|07.06.16 at 3:22 pm ET|
After playing three straight games, Brock Holt will get Wednesday night off as continues to get back to full strength after returning from a concussion last Friday.
Speaking on WEEI’s Dale and Holley earlier in the afternoon, manager John Farrell said it was just part of his progression and nothing his physically wrong.
Bryce Brentz will start in left field in Holt’s place as the Red Sox go up against Rangers left-hander Martin Perez.
Ryan Hanigan will catch Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright.
Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:
Mookie Betts, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Bryce Brentz, LF
Travis Shaw, 3B
Ryan Hanigan, C
Steven Wright, RHP
For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.
|07.06.16 at 2:26 pm ET|
Red Sox president Sam Kennedy joined the Ordway, Merloni & Fauria show on Wednesday to discuss the team’s pitching struggles and the job security of John Farrell. To hear the full interview, visit the OM&F audio on demand page.
The Red Sox are coming off of a 7-2 loss Tuesday night against the Rangers in which David Price and Craig Kimbrel failed to dominate like they have in the past. The Red Sox rank 10th in team ERA (4.51), suggesting that a move for pitching help may be necessary.
“I just walked out of a meeting with [Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski] and [general manager] Mike Hazen and I can tell you the focus is on improving the pitching,” Kennedy said. “From our fourth and fifth spots in the rotation, our ERA is over 7.20, that’s hard to fathom. All that being said, we’re still in the thick of this thing, but it is frustrating to be sure, especially when you lose a game like last night when you’re on a little bit of a roll then you take a step backwards, so it’s frustrating.”
In Tuesday’s loss, Price gave up a home run on the first pitch of the game, and he allowed another run later in the inning. The outing was the latest example of Boston’s first-inning issues, as the team often falls behind and has to play catch-up. Kennedy admits to being frustrated by the first-inning funk but says he is not disappointed in any one player.
“It has been frustrating with these first-inning explosions from the other team,” Kennedy said. “I don’t have an answer for you, I don’t have an explanation other than to say you got to love David Price’s accountability. You got to love the fact that he’s leading all of baseball in innings pitched. … He’s got to be better, we all have to do better, and we believe that’s exactly what’s going to happen as we head to the second half.”
Added Kennedy: “I don’t think we’re disappointed in any one individual player, we’re a few games back, 45-38, not where we want to be. If the season ended today, we’d be in a one game wild card playoff. That’s really not where we want to be, we want to win this division. To say we’re disappointed is a bit of an overstatement, I think we aren’t where we want to be, we want to win this division, let’s be clear. Everybody feels that in the clubhouse and everybody feels that in the office, that’s the goal. So right now, we have our work cut out for us in front of us, and we have the right guys to get it done.”
|07.06.16 at 2:18 pm ET|
Here’s a look at what happened in the Red Sox farm system on Tuesday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (45-41): W, 8-4, at Charlotte (White Sox)
— One night after Henry Ramos hit for the first cycle since 1999 for the PawSox, Chris Marrero was just a home run shy of completing a cycle of his own. Marrero finished the game 4-for-5 with three runs scored. Marrero has been on fire the last two games, going 7-for-10 with two doubles, a triple, a home run and five runs scored. The 28-year-old shortstop is hitting .287/.345/.490 in 80 games for Pawtucket this season.
— Brennan Boesch and Ryan Court gave the PawSox offense a boost by producing a combined six RBIs. Boesch, who came off the disabled list on July 1, was 3-for-5 with a home run and a strikeout. Court went 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
— Henry Ramos hit a sacrifice fly in the third inning to score Mike Miller. It was Ramos’ 20th RBI in the last 13 games. Ramos is hitting .300/.312/.530 in 27 games for Pawtucket this season.
— Backed by a strong offensive showing, PawSox starter William Cuevas was able to pick up his first win since May 7. The 25-year-old right-hander is 5-3 in 14 starts with a 3.59 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.
— In relief of Cuevas, Robby Scott retired six straight batters in the seventh and eighth innings and Chandler Shepard pitched a scoreless ninth inning.
|07.06.16 at 2:15 pm ET|
Sorry, Red Sox fans.
While the Red Sox are in the market for pitching as the trade deadline approaches, it won’t come from the Mets. According to a source, the Mets are not trading any of their starting pitchers.
The Mets have a number of young starters teams would want to acquire, but they will be staying in New York.
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|07.06.16 at 12:32 pm ET|
Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling questioned the job security of manager John Farrell when he discussed the future of the struggling Sox during his weekly appearance on Wednesday’s Dennis & Callahan with Minihane. To hear the conversation, visit the D&C audio on demand page.
“I don’t see how this staff makes it to the All-Star break. If they don’t right the ship, if they don’t play four, five or six days of, ‘OK, that’s the team we were talking about a month and a half ago,’ I think there’s going to be some big shakeup,” Schilling said. “As much as I hate to say it because I love John [Farrell], he’s a dear friend, I think that there is a possibility they clean house at the All-Star break.”
Added Schilling, “They are playing right now where if it’s not the pitching it’s the hitting, and if it’s not the hitting it’s the pitching. It never reflects poorly or affects the guys that are doing it, it ends up being on the manager.”
If Farrell receives a pink slip, Schilling expects that bench coach Torey Lovullo will get promoted to manager.
“I think that they believe that [Lovullo] is the next manager. What he did last year I think gave them a good feeling about his potential and that’s why the contract is what it is, and I think he ends up being the guy,” Schilling said. ” If he’s not, I wouldn’t be surprised, but I think that’s the move. I think that’s who they end up going with.
Schilling said it’s not a good feeling as a player when you can’t save a manager’s job.
“I didn’t realize until, I think it was 2000, when I got traded to Arizona, we were in contention and I came over and we ended up kind of failing in September. Buck Showalter got fired that winter. And it dawned on me for the first time that my lack of performance cost someone else their job,” Schilling said. “I guarantee there’s a lot of guys that love the guy in that clubhouse. You find a way to fix it and get back on track for the guy because you care about somebody else’s job, or you have a group of guys that say, ‘OK, next guy up.’ I don’t believe that’s the case, I think this team is a group of guys that really does like John and respect him, but at some point something’s going to change.”
|07.06.16 at 10:48 am ET|
In Wednesday night’s finale of a three-game series with the Rangers, the Red Sox will send knuckleballer Steven Wright to the hill to take on southpaw Martin Perez.
In a surprisingly strong year, Wright is 9-5 with a 2.42 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. His is tied for the lead the American League with three complete games, and he ranks second in the AL in ERA and 10th in innings pitched (108). He is 6-1 in his last eight games, with one of those wins coming in his last start, a 5-4 victory over the Angels last Friday. Wright allowed four runs on eight hits in five innings, striking out three and walking three on 93 pitches.
Wright was cruising along until the sixth inning, when it began to rain. He struggled to throw an efficient knuckleball and had to rely too much on his fastball, leading to a grand slam given up in the frame.
“Definitely makes it a little bit harder,” Wright said of the rain. “You can’t get the grip on the ball. It’s one of those things that I’m going to have to figure it out.”
Wright, who on Tuesday was named to the American League All-Star team, has faced the Rangers just twice in his four-year career, going 0-2 with a 5.23 ERA. He pitched against Texas on June 25, letting up eight runs (three earned) and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings in a 10-3 Red Sox loss.
|07.06.16 at 12:31 am ET|
It appears Joe Kelly’s plans have changed a little bit.
Kelly will start his transition to the bullpen on Wednesday by making a rehab start with the Lowell Spinners, not Double-A Portland as was originally thought, according to sources. The Spinners will take on the Auburn Doubledays in Auburn, New York.
The right-hander suffered a groin strain with Triple-A Pawtucket back on June 7 and hasn’t appeared in a game since. Over the weekend it was announced Kelly would return as a reliever with the Red Sox and that could come just after the All-Star break.
He’s pitched out of the bullpen before, just not with the Red Sox. In 30 relief appearances with the Cardinals, he went 2-3 with a 3.23 ERA and had 49 strikeouts in 52 2/3 innings.
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|07.05.16 at 10:31 pm ET|
On the day American League All-Stars were announced, David Price illustrated why he wasn’t one of them, and Craig Kimbrel reaffirmed that he shouldn’t be going to San Diego.
Price, the Red Sox ace signed to a $217 million contract this winter, wasn’t terrible in Tuesday’s 7-2 loss to the Rangers. At times, he was borderline unhittable, like when he struck out eight batters over the stretch of 13 outs.
But at other inopportune moments, he didn’t have it, and those moments put the Red Sox in a position to lose a close game. Kimbrel, however, turned it into a rout by allowing four runs in the ninth in a non-save situation.
The result was a Red Sox defeat for the eighth time in Price’s 18 starts. That’s as many losses as his teams suffered in 32 starts between Detroit and Toronto last season.
It took Price exactly one pitch to put the Red Sox in an immediate hole, Shin-Soo Choo launching his first offering over the center field fence before fans had even settled into their seats leading off the game. It got dicier from there, with two singles, a steal, and a walk loading the bases before Price recorded his first out.
He struck out Prince Fielder before Elvis Andrus plated another run with a sacrifice fly, but escaped further damage.
The Red Sox chipped away from there and Price settled down. The Red Sox got one run back on All-Star Jackie Bradley’s 14th homer of the season in the second.
They tied it in the fourth on a Xander Bogaerts bases-loaded walk, though they probably should’ve gotten more, leaving the bases loaded after David Ortiz grounded out sharply into the shift in short right.
The game stayed tied until the sixth, when Elvis Andrus singled and scored on a double by Rougned Odor.
All that remained was for Kimbrel to erase any opportunity for the Red Sox to win, and he did so by allowing two singles and a walk before Chirinos ended it with a homer to left.
If Dustin Pedroia can make the All-Star team by winning the Final Five vote, he’ll give the Red Sox seven All-Stars for the first time since 2002 (Derek Lowe, Pedro Martinez, Shea Hillenbrand, Manny Ramirez, Nomar Garciaparra, Johnny Damon, Ugueth Urbina).
WHAT WENT RIGHT
— On the day he was announced an All-Star starter, center fielder Jackie Bradley smacked his 14th home run of the season. That matches the total he managed in his 238 career games entering this season.
— Outfielder Mookie Betts and infielder Travis Shaw recorded two hits apiece.
— After the slow start, Price settled into a nice groove, flummoxing the Rangers with his changeup, in particular. He struck out 10 for the second straight start and sixth time overall this season, over eight innings.
WHAT WENT WRONG
— The Red Sox squandered no shortage of opportunities, particularly against Rangers starter A.J. Griffin. They stranded runners at third in four of the first five innings alone.
— Shaw ran into an ill-advised out on the bases in the fourth, denying the Red Sox a potentially big inning. He attempted to take second on a throw to the plate after singling with Brock Holt on second following a leadoff double, but was gunned down easily.
— After the Red Sox tied the game in the fourth, Price waited just one inning to give it back, allowing a run in the sixth.
— It was a rare off night for DH David Ortiz, who went 1-for-5 and stranded five runners on base.
— Kimbrel’s struggles in non-save situations continue. Asked to maintain a 3-2 deficit in the ninth, he instead didn’t allow a batter, allowing four runs, including a three-run homer by Robinson Chirinos, to salt away loss.
|07.05.16 at 8:01 pm ET|
The All-Star rosters have been announced and the Red Sox are well-represented with four starters on the American League team and six players overall, with the possibility of a seventh.
Leading the way is franchise icon David Ortiz, who was voted the starting DH on Tuesday. He’ll make his 10th All-Star appearance in his final season.
The 40-year-0ld will be joined in the starting lineup by three first-timers: shortstop Xander Bogaerts, center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., and right fielder Mookie Betts.
On the pitching side, knuckleballer Steven Wright will be making his first appearance after an outstanding first half, while closer Craig Kimbrel was a relatively surprising selection after a solid first half.
Meanwhile, second baseman Dustin Pedroia is up for the Final Five voting for the last spot on the roster.
“Well, we’re going to have a great representation of the Red Sox — and deservedly so,” said manager John Farrell. “I think what’s great about the guys that are going to be participating in that game, we’ve got a number of starters, and I think that’s more validation around the country for the votes that they’ve generated, not just by our fans. Whether they’re young players, a veteran as David is, this is a great combination of players that we’re going to be sending to San Diego.”
— Ortiz began the night hitting .339 with 19 homers, 66 RBIs and a league-leading 1.112 OPS. The 40-year-old announced last fall that this season will be his last.
“Having a break is great, you know what I’m saying, but it’s not like I’m going to go to another All-Star Game as a player,” Ortiz said. “It is what it is. Getting around 3 million votes, that’s a lot of people that would like to see you out there. That’s something I really appreciate, that people take their time to vote for myself and my teammates and want us to be there as a massive group. Four days to rest and be chilling is good, but this All-Star Game, I’m going to try to enjoy it the most. This is going to be my final year playing. There’s not going to be another time. I’m going to go out there and have fun and make sure that the fans that voted for David Ortiz enjoy watching me.”
|07.05.16 at 5:13 pm ET|
The Red Sox shook up their big league coaching staff on Tuesday, adding analyst Brian Bannister as an assistant to pitching coach Carl Willis in an attempt to improve one of the worst staffs in the American League.
Bannister, 35, is currently the team’s director of pitching analytics and development. He’s a former big leaguer and the son of former All-Star left-hander Floyd Bannister.
Bannister is considered an expert at not only statistical analysis, but also breaking down mechanics. In his new role, he’ll be in uniform before each game working with pitchers, but big league rules prohibit him from watching games in the dugout, so he’ll either watch from the clubhouse or stands.
The Red Sox rank 11th in the American League in ERA (4.48), but president of baseball operations said the move shouldn’t signal any dissatisfaction with the job Willis has done.
“It’s not that we’re unhappy,” Dombrowski said. “We’re looking for any way to make ourselves better.”
Bannister’s highest-profile success story is left-hander Rich Hill, who focused on his curveball at Bannister’s suggestion last year and parlayed four outstanding September starts into a $6 million contract with the A’s. Bannister also helped right-hander Sean O’Sullivan leapfrog a number of higher-profile prospects to make three spot starts this season.
“He has worked closely with supplying information to John Farrell and Carl Willis throughout the season,” Dombrowski said. “Now that the draft is over, his responsibilities on that end of it are done, of course. We thought it would be that much more helpful to put him in uniform. The players in today’s game really want the type of information that he supplies — statistical, analytical, arm angles — they want to see these type of things.”
Asked if he viewed Bannister as a future pitching coach, Dombrowski suggested that won’t happen this year.
“I don’t know when he’ll be ready for that,” Dombrowski said. “He has the abilities to do that. He does not have the desires to do that right now. He’s not looking for any other job than what he has now. He really enjoys this. He also understands that this needs to be a focus of his, the big league staff.”
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