Thursday, March 23, 2017

Ex-Sox Reliever Bard Throwing Serious Cheese Again

According to Hall of Fame writer Peter Gammons, former Red Sox set-up guy Daniel Bard is back to throwing near triple digits again in Cardinals camp. After the Boston pitching 'brain trust' essentially ruined Bard by jerking him around between starting and relieving, Bard completely lost his confidence and fell off baseball's radar. This year, St. Louis took a chance on the 31-year old—signing him as a free agent last May. Bard was destined to continue as the 8th inning prelude to Jonathan Papelbon, when everything went south. Despite his troubles, in his five seasons in Boston, he gave up just 193 hits in 257.1 innings pitched. After meandering from the Cubs (2013), to the Rangers (2014), back to the Cubs (2015) and then to the Pirates (2016), he may find a spot in St. Louis. We hope he regains his form and has great success in 2017.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

NOG Goes Over The Top With More Elitist Fenway Food

It's bad enough that the NOG (New Ownership Group) foists roof-top-garden-grown kale on Fenway food, now they've really gone all "foo-foo". Announcing their latest dumb menu item: Lobster Poutine Stak. Huh? Apparently, it includes "fries covered with fresh lobster meat, cheese curds, bisque and chives." Any guess what this beauty will set you back? Probably about as a much as a Grandstand seat. Whatever happened to a $4 Fenway Frank and a $2 Coke? USAToday ranked this monstrosity as the eighth best new ballpark food item. Really? Must we be subjected to this Brookline cocktail party crap while we try to watch baseball? These guys are so out-of-touch with average fans it's pathetic. Sure, they gave us three rings, but they have never been from here and they never will be. As hard as they might try, they're just not Boston.

Dalton Jones Average Returns For The 2017 Season

FenwayNation's exclusive Dalton Jones Industrial Average returns for another season in 2017. The DJIA (honoring the Red Sox all-time pinch-hit leader) gathers four key metrics from FN readers scattered around the world. Each month, readers assess the fortunes of the team on: starting pitchingrelief pitchingoverall offense and overall defenseFenwayNation will publish the DJIA Index Score at the start of the season and at the beginning of each month during the season. Starting today, you can cast your pre-season vote HERE.

Fire Sale: Lefty Mows Down Ten Evil Ones In Sox Win

Normally, we don't bother covering meaningless Spring Training games. However, two factors made last night's game different. First, Boston was meeting The Bronx Embalmers. Second, new ace Chris Sale was scheduled to hurl 85 pitches in a key tune-up start. The game did not disappoint. Sale went six solid innings, giving up two earned runs and striking out ten Pinstriped Posers. Mike "Don't Call Me Mitch" Miller had a solo HR, Sam Travis went 2-4 with 2 RBIs and Matt Dominguez went 3-3 with three RBIs to pace the Sox offense in the 4-2 win.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

An Open Letter To MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred

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Dear Commissioner Manfred: Undoubtedly, you watched last night's WBC game between Puerto Rico and The Kingdom Of The Netherlands. Honestly, the only reason I watched was to make sure that Xander Bogaerts did not get injured (in fact, he was whacked on the back by a pitch). Anyway, through ten innings it was an exciting, well-played 3-3 tie. Clutch HRs, great defensive plays, terrific pitching and managerial strategy. Then, your idea of extra-innings "reform" kicked in. In the 11th inning, runners were placed on first and second at the start of the frame. The Netherlands could not push across a fake "run", but Puerto Rico did in the bottom of the 11th. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb. All the great moments that happened before the 11th inning were washed away by this insane perversion of the sport. Hopefully, your "experiment" with this idiocy in the low minors will fail miserably.

David Price's Condition To Be Re-Evaluated Tuesday

According to The Providence Journal's Brian MacPherson, Red Sox starter David Price will meet today with the team's orthopedist. The lefty will be examined to determine his level of strength and assess the next steps in his rehab process. It's unclear how long Price will spend on the disabled list at the start of the season, but today's results may go a long way toward determining that. Stay tuned!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Could Old Friend Anibal Sanchez Be On Red Sox Radar?

Anibal Sanchez
He's given up 59 HRs in the last two years. In 2016, he posted a 5.87 ERA in 26 starts for the Detroit Tigers. He was originally drafted by the Red Sox and was part of the blockbuster 2005 deal that sent Hanley Ramirez to the Marlins for Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell. His name is Anibal Sanchez—and for some unfathomable reason he may be a trade target for Boston. In 2012, then Detroit GM Dave Dombrowski acquired Sanchez. Could DD's comfort level with the 33-year-old righty allow him to take a risk on Sanchez again? Let's hope not!

Kendrick's Monday Outing Could Impact Red Sox Plans

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Kyle Kendrick takes to the hill today in a Grapefruit League tilt against the Baltimore Orioles. Normally, this would be a highly forgetting event. However, with the physical readiness of both David Price and Drew Pomeranz in question, Kendricks' start has huge implications for the 2017 starting rotation. It's been clear that Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski has been searching outside the organization for more starting pitching. Internal options Henry Owens and Brian Johnson were just not cutting it. So far, Kendrick has been a mini-revelation—hurling 18 Spring Training innings with a 1.50 ERA. And, the guy hasn't pitched in the majors since the Obama Administration. If Kendrick delivers another "gem" (insofar as these outings can be characterized that way), DD might not have to make a move.

Pomeranz Pulled From Sunday Start With Bicep Issue

UPDATE: On Monday, Pomeranz reports 'no symptoms'
Stop us if you've hear this before: You can never have enough starting pitching! This maxim took on even greater significance yesterday, when previously-damaged-goods southpaw Drew Pomeranz had to leave Sunday's Spring Training start with tightness is his left bicep. Of course, the crack Red Sox medical staff called the removal "precautionary", but—given the pitcher's history—this is not good. After getting a stem cell injection in his elbow last year, Pomeranz was already behind schedule. Look for Kyle Kendrick to definitely make the team for at least the first month.

Friday, March 17, 2017

POLL: Mookie Overtakes Hanley For 2017 HR Leadership

New data from our latest FenwayNation Poll shows that Mookie Betts has moved ahead of Hanley Ramirez as the player most readers think will lead the team in HRs in 2017. As the chart shows, Mookie garners 45% of the vote, followed closely by Ramirez at 41%. New first-baseman Mitch Moreland comes in a distant third at 5%, while Andrew Benintendi comes in fourth at 4%. Jackie Bradley, Jr. pulls down 3% of the vote, while Xander Bogaerts is the choice of 1%. You can still vote in the poll HERE.

POLL: Majority See Hanley Leading Sox In 2017 HRs

Very early voting in our latest FenwayNation Poll shows that a majority of readers (54%) think DH/1B Hanley Ramirez will lead the team in HRs in 2017—now that David Ortiz is retired. As the chart shows, 2016 AL MVP runner-up Mookie Betts comes in second at 33%, followed by Andrew Benintendi and Mitch Moreland—each pulling in 4% of the vote. Four percent also think somebody else will lead the team—specifically an out-of-retirement Big Papi. You can still vote in the poll HERE.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Kyle Kendrick? Nobody's Laughing At The Red Sox Now

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Many—including your humble scribe—mocked Dave Dombrowski for signing seemingly washed-up starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick to a minor league deal. After all, the 32-year-old righty had stunk it up in Colorado two years ago—posting a 6.32 ERA in 27 starts for the Rockies. He did not pitch at all in the majors in 2016. Granted a lot of his poor performance in 2015 was at Coors Field, but Kendrick gave up a whopping 172 hits in just 142.1 innings—and turned in an abysmal WHIP of 1.525. So, of course, Kendrick has hurled 15 straight scoreless innings (out of 18 total) this Spring—including five yesterday. His ERA is a stellar 1.50. He struck out six batters yesterday saying, "I'm not trying to strike out guys at all. I'm not a strikeout guy. I'm just trying to get some early contact and get ahead." Given the David Price situation, Kendrick is certainly in the mix for one of the final rotation spots—at least for the the first month or so.