ESPN’s Buster Olney joined Mut & Merloni on Wednesday and declared the Red Sox the cream of the crop in MLB as the regular season comes to a close.

“The Red Sox are the team to beat in baseball right now, I don’t think there’s any question about it,” said Olney.

With 10 games remaining, the AL East-leading Red Sox lead the Rays by nine games, and their 92-60 record ranks first in all of baseball.

The Red Sox have their top three pitching prospects in Boston to get their first glimpse of a potential big league future.

There was a sense of disappointment and frustration in the Red Sox clubhouse on Tuesday with the end of closer Koji Uehara‘s run of 37 straight batters retired, but it did not emanate from the author of the streak.

And so, he is human.

The Red Sox called up infielder Brock Holt and pitchers Brayan Villarreal and Steven Wright on Tuesday.

Holt has played 23 games for Boston this season, hitting .203/.275/.237 with 11 RBIs in 23 games. He provides depth at second base, third base and shortstop.

For the first time in his big league career, Xander Bogaerts will start for a third straight day, getting the start at third base in place of Will Middlebrooks (who was sidelined on Sunday by the flu). Bogaerts went 2-for-3 with a double and walk on Sunday, and is now hitting .303 with a .361 OBP and .455 slugging mark in 13 games (36 plate appearances) since being called up from Triple-A Pawtucket a month ago. Bogaerts will be in the lineup against Orioles right-hander Scott Feldman.

Sports Illustrated baseball writer Tom Verducci joined Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday morning to discuss the Red Sox and the reasons for their success this season.

Verducci said that he was shocked at how big of a turnaround the Red Sox have had this year.

Red Sox manager John Farrell, in an interview on WEEI’s Road to October show on Monday night, said that the Red Sox currently have John Lackey, Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz lined up to pitch against the Orioles in the final weekend of the regular season, with one of those three starters thus positioned to pitch in a potential Game 1 of the American League Division Series on October 4.


It became easy to forget during what seemed like an interminable three months on the disabled list: There may be no one in baseball capable of doing what Clay Buchholz is doing. 

In a September sweep of the Yankees at Fenway Park, there was no shortage of moments for the Red Sox to celebrate. The most important takeaway from Sunday’s 9-2 blowout, though, was the fact that Clay Buchholz looked strong in his second start back from the DL, offering further evidence that he has returned as a pitcher capable of being a postseason difference-maker for a team that is steamrolling towards the playoffs.