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Friday, October 19, 2018

Yes, David Price and Clayton Kershaw can win big October games

Ballplayers have the ability to control the narrative with their play.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2018 at 08:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, david price, dodgers, red sox

Red Sox Reach World Series With David Price’s Playoff Breakthrough - The New York Times

Recently he’s been saying stuff that resonates with Red Sox fans. Last night his production matched his words.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2018 at 08:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Red Sox Voice Joe Castiglione Falls Off Chair Calling Game 4 Final Out | Boston Red Sox | NESN.com

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2018 at 10:44 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, red sox

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

This unbelievable catch by Tony Kemp killed a Red Sox rally, but is it too good to be true?

and one Twitter sleuth thinks this clip proves that the ball hit the wall first. Another point of debate is the loud noise made during the catch, which some fans say is proof that the ball hit the fence. The announce team on TBS attributed it to Kemp crashing against the wall.

The link has video that causes me to think it actually wasn’t a catch.

Lassus Posted: October 17, 2018 at 11:56 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Sources: Indians warned Red Sox about man stealing signs for Astros

A little more info.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2018 at 09:16 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, red sox

Tuesday, October 16, 2018


Monday, October 15, 2018

Red Sox exorcise their postseason demons to beat Astros and even ALCS

Sometimes in baseball, you need to throw away the narratives and just see which way the ball bounces.

In Game 2 of the American League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox, thanks to some help from the Green Monster and some passed balls from Houston, everything bounced in the direction of the Red Sox.

The big difference? A Jackie Bradley Jr. double that careened off the Green Monster and then pinballed its way to the fence between the field and the stands and started rolling like it was on a golf course. It brought home three runs in the third inning and gave the Red Sox a 5-4 lead that would eventually become a 7-5 win.

Should a team that has won three World Series in the last fifteen years really be talking about “postseason demons” at this point?

QLE Posted: October 15, 2018 at 02:39 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: alcs, red sox

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Astros beat Red Sox to take a wild—in every way—Game 1 of ALCS

BOSTON – On the anniversary of Derek Jeter’s famous flip and David Ortiz’s famous home run that caused Torii Hunter to flip over a fence, no indelible moment seared itself into baseball’s memory Saturday. Instead, Game 1 of the 2018 American League Championship Series was wild in smaller ways, from the pitches to the umpires to the hit-by-pitch that may make an already-interesting series that much more intriguing.

What germinated from it all was a 7-2 victory for the Houston Astros over the Boston Red Sox and the instantaneous thievery of home-field advantage in front of 38,007 at Fenway Park. Even as the Astros didn’t capitalize early on the diminished stuff and inability to find the strike zone by Boston ace Chris Sale, they weathered an uncharacteristic wild inning from their own starter, Justin Verlander, to take the lead in the sixth inning – and then turned on the afterburners in the ninth inning to finish taking advantage of Boston’s troublesome bullpen.

After home plate umpire James Hoye ejected Red Sox manager Alex Cora following an argued called strike three, Houston went to work. Sale was out of the game, having gone four innings. Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly led off the inning by plunking Alex Bregman on a 1-2 pitch after Bregman called a late timeout. Bregman stared down Kelly before catcher Christian Vázquez intervened. Whether it was intentional or not, it proved costly when Carlos Correa feathered a single into left field later in the inning to score Bregman, who chirped toward Kelly as he headed toward home plate.

Tis a strange game indeed when it feels like the team that lost felt like it was in danger of giving up more HBPs than hits…..

QLE Posted: October 14, 2018 at 07:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alcs, astros, red sox

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

How Alex Cora earned the Red Sox’s trust—and how he repaid it as they ended the Yankees’ season

NEW YORK – Long before he led the Boston Red Sox to a franchise-record 108 victories, before he drubbed the New York Yankees by managing a near-perfect postseason series, before the American League Championship Series beckoned and a World Series berth stood four victories away, Alex Cora needed a favor.

When he called Rick Porcello and Chris Sale in January, they were glad to hear from him. Over the previous two months, as he prepared to drop into the snake pit that is the Red Sox manager’s office, Cora had traversed the country, meeting with players, soliciting their advice, listening to their grievances, cautioning them of his plans. Not long ago, Cora had been a player, which meant he understood the dynamics of the modern clubhouse. He also recognized that every new job comes with blind spots, and he took pains to seek them out and confront them, because the best managers in baseball aren’t considered as such purely out of tactical genius or personal affinity but the quality that bridges the two: trust.

Cora knew that the manager could serve as the fulcrum for a clubhouse of 25 men, with diverse backgrounds and differing personalities, so long as he offered his unwavering support. Now, though, he needed them to be here for him, for his homeland. So he asked Porcello and Sale, two of the Red Sox’s veterans and leaders, to join him on a goodwill trip to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.

For those interested in the interpersonal side of managing, an account of these relationships in action.

 

QLE Posted: October 10, 2018 at 11:40 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, chris sale, puerto rico, red sox, rick porcello

John Henry praises Red Sox top to bottom, criticizes media | NBC Sports Boston

I bet he thinks the Globe’s coverage is the worst.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2018 at 11:00 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: john henry, red sox

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Yankees Endure Their Worst Postseason Loss Ever as Red Sox Win 16-1 in Game 3

Behind a seven-run fourth inning, a cycle from Brock Holt and a slew of questionable decisions by Yankees manager Aaron Boone, the Red Sox took control of their Division Series against New York with an impressive 16–1 demolition in Game 3. Boston can finish the series on Tuesday night in the Bronx, but before we look ahead to that one, here are three thoughts from a wild rout at Yankee Stadium.

Things looked good for Boston early in Game 1, when the lineup put up five runs in the first three innings. But since that initial outburst, things had gone deadly silent for the Sox, who were shut down the rest of the way in a harrowing win and held in check in the Yankees’ 6–2 Game 2 victory. All told, Boston had managed just two runs in its last 14 innings coming into Game 3, and that lethargic stretch coupled with some poor results from the bottom of the lineup prompted some dramatic changes from manager Alex Cora. For Game 3, he replaced half his starting nine, sitting Ian Kinsler, Eduardo Nuñez, Sandy Leon and the injured Mitch Moreland for Brock Holt, Rafael Devers, Christian Vazquez, and Steve Pearce, respectively.

Those moves paid off in spades. Devers got the scoring started in the second by singling off Yankees starter Luis Severino, stealing second base, moving to third on a flyout, and crossing home on Vazquez’s infield single. Vazquez and Holt ignited the big fourth-inning rally with back-to-back singles off Severino, and it was Holt who put the finishing touches on the frame by tripling in Xander Bogaerts and Pearce, who had himself driven in a run with a single the at-bat before.

Fans of the teams involved: Any comments as for any broader significance of this loss, or just a reminder that even really good teams can have a really bad defeat on any given day?

 

QLE Posted: October 09, 2018 at 06:27 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, the agony of defeat, yankees

Saturday, October 06, 2018

ALDS Game 1: Red Sox overcome bullpen woes to beat Yankees

I thought I was beyond Red Sox angst. I was wrong.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2018 at 07:14 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Sources: Steven Wright likely to be replaced on playoff roster

Turns out that having aging stand-up comedians pitch for you isn’t recommended…..

QLE Posted: October 06, 2018 at 06:59 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, red sox, steven wright

MLB playoffs: Chris Sale’s velocity rebounds as he gives Red Sox their longest playoff start in five years

The Boston Red Sox started their American League Division Series against the New York Yankees on Friday night by sending ace Chris Sale to the mound. The question with Sale was where would his velocity. For at least a night, he seemed to put those concerns to rest.

Sale completed 5 1/3 innings, holding the Yankees to five hits and two runs in a 5-4 victory. He did strike out eight while averaging 94.6 mph on his fastball. He topped out at 97 mph and his final pitch, No. 93, clocked in around 96, per Statcast.

Chalk those up as positive signs considering Sale’s velocity had dipped from 96 mph in his first September start all the way down to 90 mph in his final regular-season appearance. This from a pitcher who averaged 95.3 mph on his heater overall.

If the Red Sox bullpen is on the level that they were in this game, it may be in the interest of the Red Sox to use their starters as if they’re Bob Gibson….

QLE Posted: October 06, 2018 at 06:59 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, pitching, red sox

Thursday, October 04, 2018

ALDS: This isn’t the Yankees-Red Sox of 2004

Does Passan have early onset Maury Chassism?

Baseball in 2018 is a rigid set of facts delivered, interpreted, distilled, tweaked and applied in hopes that the next set will have produced an outcome likelier to succeed. It is a multivariable math problem masquerading as a game. It is, in other words, the homo sapien to baseball in 2004’s homo erectus.

The comparison of those two years is no accident. Those were the days of mystique and aura, the time when it was cool to be a bunch of idiots. A decade and a half in baseball might as well be an eternity. Because as the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox prepare to butt heads in the American League playoffs after the Yankees’ 7-2 wild-card victory Wednesday against the Oakland A’s, the 2018 version of the game — of the world — is diametrically opposed to the series that produced the greatest comeback in sports history.

...

Consider the Dave Roberts stolen base. You remember it because, as the story goes, even still to this day, it won the Red Sox the World Series. This, of course, is absurd. Roberts’ stolen base gave Boston an opportunity to beat Mariano Rivera, which allowed for a Game 5, which they won and forced a Game 6, which led to a Game 7 blowout, which gave them a shot at the World Series, where they would have to win four more games to make Roberts’ stolen base more than an afterthought.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2018 at 08:04 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

This year, Red Sox had resting players down to a science

It’s tough to keep secret sauce all to yourself when some of your chefs move on to other jobs.

As Houston’s bench coach, Cora saw the fruits of how the Astros had sought extra opportunities to rest players. Moreover, he was struck by the information-based decision-making employed in planning for a seven-month season.

“I learned last year that [workload management] is very important,” said Cora. “Coming into this situation, I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to do with the roster as far as rest.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2018 at 06:22 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, red sox

Yankees beat A’s in AL Wild Card Game | MLB.com

It’s been a while.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2018 at 06:18 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Looming wall for Red Sox adds pressure to 2018 playoffs

BOSTON — The 2018 playoffs mean a ton to the Red Sox because they might not have many more chances. Because management took a path that likely will wind up reducing the number of opportunities the Sox have at the postseason.

The window will not shut after this year, but you can see how easily it may begin to close. Craig Kimbrel is a free agent after this year. Chris Sale, J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts are all potentially free agents after 2019. Mookie Betts is a free agent after 2020, and there is every expectation he will test free agency, unless the Sox decide to pay him the kind of money he would receive on the open market.

The farm system is thin, and the issue isn’t solely the fact that the Red Sox have traded away a ton of talent under Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. Dombrowski, in charge of the organization on a whole, hasn’t replenished their coffers, either.

I thought that they were used to the Green Monster by now….

QLE Posted: October 02, 2018 at 05:46 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: playoff implications, red sox, time's running out

Friday, September 28, 2018

How Alex Cora changed the culture of the Red Sox regarding analytics

Knowledge is power.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2018 at 03:28 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, joey cora, red sox

Chris Sale plan still makes sense as he searches for mechanics, velocity | NBC Sports Boston

His last start was not encouraging.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2018 at 05:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, red sox

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Nine Innings: How the Red Sox Can Survive October, Contract-Year Surges and Three Words on Every Team

Boston manager Alex Cora learned from his experience last year as bench coach of the Houston Astros how to prepare for the postseason. He remembered how the Astros sat down with Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander in September to explain how they would “taper” their innings.

“Dallas just goes, ‘Okay,’” Cora said, “and Verlander goes, ‘That’s okay, but in my last start I’m going seven innings and throwing 120 pitches.’ He knew how to get himself ready.”

Verlander tuned up for October with an 11-strikeout, 110-pitch gem.

I assume that advising them to eat less lard, get a mediocre night’s sleep, and watch out for zeppelin attacks won’t cut it in this modern age.

QLE Posted: September 25, 2018 at 04:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, playoffs, red sox

Friday, September 21, 2018

Red Sox Fan Dies Climbing On Top of Train Leaving Yankee Stadium

A Red Sox fan was killed on his way home from Yankee Stadium Wednesday while trying to climb his way onto the top of a train, NBC10 Boston reports.

Michael Vigeant, 24, was electrocuted during the act. The car on Metro-North was heading from Yankee Stadium to New Haven, Conn. His brother also attempted to get on top of the train, but was safely removed by officials.

And you thought the two guys with the banner were the dumbest Sox fans of the week.  Build a better mousetrap…

Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: September 21, 2018 at 02:22 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: celebrations, dumbass, red sox, yankees

Hearing WFAN’s John Sterling home run call on WEEI was a weird juxtaposition

For years, it seemed possible that someday Red Sox fans would hear a giddy announcer call a Giancarlo Stanton home run from the Boston radio booth.

After all, in the eight years he spent walloping homers for the usually hapless Florida/Miami Marlins, Stanton’s name often came up in Red Sox trade rumors.

Stanton, who signed a 13-year, $325 million contract extension in December 2014 that practically priced him out of Miami before the ink was dry, never got to call Fenway home.

Unless they’re even bigger gluttons for punishment than any of us would be inclined to guess, I really doubt this was anything like what Red Sox fans had in mind.

QLE Posted: September 21, 2018 at 08:05 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: announcing, john sterling, red sox, yankees

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Is Red Sox’ slump temporary, or did they come back to earth?

All year, this looked like the revival of the 2016 offense. Some extended drop-offs are starting to make that seem like a mirage.

The Red Sox’ 11 home runs in the month of September are the fewest of all 30 teams. As of midnight going into Thursday, their on-base percentage in September, .317, was middle of the pack at 14th best. Their slugging percentage, meanwhile, was worse than all but four teams, at .362.

“There’s been a few at-bats early in the game, in these two games, that we had a chance to score right away,” Alex Cora said after a 10-1 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday. “We had man at third with less than two outs, and we haven’t been able to cash in. That’s something that, we’ll talk about it, and it’s always good to get the lead. I think we’re pretty good ball club doing that. There’s certain at-bats, just put the ball in play and get the runner in and keep moving forward. We’ll talk about it.”

As they say in certain social circles, it can be two things…..

 

QLE Posted: September 20, 2018 at 10:00 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: overreaction, red sox

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