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The Case for a Blockbuster

by Sully on July 26, 2013

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Sometimes the market won’t allow it. A team can dangle the best possible package of assets for a pitcher, an outfielder, a shut-down reliever, and the sellers just aren’t there. It’s important to establish this because I don’t want the Red Sox to make a trade just for the sake of it. To the extent [...]

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Game 6: Red Sox 13, Blue Jays 0

by Sully on April 8, 2013

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Five games in it appeared the Red Sox offense would function differently than past quality Red Sox offenses. This edition would walk, steal some bases, make a lot of contact and rely on a lot of singles, infield hits, and whatever else it took to push runs across the plate. It still may be that [...]

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Game 5: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 0

by Sully on April 7, 2013

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That was about as bad as a single game gets. Boston fell to Toronto 5-0 and lost their starting pitcher to what appeared to be serious injury. The offense completely no-showed against what we thought was a very hittable J.A. Happ, something that arguably even rises to the level of concerning when you consider how [...]

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Game 4: Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 4

by Sully on April 6, 2013

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It took Boston 13 games in 2011 to win its third. Eight in 2012. This season it took four and after last night’s win against the American League East favorites, the Red Sox have guaranteed themselves a .500 road trip through the Bronx and Toronto to start the season. If that sounds insignificant, in any [...]

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Game 1: Boston 8, New York 2

by Sully on April 2, 2013

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“Today is how we can win a lot of ballgames.” -Jonny Gomes On their way to an 8-2 win in the Bronx yesterday the Red Sox notched 13 hits, but only a couple for extra bases. They managed eight walks but also stranded 13 baserunners. Jon Lester labored at times but finished the game with [...]

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An Exercise

by Sully on February 12, 2013

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You don’t have to look all that hard to find media commentary on how 2013, self-evidently, is a rebuilding year. Boston won 69 games last season and didn’t even try to attract any of the high-end free agents, after all. These articles are not necessarily negative. The Red Sox are just taking their medicine, the [...]

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Ben Cherington Thus Far

by Sully on December 28, 2012

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Ben Cherington inherited stewardship of a Red Sox roster that looked like the best in baseball just 27 games prior to his promotion. At that point, with little financial flexibility, he had a decision. Were those 27 games an aberration, or had something changed fundamentally for the Red Sox? Were those 27 games a leading [...]

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Really Quick on Joel Hanrahan

by Sully on December 27, 2012

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First, R.J. Anderson has the only strong analysis of the deal I have seen and Alex Speier, always well sourced, offers a nice take on why the Red Sox did the deal. In short, they think Hanrahan is elite. Nothing more, nothing less. And since they believe Hanrahan is elite, they were willing to part [...]

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The Search For an Explanation

by Sully on August 7, 2012

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Lately fans and media alike have been assigning blame for the Red Sox struggles this season. John Tomase thinks Bobby Valentine should be held accountable, Peter Abraham thinks it runs deeper throughout the organization. There are calls for John Henry’s ownership group to sell the team. It’s normal when things don’t go as planned to [...]

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Some Thoughts on Kevin Youkilis

by Sully on June 25, 2012

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Kevin Youkilis leaves the Red Sox as one of the very best hitters in franchise history. As former teammate Nick Punto so nicely put it yesterday, “Not too many Boston Red Sox players have two world championships and he was a heck of a player for this organization.” That pretty much sums it up. Youk [...]

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