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  • MLB's Top Candidates for Positive and Negative Regression at Quarter Mark

    Bleacher Report "With the Major League Baseball regular season nearly six weeks old, there are a few statistical anomalies that appear to be unsustainable. Justin Verlander and Michael Wacha cannot possibly maintain their historically great marks in batting average against and baserunners stranded,..." May 17

  • Alex Cora details lesson Red Sox can learn from remarkable Celtics resurgence

    Clutch Points "Boston sports teams feature one of the most passionate fan bases in all of sports. The teams themselves keep tabs on how each other are doing as well. That’s why it came as no surprise to see Red Sox manager Alex Cora keeping a stern eye on the success of the Celtics this..." May 17

  • Steve Aoki delivers all-time bad first pitch before Red Sox game

    New York Post "Steve Aoki went for the corner and missed. Aoki was on-hand at Fenway Park to throw out the first pitch before the Red Sox faced the Astros, and wound up literally throwing the ball onto the backstop net on Monday. " May 17

  • Evaluating 3 best David Price trade options for Dodgers

    Sportsnaut "Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher David Price is looking for an opportunity to start and it seems the club wants to make it happen. With Peter Gammons of The Athletic reporting the Dodgers’ willingness to move Price, he’s now one of the leading MLB trade..." May 16

  • Xander Bogaerts open to extension talks in season?

    NBC Sports Boston "Good news has been hard to come by for the Boston Red Sox this season, who lost again on Sunday to remain in last place in the American League East. Might there be an ever so slight ray of hope on the horizon? According to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, star..." May 16

  • In Defense of Umpires: Why Complaints About MLB's 'Ump Show' Problem Miss the Mark

    Bleacher Report "Take it easy on Major League Baseball's umpires, would ya? Yeah, I know. This isn't an easy ask in the best of times, and the 2022 season has only been the best of times for umpires if one unironically enjoys what they call the "ump show." To..." May 14

  • 3 best Xander Bogaerts trade destinations

    Sportsnaut "The Boston Red Sox entered 2022 hoping to compete for a World Series and to sign a Xander Bogaerts contract extension. Nearly two months into the season, neither seem like realistic possibilities as Boston plummets down the MLB standings. Bogaerts, the..." May 13

  • PitchCom -- aimed at foiling MLB's would-be sign-stealers -- is (mostly) winning over the skeptics

    ESPN "Texas Rangers closer Joe Barlow was skeptical about PitchCom at first. The electronic device, used to transmit pitch signals from the catcher to the pitcher in an effort to curb sign stealing, is brand new in Major League Baseball this season, and Barlow wondered what..." May 13

  • MLB Report Card Grades for All 30 Teams Early in 2022

    Bleacher Report "The 2022 Major League Baseball season is nearly 20 percent completed (five out of 26 weeks), which is the perfect time for some early report card grades. Marks for each team are based on how their play has compared to preseason expectations. (Win totals via DraftKings.) In other..." May 13

  • Red Sox manager Alex Cora ejected again, goes berserk after questionable call

    Clutch Points "Baseball Twitter found itself in flames on Wednesday night after home plate umpire Adam Beck ejected both Kevin Plawecki and Red Sox manager Alex Cora during the sixth inning of a tied ballgame. With a 3-2 count, the bases full, and a tie game at 3-3, Plawecki took a pitch..." May 12

  • Cardinals looming as trade suitor for Red Sox Xander Bogaerts

    Clutch Points "The Boston Red Sox created an interesting dynamic in their infield this offseason when they signed free-agent shortstop Trevor Story to a lucrative contract, with incumbent Xander Bogaerts already on the roster. While the Red Sox have made things work between the two, with Bogaerts..." May 11

  • 10 Potential MLB Trade Deadline Rental Bats Off To Strong Starts

    MLB Trade Rumors "As always, this year’s trade deadline will prominently feature many players who will be eligible for free agency after the season.  Here’s a look at 10 rental hitters off to strong starts who could be available in trade.  All of the teams included in this post currently..." May 11

  • MLB regular season games to be played in London starting in 2023

    Clutch Points "The MLB has announced future plans for games held in the city of London, beginning in 2023. The partnership features regular season games in 2023, 2024, and 2026. The MLB held games in London for the first time in its history back in 2019, where the Red..." May 11

  • Three MLB pitchers who are off to surprisingly strong starts in 2022

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball's regular season is now more than a month old. Every team has played at least 25 games, or 15 percent of its schedule. In other words, it's that time of the year when people start wondering, is their team's seemingly overperforming player for real? After all,..." May 11

  • Why Are the Boston Red Sox So Bad?

    The Big Lead "The 2022 MLB season is a little over a month old, and a quick check of the standings shows the big-money teams are thriving. One notable exception to that rule is the Boston Red Sox. The Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, New York Mets and Los..." May 11

  • Rob Manfred says league's goal for baseballs is consistency, gripping agent could be approved by next year

    CBS Sports "Just over a month into the 2022 Major League Baseball season, unfortunately, one of the biggest stories to this point has been the ball. The actual, physical orb we have long called a baseball is a discussion point, and mostly a negative one.  Here at CBS Sports, Mike Axisa..." May 10

  • Shohei Ohtani: 2022 baseballs 'aren't as juiced' as they used to be

    The Score "Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani believes the new baseballs being used this season have been responsible for a dip in offensive production throughout the league. "I do feel it personally, and just by watching the games, I feel like the balls aren't..." May 10

  • With all that’s wrong with Red Sox, salvaging the season is not lost

    The Athletic "If Xander Bogaerts opts out, rejects a qualifying offer and leaves as a free agent, the Red Sox figure to receive only nominal draft-pick compensation. A team still could gain a pick for losing a free agent if Major League Baseball and the Players Association reach..." May 10

  • Study Confirms Which MLB Team’s Fans Drinks The Most Alcohol

    Total Pro Sports "It’s no surprise that sports fans consume a ton of alcohol at games, but which fan base drinks the most in Major League Baseball. NY Gambling Online surveyed 2,000 MLB fans across the country to see which teams have the “booziest” fanbase. " May 10

  • What's wrong with the Red Sox? Three reasons for Boston's dreadful start to the 2022 season

    CBS Sports "Last year the Boston Red Sox were two wins away from a trip to the World Series. You wouldn't know it based on their play this season. After getting swept by the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park this past weekend, the Red Sox have lost six consecutive series and are..." May 10

  • Yankees looking early like team to beat in American League

    New York Post "Just before the season started, I asked Yankees manager Aaron Boone on TV how it felt to be managing a third-place team, or words like that. While Harold Reynolds was gasping a room away, Boone seemed unfazed, unannoyed. Boone answered calmly, saying he had great confidence in his team, more..." May 09

  • How much impact has MLB's universal DH had?

    CBS Sports "The designated hitter rule, in which pitchers are not forced to humiliate themselves at the plate, is now a permanent presence in Major League Baseball. The DH has of course been in force in the American League since 1973, and the National League used it during the COVID-abbreviated 2020..." May 07

  • 1 Takeaway For Every MLB Team 1 Month Into 2022 Season

    Bleacher Report "Exactly one month ago today, the 2022 Major League Baseball season finally began after a protracted lockout and a shortened spring training.  We don't know everything about all 30 of the league's teams just yet, but we know a lot more than we did before. As such, it's..." May 07

  • Red Sox Sign Carlos Martinez To Minor League Contract

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Red Sox have signed right-hander Carlos Martinez to a minor league deal, as per Martinez’s profile page.  Martinez had been signed to a minors contract with the Giants, but San Francisco released him from that deal on April 28. The timing could..." May 07

  • What April attendance reveals about MLB's worrying trend

    The Score "MLB avoided the worst outcomes of losing regular-season games to the lockout, but the sport's overall attendance trends are still pointing downward. While no games were lost, the lockout generated significant negative publicity. That's nothing new. Attendance has declined..." May 07

  • Xander Bogaerts delivers honest take on Red Sox’s abysmal start to 2022 season

    Clutch Points "Heading into the 2022 MLB season, the Boston Red Sox were projected to bolster one of the more dynamic offenses in all of baseball today. Through 27 games in the campaign, this has been far from the case for the AL East powerhouse. The Red Sox dropped their home series..." May 07

  • MLB State of the Position 2022: Every Team's 5-Year Plan at Second Base

    Bleacher Report "The second base position is not the deepest in baseball right now, though young stars like Ozzie Albies, Jazz Chisholm Jr., Jake Cronenworth, Jorge Polanco and Jonathan India are capable of making a major impact. The next generation of players at the position is led by Nick Gonzales..." May 07

  • Red Sox's confidence unwavering amid skid "There wasn’t much the Red Sox could do on Thursday but tip their caps after a pitching performance so overpowering by Shohei Ohtani that manager Alex Cora playfully asked the media if his offense could have a mulligan. Friday, the problems ran much deeper. In..." May 07

  • Alex Cora had incredible praise for Shohei Ohtani

    Larry Brown Sports "Los Angeles Angels ace Shohei Ohtani stuck out 11 batters in a 8-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox this past Thursday. 81 of his 99 pitches went for strikes, and there were 29 swings-and-misses. It was a performance that left an impression on Boston skipper Alex Cora. In fact, Cora..." May 07

  • Twelve MLB hitters doing things right but getting the wrong results

    The Athletic "If you listen to the podcast, you’ve heard the secret sauce: chase rate, barrel rate, contact rate. Give me a hitter who knows the strike zone, has bat speed, and can put the bat on the ball, and I’ll show you Mike Trout. What’s even better about these..." May 06

  • Xander Bogaerts' Friend on Star's Red Sox Future: 'He's Going to Leave'

    Bleacher Report "It appears Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts might not be long for Boston.  A friend of Bogaerts told Jon Heyman of the New York Post that "he's going to leave" after the 2022 season, which would mean he'd decline his $20 million player..." May 06

  • Padres' Manny Machado and the 10 Players Defining MLB's 2022 Season so Far

    Bleacher Report "If you had to sum up the entire 2022 Major League Baseball season in just 10 players, could you do it? We're not talking about a ranking of the 10 best players. That's easy. I mean, it's subjective and would start a lot of arguments, but it's easy to just pick and rank..." May 06

  • Red Sox’ Trevor Story’s brutally honest take on the Boston boo-birds

    Clutch Points "Any professional athlete in a large market has to understand that the fans will let you know when you are struggling. They will especially let you know when you are slashing .210/.293/.296 with no homers after signing a massive 6-year, $140 million dollar contract with the Boston..." May 06

  • Alex Cora understands Fenway booing Trevor Story

    Boston Herald "If it wasn’t for the $140 million due to him over the next six years, the fact that he’s hitting so poorly out of the leadoff spot and the idea that he could soon be replacing the best franchise player the Red Sox have had in a long time, maybe it’d be easy to forget about..." May 06

  • For Rich Hill, MLB’s oldest pitcher, family legacy transcends game

    Hardball Talk "Lloyd Hill’s obituary was equal parts transcendent and understated. The summary of his 94 years reflected the way he lived. With nouns and verbs like this, simple prose is all you need. Graduate of Brown University, Bridgewater State University (M.Ed.), Suffolk..." May 06

  • Dinelson Lamet trade scenarios: 3 best fits for San Diego Padres’ hurler

    Sportsnaut "According to The Athletic’s Dennis Lin, the San Diego Padres have discussed trading right-handed pitcher Dinelson Lamet. The 29-year-old has been in and out of the Padres’ starting rotation the last four years due to injuries and the team’s rotation glut of late..." May 05

  • What's been the biggest surprise so far of the 2022 MLB season?

    CBS Sports "We are now a full month into the 2022 MLB regular season. The sample sizes aren't so small and fan bases are gaining and losing hope with each passing day. That said, there is still a lot -- A LOT -- of season to play, and plenty of teams are still vying for a spot in the new 12-team..." May 05

  • 7 Early Predictions for the 2022 MLB Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "The 2022 MLB trade deadline is still three months away, but it's never too early to start envisioning what teams might look like as the time nears.  By mid-July, the landscape will be much clearer, and that's when fans can expect the market to move. Contenders..." May 05

  • Shohei Ohtani joins Babe Ruth in Fenway Park history with his 11-strikeout gem vs. Red Sox

    CBS Sports "Los Angeles Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani had himself an eventful Thursday afternoon in an 8-0 win against the Boston Red Sox, and in the process he accomplished something that hadn't been done in Major League Baseball since Babe Ruth did it. Ohtani, the..." May 05

  • MLB Teams Should Keep An Eye On These Pitching Trade Targets

    MLB Trade Rumors "Less than three months remain until the August 2nd MLB trade deadline, and starting pitching is always a hot commodity.  Here’s a look at 18 starters who might be available in the coming months.   Top of the..." May 05

  • Swinging less could be the answer to MLB’s offensive woes. But is it bad for the sport?

    The Athletic "Ted Williams’ first rule of hitting was “get a good ball to hit.” In today’s game, there is, of course, still value in patience. But if you think that analytics have made baseball more boring, it’s yet another strategy that could hurt the sport’s..." May 05

  • Matt Barnes: 'I've been terrible. I need to figure my s**t out'

    The Score "Boston Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes had a pretty blunt assessment of his performance this season following another bullpen meltdown in Wednesday's loss to the Los Angeles Angels. "I've been terrible. I need to figure my shit out," Barnes said postgame,..." May 05

  • Rays’ Wander Franco can spearhead the action revolution that MLB so badly desires

    The Athletic "Call them “action guys.” For lack of a better phrase, that’s how I would describe the high-contact, extra-base threats who embody the kind of excitement Major League Baseball wants to restore to the game. Action guys are not the only kinds of hitters who..." May 05

  • Potential MLB Landing Spots for Robinson Cano After Mets Release

    Bleacher Report "Robinson Cano and the New York Mets are parting ways, but he may yet get to write a final chapter to his MLB career with another team. The 39-year-old began the 2022 season as their starting second baseman but hit just .195 through 12 games. This was on the heels of a season-long..." May 04

  • What the heck is going on with the baseball? Everything you need to know about MLB's scoring drought

    ESPN "Tune in to an MLB game on any given night, and there's a good chance the conversation will turn to the topic that's dominating the sport so far this season. The latest exploits of Shohei Ohtani? Nope. The red-hot starts both New York teams are off to in 2022? Try again...." May 04

  • Blue Jays, Derek Holland Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Blogs "The Blue Jays are in agreement with Derek Holland, the left-hander playfully revealed on Twitter. It’s a minor league contract for the 35-year-0ld, who opted out of a non-roster deal with the Red Sox over the weekend. Holland didn’t get a big league crack in..." May 04

  • Stunning MLB Predictions That Could Actually Happen in 2022

    Bleacher Report "Now that it's May, enough time has passed in the 2022 Major League Baseball season to accept some early trends as absolute truths and adjust expectations accordingly. So, here are seven outrageous predictions that might just come true. In putting these predictions..." May 03

  • 11 Potential Landing Spots For Robinson Cano

    CBS Sports "Robinson Canó's time with the New York Mets is over. The Mets designated Canó for assignment on Monday, the day teams must trim their rosters from 28 players to 26. New York opted to keep JD Davis, Luis Guillorme, and Dominic..." May 03

  • Xander Bogaerts, Trevor Story making the best of an awkward situation with Boston Red Sox

    ESPN "Xander Bogaerts had never made secret his desire to be a member of the Boston Red Sox for life, a goal he'd publicly stated dating back to his time at Triple-A Pawtucket. But now, with the three-time All-Star shortstop planning to opt out of his contract at the end..." May 03

  • Who Are the 20 Best MLB Players Right Now?

    Bleacher Report "Voting for Major League Baseball's 2022 All-Star Game won't even begin for another month, but it's never too early to start arguing over who is currently the best in the business. This ranking of MLB's top players is not exclusively rooted in 2022 production...." May 02