week's episode of Hardcore Baseball, Jim Murray joins Matt McCarthy to talk Red Sox (2:40). Is the Wheel of Gutless Bums retired? Chris Sale flirted with the MLB single-game strikeout record, should the Red Sox have let him try for 21 K's? Sean Sylver checks in to discuss whether that record still means…

Hardcore Baseball: Steve Perrault, Red Sox pitching depth

In this week's episode of Hardcore Baseball, Steve Perrault from the Section 10 podcast checks in to talk Red Sox. Matt McCarthy goes around the majors. Are the Rays for real? Do the Red Sox have enough pitching depth? Mike Monaco from the Pawtucket Red Sox has the latest from down on the farm.