Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Fisk, Carbo and I Had to Go See About a Girl

40 years ago tonight Game 6 of the 1975 World Series took place. The Red Sox would win the game but not the series. They would have to wait 29 years and six more days for that to finally happen again. The game still lives on though. Carlton Fisk hit one of the most famous home-runs in baseball history while Bernie Carbo became an unlikely hero.

The game also inspired one of the great lines from one of the best scenes from a very good movie, "I had to go see about a girl"

Happy 40th to Pudge, Carbo and of course Sean Maguire who met his late wife on this night in 1975.

Here are some clips to celebrate:

Bernie Carbo's Three-Run Homer: Without it, Fisk never gets the chance to hit that famous homer.

Carlton Fisk Ends it in the 12th inning:

Sean Maguire just had to go see about a girl:

Will Hunting steals Sean's line :

For the complete video of Game 6 of the World Series, here you go:

If you can't get enough of that night, you can always buy the painting which is titled Classic Fenway Clout. You can buy it here on

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Betting on the World Series Winner

Bet at William Hill baseball

The Blue Jays winning it all is the best possible news for the Red Sox. Big changes needed to be made this offseason for the Red Sox and there is nothing quite like a division rival winning it all to bring that into focus. Of course the Yankees are also a division rival but what self respecting Red Sox fan would ever pull for that?

Can the Blue Jays do it? Despite being one game back of the Yankees for the AL East crown, all signs point to the Blue Jays winning the division. These same signs also show the Blue Jays as the best team in baseball. Baseball Reference uses the SRS rating which stands for Simple Rating System. The rating system combines run differential with strength of schedule. The Blue Jays have the best run differential and the second best strength of schedule. This gives them with the highest SRS in baseball. Coincidentally, the Red Sox have played the toughest schedule in baseball to this point in the season.

While the analytics have the Blue Jays the best team their World Series odds are not listed as the best. Bet at William Hill Baseball has the Blue Jays at +600 to win it all. This is tied with the Cardinals for the second best odds behind the Kansas City Royals who are at +450. The Royals have the 4th best SRS in baseball.

What about a sleeper? How about the Orioles? The Orioles of course are another division rival and they are tied with the second best SRS in baseball. They currently sit 4 games back in the AL East but have a one game lead for the final wildcard spot. Their odds at Bet William Hill Baseball are a very appealing +3000 which is just the 13th best odds on the board.

What about the overrated teams? Well the Dodgers and Mets sit at 11th and 14th in the SRS standings but they have the fourth and fifth best odds to win it all. According to Bet at William Hill Baseball the Mets have +800 odds while the Dodgers have +700. The Mets and Dodgers are similar though in that they are both loaded with big time pitching and when it comes to the postseason, a pitcher can take over like no other player. The Mets and Dodgers have more than one pitcher who could do this.

The best bet is the Blue Jays but if you are looking for a possible big payout, look into the Orioles. If you really feel like taking a gamble, pretend it is 1979 all over again and Bet at William Hill Baseball on the World Series matchup of the Orioles vs Pirates. The odds for that matchup right now is +11000  Good luck.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Aloha Means Goodbye

Shane Victorino was traded yesterday. It was the right move to make as the Red Sox go into 2016 preparation mode. The trade ends Victorino's career in Boston. While he was injured often the last two years nothing can take away the 2013 season where he was one of the most important players on the eventual World Champions. His career in Boston can be summed up best by the 7th inning during Game 6 of the 2013 ALCS. The Sox were down 2-1 and the bases were loaded. Victorino walked to the plate as Bob Marley's Three Little Birds blared over the speakers. The fans began to sing along and Victorino went deep sending the Red Sox to the World Series. Everything truly was going to be alright. Aloha!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Red Sox Missed Out on deGrom

Jacob deGrom lowered his ERA to 2.18 last night as he beat the Washington Nationals. He is the kind of pitcher the Red Sox need. Sadly, he was real close to being on the Red Sox. According to the great Peter Gammons, Ben Cherington wanted deGrom when having trade talks with Sandy Alderson back in 2012. The Mets needed a catcher and wanted Kelly Shoppach. Cherington had his eyes on deGrom. Alderson was fine with the deal until he checked with some of his minor league scouts. The scouts were pretty clear that deGrom wasn't a guy that should be traded. Alderson took the advice of the scouts and the Mets ended up getting Shoppach for Pedro Beato. Beato would throw just 21 innings after the trade and is now out of baseball.

This news does give you confidence in Cherington's eye and while mistakes have been made it makes you wonder if the mistakes are those made by Cherington or those made by John Henry and company? Ownership screwed up the Jon Lester talks and he easily could still be with the Red Sox if he wasn't low balled in the spring of last year.

With a little luck and common sense the Red Sox rotation could be Lester, deGrom, Clay Buchholz, and Eduardo Rodriguez. What about the fifth guy? How about Cole HamelsYesterday we posted why the Sox still need to trade for Hamels and in this scenario he would definitely make sense.

Even more impressive is how inexpensive that rotation would be. deGrom and Rodriguez make the league minimum and are under team control, Clay makes $13 million and Lester could have been signed by the Sox for $20 million a year for six years or the same deal the Sox were willing to give Rick Porcello. (Sorry if that makes you vomit.) Hamels would round out the rotation adding $23.5 million to the payroll rotation. $57.5 million for a rotation of Lester, Hamels, deGrom, Buchholz, Rodriguez. The current Red Sox rotation is right around $46 million. You have my permission to vomit now.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Red Sox Need to Buy at Trade Deadline

The 2015 Red Sox season is over in mid July once again. This makes the Red Sox sellers but do the Red Sox have anything to sell? I think Jared said it best on twitter:

Do the Red Sox have to be sellers? The Red Sox need help for next season. They need pitching and the best way to get pitching for next year is going to be at the trade deadline this year. They must trade for Cole Hamels. How much will they have to give up? It is a given that the Phillies will want at least one guy from the group of Eduardo Rodriguez, Brian Johnson and Henry Owens along with the next tier of prospects to complete the trade. It is desperation time for the Sox. If Hamels gets traded elsewhere the Sox will then have to overpay in the offseason for Johnny Cueto or possibly David Price. Cueto looks like he is on the verge of breaking down and I think he is going to be a disaster for any team that signs him in the offseason to a long term lucrative contract. I have this awful feeling that team will end up being the Red Sox. It will be a move that stinks of desperation. We have seen moves like this in the past and it never ends well.

  Price is a very good pitcher, a much safer bet than Cueto but it is no guarantee he will make it to free agency and he will still command much more money then Hamels has left on his deal. Throw in the fact that you have no idea how Cueto or Price will adjust to being in a market like Boston and Hamels looks even better. If you can pitch in Philadelphia you can usually handle the atmosphere in Boston. See Curt Schilling.

Sellers? These Red Sox need to be buyers and they better hurry. Next season and seasons to come depend on it.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Can Eduardo Rodriguez Save the Season?

Eduardo Rodriguez

It is getting late real early for the Red Sox and tonight they turn their season over to a rookie, Eduardo Rodriguez. The Red Sox need a spark and they need one fast. They may play in a division without a team that is capable of running away with it but you don't want to get behind too many teams as we head into June.

Rodriguez is ranked as the Red Sox #4 prospect, Keith Law ranked him the 29th best prospect in all of baseball. What makes it even better is that he was acquired last year from the Baltimore Orioles for an Andrew Miller rental. Miller is now with the Yankees but the Red Sox still have Eddy.

From Keith Law:

Rodriguez faced 29 batters this spring, punching out nine and walking none. The last stat is the only one here I think has much if any significance in the tiny spring training sample, especially because Rodriguez's deficiencies as a prospect were areas such as command and feel for pitching. He has two plus pitches, with the breaking ball gradually improving. Getting him for two months of Andrew Miller looks like a genius move by Red Sox GM Ben Cherington.

Rodriguez has been just as impressive this year in Pawtucket where he is 4-3 with a 2.98 ERA. In a little over 48 innings pitched he has struck out 44 and only walked 7.

Can he save the season starting tonight? Can you imagine how different the Sox could look later tonight if Rodriguez goes out and looks like the real deal? It could be the kind of look that sparks this team to life.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Rumors, Praise and Questions about Jackie Bradley's Future with Sox

Jackie Bradley Jr. is back up with the Red Sox where has been used mainly as a fourth outfielder since his call up, in 8 at bats he has yet to get a hit. Dating back to last season, he is now 0 for his last 26. Not good. He did have a solid offensive spring with a new shortened swing and in Pawtucket he was hitting .343 with an .857 OPS. He still needs to prove he can hit at the MLB level though

JBJ was called back up to the majors as the Sox were facing the Blue Jays. John Gibbons, manager of the Blue Jays, raved about Bradley calling him the best defensive center fielder he has ever seen play. JBJ was up for the Gold Glove last year but didn't get it. Ironically, many feel he deserved it but his bat kept him from winning it. Gold Gloves are not always given to the best defensive players. It is more of a popularity contest. Derek Jeter is proof of that. Bradley turned 13 double plays from the outfield last year, next closest was 5. He also had 18 assists. Those are mind boggling numbers. His .180 batting average is just as mind boggling though.

His defensive prowess has many wondering why the Sox don't put him in center field when he enters the game. John Farrell explained that JBJ is not going to be a full time starter and he doesn't want to move around Mookie Betts who starts in center field. Betts is a decent defensive center fielder but he is still learning and there have been a few balls he didn't get to that JBJ would have.

Does Bradley have a future with the Red Sox? With Betts and Rusney Castillo, it doesn't look good. Will JBJ be better off with a change in scenery? Very possible. The latest rumor had the Sox offering him to the Mariners for Charlie Furbush of the Mariners. It is clear that JBJ makes an impact on the defensive side, if he can prove he can it, he will be a force in MLB just like he was in college with the Gamecocks.