Hosts: Paul Testa, Tim Daloisio
Guests: none

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July has treated the Red Sox much better than the month of June did – and with the recent acquisitions of Brad Ziegler and Drew Pomeranz, Dave Dombrowski has been aggressive in shoring up some holes in the roster. But is it enough for the Red Sox to be serious contenders in 2016? Even if they are a playoff team, do they have the type of roster constituted to be successful in the post-season?

Paul and Tim look at what has been driving the Red Sox hot July – hint: the starting pitching has been better than the month prior. But recent hiccups vs. the Twins have the podcast a little more skeptical of where this team can go this season.

With the trade deadline looming, much of the conversation stems around the pitching staff – the disappointment of David Price, the potential need for a top-line starter and how aggressive should Trader Dave be with his prospects to go all-in in 2016 vs. a slow build to the top with the talent coming up the pipeline and his young Major League core?

All that and more on this week’s edition of Down by the River.

Thanks for listening!

**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!