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How MLB Can Speed up the Pace of the Game

September 22nd, 2014 at 4:58 PM
By Sean Penney

A pair of representatives in the Red Sox organization – chairman Tom Werner and partner Michael Gordon – were recently named to MLB's new "Pace of Game" committee, which aims to find ways to shorten the time it takes to complete a typical baseball game. It's an issue that MLB desperately needs to solve, as the average game has drifted over the three hour mark, compared to a two hour, thirty-five minute average 30 years ago.

Some of the issues regarding the length of games are unavoidable. Unlike other sports, baseball doesn't have a game clock that winds down to tell us when the game is over. We go nine innings and can't advance to the next inning until both teams record three outs – however long that takes. While some would argue the easy solution is to shorten games to 7 innings, that type of drastic change would never fly. Not only would it have too great an impact on baseball's precious record books, but the players union would never allow it because it would put too many middle relief pitchers out of a job.

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Joe Kelly Aims to Become an Ace

September 22nd, 2014 at 11:33 AM
By Sean Penney

There are plenty of questions regarding their pitching rotation that the Boston Red Sox will need to answer heading into the 2015 season, not the least of which is who will be the ace to anchor the staff. Joe Kelly would like to be considered in the mix for that job.

"The ultimate goal is to go 200 innings, stay healthy and win more games than you lose," Kelly told a group of reporters after holding the Baltimore Orioles to three hits to pick up his third win in a Red Sox uniform. "That's the guy I want to be."

It's an admirable goal for the 26-year old pitcher, except he's never been that guy before. Kelly's next start will be his 17th of the season, setting a new career high. He's never pitched more than 124 innings in a season and won't reach that mark this year after missing nearly three months with a hamstring injury. A jump to around 200 innings would be a tall task, even if he is able to stay healthy for a full season.

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Boston Red Sox Vs Baltimore Orioles Sunday Preview

September 21st, 2014 at 12:10 PM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox (67-88) meet the Baltimore Orioles (93-61) in the rubber game of their weekend series. This marks Boston's final road game of the season, with the team entering with a 36-44 record on the road.

David Ortiz got Boston out to an early lead with a two-run homer – the third time in this series that he's gone deep. He blasted two on Friday night to reach a historic milestone with his 8th career season with 30+ home runs and 100+ RBI, passing Ted Williams for the most in franchise history. Last night it was Baltimore's Adam Jones homering twice to lift the Oriole's to victory, driving in four of the team's seven runs.

Baltimore has already assured themselves of a spot in the postseason by clinching the AL East, but they still have a chance to move up to the top spot in the AL. Currently they are two games back of the Los Angeles Angels in a race that could determine home field advantage if they meet in the ALCS.

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Boston Red Sox Vs Baltimore Orioles Friday Preview

September 19th, 2014 at 4:53 PM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox (66-87) begin a series with the Baltimore Orioles (92-60) to complete their final road trip of the season. Boston is 6-10 this season against the division leading Orioles, who swept them at Fenway Park when they last met just over a week ago.

Since they last met, Baltimore has gone on to clinch the AL East for the first time in 17 years. Their 14 game lead over the New York Yankees gives them the largest division lead of any team in the majors and their +114 run differential is 4th best.

Meanwhile, Boston is trying to avoid making history as a reigning World Series champion in a race to finish ahead of a Houston Astros team that lost 111 games last year.

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  • Allen Webster (4-3, 6.02 ERA) gets the start for Boston. He's coming off one of his best starts of his young career, having held the Kansas City Royals to a pair of runs over 6 innings. It was the first time this season and only second time in his career he's pitched at least six innings without walking more than one batter.
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Boston Red Sox Racing Against History with the Houston Astros

September 19th, 2014 at 1:16 PM
By Sean Penney

So the Boston Red Sox have been out of the playoff race seemingly for months now, making these final dreadful days meaningless, right? Fear not, as the Red Sox are actually engulfed in a captivating race down the stretch with the Houston Astros – a race against history. Sadly, it's not the good kind of history for Red Sox fans.

The Astros were an 111-loss disaster last season, easily finishing last in the majors. As ESPN's Jayson Stark points out in his discussion of how once mighty teams have quickly fallen, there has never been a team that lost 111+ games in a season that followed that up by winning more games than the reigning World Series Champions. Only 11 teams have ever lost that many games in a season where there was a World Series and the following season those teams finished an average of 31 games behind the champs. The closest any of those teams got was the 2004 Detroit Tigers, who finished 11 games back of a Florida Marlins team that drastically reshaped it's roster after winning the title.

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