Red Sox @ TB Rays 4/19

A win!! Wow, these feel good! Especially against the best team in baseball so far this year!


NEWS

  • MICHAEL CHAVIS HAS BEEN CALLED UP!!! Some have Chavis ranked as high as the number one prospect, but almost everyone have him at least in the top 3. While he is primarily a corner infielder, he has been taking reps at second as of late and he takes the place of injured Eduardo Nunez.
  • LINSANITY: in a surprising move, Lin AND Chavis have been called up. We knew one of the two would be called up, but with Pedroia hitting the IL and Nunez also, both have been recalled from AAA.

Important Moments

While the box score might not have Eddy Aces out there pitching well, he didn’t have great defense behind him, and several bloop shots were what got to him. A botched ball from Devers would have prolonged his outing at least through six with only 2 runs. Allowing a solo shot to Brandon Lowe, and then an RBI triple to Garcia in the next inning; the Rays got out to a 2-0 lead early.

The Red Sox did remember to pack their bats on the trip to Tampa! The Sox regained the lead in the fifth when Devers hit an RBI double, and then Christian Vazquez with ANOTHER dinger to put the Sox on top 3-2! That is Vazquez’s fourth homer of the season so far, already topping last years mark. His career high for a season is only 5 and Vazquez already has four! Who would have thought that Vazquez would be tied with JD a month into the season!!

An inning later and the Sox would tack on another run making it 4-2 with a JD single up the middle! The Sox strike out three consecutive to leave two on in a bit of a squander. In the bottom the frame is where Dever’s botched play comes into play. After Eddy allows a single to Meadows, a well struck ball just clanked off the heel of Dever’s glove in which could very well have been a double play. Both runners come into score on a Robertson double down the left field line. 4-4 after 6.

The top of the 8th is where the bats did really shine! Betts took one of the Ray’s relief ace’s deep 424′ to strait away center. Moreland then comes up to the plate and goes BACK TO BACK pulling a ball to left!

Final Score: 6-4 RED SOX


HIGHS

  • MOOKIE MIGHT BE GETTING HOT: with a double and a HR, Mookie might have regained his swing again!
  • Vazquez is starting to swing it well again this year
  • Lin hit a single in his first AB back in the majors
  • Barnes came into the game in the 8th to face the heart of the Ray’s lineup and got a 1-2-3 inning with 2 Ks!

LOWS

  • Brandon Workman came into the game and struggled with his command again, walking two in an inning and two thirds.
  • As young as Devers is, he still needs to concentrate on actually catching the ball before making his move to get the double play. Head down and secure the ball.

Final Box Scores


Standings

Best thing about baseball is how it’s played nearly everyday! Today’s game is at an earlier time than usual staring at 6:10 PM ET featuring Rick Porcello and newly signed Charlie Morton! Stay tuned and I’ll tell you all about it. Talk to you then 🤙🏽

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April 19th


Jacob deGrom – Injury

Yesterday the Mets’ GM Brodie Van Wagenen told reporters that deGrom has been placed on the IL after the hurler’s elbow was “barking” at him. There is also some illness hitting him at the same time that could be related. He will undergo an MRI to be safe, but it is not anticipated that it is a major issue.


Blake Swihart – Traded

After being DFA’d by the Red Sox last week, the catcher/utility man Swihart has been acquired by the diamondbacks. The current GM was part of the front office for the Sox that drafted Swihart in 2011. They are very familiar with him, and plan to use him as more of a utility man instead of a catcher because of his athleticism. 


Corbin Burnes – Optioned

The Brewers announce that they have optioned the righty to AAA. He has struggled this year so far to the tune of a 10.70 ERA, after being stellar out of the pen last year. 


Notes

  • Yankees sign Logan Morrison

PITCH OF THE DAY


Kyle Hendricks, Filthy back to back Changeups



Business of Baseball – Postseason Roster Rules & Eligibility

Definition

Per Major League Baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, players must meet certain criteria in order to be eligible for postseason play.

Any player who is on the 40-man roster or 60-day injured list as of 11:59 p.m. ET on Aug. 31 is eligible for the postseason.

Those on the restricted list at that point are also eligible if they haven’t been suspended for performance-enhancing drugs during that season. (All players who have served a suspension for PEDs in a given season are ineligible for postseason play that year.)

A player who doesn’t meet said criteria for postseason eligibility can still be added to a team’s roster in the postseason via petition to the Commissioner’s Office if the player was in the organization on Aug. 31 and is replacing someone who is on the injured list and has served the minimum amount of time required for activation. (For example, a player on the 10-day injured list who has been on it for at least 10 days, or a player who has been on the 60-day injured list for at least 60 days.) Players who are acquired in September or after are ineligible.

Postseason roster rules

Teams submit a 25-man roster prior to each round of the postseason comprised of postseason-eligible players. A club may request permission from the Commissioner’s Office to replace a player who is injured during the course of a series, but that player is then ineligible for the rest of that round and the subsequent round, if there is one. A pitcher may be replaced only by another pitcher, and a position player only by another position player.

Teams carry extra players throughout the postseason in the event of injuries, and those players, as well as players on the injured list, can be in the dugout during games, within reason.


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Red Sox Off Day News


NEWS

  • DUSTIN PEDROIA HAS HIT THE IL: Last night the Red Sox announced that Dustin Pedroia has landed on the IL. After hearing a “pop” from his surgically repaired knee, the Sox immediately pulled him in Wednesday’s game. He visited a doctor in NY and that’s when they decided to give him some time on the IL.
  • Marcus Walden has been recalled from AAA in the corresponding move.
  • Needing another second baseman, it is highly anticipated that Tzu Wei Lin will get the call up. Many of Red Sox Nation has been calling for top prospect, including myself, to be recalled instead. It is not a slight in any way against Lin but Chavis in no way can be worse defensively at 2B than Nunez. Lin is an awesome defender and has a solid bat. Give me Chavis.



Good thing the off day is OVER! Today’s game is at 7:10 PM ET featuring Eduardo Rodriguez! TB Rays have not announced a starter for tonights game. It could be a safe bet to maybe see an opener or bullpen game. Stay tuned and I’ll tell you all about it. Talk to you then 🤙🏽

Header Photo Curtesy of The Boston Globe

April 18th


Khris Davis – Extension 

Big news coming out of Oakland as the A’s as they have inked a 2 year extension worth $33.5 with their slugger Khris Davis. Since being in Oakland, he has been one of the top hitters in the game: averaging 44 HR a year the past three years, and being Mr. Consistent batting .247 for the past four seasons straight. This 


Dustin Pedroia – Injury

After what seemed to be a miraculous come back, perennial all star and former MVP second baseman Dustin Pedroia is faltering again. After undergoing a experimental surgery which basically gave him an entire new knee, running on Wednesday’s loss to the yankees Pedey said he felt a “pop”. He was removed after the second inning. After further inspection yesterday, a doctor in NY said it was not season ending, but the Red Sox have put him on the IL.  


PITCH OF THE DAY

“Homer Bailey, Filthy 84mph Splitter. Voit throws down his weapon and surrenders. “



Business of Baseball – Player to Be Named Later (PTBNL)

Definition

When clubs consent to include a player to be named later (often abbreviated PTBNL) in a trade, they agree to decide upon or announce the final player involved in that trade at a later date.

Using a PTBNL can be especially advantageous after the non-waiver Trade Deadline, as players that would otherwise be required to first clear waivers can be included in the trade as a PTBNL — provided they are not on the 25-man roster — and officially sent to their new club once waiver clearance is no longer mandatory for a trade.

In other instances, the club sending the PTBNL away will provide the acquiring club with a list of players from which to select the PTBNL. In such cases, an agreed-upon deadline — by which the acquiring club must select the PTBNL — will often be set.

Example

The July 2007 trade that sent CC Sabathia from the Indians to the Brewers saw Cleveland receive first baseman Matt LaPorta, left-hander Zach Jackson, right-hander Rob Bryson and a PTBNL. The deal was supposed to be centered around LaPorta, but the PTBNL — Michael Brantley — has made a far greater big league impact than anyone else the Indians acquired in the transaction.


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Red Sox @ NY Yankees 4/18

Today’s game was just heartbreaking. Eovaldi had a spectacular start, but the bullpen just plain blew it.


NEWS

  • Pedroia came out the game after his second inning at bat, it does NOT sound optimistic. He will be visiting a NY doctor to examine it after he felt “something weird”. Cora said after the game that he had never seen Pedey that down. It’s not sounding good at all.
  • Due to Pedey’s situation, Cora said they will most likely need 2B help for the Rays series, Tuz-Wei Lin is the most likely candidate, with maybe top prospect Michael Chavis if the Sox see Pedroia needing lots of time to recover. 
  • Holt is looking to get another lens to help his eye. Still isn’t 100% with seeing the ball properly. 
  • Benintendi was still out of the lineup on Wednesday trying to get that foot healed. 


Important Moments

The Red Sox were looking golden after a first inning dinger from JD, and a two run homer for Vazquez in the second making the game 3-0 and Eovaldi was just Strait DEALING. He ran into a little trouble in the fourth allowing a run on a Clint Frazier double, but got out the jam quickly. 

Eovaldi left the game after the 6th inning only allowing the one run and getting 6 strikeouts! Workman came in and totally just crapped himself on the mound. Walking two men and a single while only getting one out, leaves the bases loaded for Braiser to come try to salvage the inning. Braiser missed his spot and Brett Gardner takes him deep for a grand slam putting the Yankees on top 5-3. 

The Red Sox did have a chance to make a comeback in the 8th against Adam Ottovino but Nunez of all people just had to ruin it. The Sox rally against one of the nastiest pitchers in baseball to get the bases loaded, but Nunez flails at a first pitch nearly in the dirt for a weak pop out. This came directly after an awesome AB by Moreland working the count for a walk. Nunez HAS to be patient there. Boy I hope Pedroia is alright. I cannot STAND Nunez.

Final Score: 5-3 Yankees


HIGHS

  • Eovaldi pitched to perfection over 6 innings, with all of his pitches working
  • Martinez continues to smash after a 2-3 game with a HR and a walk
  • Pearce made a DIVING play which help secure the score at the time to 3-1 ⬇️ 

LOWS

  • Bullpen… bullpen… bullpen… Workman who has been very solid in the early goings just fell completely apart loading the bases against a Yankee lineup who does not even feature Stanton, Sanchez, Bird, Andujar, Hicks, Gregorius or even freaking Tulowitzki. Come on… 
  • Mookie has lowered his average to .200 after an 0-4 game.

Final Box Scores


Standings

Best thing about baseball is how it’s played nearly everyday! Today there is an off day. The Sox are traveling to Tampa Bay to face off tomorrow! Stay tuned and I’ll tell you all about it. Talk to you then 🤙🏽

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April 17th


Arodys Vizcaino – Injury

Braves closer Vizcaino underwent season ending shoulder surgery yesterday. The surgery was to clean up and remove scar tissue in his shoulder. The Braves’ bullpen has already had some other guys down on the IL such as Tuesday’s move to sending Venters to the IL, Winkler has been optioned, O’Day still has no timetable for return so the Braves’ bullpen is really not looking too hot. The first thing to think about is a Kimbrel return to Atlanta but that has been shot down already as unlikely. 


Nick Pivetta – Demoted

The Phillies announced that starter Nick Pivetta has been sent down to AAA. While he seemed to be a budding star last year pitching to a 3.7 FIP over 164 innings, he has struggled mightily this year thus far. Allowing the most hits and earned runs in the bigs in 2019, Pivetta has earned himself a trip to AAA for the time being. With the NL East in a four team race, the Phils need every bit they can get, and Pivetta hasn’t given them a reason to keep him there. 


Matt Moore – Injury Update

While previously reported that Moore would be returning from his knee surgery after only 6-8 weeks, the club told reporters yesterday that he will be out for the rest of the season. This came as such a surprise because many other players repairing only a meniscus tear would be back around the original timeframe. Might be reason to question if there was a setback, or a problem happened during the procedure. 


Notes 

  • Harrison Bader lands on the IL with a hamstring strain, only the minimum time is anticipated 
  • Marco Estrada has hit the 10 day IL with a lumbar back strain, he is known to have back issues



PITCH OF THE DAY

Nick Pivetta just making former MVP Jose Altuve look silly



Business of Baseball – Player Option

Definition

A player option is an optional year at the end of a contract that can be applied at the player’s discretion. In such cases, the player has the right to exercise his option and lock in that optional salary as a guaranteed sum or reject the option in favor of testing free agency.

Examples

Following the 2014 season, right-hander Dan Haren exercised a $10 million player option on his contract to remain with the Dodgers (although he was ultimately traded to the Marlins prior to the ’15 season). Conversely, Royals outfielder Alex Gordon declined a $14 million player option following the ’15 season and tested the free-agent market in search of a larger contract. He went on to re-sign with the Royals on a four-year, $72 million deal.


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Red Sox @ NY Yankees 4/16

Well, another terrible game. I was seriously thinking that they were going to be no hit by Paxton. Instead they got two hit by him, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 


NEWS

  • BREAKING NEWS: Blake Swihart has been designated for assignment and they have brought Sandy Leon up from AAA to catch Sale. They obviously thought that Leon could be some savior for the pitching staff but as you’ll read on, he obviously wasn’t so far. 
  • Holt started a rehab game in Pawtucket today, after a few more they are looking to activate him in the next few days if all goes well


Important Moments

After the first two innings looked to be a good ole fashioned pitchers duel, but the Yankees destroyed that in the third after Gardner doubled, and then allowed two singles making the score 2-0. In the bottom of the frame, the Red Sox had their best chance at making the game close: 

Mookie took a great AB for a walk, and Bogey hit one about an inch from being out and set up the inning. Second and third with the 3-4-5 hitters and no outs, but they totally squandered this chance by getting out in order. Look how close Bogey was for his 3rd HR of the year ⬇️ 

It just went downhill after that, Clint Frazier lead off the fourth with a ball hit exactly like bogey’s but of course his went out. Hard hit balls everywhere off Sale. Nunez couldn’t catch pickoffs, other defensive misplays and the Sox really just did not look great.

Recently recalled Erasmo Ramirez came in to start the 6th and immediately got pummeled. Allowing a 3 run dinger to Mike Tauchman who no body even knew coming into the game, and allowing a lead off homer to Torres in the 7th. 

Final Score: 8-0 Yankees


HIGHS

  • Sale was hitting at 97 MPH on the gun, and had more bite to his slider, but still just could not locate anything. He sat middle middle most the game

LOWS

  • It seemed that Sale was throwing heat seeking missiles that were just looking for the middle of the plate. Yes he was throwing heat, but big leaguers can hit it out when its down the middle
  • Nunez missed several plays that he should have made
  • Leon’s debut was one to forget, two Ks and a weak pop out, but don’t expect that to improve much
  • Pearce going 0-4 with 2 Ks, he was brought in to be the lefty smasher, and his average is down to .100. Just terrible 


Final Box Scores


Standings

Back in the basement but the best thing about baseball is how it’s played nearly everyday! Today’s game is at 6:35 PM ET featuring Eovaldi vs J.A. Happ! Stay tuned and I’ll tell you all about it. Talk to you then 🤙🏽

Header Photo Curtesy of the Boston Globe

April 16th


Blake Snell – Injured

After a bathroom mishap, the Cy Young award winner of 2018 is now headed to the IL with a broken toe. While only expected to miss one start, Snell has been nothing short of spectacular so far pitching to a 2.16 ERA, so he will be missed. The incident happened while coming out of the shower, he went to move a two piece decorative stand, but did not realize the stand was in two pieces. He moved one and the granite part fell on his toe. 


Greg Bird – Injury

While Bird joins (many) of his friends on the IL, reports are out that he will be missing at least a month with a left plantar fascia tear. It is starting to become insane how many the Yankees have on the IL. That list is now at 12 starters: Severino, Ellsbury, Tulowitzki, Gregorius, Andujar, Heller, Stanton, Hicks, Betances, Montgomery, Bird and Sanchez. Just wow. 


Blake Swihart – DFA’d

In a very shocking turn of events, catcher Blake Swihart has been designated for assignment. Making the team out of camp, this finally looked to be his year. He was a top 25 prospect for a few years, after 2018 had Swihart basically turning into a highly paid bench warmer for the Sox for no apparent reason. Having a near league average bat, which is great for a catcher, and having plus defensive skills it has been a wonder to Red Sox fans why he has never been given the plate appearances to succeed. Hopefully he will now be given that chance. 


Notes 

  • As said yesterday, Jermey Jeffress has been activated for the Crew
  • Rendon and the Nationals have resumed contract extension talks
  • Indians select Mike Freeman from AAA

PITCH OF THE DAY

Marcus Stroman 93 MPH SINKER



Business of Baseball – Outright Waivers

Definition

A club attempting to remove a player from the 40-man roster and send him to the Minor Leagues must first place that player on outright waivers, allowing the 29 other Major League clubs the opportunity to claim him. The claiming club assumes responsibility for the remaining money owed to the claimed player, who is placed on his new club’s 40-man roster. Should the player clear waivers, he can be sent to any Minor League affiliate the club chooses. Outright waivers are also used when clubs wish to remove a player who is out of Minor League options from the 25-man roster by sending him to the Minors.

If a player has more than three years of Major League service time or was previously outrighted in his career (by his current club or another club), he is eligible to reject the outright assignment and instead opt for free agency. Players with more than three but less than five years of Major League service time must forfeit any remaining guaranteed money on their contract if they reject an outright assignment. Conversely, those with five or more years of Major League service time are still owed any guaranteed money remaining on their contract, should they elect free agency following an outright.

Example

When the Red Sox removed Allen Craig from their 40-man roster on May 18, 2015, he was still guaranteed approximately $25.2 million. That was likely one of the reasons he went unclaimed on waivers, allowing Boston to outright him to the Minors. Given his standing as a player with more than three but less than five years of service time, Craig would have had to forfeit the remaining money on his contract in order to test free agency. Thus, he accepted an assignment to Triple-A.


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Red Sox vs Orioles 4/15

Another terrible loss for the Sox. The bullpen was the letdown today.


NEWS

  • While technically could have been activated today off the IL, Brock Holt has remained on in the rehab process. He is set to see a few AAA games to ensure his eye has healed from being scratched by his son Griffey.
  • Christian Vazquez was batting ninth in Monday’s lineup, while that isn’t necessarily precarious, the position that was listed next to his name was. For some reason he had a “”2B” instead of a “C”. With JBJ still sick, and Cora wanting to give Benny some time off the foot that was nailed by a foul ball, Vazquez played second base! He actually played there fairly well! Started a double play and got a couple other putouts.

Important Moments

The Red Sox offense could not do anything against the Oriole Starter Dan Straily. Straily had come into the game with a astronomical ERA of 19.29. The entire approach that had given Mookie and Co. their rings in 2018, has now gone away and have become one of the worst teams at swinging at pitches in the zone.

Velazquez started the game and went 3 IP with only one run allowed but Walden takes over in the fourth and looks fine to start, but then they Oriole batters got to him in the fifth. Allowing two baserunners on, one scoring, then Dwight Smith takes Walden deep right to Pesky’s pole in right. It was a rinky dink HR but it still counts as a moonshot. Walden leaves the game 4-0 Orioles.

Brewer pitches a clean 6th, and Hembree takes over in the 7th, allowing a double, then a HR, Orioles further their lead to 6-1. The Red Sox got one run in the 5th by groundout by Pearce. Thornburg couldn’t even keep them from scoring in the 9th, allowing Smith to double in two more.

Final Score: 8-1 Orioles


HIGHS

  • JD hasn’t lost his stride. Going 2-4 with a double in yesterday’s game raising his AVG to .344

LOWS

  • Bullpen imploded. Allowing 7 runs on 8 hits, and walking 3 against one of the worst lineups in the bigs, the ORIOLES
  • Sox offense could not push across more than one run against a man whose ERA was nearing 20 coming into the game.

Final Box Scores


Standings

Best thing about baseball is how it’s played nearly everyday! Today’s game is at 7:10 PM ET featuring a marquee matchup of the two rival aces Chris Sale vs newly acquired James Paxton! Stay tuned and I’ll tell you all about it. Talk to you then 🤙🏽

Header Photo Curtesy of the Boston Informer

April 15th


Shohei Ohtani –  Nearing Return

After a successful Tommy John surgery, two way phenom Ohtani is nearing his return to a major league lineup. He had a successful checkup yesterday, clearing him to begin swinging a bat. Once that starts, he will advance quickly. The Angels really need him back in the lineup as they have had Trout out of the lineup lately, and Justin Upton is still recovering. 


David Robertson – Injury

Closer David Robertson is the latest to hit the IL yesterday. He is suffering from soreness in his pitching elbow, which is no small thing. This is very well the first thing before a chain of lots of very bad things: most notably, Tommy John surgery. Robertson is in his first year of a two year contract worth $23MM. 


Francisco Lindor – Starting Rehab

Superstar Fransisco Lindor is heading to AAA Columbus to begin some rehab games. Obviously the Indians offense, and defense, has taken a hit without Lindor, but it has just been quite abysmal. Lindor will help, of course, but he can’t pick up all the slack. Kipnis has returned to the lineup as well, hopefully these two players can bring the offense back up if the Indians are looking to keep the AL Central crown. 


Notes

  • RHP Mike Folty of the Braves is set to only make one more rehab start before joining the big league rotation, the Braves really need it
  • Chris Iannetta to the IL with a strained lat, Rockies select Drew Butera from AAA
  • Jonny Venters hits the IL with a strained calf
  • Tyler Skaggs has landed on the IL with a left ankle sprain

PITCH OF THE DAY

I love seeing Darvish back on here, the Cubs desperately needed him back, and now he is pitching great again. Just look at this slider: unhittable ⬆️



Business of Baseball – No-trade Clause

Definition

A no-trade clause is a contractual clause that allows players to veto trades to certain teams. No-trade clauses are often worked into contract extensions and free-agent contracts as a perk for the players signing such deals.

Some contracts include partial no-trade clauses, which allow a player to block trades to a specified list of teams. In the case of a partial no-trade clause, the player that agrees to such a clause will sometimes be allowed to update on a yearly basis the teams to which he cannot be traded without his consent. In other instances, teams will concede to a full no-trade clause that allows the player in question to block a trade to all 29 other teams.

Beyond that, a player that has accumulated 10 years of Major League service time and has spent the past five consecutive seasons of that service time with one team gains the right — termed 10-and-5 rights — to veto a trade to any team.

Examples

Per the terms of his contract extension signed in 2011 — which spans the 2016-20 seasons — Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was given the ability to block trades to 23 of the 29 other Major League teams. On the other end of the spectrum, Twins right-hander Ricky Nolasco agreed to a very limited no-trade protection as part of his four-year, $49 million contract with Minnesota. As of December 2015, Nolasco was reportedly able to veto trades to just three teams.

The Reds’ Brandon Phillips reportedly invoked his 10-and-5 rights two separate times between the 2015 and 2016 seasons, blocking trades that would have sent him to the D-backs and to the Nationals.

The Nationals had interest in trading for Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon in July 2015, but Papelbon had a no-trade provision in his contract that allowed him to block a deal to 17 clubs — including Washington. Papelbon also had a vesting option for 2016 in his contract with Philadelphia that would be exercised if he finished 48 games. As a means of enticing the right-hander to waive the no-trade clause, the Nationals offered to exercise that vesting option in advance, and Papelbon agreed to a slightly reduced rate of $11 million as a compromise. With those roadblocks worked out, the Nationals traded Minor League right-hander Nick Pivetta to the Phillies in exchange for Papelbon to complete the deal.


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