Daily Red Sox Links: David Ortiz, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jon Lester

BOSTON, MA - Clay Buchholz #11 of the Boston Red Sox hands the ball over to Bobby Valentine #25 of the Boston Red Sox after the go-ahead run scored in the ninth by the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on September 9, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

  • Coming off of yet another sweep this weekend, this time at the hands of the Blue Jays, it is becoming painfully obvious that the Red Sox just aren't a good baseball team right now. While one person wouldn't mean the difference between their current state and playoff contention, David Ortiz would make this at least a better team. However, at this point it's unclear whether or not he'll return before the end of the season. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)
  • It's an unfamiliar position to be in around here, but the Red Sox are actually making marginal gains with every loss. For the first time since 1993, it seems they could be in the top-10 of the MLB draft next season. Because of this, WEEI is running a series on potential draftees from next year's class. (Christopher Benvie; WEEI.com)
  • It's been a rough five years, but the Daisuke Matsuzaka-era may have come to an end, as his last start may have been his final appearance in a Red Sox uniform. (Gordon Edes; ESPN Boston)
  • Over at Bill James Online, they took a look at the best and worst career baserunners in baseball. An old friend can be found on the list of the best. (John Dewan; Bill James Online)

  • One of the most talked about stories around baseball this season has been whether the Nationals will actually go through with shutting down Stephen Strasburg for the season. On Saturday, it was announced that the shut down would begin immediately. (Matt Snyder; CBS' Eye on Baseball)
  • We all know about the enormous struggles that Jon Lester has endured this season. After expecting to be one of the top starters in the league, he has been atrocious. In Toronto, the same could be said for Ricky Romero. (John Tomase; Boston Herald)
  • There aren't many things to look forward when your favorite team is out of the playoff race. However, one thing that fans can take pride in is the potential for the Red Sox to spoil the postseason aspirations of other teams. (Maureen Mullen; CSN NE)
  • This past spring, there was a lot of buzz surrounding the Miami Marlins. Part of the reason for this was their new ballpark, which is one of the most bizarre stadiums in American sports. Beyond that, though, people were wondering how its dimensions would affect home runs. Wendy Thurm looked for an answer to that question. (Wendy Thurm; Baseball Nation)
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