1. Boston Red Sox: 5 Players They Should Consider Trading

    Here we are at the 2012 All-Star break. Befitting a team that habitually wins four in a row before dropping five of seven, the Red Sox sit at .500 (43–43)...

    Chris Mahr Written by Chris Mahr about 2 years ago 3,308 reads 9 comments

  2. Ryan Kalish: Why Red Sox Outfielder Is an X-Factor in the Team's Playoff Push

    An X-factor is not necessarily a team’s most important player. But he does all the little things. Taking the extra base. Holding speedy runners to singles on balls hit in the gap...

    Chris Mahr Written by Chris Mahr about 2 years ago 587 reads 2 comments

  3. Dustin Pedroia: Will Down Season for Laser Show Make or Break Boston Red Sox?

    “Down season” has never been in Dustin Pedroia ’s vocabulary at the major-league level. He was the American League Rookie of the Year in 2007 and the MVP the season after that...

    Chris Mahr Written by Chris Mahr about 2 years ago 516 reads 2 comments

  4. Kevin Youkilis: Where Does He Rank Among Most Beloved Red Sox of Past 10 Years?

    No sooner had Kevin Youkilis taken a curtain call following his final at-bat in a Red Sox uniform than his legacy in Boston was up for debate. Youk spent nearly nine seasons at Fenway...

    Chris Mahr Written by Chris Mahr about 2 years ago 1,966 reads 22 comments

  5. David Ortiz: Why the Boston Red Sox Should Not Offer Him a Long-Term Extension

    David Ortiz is showing that his scorching start to 2012 wasn’t a mere hot streak. At 36, Less Big Papi is swinging the bat like he was in his mid-2000s heyday...

    Chris Mahr Written by Chris Mahr about 2 years ago 101 reads 11 comments

  6. Boston Red Sox: Would Missing the Postseason Be Good for Them?

    Please don’t read this column with the impression that I personally don’t want to see the Boston Red Sox miss the postseason for a third straight year...

    Chris Mahr Written by Chris Mahr about 2 years ago 573 reads 5 comments

  7. Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago Cubs: A Series with Nothing to Be Excited About

    Has an interleague series with two historic franchises ever had so little sex appeal? Yes, there is the obvious storyline of the Red Sox “facing” Theo Epstein and ...

    Chris Mahr Written by Chris Mahr about 2 years ago 870 reads 0 comments

  8. Which Boston Red Sox Starter Is the Best Bet to Throw a Perfect Game?

    Matt Cain’s perfect game against the Houston Astros on Wednesday night is all the talk in baseball. And rightfully so. It is already being lauded as one of the best statistical pitching performances ever —without hyperbole...

    Chris Mahr Written by Chris Mahr about 2 years ago 774 reads 6 comments

  9. Dustin Pedroia: What His Health Means to the Red Sox's Postseason Hopes

    Fellow B/R Red Sox featured columnist Benjamin Klein wrote back on May 29 that a long-term injury to Dustin Pedroia would end Boston’s season. Give Benjamin some partial credit for his foresight...

    Chris Mahr Written by Chris Mahr about 2 years ago 640 reads 4 comments

  10. If the Boston Celtics' Starting Five Played for the Boston Red Sox

    Nothing distracts fans of an under-performing team like another local team in a different sport vying for a championship...

    Chris Mahr Written by Chris Mahr about 2 years ago 1,093 reads 2 comments

  11. Boston Red Sox: Will They Lead the AL East by the All-Star Break?

    It was unfathomable as recently as three weeks ago. Yet the Boston Red Sox are threatening the top of the American League East standings, just three games behind the first-place Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles ...

    Chris Mahr Written by Chris Mahr about 2 years ago 1,496 reads 1 comments

  12. Boston Red Sox: May Report Cards for All 25 Players on the Active Roster

    May 2012 was a transformational month for the Boston Red Sox . After Josh Beckett surrendered seven runs in just 2...

    Chris Mahr Written by Chris Mahr about 2 years ago 2,121 reads 5 comments

  13. Felix Doubront: The Most Consistent Starting Pitcher on the Boston Red Sox

    Few could have expected the Red Sox ’s fourth starter to be the most consistent member of the rotation. Not with proven power arms like Jon Lester, Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz...

    Chris Mahr Written by Chris Mahr about 2 years ago 399 reads 0 comments

  14. Adrian Gonzalez's Outfield Play Gives Boston Red Sox a Morale Boost

    How many $20-million-a-year athletes can you think of who would tell their coaches or managers to put them anywhere on the court or field? If you’re having trouble, Adrian Gonzalez is the fledgling member of this club...

    Chris Mahr Written by Chris Mahr about 2 years ago 1,310 reads 1 comments

  15. Kevin Youkilis: 5 Reasons the Boston Red Sox Shouldn't Give Up on Him

    Ever since Kevin Youkilis went to the disabled list in early May with lower back soreness, talk has been rampant as to whether this spelled the end of his tenure in Boston ...

    Chris Mahr Written by Chris Mahr about 2 years ago 953 reads 1 comments

  16. Jonathan Papelbon: 5 Highlights of His Red Sox Career

    The Boston Red Sox start a three-game series in Philadelphia tonight, meaning they’ll be reunited with a former pitching hero for the second time in eight days...

    Chris Mahr Written by Chris Mahr about over 2 years ago 906 reads 3 comments

  17. Why Boston Red Sox's Next 18 Games Will Make or Break Their 2012 Season

    Mid-May seems early for MLB games to take on a win-or-bust quality. But starting with a two-game set at Tampa that begins tonight, the Boston Red Sox are entering must-win territory...

    Chris Mahr Written by Chris Mahr about over 2 years ago 1,015 reads 1 comments

  18. Cody Ross and Mike Aviles: How the Red Sox Can Overcome Their Cold Spells

    When the Red Sox scuffled through April, both Cody Ross and Mike Aviles helped lift them (temporarily) off the canvas and back toward the .500 mark. Together, they combined for 10 home runs and 35 RBIs...

    Chris Mahr Written by Chris Mahr about over 2 years ago 1,047 reads 1 comments

  19. Derek Lowe: The 5 Finest Moments of His Red Sox Career

    Tonight, Derek Lowe will face the Boston Red Sox for the second time—at Fenway and overall—since departing Boston as a free agent following the 2004 season. It will be a welcome return for Lowe and Sox fans...

    Chris Mahr Written by Chris Mahr about over 2 years ago 276 reads 0 comments

  20. Boston Red Sox Trade Targets: 10 Players on Ben Cherington's Wish List

    Far too often during the still-young 2012 season, the Boston Red Sox have been inconsistent. There has been no telling when one of their starting pitchers would not last through the third inning...

    Chris Mahr Written by Chris Mahr about over 2 years ago 4,701 reads 12 comments

  21. Red Sox-Orioles: Have the Roles in the Rivalry Been Reversed?

    For the Red Sox in the mid-to-late-2000s, games against the Orioles felt like automatic wins. From 2006 to ’09, Boston rang up a 55–21 record against its Charm City rivals—a dominant ...

    Chris Mahr Written by Chris Mahr about over 2 years ago 1,596 reads 11 comments

  22. Cody Ross: Why 'The Boss' Can Turn His Big Start into a Big Season

    Did the Boston Red Sox foresee Cody Ross as a team pillar when they signed him to a one-year, $3 million deal in January? Or just as added depth to the outfield? Whatever Boston’s ...

    Chris Mahr Written by Chris Mahr about over 2 years ago 1,033 reads 5 comments

  23. Mike Aviles: Can He End the Red Sox Jinx at Shortstop?

    Call it “The Curse of Orlando Cabrera.” Ever since the Boston Red Sox opted not to sign the slick-fielding, clutch-hitting Cabrera following their World Series triumph in 2004, the team has gone through a revolving door of shortstops...

    Chris Mahr Written by Chris Mahr about over 2 years ago 1,155 reads 2 comments

  24. David Ortiz: Can He Maintain His Dominance All Season Long?

    The play of the Red Sox through the first 15 games of 2012 has fans covering their eyes. At 4-10, Boston is already 4.5 games behind the AL East-leading Yankees and has the look of a last-place team...

    Chris Mahr Written by Chris Mahr about over 2 years ago 74 reads 3 comments

  25. Mark Melancon: Latest in a Long Line of Cringe-Worthy Boston Red Sox Relievers

    Nothing has gone right for reliever Mark Melancon in his first season in Boston. In four appearances, he has given up almost as many home runs (five) as outs he’s recorded (six)...

    Chris Mahr Written by Chris Mahr about over 2 years ago 330 reads 0 comments