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Red Sox Report Card - June 2016

What goes up must come down.

That's the unfortunate reality faced by the Boston Red Sox, whose white-hot month of May essentially ensured that June was going to be a letdown to some degree. The team just couldn't be expected to maintain that level of production for a full season.

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Wednesday, 01 June 2016 14:19

Red Sox Report Card May 2016

You probably don't need me to tell you that May was a very good month for the Boston Red Sox.

The team has put up the best record in the American League for the month, along with some of the most impressive offensive numbers we've seen in quite some time. Apparently, April showers bring May power.

Published in Report Card
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 13:28

Waning Moments

I began writing a column under this title for the Maine Campus in 2002 and have never quite been able to shake the name. With a handle like mine, there aren't a lot of cleverly-turned phrases or pop culture references available, so if you think you may have read something similarly named a handful and a half years ago, you probably did.

Published in The Sports Edge
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 20:33

Red Sox Report Card July 2015

In the years since I first started writing this feature, the Boston Red Sox have seen a lot of ups and downs. There have been some great moments and some that were not so great. But never have I been so tempted to simply abandon the Report Card.

Suffice it to say, it hasn't been a good month.

Published in Report Card
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 21:28

Red Sox Report Card June 2015

It's probably safe to say that the last vestiges of Red Sox optimism are swirling the drain.

We're essentially at the halfway point of the season enough time has elapsed for even the most diehard to accept the reality that the seemingly-solid plan going into 2015 has proven to be less sturdy than anticipated.

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Thursday, 04 September 2014 15:28

Red Sox Report Card (09/03/14)

For anyone still paying attention, the 2014 season has turned into a real slog for the Boston Red Sox. This team the defending World Series champion is nestled firmly in last place in the American League East, 20 games out of first place. Heck, they're six games out of fourth. Suffice it to say, there's no miracle finish that could possibly pull Boston out of the morass. They'd have to get red hot just to have a shot at finishing at .500.

Obviously, that's not going to happen. Instead, the time has come to start searching for the positive. We look at the trades that were made at the deadline and tell ourselves that this team has set itself up for success in 2015. Of course, we have no idea how successful (or unsuccessful) they'll be next year. But they'll be different. Maybe they'll be younger. Maybe the kids will step up and the new guys will play big and the old guard can pull out one more vintage season. It's a lot of maybes, but that's where we're at with the Sox. It's the nature of the game. So it goes.

Published in Report Card
Thursday, 01 August 2013 12:05

Red Sox Report Card July

We're about to enter the dog days of the MLB season. While the Red Sox have sat at the top of the American League East division for much of the season, their performance in July has brought them back to the pack; the Tampa Bay Rays are neck-and-neck with Boston thanks to a scorching-hot month of baseball, while the Baltimore Orioles lurk not far behind. And of course, only a fool counts out the Yankees especially with two months left in the season.

Still, the Red Sox are playing solid baseball. Considering the quality of the division in which they play, they're performing reasonably well a couple of games over .500 for July is nothing to sneeze at. You'd like to see them put some distance between themselves and the rest of the AL East, but that seems unlikely to happen. Expect even more of a battle in the month of August.

Published in Report Card
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 11:59

Red Sox Report Card June

We've reached the halfway point of the 2013 major league baseball season and the Boston Red Sox are looking as strong as ever. The month of June was particularly good for the BoSox; they went 17-11 and have retained their position atop the division with the best record in the American League.

There has been a bit of adversity injuries and ineffectiveness have popped up here and there but for the most part, this Red Sox team appears to be firing on all cylinders going into the second half of the long MLB season. While the pitching has been touch and go, the bats have been red-hot and show no signs of slowing down. We should be in for a stretch run that will be a pleasure to watch.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 12:14

Red Sox Report Card May

The month of May is in the books for the Boston Red Sox. While they didn't have quite the success that they did in the season's first month, a 15-15 record certainly isn't terrible. They've fallen back to the pack a little bit in terms of production, but at the end of the day, it's your place in the standings that counts.

And as of June 1, Boston's place is first.

It hasn't been ideal there have certainly been bumps in the road along the way but the fact remains that this is a team that is fun to watch. Here's hoping for four more months of the same.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 10:29

Red Sox Report Card April

We're a month into the 2013 Major League Baseball season and things are looking awfully good so far for the Boston Red Sox. They're sitting at the top of the division and performing well in just about every aspect of the game. 

While they've had to deal with some injuries, the general esprit de corps of this team has made them a pleasure to watch a far cry from the frankly unlikeable squads Boston has sported over the past couple of seasons. Regardless, it's nice to have baseball back.

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