Saturday, August 24, 2019

Seven & Seven: J.D. Drives In 7, ERod Hurls Strong 7, Sox Win Big, 11-0

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It was all "sevens" for the Red Sox on Friday night in San Diego. J.D. Martinez clouted two three-run HRs, driving in a total of seven runs and Eduardo Rodriguez tossed seven shutout innings in Boston's 11-0 rout of The Friars. ERod recorded his 15th win of the year (a career high), and Martinez and Rafael Devers each had three hits. Devers is now hitting .331 with 103 RBIs. Boston's 14-hit attack resulted in their sixth victory over San Diego in their last seven meetings. Despite the win, the Red Sox remain a distant 6.5 games out of the second AL Wild Card—with just 32 games left to play in the 2019 season.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Red Sox Legend Carl Yastrzemski Turns 80 Years Old Today

'The Man They Call Yaz' somehow turns 80 years old today. How can that be? We still see him leaping into the Bronx air to make "a sensational catch"—as Ken Coleman recounted. We still see him standing menacingly in the left-hand batters' box at Fenway, weapon waving above his head, coiled to deliver yet another clutch hit. Of course, 1967 is the year that defined Carl Yastrzemski for the ages—after all, he won the Triple Crown and (quite literally) willed the Red Sox to their first pennant in 21 years. But, the totality of his Hall of Fame career was even more amazing: 18-time All-Star, three batting titles, seven Gold Gloves and an MVP. Yaz clouted 452 HRs and hit .285 over 23 brilliant seasons. In his heyday, there was Yaz Bread and Yaz Ford—but Yaz himself was only concerned with playing his heart out every day for his beloved Boston Red Sox. Happy birthday, Yaz!

FN Contributor Ellen Adair Addressed BoSox Club Luncheon This Week

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Acclaimed actress Ellen Adair (Homeland, Billions, The Sinner) was the featured guest at Tuesday's BoSox Club luncheon at the Dedham Hilton. Ellen—who has contributed multiple articles to FenwayNation—talked about her passionate love of baseball and her 'Complex Flow-Chart of Baseball Allegiances'. She recounted how her seven-year stay in Boston (including her time as a student at Boston University) allowed her to root for a team other than her beloved Phillies. You guessed it—the Red Sox. Ellen was here to see three World Series championship teams—2004, 2007 and 2013. In her talk she mentioned her first baseball player 'crush' as a young girl—former Phillies OF/1B Von Hayes. At the end of the luncheon, she was presented with a framed gift of Hayes baseball cards. You can catch Ellen's terrific performance on Year Two of USA Network's The Sinner—now on NETFLIX.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Raffy Devers Powers Red Sox Comeback From 6-0 Deficit, Beat O's 13-7

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If the Red Sox were having a better season than they are, Rafael Devers would be a leading candidate for American League MVP. As it is, the 22-year-old phenom will have to settle for "best player on the Red Sox" for now. Devers went 4-5 with 4 RBIs and his 27th home run in Boston's 13-7 comeback win over the hapless Orioles. He now leads MLB with 101 RBIs—the first to crash through the century mark in 2019. Boston fell into a 6-0 hole early on in this game—but these are the Baltimore Orioles they are playing. A six-run sixth-inning put The Carmine Hose on top to stay. After a horrible start by Nathan Eovaldi, the bullpen was solid—going seven innings and giving up just one run. Despite the sweep of The Birds, Boston remained 6.5 games out of the final American League Wild Card spot.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Red Sox Cobble Together A 'Victory By Committee', Defeat Tito's Tribe, 5-1

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With no true starter available (not exactly a big loss this year), Red Sox manager Alex Cora sent out a bevy of bullpen arms to take on the Indians on Wednesday afternoon. "Opener" Brian Johnson was just fine—going 2.2 innings and giving up just one un-earned run. He was followed by Marcus Walden, Darwinzon Hernandez, Josh Taylor, Nathan Eovaldi, Andrew Cashner and Brandon Workmanwho together delivered 6.1 scoreless innings (and just two hits). On the offensive side, wunderkind Rafael Devers extended his consecutive hit streak to eight—including his 25th home run of the year. Devers now leads the league in RBIs with 94. Also delivering was Xander Bogaerts—who homered twice (4 RBIs total)—including a three-run shot after Tito walked Devers ahead of the Red Sox shortstop. The win moves Boston to 7.5 games out of the second AL Wild Card. Amazingly, The Carmine Hose are one of only two teams in MLB with over 700 runs scored.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Both Sale And Devers Make MLB History, Sox Hold On For 7-6 Win Over Tribe

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Chris Sale didn't get the win on Tuesday night—but he did make MLB history. The lanky lefty became the fastest ever (in terms of innings) to reach 2,000 strikeouts. And, another Boston player made history as well. Rafael Devers became the first MLB player ever to get six hits in a game with four doubles. Boston blew a 6-1 lead and needed extras to put away Tito's Tribe, 7-6. In addition to Devers, multiple-hit games were turned in by: Mookie Betts (2-5, 2R, RBI); J.D. Martinez (2-4, R); Marco Hernandez (2-5, R, RBI) and Jackie Bradley, Jr. (2-4, 2R, RBI, HR). JBJ's solo home run in the 10th was the game-winner. The win moved Boston 8.5 games back of the second Wild Card spot—with time quickly running out.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Chris Sale Fires Brilliant 13-Strikeout, 2-Hit Gem, Red Sox Defeat Halos, 3-0

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He's back. The Red Sox ace, Chris Sale, made a few tweaks and absolutely shut down the Angels in a superb 13-strikeout, 2-hit performance last night at Fenway. The lanky lefty needed just 99 pitches over eight shutout innings to record his 6th victory of the year in the eventual 3-0 win. All the offense Sale needed came from two swings—a two-run shot by Sam Travis and and solo blast by Sandy Leon. All the rest was Sale—who amped up his fastball to the 97-98 range most of the night. Sale now has 200+ strikeouts for a seventh straight season. The win moved the Red Sox to within 5.5 games of the second Wild Card spot in the American League.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Alex Cora To Hold Red Sox Team Meeting Before Series With The Evil Ones

They have lost four straight. The rising tide of optimism that flooded Fenway Park last Sunday night has evaporated in the hot August air. The 2019 Carmine Hose have reverted to their season-long persona: under-achievers (especially the supposedly elite starting rotation). Manager Alex Cora announced that he will hold an unusual team meeting before Boston takes on The Bronx Embalmers tonight for a four-game set at The Concrete Bunker On 161st Street. The Red Sox are 10.5 games behind The Evil Ones and 3.5 out of the second American League Wild Card slot. This year's team is essentially the same roster that rampaged through the American League last season—and lost just three games in the post-season. The offense is still robust, but the starters have been a monumental disappointment—forcing a mediocre bullpen (without a closer) to take on a heavy innings load. This is not a prescription for success. Cora had better deliver his best Knute Rockne oration if this squad has any chance at all to repeat as World Champions.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

POLL: Almost Seven In Ten Would Have Supported Deal For Closer Diaz

Although the specific deal is now unlikely, almost seven in ten readers would have supported the Red Sox sending third-base prospect Bobby Dalbec to the Mets for closer Edwin Diaz. With the Trade Deadline just hours away, reports have suggested that Boston was more likely to target San Diego closer Kirby Yates. As the chart shows, just under one-third would have opposed the Diaz deal. Stay tuned for updates on any moves made by The Carmine Hose.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

FenwayNation POLL: Should Red Sox Trade Bobby Dalbec For Edwin Diaz?

Should the Red Sox trade prospect Bobby Dalbec for Mets closer Edwin Diaz?
 
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Saturday, July 27, 2019

MookiePalooza: MVP Goes Yard Thrice, Red Sox Double-Up Empire, 10-5

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Mookie Betts had a down June, but he's more than making up for it in July. The 2018 American League MVP homered three times in last night's 10-5 victory over The Bronx Embalmers at Fenway Park. Betts went 4-5 on the night—adding a double and knocking in five runs, while scoring four. Boston pounded out 14 hits on their way to the 10-5 win. Newcomer Andrew Cashner pitched well—going 6.2 innings and giving up just three earned runs, while striking out six. Also in on the onslaught were: Rafael Devers (3-5) and J.D. Martinez (2-4, HR, 3 RBIs). The win moved the Red Sox to within 9 games of The Evil Ones in the American League East. Boston is also now just 0.5 games out of the second American League Wild Card spot.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Red Sox Lay Biggest Whooping On Evil Ones In 117 Years—Win 19-3

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The Red Sox made a critical statement on Thursday night: if they meet The Bronx Embalmers in the post-season, they can most assuredly beat them. In the biggest Boston defeat of the Yankees in their 117-year rivalry, The Carmine Hose walloped out 23 hits—including 10 doubles—in a 19-3 evisceration of The Evil Ones. Eight Boston players had at least two RBIs—tying an MLB record. Rick Porcello—staked to a 7-0 lead—was shaky early, but settled down to give up just three runs over six innings. The offense was pretty much spread across the Red Sox lineup, but Xander Bogaerts stood out—with two home runs, four hits total, four runs scored and and four RBIs. Besides Bogie, the other players with at least two RBIs were: Mookie Betts (2), Sandy Leon (2), Rafael Devers (2), Michael Chavis (2), Mitch Moreland (2), Christian Vazquez (2) and Jackie Bradley, Jr. (2). Boston's win moved them to 10 games back in the AL East and just one game out of the second American League Wild Card spot.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

POLL: More Than Six InTen View Rafael Devers As Boston's 2019 MVP

Results to our latest FenwayNation Poll indicate that most readers think 22-year-old Rafael Devers is this season's Red Sox MVP. As the chart shows, fully 63% think the player known as "Carita" (Baby Face) is the 2019 MVP, while just over one-third (35%) believe that shortstop Xander Bogaerts is Boston's MVP this year. Both players are extremely close statistically. Devers is hitting .321, with 20 HRs and 77 RBIs. Bogie is hitting .313, with 21 HRs and 76 RBIs (and a .400 OBP). You can still vote in the poll HERE.

E-Rod Shines Again, J.D. And Devers Lead Offensive Charge, Sox Win, 9-4

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In the first of 14 straight games against the Rays and Evil Ones, the Red Sox started off on the right foot Monday night. Behind another solid start by Eduardo Rodriguez, Boston found their hitting shoes again in a 9-4 triumph over the Rays. E-Rod went seven shutout innings for his 12th win of the season—giving up just two hits and striking out six. Let's face it folks, he is now our ace. Home runs were launched by J.D. Martinez (#20, 3-run shot, 4 RBIs overall), Sam Travis (#2, solo) and Andrew Benintendi (#8, solo). Rafael Devers continued his magical season by doubling in two runs—he now has 77 RBIs. The bullpen faltered again—with Nathan Eovaldi coughing up three earned runs in a rusty return from surgery. The win moved Boston to within 10 games of The Bronx Embalmers and just one game back of the Rays. And, The Carmine Hose are now just two games out of the second American League Wild Card spot.

Monday, July 22, 2019

FenwayNation POLL: Which Player Has Been The Red Sox MVP In 2019?

Which player has the been the Red Sox MVP so far in this abysmal 2019 season?
 
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Red Sox Are One-Hit By No-Name Journeyman Pitcher, Fall to Orioles, 5-0

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As bad as Friday night's loss to the Orioles was, this one might be worse. On the heels of scoring 17 runs against Baltimore on Saturday, the Red Sox were one-hit by a 30-year-old pitcher who is with his eighth MLB club. A ringing Rafael Devers double was the only base knock logged by The Carmine Hose—as this puzzling team continues its see-saw season. They have been just bad enough to be hard to watch—and just good enough to hang on to a glimmer of post-season hope. Former Oriole Andrew Cashner was again just pedestrian in his second Boston start—giving up four earned runs over six innings in the eventual 5-0 loss (including two home runs to his Bird best buddy Trey Mancini). This stinging loss keeps Boston 11 games back of The Bronx Embalmers, two back of Tampa and three out of the final AL Wild Card Spot. Terrible game, no biscuit!

Sunday, July 21, 2019

POLL: Majority Think Red Sox Should Be Sellers At July 31st Trade Deadline

Final results to our latest FenwayNation Poll show that a majority of readers (56%) think the Red Sox should be sellers at the upcoming July 31st MLB Trade Deadline. As the chart shows, 44% take the opposite view—that Boston should make acquisitions at the deadline to improve the ballclub. The Red Sox stand 11 games out of first place in the American League East and 3 games out of the second American League Wild Card spot.

Jackie Bradley Knocks In Six Runs As Red Sox Steamroll Hapless O's, 17-6

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Jackie Bradley, Jr.'s Dad was in the stands at Camden Yards on Saturday—and JBJ did not disappoint him. Bradley clocked two three-run homers (numbers 10 and 11)—knocking in six runs—in Boston's 17-6 evisceration of the woeful Baltimore Orioles. The home run barrage was joined by Mookie Betts (#15); Rafael Devers (#20) and Sandy Leon (#3). The offensive onslaught came after Rick Porcello failed to hold another 5-0 lead—but Boston put up a big "crooked number" (8) in the very next inning. In addition to JBJ, multiple RBI games were turned in by: Betts (3), Devers (2), J.D. Martinez (2) and Christian Vazquez (2). Amazingly, Porcello ended up with the win—going just five innings and giving up six earned runs. The victory kept Boston 11 games back of The Evil Ones—but just two back of the reeling Rays.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

POLL: More Than Six In Ten Think Red Sox Should Be Sellers At Deadline

Results from our latest FenwayNation Poll show that more than six readers in ten (61%) think the Red Sox should be sellers at the upcoming MLB trade deadline on July 31st. As the chart shows, just under four in ten (39%) think The Carmine Hose should be buyers—presumably because they are just three games out of the second American League Wild Card spot. Part of the reason for the gloomy results may be that the survey comes one day after an abysmal loss to the pathetic Baltimore Orioles. You can still vote in the poll HERE.

FenwayNation POLL: Should Sox Be Buyers Or Sellers At Trade Deadline?

With 11 days until the trade deadline and 11 games out of first place, should the Red Sox be buyers or sellers?
 
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