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Rob Bradford
May 18, 2018 - 10:22 am
There has been so, so much chest-beating about this whole evolution of hitting. And for good reason. Around here it has been a revelation, with J.D. Martinez, Mookie Betts, and Xander Bogaerts, to name a few, who have already hit the ceiling on preseason expectations. Launch angle. Hunting pitches...
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Rob Bradford
May 14, 2018 - 11:14 pm
Rick Porcello wasn't buying not being able to put hitters away. He was pleased enough with his overall stuff. And the Red Sox starter could even live with the two home runs he surrendered. It was just those two, fourth-inning at-bats Monday night that clearly ate at Porcello after the Red Sox' 6-5...
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Rob Bradford
May 05, 2018 - 12:23 am
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rick Porcello had quite a night in the Red Sox' 5-1 win Friday night. The starter allowed just one run in six innings, improving to 5-0 on the season. But after the game, Porcello's face seemingly didn't truly light up until the subject of Mookie Betts came up. "Mookie, it’s...
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John Tomase
April 19, 2018 - 1:28 am
Remember when the Red Sox used to play competitive games? Those were the days. Baseball's hottest team since the second game of the season, the Red Sox have become its most overwhelming squad over the last week. They extended the best start in franchise history with a 9-0 victory in Anaheim on...
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John Tomase
April 13, 2018 - 12:04 am
BOOM! Went Giancarlo Stanton's first swing with the Yankees, an opposite-field home run in Toronto. BANG! Responded Chris Sale with two strikeouts to open his own season, 1,500 miles and two countries away. BOOM! Went Aaron Judge, Stanton and Gary Sanchez a few days later with homers in a win...
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Rick Porcello
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John Tomase
April 12, 2018 - 10:54 pm
A night after a wild melee marked the official return of the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry, Rick Porcello raised his arms and demanded silence. The right-hander was masterful in a 6-3 victory, taking a no-hitter into the seventh and improving to 3-0 with a 1.83 ERA. In the process, he continued...
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Alex Reimer
April 09, 2018 - 4:18 pm
I spent my formative years as a baseball fan worshipping at the altar of analytics. After one reading of Moneyball, I determined all scouts were doddering fools who evaluated players based on whether their girlfriends were attractive. Sportswriters who second-guessed Billy Beane’s brilliance became...
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Rob Bradford
April 09, 2018 - 11:01 am
It seems to be working. The Red Sox plan this season was to load up their coaches with a whole new level of analytics, filtering a new level of information to the players. It's a whole new thing. And it's one which, judging by an 8-1 start and the lowest batting average on balls in play in years,...
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Rob Bradford
March 20, 2018 - 4:46 pm
There will be plenty of surprises in the coming weeks for the Red Sox. This was not one of them. After the Red Sox' 12-6 win over the Pirates Tuesday, manager Alex Cora announced Chris Sale would be his Opening Day starter. Sale will go up against the Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. March 29. It will...
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Rick Porcello
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John Tomase
March 16, 2018 - 9:29 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- With so much focus on the raggedy back of the Red Sox rotation, it's easy to lose sight of the pitcher who could make or break the team's chances. Right-hander Rick Porcello is two years removed from a Cy Young Award and one year removed from the opposite of a Cy Young Award. He...
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