The following simulation and images are courtesy of Out of the Park Baseball 21. After a big 7-1 win from our Fake Sox to take two of three over Chicago on Sunday, they headed into Monday’s three-game set against the Rays looking to take their third straight series. That would be a lot easier if they could take the first game, and in that first game it was a battle of the teams’ aces with Blake Snell going up against Eduardo Rodriguez.
Posted: April 6, 2020, 11:05 pm
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by fantasy sports contestants who claimed they were damaged by sign stealing in Major League Baseball. Five men had sued MLB, MLB Advanced Media, the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox in federal court in Manhattan, claiming fraud, violation of consumer-protection laws, negligence, unjust enrichment and deceptive trade practices by teams that violated MLB’s rules against the use of electronics to steal catchers’ signs.
Posted: April 6, 2020, 8:50 pm
Bench Kevin Pillar Pillar almost deserves to be mentioned in the starter role here much like Michael Chavis was at first base because this will likely be close to a straight platoon. I didn’t do it for two reasons, though. For one thing, if everyone is healthy I think Chavis will take more starts at first base against righties than Pillar will in center field.
Posted: April 6, 2020, 2:30 pm
The fine folks at Sprayberry (GA) High have already gone through this Draft anxiety once. Back in 2014, a baseball player from the school who had graduated just weeks before, was called up by then-Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig after the announcement that the Red Sox took Michael Chavis with the 26th overall pick. “I know I hugged Bud Selig and everyone made a big deal of it.
Posted: April 6, 2020, 12:48 pm
If there is no baseball in 2020, could it be possible that the Red Sox don’t actually go a game without Alex Cora as their manager? Dan Shaughnessy; Boston Globe) Most of us think of Darwinzon Hernandez as a reliever at this point, but they aren’t totally closing the book on him as a starter just yet. Peter Abraham; Boston Globe) Whether baseball is played this year or not, it won’t be happening in London, where the Red Sox played the weirdest game of 2019.
Posted: April 6, 2020, 11:00 am
“That is what every pitcher wants and I still feel like I can do it. I enjoyed being a reliever and I’ll do whatever the team asks. The important thing is to be on the team.
Posted: April 5, 2020, 10:28 pm
Here’s how: If there’s no major league baseball season in 2020, Cora could wind up being manager of the Red Sox with zero interruption. Fired in January, Cora has yet to be suspended by Major League Baseball. His punishment for involvement with the Astros and Red Sox cheating investigations will be announced when MLB issues its findings of the Sox’ 2018 allegations.
Posted: April 5, 2020, 8:20 pm
The righty came back with a couple of big outs after that, however, and it was still scoreless after a half inning for the first time this weekend. In the bottom of the first, the Devers-less Fake Sox offense was facing Reynaldo Lopez. They enjoyed this matchup.
Posted: April 5, 2020, 5:05 pm
Today’s entry in the Mike Trout home run daily was six years ago, one of six grand slams in his career. On June 7, 2014, the Angels hosted the White Sox in the middle contest of a three-game weekend series. Chris Sale was dominating in this game, having allowed three singles and a walk through seven innings, and he was cruising, facing the minimum in five of his first seven frames, with just 93 total pitches.
Posted: April 5, 2020, 4:05 pm
Brandon Morrow was making his 5th start of the season. He had a 5.03 ERA in his first four starts. The start after this one would be his last start of the season.
Posted: April 5, 2020, 2:26 pm
It’s always a fool’s errand to try to make proclamations about the very beginning of the baseball season, but if Portland Sea Dogs right-hander Oliver Marquez can continue to dominate like he did in April, he’ll be on the fast track to the majors any day now. That’s the type of lead sentence you would expect to read if the baseball season was actually underway right now … and if Marquez was a real player.
Posted: April 5, 2020, 1:01 pm
In spite of a terrible start from Reynaldo López, the White Sox had every reason to win tonight and sweep the first-place Boston Red Sox. But after clawing back to tie the game, 8-8, too many wasted opportunities led to a 9-8 loss. Right from the start, the White Sox were squanderers, as a bases-full, one-out rally in the second inning went kaput with a Nick Madrigal 5-4-3 double play.
Posted: April 5, 2020, 12:51 am
“Just doing as much as I can at home,” said Anderson, who led the major leagues with a . batting average last year. “I kind of just do some workouts that I have on my own, at home, outside.
Posted: April 4, 2020, 10:08 pm
Leon Paulino was living the dream he had harbored growing up in Lawrence, the dream of every Red Sox fan — to one day play baseball for a team that’s woven into the collective culture of a region. Following the Red Sox is more religion than recreation. Paulino had gone from the pews to the chancel, albeit as a minor leaguer in his first spring training.
Posted: April 4, 2020, 8:17 pm
In his debut with the Boston Red Sox, former Dodgers star Hideo Nomo pitched a no-hitter on this date in 2001 against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. He joined Cy Young, Jim Bunning and Nolan Ryan as the only pitchers to throw no-hitters in both the American and National leagues. Nomo’s first no-hitter was in 1996 for the Dodgers at Coors Field against the Colorado Rockies.
Posted: April 4, 2020, 4:00 pm
Jerry Remy shaved his signature mustache, then challenged fellow NESN Red Sox analyst Dennis Eckersley to do the same. Quarantine boredom at its finest,” Remy wrote on Instagram. First time for everything.
Posted: April 4, 2020, 3:18 pm
So he’s important even though he’s not getting back on the mound until sometime next season. J.D. Martinez: He has been terrific for the Sox over the last two seasons, posting a . OPS along with 79 homers and 235 RBIs.
Posted: April 4, 2020, 1:19 pm
It should go without saying, there are much larger problems going on than the absence of baseball in our lives. We are all hoping a somewhat normal world will return in the summer but it is looking more and more likely that we will be without meaningful baseball this year. Hopefully, I am wrong and just being a Negative Nancy but I think we have to gear ourselves up for that scenario.
Posted: April 4, 2020, 1:01 pm
Boston slashed its 2020 payroll to stay below the $208 million Competitive Balance Tax base threshold and reset its tax penalties. But those penalties won’t reset if the season is cancelled. Boston Globe’s Alex Speier reported via Twitter, “There is no automatic CBT reset if there’s no 2020 season.
Posted: April 4, 2020, 10:57 am
Is Noah Song the future standard-bearer of Boston Red Sox pitchers? MLB.com’s Ian Browne named the Red Sox prospect as the player in Boston’s farm system who has the best chance of becoming the team’s ace one day. The Red Sox drafted Song in 2019 after he led the NCAA in strikeouts in his senior year at the United States Naval Academy, and he made an impact early in his professional career with some strong performances for the Single-A Lowell Spinners.
Posted: April 4, 2020, 5:00 am