A year ago, the Red Sox bullpen was in dire straits and scrambling to find reinforcements before the trade deadlin. This year, the team's relievers have offered a dramatically different outlook.
The Sox have a 3.53 bullpen ERA that ranks in the middle of the pack, but the group has been dominant since early June, with an 8-1 record and 2.31 ERA in that time. As such, there appears to be little urgency on the part of the Sox to add an arm.
“It’s not really often that you can say leading up to the trade deadline that you don’t need anyone in the bullpen, but we really don’t,” said Sox reliever Daniel Bard. “We have all the pieces covered. If you hand us a lead for four innings, we’re going to find a way to get it done. There aren’t many teams that can say that. Whether or not we add someone is still up in the air, I’m sure, but I think we can be pretty effective all the way through October...
Jacoby Ellsbury drilled one of the longest home runs of his career for the go-ahead run and added a single while Dustin Pedroia had three hits and extended his career-best hitting streak to 19 games to help the Red Sox beat the punchless Mariners, 7-4, Friday night at Fenway Park. The Red Sox - who broke the game open with a five-run seventh - are 58-27 since winning just two of the their first 12 while the Mariners lost their 13th straight.
John Lackey (8-8) limited the punchless Mariners to eight hits, striking out four and walking none in seven strong innings. He threw 101 pitches in drawing back to the .500 mark. After allowing a one run on three hits in the first inning, Lackey recovered to limit the Mariners to just five hits over his final six innings.
With the game tied, 1-1, Ellsbury opened the third by drilling a fastball from Seattle ace Felix Hernandez (8-9) an estimated 450 feet to the bleachers in right, giving the Red Sox...
According to several reports, the NFLPA's executive committee and all 32 player reps are set to meet early next week in Washington — perhaps as early as Monday — and if both the players and owners continue to make progress toward an agreement, the players could vote on a proposal that could bring the four-month lockout to an end.
The owners ratified the deal on Thursday afternoon, but the players did not vote Thursday night, with several of them indicating they needed more time to examine the proposal. However, after some rough going late last week, there's a growing sense of optimism that a deal could be in place by Monday or Tuesday of next week — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith were reportedly in touch via phone on Saturday while lawyers continued to work through the particulars of the 10-year deal.
If a new deal is signed early in the week, the NFLPA would reportedly recertify...
Originally, after Clay Buchholz threw what was described as a very encouraging and pain-free long-toss session from 120 feet earlier this week, the Red Sox thought that he might be ready to progress to a bullpen session -- his first since the end of June -- on Friday. However, the pitcher and team decided to push back the bullpen session for a couple of days given that he is still feeling discomfort in his lower back, the condition that resulted in his placement on the DL more than a month ago.
Buchholz (6-3, 3.48) noted that he is still improving. He still harbors a goal of returning to the rotation either in late-July or, more likely, early-August.
However, he is not yet pain-free, resulting in the decision to postpone his bulllpen session.
"I’m throwing with some pretty good intensity right now," said Buchholz. "It’s the down time after I throw that the soreness comes, so it’s still got a little...
Friday marks the second straight game in which Josh Reddick is starting in right field while J.D. Drew sits, and in all likelihood, it will not mark the last.
In 29 games, Reddick is hitting .378 with a .432 OBP, .671 slugging mark and 1.102 OPS along with four homers and 13 extra-base hits. In 77 games, J.D. Drew -- the Sox' starting right fielder since he signed his five-year deal to come to Boston prior to the 2007 season -- is hitting .219 with a .317 OBP, .305 slugging mark, .622 OPS, four homers and 11 extra-base hits.
And so, the fact that Reddick has now -- at least for the time being -- supplanted Drew as the Sox' everyday right fielder seemed an inevitability. Manager Terry Francona acknowledged that the Sox simply can't keep the 24-year-old Reddick on the bench given his performance.
"He’s swinging the bat awfully well. It’s kind of hard not to play him," said Francona, who compared the scenario to...
Butch and Price discuss how Belichick and the Pats manipulate the roster with cuts, injuries, practice squad etc. - it's a complicated subject! They then move on to the improving play of QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Butch and Price start salivating over the thought of regular season football being less than 2 weeks away and discuss some early intriguing matchups.
Butch is in for Dickerson on NFL Sunday and he and Chris get into the victory over Carolina and their take-aways - the receivers could be in trouble if they don't get healthy with Wayne struggling and Boyce not contributing at all, Scott Chandler is a beast that could be a huge redzone threat with Gronk on the field and more. They talk about the offense and break down the running back depth chart. Then Trags gives them a call to give his take on the roster and their play so far.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Reggie Wayne's arrival in New England and look at what he might be able to bring to the team.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox starter, who pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just one run in the win over the Mets.
Joe and Dave talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart, who hit his first career inside the park home run and propelled the Red Sox to a 6-4 win over the New York Mets.
Joe & Dave talked to the rookie left-hander, who allowed one earned run in eight innings as the Sox beat the Royals at Fenway.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
The guys discuss some possible headlines come Pats opening night and talk about the reception that Roger Goodell might get if he's in Foxboro.
On the brink of the Pats' third preseason game, Christian kicks around some players that we might see suit up tonight in Charlotte.
The guys discuss a number of off-topics that are in the news today, including Sir Charles calling out his former agent, a Texas little league coach gives a pre-game talk for the ages & Jay Gruden is becoming sensitive.
We wrap up the week with the best in sound that you may have missed, plus our intern on the mic Laroy Streat has some well-wishes for the birthday boy Jerry Thornton.
We discuss the infamous apologies, and how a little humble pie could have ended this entire Chris Mortensen misreporting mess way sooner.
We talk some Sox, including all things Hanley Ramirez.
Chris Mortensen went on a sports radio station in Arizona today and talked about his deflate gate reporting, and said that the Krafts called him to apologize over the whole situation. Only thing is there's a report tonight from D&C saying their sources at the Patriots are saying that did not happen, could Mort be, dare I say, wrong?
Chris Villani and Lenny Megs talk with Bob McGovern about the proceedings in the Tom Brady and NFL's deflate gate court case.
Villani is in for Mikey, he's talking about Chris Mortensen going on an Arizona station and talking about deflate gate and getting an apology from the Krafts.
It’s peek draft season so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back with today’s Fantasy Football Podcast on Draft Strategy. Pete Davidson’s article at Rotobahn.com “The 2015 Draft Plan” fuels a deep conversation on how to approach the draft at all the key positions Quarterback, Runningback, Wide Receiver, Tight End and Defense. Get prepared and Happy Drafting!
Ben, Russ & Alex discuss their favorite transfer moves of the window, Alex shares his dislike for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and just how far can the Revs go this season?
Gerry and Kirk discuss deflategate and the Patriots relationship with ESPN.
We go inside the audio from 98.7 Arizona Sports Radio/ESPN and listen in as well as Chris Mortensen finally details the circumstances behind the infamous "11 of 12" footballs tweet, and also claims that the Patriots ownership called him personally to apologize... for what he doesn't specify.More from this show
The advance guard is all set up in St. Louis as D&C opened up the show from Busch Stadium. On the menu: Another homer from Ortiz, the return of Beltran, and a big mistake from Breslow.More from this show