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Boston Red Sox Vs Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday Preview

July 23rd, 2014 at 4:38 PM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox (47-53) take on the Toronto Blue Jays (52-49) in the third game of their four game series. The two teams split the first two games after Toronto evened the series last night, snapping Boston's 5-game win streak.

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Jake Peavy just can't win. Literally, he hasn't won since April. He's taken 20 trips to the mound this season and walked away with only a single win. Some of the blame can be cast on Peavy himself for his career worst 4.72 ERA, but there are a lot worse pitchers in this league that have piled up several more wins. Every starting pitcher in the league that has enough innings to qualify for the ERA title has at least 3 wins. The Red Sox have lost in Peavy's last 9 starts, despite 5 of them being quality starts. It's been a frustrating season for the veteran pitcher, who's season has been marred by bad luck and the league's worst run support.

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Boston Red Sox Vs Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday Preview

July 22nd, 2014 at 4:31 PM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox (47-52) look to keep rolling as they face the Toronto Blue Jays (51-49). Boston has won 5 straight games and 8 of their last 9 to crawl out of the basement of the AL East and to within striking distance (6 games) of a Wild Card spot.

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The Red Sox pummeled the Jays last night, piling up a season-high 18 hits and 14 runs. David Ortiz blasted a pair of home runs to pass Carl Yastrzemski for 36th on the all-time home run list (453). Even Stephen Drew got in on the action with a home run. He entered the game with only 5 RBI all season, but added 4 more last night.

The offensive outburst helped Boston leap over a handful of teams to move all the way up to 10th in the AL in runs scored and 5th in OBP. Only the LA Angels have scored more runs per game this month in the AL. 

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Boston Red Sox Vs Toronto Blue Jays Monday Preview

July 21st, 2014 at 5:04 PM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox (46-52) cross the border to take on the Toronto Blue Jays (51-48) for the start of a four game series. The Red Sox are riding high after sweeping the Kansas City Royals over the weekend and have won 7 of their last 8 games. The team is hitting .291/.368/.440 with 6 home runs and 25 extra-base hits over that span, while the pitching staff has a 2.25 ERA with 71 strikeouts over those 72.0 innings. 

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Unfortunately, the only other teams to go undefeated in the series following the All-Star break also happen to reside in the AL East. The good news is that the Blue Jays aren't one of those teams and Boston may be catching them at an opportune time. Toronto has lost 6 of it's last 10 games without slugger Edwin Encarnacion. In the 10 games since he hit the disabled list, Toronto is averaging 4 runs per game, which is about league average and nearly half a run less than their season pace.

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Replacing Jacoby Ellsbury Isn’t the Issue for the Boston Red Sox

July 21st, 2014 at 2:52 PM
By Sean Penney

When Jacoby Ellsbury skipped town to sign a 7-year, $153 million deal with the New York Yankees, many wondered how the Boston Red Sox would replace their former All-Star center fielder. Now with a sputtering offense that has scored the fewest runs in the AL, many of those same people are blaming Ellsbury's departure for the team's offensive woes and their losing record. They would be wrong.

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The reason for that is that the Red Sox have sufficiently found ways to replace Ellsbury. Boston entered the season with legitimate concerns about who their new lead-off hitter would be, but those questions have now been erased by the breakout season by Brock Holt. He didn't become a fixture in this lineup until mid-May and it took until May 23 for the Red Sox to move him to the top of the lineup. Anyone complaining that losing Ellsbury is the reason for this offense going in the tank is failing to realize that Holt is having a better season than Ellsbury.

Brock Holt: .326/.370/.456, 2.6 WAR, 129 OPS+, 128 wRC+
Jacoby Ellsbury: .289/.352/.414, 2.2 WAR, 113 OPS+, 111 wRC+

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Boston Red Sox Vs Kansas City Royals Sunday Preview

July 20th, 2014 at 1:11 PM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox (45-52) finish up their series against the Kansas City Royals (48-48) this afternoon. Boston has already clinched the series by taking the first two games this weekend and are looking to complete the sweep. The Red Sox have won 3 straight and 6 of their last 7, yet haven't been able to climb out of the AL East basement.

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Boston got 7 strong innings of one run ball out of Rubby De La Rosa last night and Mike Napoli's 6th inning solo shot put the Red Sox ahead for the win. Koji Uehara pitched a flawless 9th inning to pick up his 20th save of the season, moving him up to 5th most in the league.

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  • Jon Lester (9-7, 2.65 ERA) makes his first start since his All-Star Game appearance. He wasn't at his best in giving up a pair of runs to the NL team in his only inning of work, but this Kansas City lineup will be a bit easier to pitch to. Lester hasn't given up more than 2 earned runs in a start since June 7.
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