Ryan Hannable

Sports Reporter

Hanley Ramirez the Red Sox' most important player going into Indians series

Who is the most important player for the Red Sox in the postseason, which kicks off Thursday (8 p.m., TBS)? It may not be who you think.David Ortiz? Nope. Mookie Betts? Nope. David Price? Nope. Craig Kimbrel? Nope.It's Hanley Ramirez.The Red Sox need Ramirez more than any other player on their...

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 1:14 AM

MLB Power Rankings: Red Sox and Cubs on World Series collision course?

1. Chicago Cubs (94-55, previously No. 1) – The Cubs have leveled off of late, but they have all but wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the NL playoffs, which is the only thing that really matters. They can begin to set their rotation and will enter the postseason as likely the odds on favorites to win...

Monday, September 26, 2016, 10:55 PM

Hanley Ramirez, Rick Porcello, Mookie Betts shattering expectations

This 2016 Red Sox season is starting to feel a little like 2013.The key for the Sox in the 2013 season was a number of different players having career years - including Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa, Shane Victorino and Mike Napoli. This brings us to this season where a number of Red Sox players are...

Thursday, September 22, 2016, 11:40 PM

MLB Power Rankings: Red Sox, Mets, Mariners climb the ladder

1. Chicago Cubs (94-55, previously No. 1) – The Cubs are the first team in baseball to clinch a playoff spot and can now work their rotation out the way they want it for the divisional round. They have a plus-224 run differential which is far and away the best mark in the majors.2. Washington...

Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 2:45 AM

Red Sox No. 3 starter for potential playoff series remains to be determined

As the postseason seems more and more likely for the Red Sox, there are a few roster questions that will need to be decided between now and the first week of October.Who will the second catcher be? Who will be in the bullpen? And perhaps the most up for grabs, who will be the No. 3 starter?Rick...

Sunday, September 18, 2016, 10:43 PM

MLB Power Rankings: Red Sox, Yankees, Mets jump up

1. Chicago Cubs (91-51, previously No. 1) – The Cubs will enter the postseason as the World Series favorites as they continue to dominate the rest of baseball. As everyone knows, the playoffs are all about pitching and the Cubs have that with two of the top three pitchers in NL ERA – Kyle Hendricks...

Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 3:44 AM

Playoff race, David Ortiz bring meaningful baseball back to Fenway Park

Get ready, Red Sox fans. It’s been awhile.For the first time since the 2013 World Series, there will be meaningful baseball played at Fenway Park in the fall. This week’s games against the Orioles and Yankees will be the most important games the team has played at home since the Red Sox beat the...

Monday, September 12, 2016, 3:29 AM

Are Red Sox better off without Yoan Moncada this season?

Despite being in the postseason if it were to begin today, the Red Sox still have some clear needs on their roster.While no major moves will take place, rosters do expand on Sept. 1 and with the Red Sox being off that day, Friday in Oakland on Sept. 2 they will get to add players who can hopefully...

Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 12:54 AM

MLB Power Rankings: Red Sox fall back, Dodgers take a huge leap

1. Chicago Cubs (82-47, previously No. 1) – The Cubs continue to blow away the rest of the league as they have by far the best record in baseball and are leading the NL Central by 14 games. Kyle Hendricks is having a great season from the mound as his 2.19 ERA is tops in the majors.2. Texas Rangers...

Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 2:06 AM

Red Sox need David Price, Matt Barnes, Hanley Ramirez to step up

With roughly a month left in the regular season it’s getting close to crunch time for the Red Sox, who are in the thick of both the American League East and the American League Wild Card races.Both races are highly contested, with multiple teams involved, which means every game counts down the...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 11:06 PM

MLB Power Rankings: Red Sox, Cardinals, Mariners all jump up

1. Chicago Cubs (78-45, previously No. 1) – The Cubs continue to roll as they now lead the NL Central by 12 games and have an unbelievable plus-208 run differential. As a comparison, the next best mark in the league is plus-145. Kris Bryant’s 31 homers are the second-best in the NL.2. Washington...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 2:31 AM

MLB Power Rankings: Red Sox creep up, Mets continue to tumble

1. Chicago Cubs (73-43, previously No. 1) – Even though the Cubs have lost two straight games, they still have won eight of their last 10 and have increased their NL Central lead to 12 games with around two months left in the season. As it stands now, the Cubs are the odds on favorites to win the...

Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 3:17 AM

MLB Power Rankings: Red Sox fall to 10, Mets tumble to 15

1. Chicago Cubs (69-41, previously No. 1) – The Cubs have certainly gotten back on track as they have now won seven straight and nine of their last 10 to open a remarkable 11-game lead in the NL Central. They are getting it done both at the plate and from the mound, as their plus-182 run...

Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 2:58 AM

Rick Porcello should get ball in a one-game playoff, not David Price

While it’s a long way away, and no guarantee to even happen, the Red Sox could be faced with a one-game, Wild Card play-in game to get in the American League divisional series in about two months.When the Sox signed David Price last offseason, it seemed like a no-brainer he would start any such...

Monday, August 8, 2016, 2:31 AM

MLB Power Rankings: Mets hoping Jay Bruce pulls them out of their rut

1. Chicago Cubs (64-41, previously No. 1) – The Cubs were already the best team in baseball, but they are now even stronger after the addition of reliever Aroldis Chapman. The bullpen was really their only weakness if they had one, and they got one of the best relievers in the game.2. Texas Rangers...

Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 11:22 PM

MLB Power Rankings: Red Sox up one spot, Cubs jump ahead of Giants

1. Chicago Cubs (59-38, previously No. 3) – After slumping over a few weeks span, the Cubs are back on top as they have won seven of their last 10 games. Along with the strong pitching, Kris Bryant has 25 homers, tied for second in the NL and Anthony Rizzo has 24, which are fourth.2. Washington...

Monday, July 25, 2016, 1:38 PM

Red Sox' David Price still playing the same disappointing tune

It’s getting old for Red Sox fans and it’s getting old for David Price.Saturday night was another poor start for Price as he allowed five runs on 11 hits in just 5 2/3 innings against the Minnesota Twins, the worst team in the American League. Even though the bullpen gave up runs late, the Red Sox...

Sunday, July 24, 2016, 2:25 PM

Grueling schedule not doing Red Sox any favors

Although the Red Sox are in decent shape in the standings as it relates to the postseason, the schedule makers didn’t do them any favors.Starting Monday, the Red Sox will play 43 games in 44 days until Aug. 31 and in the middle of that will play in four ballparks in five days as they have a makeup...

Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 2:27 PM

MLB Power Rankings: Red Sox in top 10, Mets on outside looking in

1. San Francisco Giants (57-36, previously No. 1) – Although the Giants still are at the top, they didn't have the best weekendas they were swept by the Padres. On Sunday, Johnny Cueto finally lost a game, as it was his first loss since April. Even with the poor start to the second half, they are...

Monday, July 18, 2016, 1:14 PM

Red Sox need these 3 players to step up in a big way during second half

The unofficial second half of the baseball season gets underway Friday night in New York for the Red Sox with a weekend series against the Yankees. It was an up-and-down first half of the season, but they currently are just two games out in the AL East and would be in the AL Wild Card game if the...

Thursday, July 14, 2016, 5:23 PM