6:42 PM EST, Fri March 05, 2021
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Red Sox 6, Rays 5: Michael Chavis walks it off

Red Sox 6, Rays 5: Michael Chavis walks it off

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ Nothing more exciting than a spring walk off where the players don’t realize it’s a walk off. There’s not many better ways to encapsulate what spring training baseball means than a walk off homer being hit but the other team stays on the field because they don’t realize it was a seven-inning game on the schedule today. The good news is, the Red Sox were the homering team, not the staying on the field team. Boston got back to .500 this spring thanks to a Michael Chavis walk off to get the 6-5 victory over the Rays. Here are...
6 hours ago
OTM Roundtable: Who’s the closer?

OTM Roundtable: Who’s the closer?

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ It’s seemingly the closest thing to a camp battle the Red Sox have this year. Insofar as spring training position battles are a thing that actually exist outside of fun fan discussions, the Red Sox don’t really have anything going on on that front. There may be a few surprises on the roster by the time camp closes, but for the most part things are pretty set. The one place where there could be a wrinkle of competition — and yes, obviously they’re not only going to look at spring training results — is in the ninth inning....
7 hours ago
Red Sox vs. Rays lineups: Eduardo Rodriguez is back

Red Sox vs. Rays lineups: Eduardo Rodriguez is back

A site for sore eyes. | Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports And Alex Verdugo makes his spring debut. Less than a year after a brutal case of COVID-19 and myocarditis, Eduardo Rodriguez—whose career was thought to be in jeopardy from the illnesses—will make his first spring start this afternoon at 1:05 p.m. Per ESPN’s Joon Lee, an OTM alumnus, Rodriguez said “At the beginning of COVID, I just wanted a chance to get past through that. Thank God I have a chance to survive that part and be available to get back to baseball and get cleared. ... I did everything that I...
8 hours ago
One Big Question: Does Joel Payamps have a role?

One Big Question: Does Joel Payamps have a role?

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ He’s been bouncing around the league all winter. Can he land softly with the Red Sox? Welcome to the annual Over The Monster One Big Question season preview series. Over the next 40(ish) days, we will be running through every player on the 40-man roster and identifying a key question for them pertaining to the coming season. This should run us up to the start of the season, at least as it is scheduled now. We will go through the roster in alphabetical order. For the most part, these will run Monday through Friday every week...
8 hours ago
FanPost Friday: Build your bullpen

FanPost Friday: Build your bullpen

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ We have a lot of names to choose from The Red Sox have quite an interesting “problem,” as they presently have about 16 or 17 pitchers you could convince me belong in the Red Sox bullpen this season. While some (like Garrett Whitlock due to his Rule 5 status or the big four in the bullpen) appear to be locks, their roles are not so clearly defined. We’re acting as if the offseason is over. Whoever is with organization is who we are getting (unless some of the PTBNL from the Andrew Benintendi trade end up being close to the...
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Red Sox Top Prospect Voting: Nick Yorke aims to prove the critics wrong

Red Sox Top Prospect Voting: Nick Yorke aims to prove the critics wrong

Nick Yorke | Kelly O’Connor The surprise first rounder has already made big impressions. And thus ends the run on pitchers in our top prospect voting, at least for the time being. We had just had our fifth straight pitcher make our list last time around, and six of our last seven made their living on the mound. Now, we’re back to the position players with one of the newest members of the organization. That would be Nick Yorke, who ran away with the 13th spot on our list by snagging 63 percent of the vote. Yorke was not really on too many radars heading into the 2020...
10 hours ago
OTM Open Thread 3/5: It is Friday

OTM Open Thread 3/5: It is Friday

Photo by Darren McCollester/ A day with baseball is a good one Happy Friday, we made it. The Sox take on the Rays at 1:05 PM ET, radio only. The Celtics are off today but the Bruins are back in action against the Washington Capitals at 7:00 PM ET. You can wish a happy birthday to Erik Bedard, the one-time Sox nemesis and, very briefly, Boston pitcher himself. Watch the WandaVision finale, talk amongst yourselves, ponder the closer battle, and be good to one another. Mailbag question? Drop it here, on Twitter @OverTheMonster, or via email at otmmailbag@gmail.com.
10 hours ago
Red Sox On Deck Podcast: Previewing Triple-A Worcester

Red Sox On Deck Podcast: Previewing Triple-A Worcester

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ In this episode Jake hosts Shelly and Bob as they kick off their new prospect podcast Welcome to Red Sox on Deck! We are your Red Sox prospect source on the Over The Monster Podcast Network. Every week, we will take a look at a different level of the minor leagues. Our typical dynamic duo will be Bob Osgood and Shelly Verougstraete but we are happy to have Jake Devereaux on today to discuss the Triple-A squad at Worcester. In our first episode, we discuss the two biggest and most exciting players in spring training, Bobby Dalbec and...
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Daily Red Sox Links: Jackie Bradley Jr., Jarren Duran, Bobby Dalbec

Daily Red Sox Links: Jackie Bradley Jr., Jarren Duran, Bobby Dalbec

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports As you’ve almost certainly heard by now, Jackie Bradley Jr. is not coming back to Boston, instead getting a two-year deal with the Brewers. Pete Abraham writes about the loss for the Red Sox. (Pete Abraham; Boston Globe) Sean McAdam looks at the more unmeasurable losses that come with the departure of Bradley from Fenway’s outfield. (Sean McAdam; Boston Sports Journal) The writing had been on the wall, but this makes official that the 2018 outfield is now all on different teams. So where does it rank in team history? (Chad Finn;...
Mar 4, 2021
Red Sox 3, Orioles 6: Duran SZN doesn’t stop in losses

Red Sox 3, Orioles 6: Duran SZN doesn’t stop in losses

Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports That’s what matters. The Red Sox have fallen back under .500. Sell all of your Red Sox stock. Trade everyone. The season is over. They lost 6-3 against the Orioles on Thursday in what was a very spring training game, lasting only six innings and seeing a pitcher get pulled one inning and then come back out to start the next. The Red Sox, weirdly enough, made only one position player substitution all game. Here’s a few notes from the game, which was not televised. Jarren Duran homers Sure, it was a loss, but we’ll start off with...
Mar 4, 2021
Red Sox sign Danny Santana to a minor-league deal

Red Sox sign Danny Santana to a minor-league deal

Photo by Stephen Brashear/ He provides some no-risk versatility and depth. We’ve talked a lot over the last couple of months about how clear it is that the Red Sox are prioritizing depth this season, and even with spring training starting they are keeping that trend going. According to Julian McWilliams of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox have agreed to terms with former Rangers utility man Danny Santana on a minor-league deal. Source: the Red Sox have signed INF/OF Danny Santana to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training.— Julian McWilliams...
Mar 4, 2021
Red Sox at Orioles lineups: Now that’s what I call a spring slate

Red Sox at Orioles lineups: Now that’s what I call a spring slate

Bobby’s bombing this March, per this picture from July. | Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports The B-team suits up for a game against B-More. The surging Red Sox face the Orioles this afternoon at 1:05 p.m. in the first of approximately 476 meetings between the two teams this year, and about the 20,000th time overall. In honor of facing Baltimore, today is the first day the Sox are giving virtually all the likely regulars a rest, with a more traditional spring training lineup set to take the field. After yesterday, the headliner has to be Bombin’ Bobby Dalbec, who’s...
Mar 4, 2021
One Big Question: Can Adam Ottavino avoid the heart of the plate?

One Big Question: Can Adam Ottavino avoid the heart of the plate?

Photo by Sarah Stier/ He could be a huge addition to the Red Sox’ bullpen. Welcome to the annual Over The Monster One Big Question season preview series. Over the next 40(ish) days, we will be running through every player on the 40-man roster and identifying a key question for them pertaining to the coming season. This should run us up to the start of the season, at least as it is scheduled now. We will go through the roster in alphabetical order. For the most part, these will run Monday through Friday every week running up to the week before Opening Day, though...
Mar 4, 2021
When will Boston’s top prospects play?

When will Boston’s top prospects play?

See you in the summer, I hope. | Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports And when should they? The Red Sox will not win the World Series this year. This might be disappointing to hear, and the good news, at least, is that I’m wrong a lot. I don’t think I’m wrong about this one, though, and the silver lining on this cloud is that we should get to see a lot of some great young players. I say “should” because there’s no guarantee Chaim Bloom brings up the team’s top prospects early in the year. On Wednesday’s Over the Monster podcast, Matt and I predicted our season...
Mar 4, 2021
OTM Open Thread 3/4: It is Thursday

OTM Open Thread 3/4: It is Thursday

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ Happy Thursday everyone. The Red Sox are back in action this afternoon as they head on the road to take on the Orioles. That one is unfortunately not on TV, but there is a radio broadcast and it starts at 1:05 PM ET. Later tonight, the Celtics are in action looking to keep up their hot play, taking on the Raptors at 7:00 PM ET in their final game before the All-Star break. Use this space to discuss whatever you’d like. As always, just be nice to each other. Mailbag question? Drop it here, on Twitter @OverTheMonster, or via email...