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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Notes: Teams should trade for Hamels now, while he’s hot | FOX Sports

Not exactly a buy low scenario.

Hamels’ average fastball velocity in May is 93.59 mph, a monthly figure he did not reach last season until August. His strikeout rate, over a full season, would rank among the best of his career.
His walk rate is dropping, and after allowing seven homers in his first three starts, his home run rate also is returning to normal. Hamels has allowed only one homer in his last seven outings, none in his last four.

Get him now, get him while he’s hot.


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Mike Trout teaches expert lesson in the art of sliding | MLB.com

Nice slide.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 23, 2015 at 07:14 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout, red sox

Friday, May 22, 2015

Red Sox have quite a stockpile of talent in Greenville - Sports - The Boston Globe

“Potential means you haven’t done anything yet.” ~ Bill Parcels

With Moncada joining the rest of the group in Greenville, a significant piece of the Sox’ future could be taking shape. Of course, it’s also possible that one or three or even all of those players will encounter adversity, perhaps even get swallowed by it. In A ball, the potential for a future everyday role or even stardom is constantly qualified by the reality of attrition.

Perhaps players in the group won’t make the necessary adjustments in their approaches. Perhaps they simply won’t be as good against upper-levels pitchers. Perhaps they will be derailed by injuries.

The Sox are well aware of the lessons of stud prospects who missed (or at least have not yet seen their careers take root) for a host of reasons, from Lars Anderson to Ryan Kalish to Will Middlebrooks to . . . certainly, the list is extensive.

“That guy who is the can’t-miss first-round draft pick misses,” acknowledged Fenster. “You never know how guys are going to develop. You never know how and when guys are going to peak. If we had that crystal ball, we’d all be doing something a lot different.” [Emphasis added]

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2015 at 11:08 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, red sox

Remembering How Mike Trout’s Road to the Red Sox Was Detoured

“I got into a discussion with a random fan at a game and they were saying, ‘How smart can you guys be? You missed the best player on the planet,’ ” said the Red Sox’ Northeast region scout. “I just said, ‘You want to hear the real story?’
...
It was simply more comforting getting the chance to see a player play more baseball. Both Red Sox scouts had seen him a bunch. (“He was a kid who was fun to watch. He was fun to scout,” Fagnant said. “I never dreaded that 5 1/2-hour drive to Millville because you always saw something good. it was fun to spend time with him.”)

But there was a definition in seeing a kid like Fuentes, who was excelling in the year-round baseball-playing climate of Puerto Rico.

“We just had less of an opportunity to scout Trout,” Haas said. “Some of us thought we had more of a powerful outfielder in [Ryan] Westmoreland than we probably did. And you’re sitting there watching Jacoby Ellsbury steal 40-50 bags in the big leagues and totally impacting the success of the organization and you would like to get that again. A lot of people probably thought here’s the next Ellsbury.”


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Dustin Pedroia’s rep for delivering big things goes back to college

Some good stuff about Dustin Pedroia in college.

“I remember him just talking about wearing pitchers out—‘Yeah, I got him.’ He never met a pitcher he didn’t think he could hit.”

The bravado was nonstop.

“No fear,” Evans said. “His sophomore year, 2003, we went into Long Beach State. Abe Alvarez, who later played for the Red Sox, pitched Friday night and ASU got beat pretty good.

“Dustin does not like losing at all. He’s leading off the Saturday game against Jered Weaver, best pitcher in the country. First pitch of the game, he lines a ball to third base about as hard as you can hit a ball. He didn’t even get out of the batter’s box.

“On his way back to the dugout, he’s yelling, ‘We’ll be here all day,’ right at Weaver.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2015 at 03:22 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, laser show, red sox

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Jacoby Ellsbury injuries are part of the $153M equation - Yankees Blog - ESPN

Yankees fans, speaking from experience, I suggest forming a support group.

Jacoby Ellsbury has shown some signs this season as to why he is a $153 million man. Nearly a quarter of the way through the season, there have more than a few flashes when Ellsbury has shown the ability to get on base and create runs, while playing excellent defense. It has been a reminder of how dynamic he can be.

But the issue with Ellsbury’s big deal the whole time—besides the fact that he has only had one truly standout season in his career—is that he has been fragile. Ellsbury is an amazing athlete, but he hasn’t been able to stay on the field enough.

Now, he is going to on the DL with a sprained right knee. Joe Giardi said he didn’t think it was serious, but this is Ellsbury so there has to be concern because his whole game is built on his legs.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2015 at 08:40 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: jacoby ellsbury, red sox, yankees

Full Count » Hanley Ramirez on shoulder: ‘There’s some pain in there’

Hanley plays the Green Monster as if he thinks it’s electrified. It’s OK, Hanley, you can touch it. Alas, he’ll probably be out there all year. Maybe they should move him to 1B next year to replace Napoli before moving him into Ortiz’s DH spot in 2017.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2015 at 08:35 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox

Yoan Moncada notches first minor league hit - Sports - The Boston Globe

Now that his first hit is out of the way, I hope he can soon get that whole “walking on water” thing out of the way.

And then, finally, the reprieve arrived. Once again batting lefthanded against righthander Evan Beal, he swung at a 91-mile-per-hour first-pitch fastball on the hands and cued the ball down the third base line. He beat the throw by plenty, and the ball immediately was sent out of the game for authentication by MLB officials.

Perhaps he took a deep breath. Other members of the Greenville Drive took one on his behalf, hopeful that now — with his first hit, first runs, first RBI, and even first errors (Moncada committed a throwing error on Tuesday, his second in as many nights), the teenager can now settle into the routine of playing and developing.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2015 at 08:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect, red sox, yoan moncada

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada suited for the spotlight - Sports - The Boston Globe

I was at work. I will never forget that moment.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 19, 2015 at 07:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yoan moncada

Bruce Chen Announces Retirement

“Today, I would like to announce my retirement.  For the last 22yrs I have been doing what I love for a living. I feel blessed and fortunate”

Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: May 19, 2015 at 01:06 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, braves, bruce chen, expos, indians, mets, orioles, phillies, rangers, red sox, reds

Monday, May 18, 2015

Allen Craig clears waivers after being dropped from 40-man roster, stays with Red Sox at Triple-A

First baseman/outfielder Allen Craig and his contract predictably cleared waivers after being designated for assignment by the Red Sox. He’ll stay with the organization at Triple-A, but is no longer on the 40-man roster.

The procedural move gives the Red Sox some 40-man roster wiggle room while they try to get Craig back on track in the minors. If he convinces them he’s ready to contribute positively in the majors again they can simply re-add him to the 40-man roster and call him up.

Craig was an All-Star for the Cardinals in 2013, but he’s been a mess since then and has hit just .130 in 53 games for the Red Sox.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 18, 2015 at 03:20 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: allen craig, cardinals, joe kelly, john lackey, red sox

Boston Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada to make minor league debut this week

The dawning of the Yoan Moncada era. At his Hall of Fame induction you will surely remember what you were doing at gametime.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2015 at 06:51 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, the next big thing, yoan moncada

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Blake won super fans | Boston Herald

Meet Blake Swihart.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 17, 2015 at 07:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, red sox

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Boston skipper regrets pitching to Cruz | redsox.com

If Farrell could do it over again, he would have had Layne intentionally walk Cruz. And then the southpaw could have faced left-handed batter Kyle Seager.

Instead, Farrell called on Tazawa, daring Cruz to beat the Red Sox. And that he did.

“Yeah, we’ve got it set up, two outs, [can] easily take the bat out of his hand, walk him, then you get a left on left with Layne and Seager. As we sit here in this moment after the walk-off, that’s the move to make,” said Farrell. “Like I said, terrible decision on my part.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, nelson cruz, red sox

Friday, May 15, 2015

Report: Mariners turned down Red Sox’s trade offer for Jackie Bradley Jr.

Maybe because the return for Bradley was NSFW?

As a 25-year-old former top prospect who has struggled in the majors what is Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.’s value at this point?

Well, according to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston the Red Sox offered Bradley to the Mariners for left-handed reliever Charlie Furbush during spring training and Seattle turned it down.

Since then Bradley has been playing at Triple-A, hitting .343 in 24 games, and now he’s back in Boston for another call-up. Furbush has a 1.80 ERA for the Mariners, but he’s thrown just 10 innings in a left-handed specialist role and his 7/3 K/BB ratio is nothing special.

 


Dustin Pedroia’s Glove Work Saves Red Sox In Win Over Mariners (Videos) | Boston Red Sox | NESN.com

I have watched about 80% of the Red Sox games this year. Dustin Pedroia has looked as good as ever. I was surprised, however, to see he’s only at 0 DRS (Defensive Runs Saved) and has a 0 UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating). I look forward to a future when FIELDf/x numbers are available. (Crossing fingers.) 

Jim Furtado Posted: May 15, 2015 at 11:31 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, fielding, red sox

Thursday, May 14, 2015

red sox - Missing Molina: Red Sox willing to ride out Joe Kelly’s sometimes uncomfortable evolution - WEEI | Rob Bradford

Kelly is particularly vexing. The guy clearly has talent. To this point, though, he has a terrible approach. His execution is also completely erratic. Giving him another month is an OK plan, especially considering their options. I’m not confident, however, that the team won’t be better served putting him in the bullpen.

“Nothing mechanical,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell when analyzing Kelly’s recent struggles. “He’s a good athlete that repeats his delivery and yet he yanked a number of pitches down to his glove side the other day in Toronto. It’s still about Joe Kelly understanding what makes him most efficient. That’s what we continue to stress, talk with and outline in a game plan. Ultimately it’s in those moments in making pitch selections that are based on what’s led up to that. Whether it’s too many consecutive fastballs, too many consecutive breaking balls—there’s a constant mix that needs to stay in play.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 14, 2015 at 09:29 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: joe kelly, red sox

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Red Sox worried Justin Masterson may be hurting after he’s rocked - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN

Masterson has looked brutal. He’s the first guy to be replaced in the rotation.

“The last two times out for Justin have not been anywhere close to what he’s shown this year—set aside prior to the start of 2015,” Farrell said. “Clearly, he’s not right. Whether that’s physical, whether that’s delivery-wise, the ball is not coming out of his hand as he’s shown the better part of the year. We’ve got to gather information, we’ve got to check on him in the morning, get a full workup, get a better assessment of where things are.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2015 at 08:07 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: justin masterson, red sox

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Mookie Betts has arrived, and just in time for the Red Sox - Over the Monster

Not only is he hitting but, I have heard, his dreamy eyes have caught the attention of certain Yankees fans.

Betts is now batting .248/.322/.442 on the season, good for a 111 OPS+. His BABIP still isn’t all the way fixed, as it’s just .252, but if anything, that’s just encouraging for what’s still to come. Mookie has managed to bat .280/.362/.488 in the 20 games since his initial slump, with three homers and 10 extra-base hits overall. He’s struck out just eight times in his last 95 plate appearances, and has drawn more walks than whiffs in that stretch. He’s now through 83 games total in the majors, in which he’s batted a combined .274/.349/.443, good for a 122 OPS+ and between 3-4 wins above replacement. Yes, Mookie is on pace for a six-win or better “season” over his first 162 games, and he’s doing it with games played in his age-21 and age-22 campaigns.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 01:28 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mookie betts, red sox

BP Boston: OLDE SOX: THE UNIQUENESS OF WADE BOGGS

Boggs worked to make himself a decent third baseman. Decent. His Gold Gloves were a gift, however. Pedroia has consistently been a great fielder. Their defensive skills are not similar.

But Pedroia has hit for almost exactly the same overall power as Boggs, at least when it comes to a career slugging percentage. Boggs posted a .443 slugging over his tenure, while Pedroia checks in at .444, despite hitting dingers at a far higher rate than Wade ever did. And Pedroia plays stellar defense at a critical position, not all that different from Boggs, the two-year Gold Glove winner who manned third in the 80s.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 11:22 AM | 157 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, wade boggs

Pablo Sandoval Homer Leading Off 11th Lifts Red Sox Past A’s - NYTimes.com

Some life from the Red Sox. I tried watching the game but I had to tap out at 12:30 AM. 11 innings and a 3:57 game time is too much to overcome.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 06:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: pablo sandoval, red sox

Monday, May 11, 2015

Olney: Laying out each team’s Mount Rushmore and ranking the quartets

The Mount Rushmore for BTF: Chris Truby, Mike Piazza, Madeline Albright, and Frank Tanana.

And Mike Crudale.

So I picked my own four for each club, and then ranked the 30 sets of four. Here they are, from the best to the fourth-best (in my opinion) for each franchise:

1. Giants: Willie Mays, Barry Bonds, Christy Mathewson, Willie McCovey

2. Yankees: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mariano Rivera (see below)

3. Cardinals: Stan Musial, Rogers Hornsby, Albert Pujols, Bob Gibson

4. Red Sox: Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Cy Young, Pedro Martinez

5. Tigers: Ty Cobb, Charlie Gehringer, Miguel Cabrera, Al Kaline

6. Reds: Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Frank Robinson

7. Twins: Walter Johnson, Rod Carew, Harmon Killebrew, Kirby Puckett

8. Athletics: Rickey Henderson, Lefty Grove, Jimmie Foxx, Reggie Jackson

9. Braves: Hank Aaron, Greg Maddux, Warren Spahn, Chipper Jones

10. Dodgers: Sandy Koufax, Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Clayton Kershaw


Red Sox learning the hard way what happens when you assume

The Red Sox have been brutal the last two weeks. The starting pitching as been bad; the offense has been non-existent. Many of my friends and coworkers think the season is over. So do a bunch of writers. Deep breaths, lonnnnnnng deeeeeeep breaths. The Red Sox have some issues but things will get better. All is not lost.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2015 at 01:41 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Friday, May 08, 2015

red sox - How failure of Red Sox front office to recognize trends has led to last place - WEEI | John Tomase

The Red Sox are 4.5 games back after 28 games. There is a lot of season left.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2015 at 06:49 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Ex-Red Sox minor leaguer Cody Kukuk pleads no contest to robbery, burglary charges

Kukuk and four other defendants were accused of invading a home in Lawrence on November 8th, 2014, attacking the residents and stealing cash and marijuana.

Kukuk, Yusef Kindell (age 21) Driskell Alan Johnson (age 20), Zachary Pence (age 21) and Gabriel Patterson (age 21) all of Lawrence, agreed to rob “these people who sold weed” according to Pence’s testimony against the other defendants. Kukuk came to the crime scene prepared with a backward hoodie with eye slits cut into the hood to disguise his face.

There, Kukuk used a table leg as a weapon to beat KU senior Christopher Adams, Pence testified, while Johnson threatened the man with a gun and “pistol whipped” another resident. Pence said he, Patterson and Kindell had remained near the entrance to the apartment while the alleged crimes were being committed.

Pence and Adams testified that after the victims were brutalized, the men took about $900, 4 ounces of marijuana and an Xbox from the apartment….

Kukuk was drafted by the Red Sox in the seventh round in 2011 from Free State High School in Lawrence, signing for an $800,000 bonus. He pitched in 2014 for Salem in the High-A Carolina League but was released by Boston in December following the arrest.


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