Friday Update: Dombrowski Chooses Today Over Tomorrow

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When Dave Dombrowski was named Red Sox President of Baseball Operations last August, the prevailing notion was that the administrative change was a step in the right direction. Dombrowski has had a long history of building contending teams as a baseball executive, and there was no reason why he wouldn’t be able to replicate his Florida and Detroit success with a team that had more resources than many, if not all, of its competitors. Yet beneath the surface layer of cheers, there were dissenting whispers bringing up the dark side of a Dombrowski reign. “Oh, you like your prospects and organizational depth?”those whisperers said. “Well don’t get used to them. They don’t call him Dealin’ Dave for nothing”. We were warned. This is what Dombrowski does; he cashes in minor league assets for major league talent (leaving the farm system cupboard completely bare), crafts a playoff team full of All-Stars, forgets about the bullpen, and condemns the team to a cycle of near-misses in October. Continue reading

Series Recap: Red Sox @ Orioles, 5/30-6/2

Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles
With a 2-2 split against the rival Baltimore Orioles, the Red Sox displayed every theme from the season so far.  We saw impressive pitching from unlikely sources, catastrophic pitching from seasoned veterans, and insane hitting on both ends.  While much of the series was disappointing and frustrating to watch, Mookie Betts and Steven Wright stood out with star performances-hopefully keeping both on track for All Star selections. Continue reading

Series Recap: Red Sox vs. Indians 5/20-5/22

Cleveland Indians v Boston Red Sox

With two commanding victories over the Indians, the Red Sox won their eighth series of the year.  The entire lineup has caught fire at the same time; largely led by Jackie Bradley Jr., Xander Bogaerts, and David Ortiz.  Similarly, the pitching staff (besides you know who) has found their groove, and been able to turn out consistently good performances. Continue reading

Series Recap: Red Sox vs. Astros 5/12-5/15

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With a 3-1 series win over the Astros, the Red Sox continue to solidify their spot as one of the premier MLB teams.  The offense keeps dismantling pitchers with Jackie Bradley Jr., Xander Bogaerts, and Hanley Ramirez all contributing greatly.  However, the pitching continues to be inconsistent, with Steven Wright and Clay Buchholz tossing mediocre games, and David Price returning to form. Continue reading

Series Recap: Red Sox vs. Blue Jays 4/15-4/18

Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox

Coming off a series loss to the Orioles, the Red Sox looked to get back on track against the Blue Jays.  By splitting the four game set, the Sox proved once again that while the offense is very capable, the pitching staff is erratic.  However, impressive outings from Christian Vazquez, Clay Buchholz, and Rick Porcello give hope for success going forward. Continue reading