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Monday, March 20, 2017

Drew Pomeranz suffers another injury | Boston Herald

“The first inning, my triceps got a little tight toward the end,” he said. “I told the trainers in between that inning, went back out and it stayed tight the whole time. Nothing crazy. Just a little triceps tightness. I think my workloads have been a little higher this week. Who knows. I threw that second inning and it didn’t really loosen up. We just decided to call it quits. I could’ve thrown one more but it’s still the second start and we’ll give it a little rest.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 20, 2017 at 06:25 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: drew pomeranz, injuries, red sox

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Silverman: Tyler Thornburg endures rough adjustment to Sox’ shoulder program | Boston Herald

Thornburg said that after the December trade, he was sent a list of exercises from the training staff. The message he did not receive was that all of the exercises were to be performed daily.

“I kind of figured that this is a list of the exercises they incorporated, I didn’t think this is what they do all in one day,” said Thornburg. “I thought, ‘here’s a list of exercises, learn them, pick five or six of them,’ because that was pretty much what we did in Milwaukee.”

No wonder, then, Thornburg’s body began to bark.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2017 at 09:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, tyler thornburg

Friday, March 10, 2017

Mookie Betts Cleanup - Unorthodox But Don’t Freak Out

So, John Farrell is tinkering with the idea that Andrew Benintendi might hit third, sliding Mookie betts down to the cleanup spot…

Some of the initial reaction when Ken Rosenthal first surfaced this notion late Wednesday focused on the concern over Betts, the American League MVP runner-up, potentially not getting to the plate in the first inning.

Fair.

But understand that cleanup hitters more times than not actually do hit in the first, which means they are coming to the plate with runners on base. Nelson Cruz, who hit fourth more than any other batter in 2016 (155 times), hit in the first inning 98 times. And Mike Napoli, who was second with 140 appearances at cleanup, hit in the first on 97 occasions.

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: March 10, 2017 at 09:26 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: lineups, red sox

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Giving big dollars to older pitchers doesn’t make sense - Buster Olney - ESPN (INSIDER $)

Remember when the Red Sox said they wouldn’t sign any more older, expensive free agent starters?

The Boston Red Sox gave Price the most money ever for a pitcher, $217 million over seven years, when he was 30 years old. He had a good but not great first year in 2016, leading the American League in innings. But now with the uncertainty over Price’s elbow, the Red Sox don’t know what they’ll get out of him in Years 2 and 3, when he would have theoretically been at his best for Boston, before the inevitable decline would be expected to begin. Price’s situation serves as a fresh affirmation of the general belief in the risk-averse analytics community that the outsized deals for older free agent pitchers are mostly disasters.

Think about the huge contracts doled out to pitchers over the winter of 2015-16, plus Stephen Strasburg. If you applied truth serum to the owners and front offices involved, you might tap into some deep wells of regret.

If the Red Sox had the opportunity today, would they love to get out of their deal with Price? Sure.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 09, 2017 at 09:35 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Not all spring training numbers are meaningless

Was this article meant to convince us about something?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 09, 2017 at 07:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, spring training

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Red Sox fiercely debate who owns best hair in the clubhouse - providencejournal.com

The Brockstar clearly has the best hair.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2017 at 08:29 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Monday, March 06, 2017

Red Sox backing off Tyler Thornburg for the time being

Fernando Abad traveled to Sarasota on Sunday to join Team Dominican Republic for the World Baseball Classic. Abad’s departure from Red Sox camp comes at a time when he’s battling for a roster spot.

“You love the fact that his country looks upon him as a guy to contribute for the WBC,” Farrell said. “But in those positions of competing for a spot, you’d like to think that a guy’s going to be here to make that mark here. He’s aware of his status on the roster competing for a spot. When he returns, it’s constant evaluating that’s going on.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2017 at 06:33 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Friday, March 03, 2017

Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price won’t need surgery on arm

David Price doesn’t need surgery.

That was the verdict Friday after the Boston Red Sox ace had his sore left elbow examined by prominent orthopedic surgeons Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Price is expected to rejoin the Red Sox at their spring training camp Saturday in Fort Myers, Florida.

Boston manager John Farrell told reporters that the findings of Andrews and ElAttrache represented the best-case scenario for Price, who will rest and receive treatment for the next seven to 10 days.

“A very positive exam, given the concern a couple days ago,” Farrell told reporters after the Red Sox’s 9-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2017 at 08:09 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox

Thursday, March 02, 2017

David Price elbow soreness, MRI has him sidelined

Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price had an MRI on his sore left elbow and will miss his next start, according to Jim Bowden on Twitter, who reports that BoSox manager John Farrell says they are “concerned” due to the soreness being “more than in [the] past.”

If Price’s elbow issues are serious, it could have a significant impact in the American League East, where Boston is currently the favorite, in no small part due to the combination of Price and Chris Sale at the top of their rotation. Elbow soreness in a pitcher is inherently alarming, and while it could be nothing, one has to think there is worry in Boston about whether there is UCL damage. UCL damage, of course, generally leads to Tommy John surgery, which usually sidelines a pitcher for 12-18 months.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 02, 2017 at 09:59 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox

Monday, February 27, 2017

Red Sox reportedly testing ‘performance bedding’ for new ‘sleep room’ at Fenway Park

After all, babies need their afternoon naps.

Captain Supporter Posted: February 27, 2017 at 09:53 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Hector Velazquez’s contract, pitching are lessons in creativity | Boston Herald

The purchase price for the Red Sox: a low-risk, $30,000, a baseball source told the Herald.

To begin with.

There are escalators built into the deal, based on consecutive days Velazquez spends on the major league roster — a clever and perhaps new approach to the market.

One general manager from another team said they had not heard of such a deal before.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 27, 2017 at 06:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Alex Speier: The Red Sox are retiring Carmine for a new analytics system

More details about Red Sox analytic system change. The name of the new system is pretty lame. I hope it’s not an indication of the creativity of the analytics crew.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 26, 2017 at 09:42 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, red sox

Red Sox analytics guru Zack Scott keeping the team up to speed | Boston Herald

If you stand still you are falling behind.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 26, 2017 at 09:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Full Count » Year after his career-changing meeting, Drew Pomeranz has no interest in returning to bullpen

Of course, if he wants to stay a starter he has to stay healthy too.

“What we had discussed was I was coming in as a starter and at the end of camp if I didn’t get a spot I would go to the bullpen. That was my understanding,” he remembered. “Then when they put the charts up and it said one inning, and day off, and then ‘Pomeranz one inning’ I was like, ‘What’s going on here?’ You’ve been around long enough to know if you’re being groomed as a starter or a reliever.

“I asked him and he said, ‘There’s definitely innings available to give you a chance to start.’ I told him, ‘I want it. I’m going for it. If you decide at the end of camp that I’m not good enough than you can put me in the bullpen.’ Immediately they gave me more innings. They changed the chart that day to put me at two innings and I got back on that progression.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 26, 2017 at 08:58 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: drew poweranz, red sox

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ten Bold Predictions for the Coming Season

2. The Rockies will finally have the pitching to make the postseason.
At the top of the rotation, the Rockies may have one of their best pitchers ever this year. Jon Gray was already pretty good (15th in K-BB% last year), and then he learned how to throw his slider two ways, and then he started throwing the curveball more, and now he has a new changeup grip. He’s exciting as a young ace with velocity, an elite slider, and the makeup to continue striving for a better, more complete arsenal.

But this is more about the lesser-known names behind Gray. Tyler Anderson doesn’t have a ton of pitches, but his cutter/four-seam/change combo has proven itself to be major-league worthy at least. Chad Bettis only has average velocity, but his four-pitch combo has kept hitters off balance enough to call him a viable starter, as well. Tyler Chatwood may only have the two fastballs and a slider, but he throws the curve sometimes, and his sinker is all world. All three are adept at getting ground balls, and the rotation just put up their second-best rate since they started tracking that number.


Monday, February 20, 2017

Rumors And Rumblings: Swihart Adamant He Doesn’t Have Yips

“You find one clip of one bad throw and put it on the internet,” Swihart said. “I know how you guys are. Make a big deal out of nothing. I had my family and a lot of friends call me (Friday night) and I had them to tell them all it was nothing, just one bad throw.

“Not one person in the organization said a word to me. No one. I’m not concerned. No one is concerned.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 20, 2017 at 11:05 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, red sox

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Remember 1967 and the impossible dream - The Boston Globe

Although I was too young in the 1967 to remember any details, I believe my great love of baseball is directly tied to the Red Sox success that year. After suffering bad teams for years, my father was so excited by the Red Sox that year that he held game-watching parties though most of the summer. All that excitement surely caught the interest of the three-year old me.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2017 at 11:18 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: history, impossible dream, red sox

Nick Cafardo: Here’s why the Red Sox aren’t likely to trade Brock Holt

Was Nick Cafardo on the Betances arb panel?

Top utility players at the plate
Based on 2016 batting average.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2017 at 11:08 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, red sox

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Deadspin: Here’s a reminder that Mookie Betts is legitimately great at bowling

Mookie Betts is awesome and the Truth.

Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts has never made a secret of his love of bowling—he’s said that he watches the game every Sunday when he can, he competed in the 2015 World Series of Bowling and he’s bowled two perfect games in the past four years. The guy has a profile on the U.S. Bowling Congress website.

So it’s not exactly surprising that he won last night’s All-Star Celebrity Clash at Chris Paul’s charity bowling tournament. And he managed to look cool as hell doing it. This smooth turn and stroll after his sixth straight strike is more or less the bowling equivalent to a bat flip after a huge dinger:

Also, this is clearly a better spring training activity for him than driving a golf cart.

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: February 18, 2017 at 12:16 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: bowling, cool and good, mookie betts, red sox

Friday, February 17, 2017

Blake Swihart Appears To Have A Case Of The Yips

The yips are the worst boogeyman in sports, and although it’s not clear that Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart is dealing with that particular beast, but this sure doesn’t look good:....

Masslive reports that this is not a one-time incident, and that Swihart has been struggling with his throws back to the mound throughout the early days of spring training. Despite this, Swihart told Masslive that he is not worried about it:

“I feel fine. I’m not worried. You guys shouldn’t be worried either,” he added. “I’m working on my craft. And I promise the ball’s going to get there.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 17, 2017 at 05:14 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, red sox, steve blass disease, yips

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Red Sox boss uses own NBA analogy in response to Cashman | New York Post

Dave Dombrowski is not falling for Brian Cashman’s hype, comparing his talented Red Sox to the Warriors.

“I heard that and it was interesting,’’ Dombrowski told The Post on Tuesday as Red Sox pitchers and catchers officially worked out for the first time this spring at Fenway South. “But you know what? [The Yankees are] probably like the Cavaliers and I remember the Cavaliers beat Golden State last year. I would think they should be probably be thinking of themselves along those lines. I would think that’s what they’re like.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2017 at 08:31 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman, dave dombrowski, red sox, yankees

Monday, February 13, 2017

Full Count » Steven Wright still not fully healed from shoulder injury, highlighting concerns at back of rotation

Ugh.

With pitchers and catchers officially reporting and the first workout scheduled for Tuesday, the Red Sox still don’t have a healthy Wright, who continues to work his way back from an injury that didn’t require surgery, but has proven more stubborn than anyone expected.

“He’s making improvement,” manager John Farrell said on Sunday. “This has probably taken longer than he anticipated, than we certainly anticipated. He’s back throwing to 120 feet. He’s throwing flat ground right now. He still needs to continue to build some arm strength at this point in camp. We’ll get a better read exactly when everybody goes through their physicals [Monday]. We’ll get a better read of arm strengths and accurate measurements overall. If we were to take this next week and continue to build that arm strength before we get him on the mound, I don’t want to rule that out, but we’ll get a better read on that tomorrow.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2017 at 11:57 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, red sox, steven wright

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Hey Bill: Dick Allen, Terrell Owens, & the 2011 Red Sox Collapse

Dick Allen did all the things that TO did, but was much worse than TO. I know I have mentioned this, but I met TO a couple of times at a convention in Portugal. He was just absolutely charming—as Dick Allen was, to many people—and I certainly don’t want to knock him or to dwell on his past mistakes. I also don’t know enough about Terrell to engage in that discussion. 

But off-the-field conduct is very, very relevant to the success of teams. When teams fall apart at the center—that is, when players decide that they don’t like one another and don’t trust one another—I absolutely believe that that shows up on the field. These things are difficult to explain and at the present time impossible to measure, but many things which are true are difficult to explain and impossible to measure. I have always believed this, and, if I had ANY doubt that it was true, that doubt was ended in September of 2011, when what started as an off-field, irrelevant personal conflict ended in a historic collapse by a team that we believed on September 1 to be the best team in Red Sox history.

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: February 09, 2017 at 10:32 PM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, collapse, dick allen, red sox

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

An early evaluation of the Red Sox lineup, minus David Ortiz

The Red Sox offense will be just fine in 2017.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 08, 2017 at 08:28 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Sunday, February 05, 2017

OTP 6 Feb. 2017: Curt Schilling, Politics, and the Hall of Fame

Curt Schilling has said that his politics are costing him votes for the Hall of Fame. The other day here at NRO, Aaron Goldstein argued specifically that in the most recent balloting, earlier this winter, baseball writers backed away from Schilling because he supported Trump last year in the presidential election.

A few problems dog that theory. One is that Schilling did better in the 2017 voting than he’s done on average in his five years of eligibility.

(As always, views expressed in the article lede and comments are the views of the individual commenters and the submitter of the article and do not represent the views of Baseball Think Factory or its owner.)

BDC Posted: February 05, 2017 at 10:45 PM | 2003 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, hall of fame, phillies, politics, red sox

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