Boston Red Sox News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
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Fansided: Red Sox lefty David Price exits early from start against Houston Astros
It's never a good sign when your starting pitcher can't make it through the first inning. That's the unenviable situation the Boston Red Sox found themselves in against the Houston Astros.
David Price was removed after facing three batters and tossing 15 pitches. He recorded two outs, including a strikeout, while allowing a hit. It appeared Price was on his way to a solid start but the Red Sox coaching staff clearly saw something wasn't right, quickly signaling for Colten Brewer to get up and warming in the bullpen.
His velocity was down a bit with his four-seam fastball barely cracking 90 mph.
Over the Monster: Daily Red Sox Links: Rafael Devers, Dustin Pedroia, Michael Chavis
Rob Bradford says it's time to start looking at Rafael Devers differently. (Rob Bradford; WEEI)
Speaking of Devers, he got the day off on Friday despite being so hot at the plate. (Nora Princiotti; Boston Globe)
There were a few really good opportunities to get him in late as a pinch hitter, though, but Alex Cora never made the move. The manager explains why. (Chris Cotillo; Masslive)
Dustin Pedroia just can't catch a break, and has suffered another setback in his rehab.
Over the Monster: Red Sox at Astros lineup: Houston vs. Astro's dad
The Red Sox (27-24), fresh off a game against the Astros (34-18) that they could have won but for some "Little League" defense, as this site's editor called it, look to even the score down in Houston tonight at 7:15 p.m (FOX). It's David Price against Brad Peacock, with no J.D. Martinez to speak of, again, with Christian Vazquez taking over the DH spot in the starting lineup with the big slugger still ailing. On Houston's side, George Springer, also dogged by injuries, gets the day off, pushing replacement second baseman Aledmys Diaz into the leadoff spot.
Fansided: Four Red Sox players race upwards to the Mendoza Line
How often does an obscure MLB player get universal and sustainable recognition for hitting incompetence? Step forward and take a bow long retired shortstop Mario Mendoza. Mendoza was a .215 career hitter for three teams whose average generally hovered slightly north or south of .200 and within the structure of the clubhouse that .200 became the "Mendoza Line." A noted name to join the lexicon to define a player whose skills with the stick needed some serious improvement.
The Red Sox now have their own internal competition as four players have their own race to elevate their averages to the Mendoza Line.
Fansided: Sloppy defense sinks Red Sox in loss to Houston Astros
The Boston Red Sox were their own worst enemy in a 4-3 loss to the Houston Astros. A game they expected to win with ace Chris Sale on the mound went off the rails behind a dismal defensive display.
All four of Houston's runs crossed the plate against Sale yet only two were earned. Boston committed three errors in the game, two of which led directly to runs for the Astros.
A throwing error by first baseman Steve Pearce allowed Aledmys Diaz to score from second base for the first run of game.
Fansided: Rise of Red Sox infielder Michael Chavis could lead to end of Brock Holt
Since the April 20 debut of Boston Red Sox top prospect Michael Chavis, he has been nothing short of on fire.
Slashing .270/.364/.548 with 10 home runs, 26 runs batted in, 18 runs scored and an OPS+ of 136, Chavis has emerged as an early front runner for the American League Rookie of the Year award.
Through his first 30 games, Chavis has shown his ability to hit from any position in Boston's lineup, whether it be leadoff or the bottom of the order. He's also filled in defensively where needed. Playing throughout the minor leagues as a third baseman, Chavis has primarily manned second base since his promotion, as well as the occasional day at either corner infield position.
Over the Monster: A brief history of the Red Sox draft selections
The draft is quickly approaching with the first two rounds set to take place a week from Memorial Day. We already spent the past week looking back at some previous Dave Dombrowski-led drafts to see if we could find any trends, and in the coming week we'll take a look at who the team could be targeting in 2019. In the meantime, I thought it would be fun today to look at where the Red Sox are picking in the first five rounds of this draft to see if any big-time talent has been picked by them or anyone else in these slots before.
Boston.com: Jake Marisnick's bat, glove help Astros top Red Sox 4-3
HOUSTON (AP) -- Thrust into an everyday role because of injuries, Jake Marisnick is making the most of his opportunity with the Houston Astros.
Marisnick homered early off Chris Sale, then made two dazzling defensive plays in center field to help the Astros beat the mistake-prone Boston Red Sox 4-3 on Friday night.
"There's not much not to like (about him) in a game like that," manager AJ Hinch said. "When you're a bench player ... you just want an opportunity. You just want a chance to show it. And he's doing great things on the field.
Over the Monster: Daily Red Sox Links: Ryan Weber, Steve Pearce, Rafael Devers
The Red Sox won on Thursday even if they weren't exactly set up to do so. (Sean McAdam; Boston Sports Journal) ($$)
One of the reasons they did win was because of how well Ryan Weber pitched. (John Tomase; NBC Sports Boston)
While we saw some new things on Thursday, there is nothing new about what Rafael Devers is doing at the plate. (Sam Cohn; WEEI)
Winning has become much more common for the Red Sox of late. (Chad Jennings; The Athletic) ($$)
Baseball doesn't change quickly but it does change eventually.
Boston.com: Ryan Weber gives Red Sox strong start in 8-2 win over Blue Jays
TORONTO (AP) -- Red Sox manager Alex Cora was hoping to get four or five decent innings out of spot starter Ryan Weber.
The unheralded right-hander gave Boston a whole lot more.
Weber pitched six impressive innings to earn his first career win as a starter, Steve Pearce homered and had three RBIs and the Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 on Thursday.
"Just giving the team a chance to win and saving the bullpen was really my main goal," Weber said. "I'm excited and proud of what I did."
Weber's only other big league win came with Atlanta in 2016.
Over the Monster: Red Sox 3, Astros 4: Little League-caliber defense and wasted opportunities
The series opener in Houston was an extremely frustrating one for the Red Sox, who were thoroughly outplayed and never really felt quite as close as they actually were on the scoreboard. They didn't look all that good at anything in this game, particularly very early on. Chris Sale was fine and finished strong, but he wasn't as sharp as he could have been against a very good Astros lineup. Considering the amount of hard contact he allowed he probably could have allowed more than the four runs he did give up. The offense was shut down early by Wade Miley but did get some chances with runners on base.
Jackie is making a habit of these opposite field home runs. https://t.co/SobRGLv5YD
Fansided: Red Sox lineup gets a boost with return of J.D. Martinez vs Astros
He's back! After missing the last four games with a combination of illness and back soreness, J.D. Martinez will return to the Boston Red Sox lineup for Friday night's series opener in Houston.
Martinez will serve as the designated hitter in the familiar cleanup spot. The Red Sox cycled different players through the DH spot during their four-game series in Toronto, giving a few of their regulars a partial day of rest. His absence led to manager Alex Cora deploying some creative lineups but today's batting order is similar to what we've been accustomed to this season.
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