Let it never be forgotten that in order to beat the Red Sox in Game 4 of the ALDS to advance to the ALCS, the Astros first had to beat the best pitchers the game has to offer: They had to tie the game off Cy Young candidate Chris Sale, who'd entered in relief, so they did. (After beating him in Game 1, too.) They then had to take the lead off of Craig Kimbrel -- who was arguably the most dominant reliever in baseball this year -- so they did that, too. (více...)
John Farrell Fired by Boston Red Sox After 5th Season
(11. 10. 2017, 16:00:01, Bleacher Report)
Manager John Farrell led the Boston Red Sox to the 2013 World Series title, but that didn't buy him enough job security to get to the 2018 season.
Boston fired Farrell on Wednesday, two days after the Houston AstrosÂ eliminated it from the playoffsÂ in four games.
This comes after Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports suggested in May that Farrell was potentially on the hot seat. The Red Sox boasted a winning record at the time but were still just in third place in the American League East. The fact Farrell was on the hot seat despite a solid record in the early going was a testament to how high expectations were, especially after Boston traded for ace Chris Sale during the offseason (více...)
Jennings: Itâ€™s getting crowded inside Red Soxâ€™ window of opportunity
(11. 10. 2017, 01:14:01, Boston Herald)
Thereâ€™s only one reason a team trades the limitless future of a 21-year-old phenom for three years of an elite starting pitcher. It sees a window of opportunity, and it feels ready to take advantage.When Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski sent Yoan Moncada to the White Sox for Chris Sale, he was basically acknowledging that it was time to win. Same thing when he called up 20-year-old Rafael Devers, whose feet had barely touched the ground in Triple-A. Same thing when he released Pablo Sandoval, who was in no shape to help. (více...)
Chris Sale, Craig Kimbrel canâ€™t seal deal; Red Soxâ€™ season again ends in ALDS
(10. 10. 2017, 06:56:01, Boston Herald)
If only they hadnâ€™t shown up flat-footed, blinded by the postseason lights and shaken by the thunderous bats of the Houston Astros in Games 1 and 2, the Red Soxâ€™ season might still be alive.They made it entertaining till the final out, at least.After a dramatic Game 3 win on Sunday, the Red Sox pushed the Astros to the brink of a Game 5 yesterday, riding a strong relief effort from Chris Sale a little too far while closer Craig Kimbrel shattered behind him in a heartbreaking 5-4 loss that ended the American League Division Series and the Soxâ€™ season. (více...)
Starters fail Red Sox in another early playoff exit
(10. 10. 2017, 04:42:01, Washington Times)
BOSTON (AP) - Ace left-hander Chris Sale began Boston's AL Division Series by giving up seven runs in five innings. Fellow starters Drew Pomeranz, Doug Fister and Rick Porcello didn't do any better. Again and again, the high-powered Houston Astros got to Boston's starters early, and after four truncated outings ... (více...)