NESN and MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons joined the Mut & Merloni Show on Wednesday to discuss some areas of ongoing early-season concern for the Red Sox. In particular, he suggested that the defensive struggles of Jarrod Saltalamacchia may force the Sox to explore alternatives, given that at 39 years old, Jason Varitek is ill-suited to be an everyday catcher.
"You just can’t have this on a championship team, especially when a big part of that championship team is built around power pitchers who are in a couple of cases struggling for their identity," said Gammons. "I would be shocked now if Varitek doesn’t catch [Josh] Beckett all the time now. Clearly, they’ve made the decision that he’s going to catch [Daisuke] Matsuzaka, whose earned run average is massively different with Varitek catching. But I don’t think they can afford to let Jason go out and try to catch 120,...
Red Sox shortstop Jed Lowrie checked in with the Mut & Merloni Show from Oakland to discuss the loss to the A's on Tuesday, his recent hot streak and the state of the lineup. He also discussed the situation between himself and Marco Scutaro, the latter of whom began the season as the Sox' everyday shortstop but who has been sitting in recent games while the red-hot Lowrie has been playing.
Lowrie said that he fully expected that Scutaro wanted to regain playing time, and that the situation was one that benefited the Sox.
"We’re both competitive guys. I think that’s just going to make both of us better. We’ll continue to push each other," said Lowrie. "This is a funny game. You just continue to put your work in. We’re out there competing against the other team. We’re not worried about competing with our own teammates. Any competition between guys on this team, it’s for the better."
According to the New York Post, Knicks point guard Chauncey Billups will undergo an MRI on Wednesday on his strained left knee to determine whether he might be available for Game 3 of the best-of-seven series against the Celtics. Billups told the Post that he did not know when or if he would be available.
"I don't know. I'll find out more [Wednesday]," Billups said. "Of course I'm concerned. It's feeling better today as far as walking and stuff. Hopefully it will continue to get better."
Billups left Game 1 of the series with the injury. The Post report suggested that it was possible that the knee issue could involve a ligament issue.
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Another day and another go-round on the Shaquille O'Neal rumor mill. The update from the Celtics is that nothing has fundamentally changed with Shaq. He is still trying to come back from leg injuries associated with a strained Achilles and calf muscle. Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that O'Neal has made progress but he's not ready to play yet. "He is going to try to do some things and we’ll see," Rivers said. "He has had some improvement but I don’t know how much."
Asked if he would make the trip to New York when the series with the Knicks resumes on Friday, Rivers said, "I’m not sure yet. It depends on what’s best. If you see him on the trip that means he’s really close." The latest round of questions was sparked by a report in a local paper based on an anonymous source that said Shaq would be out for the playoffs.
O'Neal last tried to practice with the team on Saturday, but they...
A group of NFL players appear ready to break with the union and bring their own suit against the NFL. According to SportsBusiness Journal, a cross-section of about 60 players is set to seek a place at the labor mediation talks between the NFL and the players. Neither the NFLPA — which filed the first antitrust lawsuit against the NFL — nor the league has commented on the report. This is the first sign that not all the NFL players are on the same page in regards to the lockout, which began last month, the first work stoppage for the NFL since 1987. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Tim talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before the Red Sox game against the Blue Jays. John talks about Clay Buchholz move to the bullpen and adjustments he expects him to have to make going from the starter to the bullpen.
Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.
Joe and Tim are joined by the man of the hour, Wade Boggs, on the night where the Red Sox retired his number 26. Wade talks about his career in baseball and how it feels to have his number retired.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Lucy's parting shot after not taking the job is to attack Dino for how he treats producers.
Bernie Sanders wants to debate Trump.
Yaz was on hand at Fenway last night to honor the '86 team and Wade Boggs' number retirement.
Laroy Streat keeps setting fire to the airways and talks people singing his Freestyle Fridays to him when they see him on the street! Catch our guy every friday via final drive! He's must listen radio!
We end the week with the best in sound Laroy Streat continues to set fire to the airways with his music.
The guys talk Red Sox pitching and the problems that could arise with Buchholz struggles.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.
Ken Laird and Paul Chartier are officially the new producers of the Dennis and Callahan Show as Lucy Burdge bails out of the race, perhaps due to money concerns.More from this show
The producer search is over now that Paul and Ken have accepted the job. With their new found job security, they are free to bitch about working three A-holes, the Lucy charade, and the process behind getting the gig.More from this show