DBTR S2:E3 – Dust Up or Dustin? You Make the Call.

Episode #3
Hosts: Paul Testa, Tim Daloisio
Guests: none

With the recent dust up in Baltimore and the public response from Dustin Pedroia casting a shadow on the Boston Red Sox as they close out the first month of the season, Paul and Tim put on their private investigator hats and try to get to the bottom of the “who them is” question. From Manny Machado’s dirty slide, to who ordered the Code Red, your hosts have every angle covered.

How good has Chris Sale been? Let me put it this way….we mention Pedro Martinez’s name more than once. Can Hanley find his way out of his early season slump? And a look forward to a great stretch of baseball ahead – Yankees, Cubs and Orioles on the horizon.

All that and more on this week’s edition of Down by the River.

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DBTR S2:E2 – Happy Snow-pening Day!

Episode #2
Hosts: Paul Testa, Tim Daloisio
Guests: none

 

Paul and Tim were beyond bullish on the 2017 Boston Red Sox chances to be a frontrunner this season as the team began Spring Training. With baseball in the Winter Wonderland that is the Greater Boston area only two days away and the warmth and sun of Florida in the past, does this team leave Fort Myers with the same expectations as it arrived with?

Have injuries to David Price and throughout the bullpen compromised this team’s chances this year? If so, by how much? Can the offense live up to Red Sox offenses past — without a familiar face in the middle of the lineup for the first time in 14 years? Will Mookie Betts continue his assault on the MVP conversation? Can Jackie Bradley Jr and Rick Porcello build off of and duplicate their successes of last year?

All that and more on this week’s edition of Down by the River.

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DBTR S2:E1 – Buying or Sale-ing the 2017 Red Sox?

Episode #1
Hosts: Paul Testa, Tim Daloisio
Guests: none

Paul and Tim — you remember them don’t you? — crawl out of hibernation and face the world for the first time without David Ortiz’ smiling face beaming back at them from Fort Myers. The 2017 Red Sox feel like more than just an evolution of the 2016 team. With the departure of the “Face that Ran the Place”, Big Papi, and the acquisition of Chris Sale at the front of a now stacked rotation, the 2017 Red Sox feel like the start of something new.

How good will they be? Paul and Tim start to answer that question and look forward to the 2017 season.

All that and more on this week’s edition of Down by the River.

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DBTR S1:E19 – That’s a Wrap

Episode #19
Hosts: Paul Testa, Tim Daloisio
Guests: none

Well, we were all hoping for 11 more wins to cap off a wild October swan song for David Ortiz and the 2016 Boston Red Sox — instead we were given a tip of the cap from an all time great after a premature exit to the post-season at the hands of the Cleveland Indians.

Paul and Tim fight through the haunting specter of Andrew Miller and break down what went wrong for the Red Sox vs. Cleveland. The crew takes a step back to eulogize the 2016 Boston Red Sox before setting the stage for the offseason — specifically the news that John Farrell will return as the manager of the 2017 Boston Red Sox (not that in-game managing is all that important anyway).

All that and more on this week’s edition of Down by the River.

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DBTR S1:E18 – October in Boston

Episode #18
Hosts: Paul Testa, Tim Daloisio
Guests: none

It’s October in Boston and the Red Sox are playing more baseball. Does it get any better than that? Well — with 11 more wins it does…

Paul and Tim recap the end of the season that lead to an American League East Division Championship and wonder if the Red Sox limped into the playoffs or just took their feet off the gas?

We revisit the regular season farewell send off of David Ortiz with all the pomp and circumstance that we have come to expect from the Red Sox. Did they go just a little overboard?

Finally we look forward to the ALDS series against Cleveland and beyond – deep into the October nights – and give our 2016 playoff predictions.

All that and more on this week’s edition of Down by the River.

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DBTR S1:E17 – Everything is Coming Up Red Sox

Episode #17
Hosts: Paul Testa, Tim Daloisio
Guests: none

Starters delivering – check
Bullpen on lock – check
Offense rolling – check
Cy Young favorite – check
MVP favorites – check
Hanley on fire – check
#windancerepeat – over and over and over again

Go figure – the crisp weather is turning the dog days of Summer into Fall and the Red Sox are turning up the heat in the American League East. In fact, turning up the heat might not even do justice to how well this team has played over the past week.

Staring the most important stretch of their schedule in the face, at the top of the heap of a – sure to be – down to the wire pennant race, the Red Sox took this season to a whole ‘nother level. A four game sweep of the Yankees and a body blow to the Orioles and by default the Blue Jays have the Red Sox primed for a Division Championship, a possible home field advantage in the playoffs and a deserved bandwagon of World Series prognostications.

We look back on the week that was and start to look forward to some gold bottle popping and playoff rotations.

All that and more on this week’s edition of Down by the River.

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DBTR S1:E16 – It’s a Four Team Race

Episode #16
Hosts: Paul Testa, Tim Daloisio
Guests: none

Baseball fans live for the Pennant Race. Checking the standings every morning, counting magic numbers, keeping one eye on the out of town scoreboard and one eye on the game with your heart in your throat. Man — we live for this and boy did we get it in this year’s AL East race.

With four teams – your Boston Red Sox, the Toronto Blue Jays, the Baltimore Orioles and yes, even those pesky Baby Bombers – still alive and kicking within four games of each other we are set up for a four-way battle in a WWE style Survivor Series September.

We recap how the Red Sox charged out to the front of the pack over the past few weeks, what they need to do to stay there and handicap the field coming home.

All that and more on this week’s edition of Down by the River.

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DBTR S1:E15 – Riding a Hot Streak

Episode #15
Hosts: Paul Testa, Tim Daloisio
Guests: none

The Red Sox took to the road and turned the dog days of Summer into the hope for a special fall. From out of the depths of one of the darkest parts of the 2016 season, lead by starting pitching, an ageless wonder, an MVP in waiting and a young superstar, the Boston Red Sox have stormed back out of the Wild Card race and into the lead in the division tied with the Toronto Blue Jays.

How much credit does John Farrell deserve? What will the Red Sox do with Clay Buchholz and the starting rotation? Can Mookie win the AL MVP? Can anything stop Sandy Leon?

Listen to us gush over Andrew Benintendi only to hear our live reaction to the injury in the 8th inning of tonight’s game vs. Tampa Bay.

All that and more on this week’s edition of Down by the River.

Thanks for listening!

DBTR S1:E14 – Underachieving Overachievers?

Episode #14
Hosts: Paul Testa, Tim Daloisio
Guests: none

Red Sox fans collective hopes coming into this season sounded something like, “Give me a team that plays meaningful games in September”. And true to those aspirations, the 2016 Red Sox look like they will deliver just that. Through a collection of individual efforts this season that have surpassed expectations from the time-reversing David Ortiz to the emerging “Killer B’s”, the Red Sox have turned our hopes into a new baseline of expectations.

In this week’s Down By The River, Paul and Tim debate whether this team has overachieved or is underachieving or possibly both. With a team whose record is not living up to their individual results, the boys take another hard look at manager John Farrell and rekindle the #firefarrell mojo.

Did Dave Dombrowski manage his first trade deadline with the Red Sox well? What can we expect from Andrew Benintendi? Can David Price finally turn some good performances on the mound into wins? Is this a playoff team?

All that and more on this week’s edition of Down by the River.

Thanks for listening!

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