Red Sox Beat Braves in Latest Matchup

A lot of people don’t know this, but the exclamation “Red Sox Beat Braves!” is part of a long rivalry between the two teams, particularly for the Braves, who are now in Atlanta, but initially started in Boston. My friend Tori was in Atlanta on April 25th watching the Braves play the Red Sox, which ended in a 1-0 win for Boston when Jackie Bradley Jr. hit his first home run of the season. “Pretty much half the stadium consists of Red Sox fans hoping Red Sox Beat Bravesthey put in Big Papi before the game is over!” she texted me as she sat behind first base (It’s not uncommon for Red Sox fans to outnumber fans when they’re on the road. When I was in Baltimore during the Sox’s historic 2013 run, many fans referred to Camden Yards as Fenway South).

Less than a mile from Fenway Park on the campus on Boston University sits Nickerson Field, the original site of Braves Field, where the Boston Braves played from 1915, until they left for Milwaukee in 1952, before leaving once again for Atlanta in 1966. While the Braves captured only one World Series title during their time in Boston compared to the Red Sox five titles, part of that 1914 World Series was played in Fenway Park, which was only two years old at the time. The history between the Red Sox and Braves was pretty quiet for a number of years after that, until 1974, when Hank Aaron, who had just broken Babe Ruth’s home run record, almost went to the Boston Red Sox to become their designated hitter, but was traded by the Braves to the Milwaukee Brewers. It’s so interesting to me that Hank Aaron almost became a member of the 1975 World Series Red Sox team!

Before the late 1990s, the Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves hadn’t met much at all unless you count spring training games. They’ve never met in a the World Series, and it wasn’t until 1997 when Interleague play was first introduced that they started playing one another during the season. Since then, the Boston Red Sox have beaten the Atlanta Braves 32-30 in 64 games. As the Red Sox and Atlanta Braves continue to slug it out in the last week of August; two games in Atlanta, and two games in Boston, let’s hope that the headline “Red Sox Beat Braves!” is truly repeated after each game.

John Farrell Loses it in Loss to Braves

Finally. Some fire from John Farrell. Late in last night’s 5-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves, John Farrell was ejected in the 7th inning after he started shouting at 1st base umpire Larry Vanover, who called a non-swing on what appeared to be a check swing. Vanover, who had already blown a call earlier when he called Mookie Betts out when he should have been safe, didn’t waste any time in throwing Farrell out of the game. This brought Farrell out of the dugout. He let Vanover have an earful before taking an early shower. This was one of the rare times that Farrell broke through his calm demeanor and showed some fire, but the question is, will it have an impact?

Normally when a manager gets fired up like that, it can have a positive impact on a team, John Farrellas it can fire them up as well. But this Red Sox team is so devoid of life that even a bench-clearing brawl wouldn’t break them out of their funk. In this particular case, the Red Sox were already down 5-2, and Farrell’s display of passion wouldn’t inspire a late rally.

In reality, though, this probably not meant to inspire. This was probably born out of frustration more than anything. Frustration that the Red Sox can’t seem do anything right. Frustration that the Red Sox are probably out of the playoff race midway through June. Frustration that the Sox aren’t getting more from a team with a payroll of nearly $200 million. Frustration, frustration everywhere.

Normally, I would appreciate this outburst from Farrell more. But in the context of this season, it’s hard for me to give Farrell credit here. This is just another thing that makes me want to rip my hair out at the moment. At the moment, this team is painful to watch and this is just another step back at the moment, at least in my opinion. I hope they make me eat my words, but that’s unlikely.

Red Sox Acquire Anthony Varvaro

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This trade directly relates to the compensation the Boston Red Sox received for Theo Esptein, meaning it could make-or-break that deal from a few years ago.
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In a low-key but smart move, the Boston Red Sox dealt Aaron Kurcz to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Anthony Varvaro who was designated for assignment on Monday.anthony varvaro

The reason why this relates to Theo Epstein is simple. Along with Jair Bogaerts, twin of Xander, the Boston Red Sox sent Epstein to Chicago and received Chris Carpenter (not that Chris Carpenter) in addition to Aaron Kurcz who was the Player To Be Named Later.
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In his time in Boston, Carpenter surrendered six earned runs in six innings back in 2012 and proved ineffective for the Paw Sox in 2013, making him of little use to the big league club. Although Kurcz failed to progress past AA thanks to an injury which sidelined him for the entire 2013 season, Kurcz posted a 2.14 ERA in 34 outings while striking out 54 men in 42 innings of work for the Portland Sea Dogs.
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In exchange, the Boston Red Sox received a proven pitcher who has been effective in the big leagues these past two seasons. In that time frame, Anthony Varvaro posted a 2.74 ERA in 123 games totaling 128 frames and struck out 93 men and walked just 38. To put it this way, the Red Sox traded for a proven reliever and gave up someone who could become a proven reliever.

Without a doubt, Varvaro will find his way into the Red Sox bullpen next season— most likely as a middle reliever. Set to earn $515k next season, he will be a cheap and effective player for the Red Sox, but unfortunately he is not a lefty. The Boston Red Sox could still use a left-handed pitcher but for now, fans should be happy that they picked up an effective middle reliever for such a low price.
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What’s Up With Clay Buchholz

Clay BuchholzClay Buchholz was a Cy Young favorite until a shoulder injury derailed his season last June. This year, the 29-year-old has lacked velocity, mechanics and command in almost every start and does not even closely resemble the pitcher the Red Sox had in early 2013.

In 10 starts so far in 2014, Buchholz has a 7.02 ERA with a 2-4 record. He has not recorded a victory over his last four outings, and his next start might be in jeopardy.

In Monday’s contest, he walked a career-high wight guys while only lasting three-plus innings of work. Sure, the brunt of the six runs he allowed happened after he had a single against the Atlanta Braves, but running 90 feet should not affect your pitching that much.

After the contest, John Farrell told the media that the right-hander lost seven pounds, but the manager was more worried about Buchholz’s left knee. The Red Sox staff said that the pitcher hyper-extended the knee while running the bases on Memorial Day.

The temperature was in the mid-80s on Monday and yes, the Red Sox have not really been playing in any heat, but that is no excuse for a pitcher of Buchholz’s caliber.

After being so successful in 2013, what happened to the 29-year-old that made him brilliant nearly all season long last year? Is his shoulder still not completely healed? Is he not willing to give each pitch his all? Or is the right-handed starter just not mechanically sound and should get some time in the minors to work everything out?

Only time will tell if the veteran starter will return to form or if he will just be the fragile-minded pitcher that has never truly lived up to his potential.

Boston Red Sox Finally End Losing Streak

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The Boston Red Sox were down 6-1 after the bottom of the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves Monday afternoon before a two out rally scored five runs, including a two-run double for Dustin Pedroia and a three-run shot from David Ortiz knotted the game 6-6.

The listless offense did nothing through the first four innings and it looked the team would fall once again, but the two out damage in that fifth inning looked like a team that was tired of losing and instead took a patient approach to get back into the contest.

The game was then delayed due to rain and the Red Sox had to wait to try and gain a lead. They did exactly that with a sacrifice fly in the seventh for Ortiz and a two out single for A.j. Pierzynski to put the Red Sox up 8-6.

The bullpen settled down after allowing inherited runners to score in the fourth as all six runs were charged to Clay Buchholz who had a career-high eight walks. The bullpen pitched the final six innings while allowing no runs and just four base runners with six different relievers getting an inning of work after a taxing 10-game losing streak.

The bullpen struck out three batters over the final three innings, but Koji Uehara got a huge 6-4-3 double lay for his tenth save of the season in the 8-6 victory.

Sure with Buchholz struggling it might be time for the Red Sox to do something about his lack of command, especially on Monday afternoon. But the win on Monday ended a tough stretch for this team and could lead to something special in the coming weeks as Ortiz and Pedroia were fired up against the Braves. As was Pierzynski after his RBI single in the seventh.

The Red Sox have three more contests against the Braves, including one more at Turner Field on Tuesday.