|Red Sox-Mets series preview||08.28.15 at 12:34 pm ET|
The Red Sox enter the weekend set in last place in the AL East with a record of 58-69. The Sox are 13 games behind division-leading Toronto but have played improved baseball as of late. The team is 6-4 in its last 10 games as the offense has heated up.
After the recent stretch of run production, the Sox rank third in the AL in runs scored on the season. It would stand to reason that so many runs would equate to more wins, but for the fact that the Sox rank dead last in the American League with a 4.54 ERA. The team still owns a minus-41 run differential despite the solid offensive output.
The only team that has matched Boston’s recent offensive production resides in Queens. The Mets have scored more runs (155) in the month of August than any other team in baseball. Teamed with their impressive pitching staff, the Mets have leaped to a solid 6 1/2 game lead over the Nationals in the NL East. In August the Mets have a record of 18-6. The team owns a 71-56 record overall, having won eight of its past 10 games, including seven straight.
New York is coming off a four-game series sweep of the Phillies, including a 9-5 victory in 13 innings on Thursday night that featured a memorable defensive play (in above video). Third baseman and captain David Wright came off the 60-day DL on Monday and has played well in his first four games back on a big-league diamond.
|Hot Stove: David Wright reportedly has 8-year deal with Mets||11.30.12 at 9:07 am ET|
According to a report on New York sports radio station WFAN, the Mets reached an agreement with third baseman David Wright on an eight-year, $138 million contract that would be the richest in franchise history.
The 30-year-old Wright, who would have been eligible for free agency after next season, hit .306 with a .391 on-base percentage, .492 slugging percentage, 21 home runs and 93 RBIs last season. Selected with the 38th overall pick in the 2001 draft, Wright is the team’s career leader in hits (1,426), RBIs (818), runs (790) and walks (616).
|Hot Stove: David Wright on trading block?||11.06.11 at 12:54 pm ET|
After a 77-85 season which was good enough for fourth place in the National League East, the Mets are fully entrenched in the rebuilding process, which seems to include moving away from shortstop Jose Reyes and third baseman David Wright as the foundations of the team.
Reyes is a free agent this offseason after finishing a five-year, $33.75 million contract with the Mets in the 2011 season. He won the National League batting title in 2011 with a .337 batting average, but asked manager Terry Collins to remove him from the final game of the season after Reyes’ bunt single in the first inning ensured he would finish two points ahead of Ryan Braun in the batting race.
Wright is scheduled to make $15 million in 2012 with the Mets before entering an option year for 2013, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that the Mets may not wait to get away from Wright.
Sherman quoted a Mets official as saying that New York will look into trades for Wright.
“We will listen on Wright for sure,” the official said. “We know we are not going to win it all in 2012. We have to hope the Phillies get old and we are in position to take advantage of that in 2013-14, and we have to figure out ways to speed the process to get there.”
|What’s New with the Red Sox: Thursday||03.12.10 at 9:11 am ET|
Sometimes fancy, sometimes facts.
It was a day when the Red Sox and Mets got to compare shiny new baubles in Port St. Lucie. Jason Bay, who signed a four-year, $66 million deal with New York that included a fifth-year vesting option this offseason, shared pleasantries with his old teammates while donning his new uniform. John Lackey, the man whose five-year, $82.5 million deal with the Sox effectively ended Bay’s career in Boston, was on the mound for his new club against the Mets, a team that considered signing him before turning to Bay.
But while Bay largely declined to delve back into the details of the negotiations that led to his departure from the Sox, he did endorse his former team’s move to acquire the Angels ace.
“It’s genius,” he said of the addition of Lackey.
For more on the crossing paths of Bay and Lackey, click here.
— Bay also expressed complete comfort in his new surroundings. The outfielder said that, more than any time in his career, he has a sense of security about his future thanks to a deal that includes a no-trade clause. He also described how seamlessly he’s been able to mix into the Mets clubhouse as part of the reason for that sentiment.
— According to a major league source, the Mets considered signing Bay for four years (with a vesting option) to carry less medical risk than a five-year deal for Lackey. The Sox, of course, thought otherwise, with concerns about Bay’s knees having unraveled a four-year, $60 million deal to which the two sides agreed in principle last July. The Mets also felt that concerns about Bay’s defense were exaggerated.
— In the exhibition game itself, Bay went 0-for-2, and is now hitting .143 this spring. He was booed by the contingent of Red Sox fans on Florida’s Atlantic Coast, a treatment that seemed to amuse Bay. New teammate David Wright seemed to take umbrage at the response of Boston fans to their former outfielder.
‘For everything you brought to that city, they should cheer for you,’ Wright told Bay.
For more, click here.
— Lackey had an opportunity to sneak in his work before the weather turned sour, with storms prompting a rain delay. The right-hander tossed three scoreless innings in which he pronounced his two-seam fastball to be working well, and he also pronounced his enjoyment of the opportunity to work for the first time with Victor Martinez behind the plate. For more, click here.
— While Lackey enjoyed his first pairing with Martinez, another Red Sox battery proved diabolical. On Wednesday, Daniel Bard worked with Luis Exposito, the Double-A catcher who also worked with the right-hander in Greenville at the start of the 2008 season. Bard’s fastball exploded in the catcher’s mitt, with the pop of his pitches resembling a sonic boom. “That,” said Bard, “was awesome.”
— With poor weather in the forecast for the contest against the Cardinals in Jupiter on Friday, manager Terry Francona told Jason Varitek, Mike Lowell and Adrian Beltre not to make the cross-state journey. Varitek is still waiting to get into his first Grapefruit League action of the spring after spending time away from the club to tend to his sick father. Lowell is likely to play his first spring game on Monday.
|Dustin Pedroia, Blog entry No. 2||03.10.09 at 12:31 am ET|
TORONTO — So this is how the game went during Monday’s workout: Each of us taking batting practice can’t hit a ball foul or it will cost five push-ups. Then if we hit a ball we think is going out you have to call it, but if it doesn’t go out then that will cost you five push-ups.
I end up hitting a couple of line-drives that hit the top of the fence that I thought were gone. So I did my push-ups … real push-ups. Derek Jeter? Well, he didn’t really go down all the way. I’m not a trainer or anything, but those weren’t push-ups.
But Derek is a great guy, one of a bunch of great guys on this team. He’s a guy who has a good personality and I really think he enjoys coming here each day and playing. Any guy like that you can joke around with because if you love playing baseball you have to keep it relaxed and keep an upbeat atmosphere. There are a lot of guys on this team like that. That’s what makes it fun. This World Baseball Classic is a tough tournament to play in, but if you stay relaxed it slows down and you can really enjoy it.
I didn’t really know how much I would be able to joke with Derek, but our lockers are right next to each other and it’s been great. I just started kidding around and saw what happened. It’s been fun. It’s been fun playing with all of these guys. I respect these guys so much. I’m just trying to pick their brains and see what I can use to put in my game.
As for myself, I’m just going to be who I am. My teammates in Boston love me for that and I’m not going to change because I’m playing on this team or any other team. I’m hoping the guys like me and like playing with me, but we’ve all got to just keep playing because winning is what it’s all about.
Another guy who gets it is David Wright. I love ripping on him. He’s got no chance, it’s great. We’ve been playing the card game ‘Pluck’. Oh my goodness, he has to clean it up.
I’ve met David a few times since we have the same agents. He just gets it. He is one of those guys who right after one day is done he is asking what time you want to go the next day. To start out a career like he has, it’s awesome. It’s been cool getting to know him, and getting to know all these guys … even if some of them can’t do push-ups.
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