Javier Lopez could use a mulligan.
Slowly but surely, everything is coming together for the Boston Red Sox.
Sean McAdam and the Boston Red Sox had one thing in common last night. Both of their performances were terrible.
With that said, thank goodness for Rex Hudler in the third and fourth innings.
The 2009 Boston Red Sox are in the final stages of preparing for what is certain to be an entertaining and exciting season. The spring is finally behind us, the roster is set and the team is moving northward to christen Citi Field with some Major League talent.
Now all the roster moves are behind us and the questions move from the “who” of the offseason as they shift to the analysis of performance and the “what” of baseball. This past week has been spent looking at the competition in the American League East, and stiff competition it is. In most cases, the Red Sox had the position by position edge over each team from the Yankees to the Orioles and it should come as no surprise, in that light, that the staff here at Fire Brand gives the Red Sox the edge to win the AL East in 2009.
Today we summarize much of what we’ve talked about in our “For Better or Worse” series this offseason as we go player by player through the Red Sox roster and prepare for live baseball next week.
The three nominees for the 2009 Fire Brand of the Year Award, held by Mike Lowell for 2008, are Jason Bay, Coco Crisp and Javier Lopez. Read more about the candidates, then vote away at the poll to the right on the sidebar!
Bill James has come out with his new handbook for 2009, and in the handbook are the early statistical projections for players next year. This may be especially significant in the case of the Red Sox, as James has a vast amount of knowledge of players in the Red Sox system due to being employed by the team.
July was certainly a month of change… none more so than the end of the month. Manny Ramirez long overstayed his welcome in Boston, and he was long due to move on to (in his opinion) greener pastures. Let’s take a glance back at the month that was… To the Fire Branders: who on this [...]
With the halfway point (just after, really — it’s been 90 games) it’s time to break out the midseason Red Sox awards! Only players currently with the Red Sox are eligible. Players could only win or be the runner up once. Once their name comes up, they’re done. Most Valuable Player: J.D Drew — .298/.405/.559, [...]
May saw the Red Sox go 17-12 and a concerning trend arise: road struggles. Three straight wins in Baltimore seem to be the cure, but can the Red Sox keep up with the Tampa Bay Rays? The Rays are one behind the Chicago Cubs for the best MLB record, and a crucial three game swing [...]