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MidSeason Report Card

Hey everybody, it’s that time again for me to grade all of this year’s Boston Red Sox players, coach, and management. I will not grade recent call ups/additions to the ball club. So here we go.

For the starters, I will rank them in the order of what number starter they are.

David Price: C+
For the money he is earning, he has not pitched like an Ace. He has looked better nearing the All Star break but I’ll have to see more to be satisfied.

Clay Buchholz: F
Three words: he has sucked.

Rick Porcello: B+
Pretty Ricky has been sitting pretty pitching deep into outings. His ERA is a little high but he’s been consistent while supporting a good record.

Eduardo Rodriguez: D-
After being projected the number 2 starter, he got hurt during spring training. When he was finally back, he still didn’t live up to the hype.

Steven Wright: A
Maybe the biggest surprise of the year. A man who was questionable to even make the roster to becoming an All Star. He’s been fabulous besides a few Games. Let’s hope he keeps it up.


Craig Kimbrel: B-
He’s either on or off. When he has been called on for saves he’s nails. When in other situations he’s the polar opposite.

Heath Hembree: A-
Another big surprise. This kid has some good stuff. Proving he deserves to be up here.

Matt Barnes: B+
Another kid who has some strong stuff. His fastball is in the upper 90s and he has improved greatly on his off speed command.

Junichi Tazawa: D+
His grade is more on how much he is overworked. He isn’t preforming like we know he can cause Farrell uses him too much.

Tommy Layne: C
A guy who I really like. However, his stuff hasn’t been great. He is used mainly against lefties.

Robbie Ross: C
Another guy I like watching but is used in the wrong spots. He has the velocity to overpower people but he just doesn’t most of the time. But he has been useful in long outings of relief.

Koji Uehara- D
Koji just doesn’t have the great stuff were use to seeing. He is leaving too many splitters over the plate. We will have to see if he can close out games now that Kimbrel is hurt.


Ryan Hanigan: D+
The savvy vet isn’t preforming like he did last summer. It maybe because he is trying to catch Wright but he is not playing the same game we are use too.

Christian Vasquez: D+
He isn’t hitting first and foremost. Recently, he has been sent down because he also can’t do the stuff he’s suppose to do. CATCH

Sandy Leon: A
A man who wasn’t suppose to be a hitter. But all he’s doing is hitting. Since being called up he’s been a man on a mission. Both behind the dish and at it this man has been great.

Catchers/Left Fielder
Blake Swihart: B-
He’s proved he can hit but is he the catcher of the future? Moving him to left proved what type of athlete he is. But he’s landed on the DL so we have to wait.

First Base
Hanley Ramirez: B-
Hanley is hitting for contact and playing good at first. Both I’m shocked to say. But his power numbers are down and that’s some what worry some.

Second Base
Dustin Pedroia: B
He’s been injury free and playing great in the field. He’s still hitting at a reliable rate but is grounding into way too many double plays.

Short Stop
Xander Bogaerts: A+
This kid is incredible. Besides a slowed down little period (he was exhausted) he has been the best player all year. A nice double in the ASG proves he is elite.

Third Base:
Travis Shaw: B-
The kid who stole Pandas job, started on a tear. His numbers are back down to earth but he is proving he can be a big leaguer. If he can cut down a little on the errors he’ll be fine.

Marco Hernandez: B-
When in there he’s proved a spark. Not expected to do much, he’s been a good utility player.

Josh Rutledge: C+
Like Marco, he’s been what we expected a good utility role. He also has great hair.


Mookie Betts: A
Another kid who will be a star. The kids power and speed is unbelievable. He could be a 30-30 player this year.

Jackie Bradley Jr.: A-
His grade would be higher if he didn’t strike out as much. But he’s been unbelievable otherwise. YES HE CAN HIT.

Brock Holt: C
He’s been pretty good as an every day player. But nothing special. He did have a stint on the DL which hurts his grades.

Chris Young: C+
Started very very slow. But before he got hurt, he has turned it on and was a very interesting player to watch. Hopefully, he continues to strive for the better.

Bryce Brentz: B-
Called up recently, he’s been pretty good. Nothing great nothing bad. Grade could be higher or lower.

David Ortiz: A+
The farewell tour of farewell tours. Leads the leagues in so
many categories. He deserves a few more days off to keep him healthy.

John Farrell: C
He hasn’t been terrible. He also probably deserves to keep his job. But he should still be on the hot seat.

Management: B
Dave Dombrowski has done what he came here to do. His additions have been good. However, the only thing bringing his grade down is the starting pitching. He just traded his top pitching prospect however for a pitcher I am not too sure about.

Well, here they are comments are welcome.


Making a Bid 

There are certain guys on the Red Sox who are almost locks to being an all star every year. Guys like Xander, Mookie, Price, Pedi, and possibly JBJ. Well, there is another name who is certainly deserving of at least an All Star bid (if not a start). His name?

Steven Wright.

Remember old Red Sox favorite Tim Wakefield? Well him and Wright have something in common. They both throw a nasty Knuckleball. The Knuckleballers both bedazzled hitters with the pitch.

Last night, Steven Wright pitched another 9 innings to drop his ERA 2.01, which is the lowest in the AL. Although he didn’t get the W, in which the sox failed to score with the bases loaded in the 9th, he was almost untouchable again. 

His ending line: 9 inn, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 Ks 

Wright is 8 and 4 on the year. However, he has pitched welled in all but one game. And well the bias Sox fan I am, I’m blaming it on the weather. If his record and earned run average isn’t enough then, well he is also tied for the lead in complete games with guys like Sale, Cueto, and oh uh Clayton Kershaw.

So if this doesn’t get Steven Wright at least a bid to the ALL STAR game (in my mind he should start), I don’t know what will. 

For those wondering, the Sox would go on to lose the game in the 10th as Kimbrel came in an couldn’t keep the scores tied. 

World Series Preview? 

Even though it’s only a 2 game set, we maybe witnessing what could end up the matchup in the World Series. The 2 game set begins tonight as the Boston Red Sox will take on the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco.

In game one, the Red Sox will put forth Rick Porcello who has struggled of a late after a great start to the season. He will be opposed by Right handed Albert Suarez. Suarez is 0-1 on the year. 

In game 2, is a pitching match of the ages. As a fan, you should be drooling. ACE vs ACE. For Boston, David Price (7-2) will be facing a home run derby candidate (another story for another time), in Madison Bumgarner (7-2). Both men are pitching great of late and this looks to be a pitching duel you don’t want to miss.

Yes it is only a two game set but these teams will meet again later on in July (one game in Which I will be at) so these first two games are key. Let’s hope the Red Sox can pull this out! 

Red Hot Sox

When you think of this year’s Boston Red Sox, you think of youth and Big Papi. Well who is contributing the most for this team right now? YOUTH AND BIG PAPI. 

When I say youth I’m talking about two men in particular. Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley JR. Impressively, both have multi game hit streaks. When I say multi, that’s taking it very lightly. Bogaerts (.346) alone had a 17 game hit streak in which he leads the team in hits. However, JBJ (.342) may have him beat by 11 games. Yes, you read that right. Jackie Bradley has a 28 game hitting streak now and is half way to the record. Both men have been tearing the cover off the ball and look to continue their success in the field and at the dish.

The retirement tour like no other. David Ortiz, has been playing maybe the best baseball of his career. Second in the majors in runs batted in, batting .333, with 11 homers, Ortiz is another man on a tear. Ortiz came in the clutch early last night, singling to score 2 off the Rockies starter. 

These three men are leading the Sox on the right track and continue to look for success for themselves and Boston. 


“This kid can not hit in the big leagues” is all we heard from scouts and analysts when they talked about 26-year old Jackie Bradley, Jr. “He is a tremendous outfielder, with an amazing arm, he just may not ever figure it out at the plate.” Well, the big guys were wrong.

Jackie Bradley Jr.
Boston Red Sox’s Jackie Bradley Jr. hits a solo home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Edinson Volquez during the second inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Bradley extends his hitting streak to 24 games. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

The starting center fielder for the Boston Red Sox has now proven everyone wrong. JBJ is having an all-star like beginning to the season.  Bradley, is not just hitting for contact, but showing us he has power as well, hitting the ball over the more than just a couple of times on his current streak.

What streak you ask?

JBJ is currently on a league leading 24 game hitting streak. Yes, you read that right.


Jackie Bradley current streak of 24 straight games with a hit has shown us all that he can hit and will continue to hit up on the big leagues. On this current run, JBJ is hitting .407, with 17 extra-base hits and 28 RBIs. His season stats are now at .338, 7 home runs, and 32 RBIs.

Look for JBJ to continue his streak as the Red Sox come home to begin a series with the Cleveland Indians.

Bronx Bombers Coming to Town 

As the team finishes up a quick home and home series with the Atlanta Braves, we finally get to see the first meeting between Boston and the New York Yankees this season starting Friday night. Not only is it the first meeting between the two this year, it’s also the first time I will be in attendance for a game in this historic rivalry. 

Red Sox pitching has been a little shaky thus far this season however the bats are very much alive. We will get to see them against the Yankees 3 top pitchers.

Friday night (the game I will be at) we get to see Masahiro Tanaka (1-0 2.92 ERA) face off against Henry Owens (0-0 8.10 ERA). Owens struggles in his debut the season but did pitch well last year against the Bronx Bombers. 

The second game we will see surprise Rick Porcello (4-0 3.51 ERA) opposed by Michael Pineda. Pineda is 1-2 with a 6.95 ERA. Porcello has pitched very well throughout the young season. Hopefully he can continue to be effective. 

In the final game of the series, Ace David Price (3-0 5.76 ERA) will pitch against Nathan Eovaldi who is 1-2 with a 4.38 ERA. Price was dominant in his last start pitching 8 innings racking up 14 strikeouts.  Let’s just hope the Red Sox can sweep! 

2 Stud Catching Prospects: Somethings Got To Give

As seen the other day, Christian Vasquez was activated from the DL and that made the Sox make a move. As a result, they sent down Blake Swihart to triple-A Pawtucket.

So this is raise the question who is going to be the clubs number 1 catcher for years to come?

Both Dombrowski and Farrell say they love both guys and that both could be everyday catchers. However, something has to give. Rumors have surfaced that down in triple A, Swihart will start taking fly balls in left field.
As a die hard fan, I actually love this move if and only if Blake can make this transition. He is an very good athlete with a very good bat so Boston does need to find a spot for him. So if he can learn to play left, I love this move.
I would chose Vasquez as the number 1 guy because of his ability to call a game and gun runners out (as long as his arm has healed right after Tommy-John Surgery). But I do love what Swihart has done.