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The curious case of Hunter Renfroe’s defense

Is he good?

The Red Sox have a Garrett Whitlock decision to make

How much will they push him?

Bobby Dalbec is earning his playing time

He’s been one of the team’s best hitters in the 2nd half.

OTM Roundtable: Can Matt Barnes turn things around?

Things could get dicey if he can’t.

J.D. Martinez is doing the hard work for opposing pitchers

His approach needs to be reined back in.

Making the case for Nathan Eovaldi as a Cy Young contender

Nathan Eovaldi is having a career year and his performance makes him more than deserving of being a part of the AL Cy Young Award conversation.

A ninth inning change is necessary, but not a cure-all

They still need Matt Barnes to turn things around.

Kyle Schwarber’s patience is a welcome addition to this Red Sox lineup

It has not been their strong suit.

Rafael Devers is having more fastball problems

If he’s going to be an MVP candidate, these stretches can’t happen.

Christian Arroyo’s addition should be a positive for this roster

And it’s not necessarily just to do with his bottom-line performance.

Enrique Hernández has gotten better and better at the plate

Hernández struggled in the first few weeks of the season, but he’s gradually improved to become a standout in the lineup.

Alex Cora needs to better optimize this lineup

Put the best hitters closer to the top of the lineup.

Jarren Duran’s playing time could be in jeopardy

He’s been struggling to adjust to big league pitching, and the lineup is getting much deeper.

Alex Cora’s decision to pull Tanner Houck was defensible

Hard to say it was right given the results, but there was good logic behind it.

Chris Sale’s return provides an impact beyond the days he pitches

He affects the entire staff.

Matt Barnes is having fastball issues

And they won’t be solved with tissues.

Chris Sale can’t do it alone

Chris Sale is certainly going to be a big help for the Red Sox’s stretch run, but the rest of the starting rotation needs to step up around him to save the season.

It’s time for Yairo Muñoz to get another shot

He won’t solve everything, but that doesn’t mean don’t try.

Where did Christian Vázquez’s offense go?

Christian Vázquez’s hot start to the 2021 season is a distant memory, as the Red Sox’s primary catcher has struggled mightily at the plate. What will it take for him to bounce back?

The Red Sox need Alex Verdugo at his best down the stretch

He’s been struggling, but there’s plenty of time to right the ship.

The Red Sox need to do more before the deadline

Kyle Schwarber can’t be the end of the line.

Red Sox Trade Target: Anthony Rizzo

Is a reunion between Rizzo and the Red Sox on the horizon?

Red Sox Trade Target: Yimi García


Red Sox Trade Target: Daniel Bard

Could an old friend be the bolster this bullpen needs?

Red Sox Trade Target: Carlos Santana

The Royals first baseman could be the best option to shore up this desolate position for Boston.

This second half is an important one for Eduardo Rodriguez

And that’s true for both him and the team.

It’s time to shake up the lineup

Move some struggling hitters down and try to add a spark.

Making the case for Marcelo Mayer as the top prospect in the organization

It’s certainly not a sure thing, but it’s not out of the question.

The Red Sox will probably have to deal from the 40-man this month

Something will have to give with this logjam.

Let’s check in with Jeter Downs, the Red Sox’s own top middle infield prospect

With Wander Franco making his MLB debut this week, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to look at how Jeter Downs is doing and when we can expect to see him in Boston.

Alex Verdugo is benefiting from the Red Sox sluggers, and vice versa

It’s a perfect mutualistic relationship.

On Josh Taylor’s unlikely path to a late-inning role

Even just six weeks ago this was nearly impossible to imagine.


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