BOSTON, MA - APRIL 30:  Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez watches Eduardo Rodriguez #52 of the Boston Red Sox, who is on the DL,  throw in the bull pen before a game the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on April 30, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Eduardo Rodriguez appears to be ready

Upon returning from injury it was worrisome to watch Eduardo Rodriguez struggle with Triple-A lineups this season. Before his last start in the minors he had yet to throw a single game with more than 3 strikeouts in a game. His ERA was still above 4.29 and he was showing good control, but unable to […]

BOSTON, MA - MAY 09:  Carson Smith #39 of the Boston Red Sox looks on in the seventh inning during the game against the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park on May 9, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

Carson Smith velocity an indicator of injury

The Red Sox medical staff has continued to hold a cloud of mistrust with fans as the team continues to suffer from injuries and have disagreements with players over diagnosis. That is exacerbated when the team signs players who barely pitch a game in Boston before being injured or pitching as if they were injured. […]

BOSTON, MA - MAY 22:  David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates after Mookie Betts #50 scored in the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park on May 22, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Here’s to the best offense in baseball

It’s tough to find a stat that doesn’t tell you the Red Sox are currently the best offense in baseball. After 44 games the Red Sox are first in all of baseball in runs scored, RBIs, batting average and SLG. They place second in OBP to the Chicago Cubs and third in stolen bases. They […]

<> during the first inning on May 14, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Clay Buchholz Showing no Signs of Rebound

I made a post last month about Clay Buchholz struggles in April and while we’re only two weeks into May it looks like Buchholz is still struggling to get going. He’s made three starts this month and only one would be considered a good start. He has managed to average 6.0 innings pitched during that time, […]

<> at Fenway Park on May 11, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Jackie Bradley Jr Playing Red Sox Savior

It’s time to wonder what the real Jackie Bradley Jr looks like. With 270 games played so far in his career he’s shown flashes of some power, a troubling level of strikeouts and some ability to draw walks. His glove has always been so valued that many were willing to deal with a league average […]

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08:  Xander Bogaerts #2 of the Boston Red Sox connects on a solo home run in the eighth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on May 8, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Xander Bogaerts might never develop power and that’s OK

It’s been two full seasons for Xander Bogaerts and so far the power just hasn’t arrived. In those 1434 plate appearances he has 22 total home runs or averaging 10 home runs a season. He’s still a long way from his power prime being only 23 years old, but it’s possible Bogaerts will be fine […]

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DBTR S1:E6 – Strike This Kulpa!

**Editors note** The podcast formerly known as Fireside Chats has been rebranded as the Down by the River podcast in partnership with Dirty Water Sports. We will still publish episodes to Fire Brand — as we would hate for you all to miss us!

Hosts: Paul Testa, Tim Daloisio
Guests: none

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BOSTON, MA - APRIL 29:  David Ortiz  #34 of the Boston Red Sox rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run in the eighth inning during the game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on April 29, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

2016 Lineup Proving Homers aren’t Everything

Since the end of Manny Ramirez run with the Red Sox the team has been in flux with regards to building a lineup that is a solid mix of power and great all around hitting. It was always great to see the lineup rotate around two 40 home run hitters, but it’s not easy to […]

FORT MYERS, FL - MARCH 2: Hanley Ramirez #13 of the Boston Red Sox bobbles the ball while fielding at first base against the Minnesota Twins in the second inning of a spring training game at JetBlue Park at Fenway South on March 2, 2016 in Fort Myers, Florida. The Twins defeated the Red Sox 7-4. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

First Base Becoming an Issue

For all the talk about what a good teammate Hanley Ramirez has been this year and his solid work at first base defensively it’s going to need to improve soon if the Red Sox truly plan to contend. In 24 games played so far Hanley has a WAR of -0.2 with equal amounts of negative […]

Pablo Sandoval to undergo surgery and miss remainder of 2016

The team has announced that Pablo Sandoval will undergo season ending surgery on his shoulder by Dr. James Andrews. It was only said that there is a “great deal going on” with regards to the injury to his shoulder. This injury still remains very secretive and curious if he came to spring training with this, […]

Carson Smith Returning on Tuesday

The return of Carson Smith is a great surprise for a team currently 14th overall in team xFIP by relievers. The starters are starting to look better in the front end, but the return of a strikeout reliever like Smith is really going to help the Red Sox pen improve. Where he finally sets in […]

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 23:  Clay Buchholz #11 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning during the game at Fenway Park on September 23, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

April a Tough Month for Buchholz

The other day I did some research into Craig Kimbrel and how he often starts slow each season. It’s not a rare thing to see players struggle in the early going and pitchers especially struggle for whatever reason. It could be weather or still building strength, but many players will continually struggle out of the […]

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