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John Lackey’s Red Sox Career

by Marc on May 5, 2011

in Red Sox

John Lackey summed up his start today succinctly: “I pitched bad.” While his command of the English language is lacking there, it is still miles ahead of his command of the strike zone today: four innings on 97 pitches (56 for strikes), eight runs allowed, 10 hits, one strikeout, three walks, and a homer. This [...]

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It Gets Better, Offense Edition

by Sully on April 16, 2011

in Red Sox

Fangraphs rolled out Dan Szymborski’s in-season ZIPS projections this week. In case you think that Carl Crawford‘s -11 OPS+ is likely to hold, consider the following chart.   2011 wOBA wOBA Rest of Year Difference Crawford .162 .365 .203 Pedroia .426 .376 -.050 Gonzalez .333 .409 .076 Youkilis .388 .387 -.001 Ortiz .358 .374 .016 [...]

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Even Nibbling Beats This

by Marc on April 12, 2011

in Red Sox

Two innings. Just 16 batters faced. Seven runs. 42 pitches. Those short sentences, in a twitch-inducing nutshell, make up Daisuke Matsuzaka‘s start against the Tampa Bay Rays last night. It is painful to go into more detail unless you are a Rays’ fan, but relive the start we must, for how else will we learn? [...]

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My Andy Pettitte Memory

by Sully on February 4, 2011

in AL East,Playoff Retrospective

It’s the middle of October 1999, we’re 50 days or so into sophomore year in college when my buddy from back home in suburban Boston, a student in Chapel Hill (I was in Philadelphia) calls me and says “we have to go back to Boston this weekend.” And he was right. We did. The Red [...]

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Since the Red Sox find themselves on the outside looking in to the postseason in 2010, we thought we would keep the October spirit alive here at The Beacon with a look back at different playoff moments from over the years. We’ll have our own little playoffs pants party while other fans of other teams, [...]

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The Red Sox played the Yankees this weekend, and it didn’t mean much for either club. The Red Sox, though not mathematically out of contention yet, are finished. The Yankees will qualify for the playoffs either via the Wild Card or AL East division title. I thought it would be fun torturous to have a [...]

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September

by Sully on September 21, 2010

in Red Sox

Red Sox fans no longer seem engaged, so now you see things like this ESPNBoston blog entry from Gordon Edes telling us why we should keep watching through the end. I’m cool with that, and I actually enjoyed the read. This season seems to be dragging on, and frankly, I have not been following as [...]

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Everybody Try & Relax

by Sully on August 31, 2010

in Media,Red Sox

Fresh off a series loss in St. Pete and with their playoff chances inching from slim towards none, there is a new narrative taking hold here in Boston . It’s difficult to follow but the best I can boil it down to is “The Red Sox knew this was a ‘bridge year’ all along and [...]

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The Lackey Problem

by Marc on August 20, 2010

in Red Sox

Between the injuries and the fact that he has a won-loss record of 11-7, it feels like John Lackey’s disappointing debut season with the Red Sox has been given more slack than it deserves. It’s not that we should be on some kind of Lackey witch hunt with analysis, it’s just that there were far [...]

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