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Episode 107: Lester, Koji, and the Deadline
July 16, 2014 01:39 PM PDT
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The trade deadline is coming up and the Red Sox will likely be big players this season, but not for the reason Sox fans would like. Instead, the team's rough start turned into a rough go and a close to last in the AL place in the standings. Thus, instead of Boston eyeing players from other teams, Sox players are the subject of other team's dreamy eyes. Or at least, eyes. On this, the 107th Over The Monster Podcast, Matt Kory and Brendan O'Toole are joined Marc Normandin to discuss the Sox place at the deadline and what it might mean to their star pitchers, Jon Lester and Koji Uehara. Before getting into that though there is a discussion of A.J. Pierzynski and his (recently ended) tenure with the Sox. Are we surprised he was cut? Do we think his signing was a bad idea? These and other questions are broached, dissected, and then baked to a fine, crusty goodness on the latest edition of the OTM Podcast!

Episode 106: Tear Up The Teardown
June 25, 2014 02:37 PM PDT
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The Red Sox are 8.5 out of the division at the (almost) end of June and not coincidentally they have an 8.5 percent chance to make the playoffs. That's not good odds. That's bad odds, even. So, in this, the 106th OTM Podcast, Matt Kory and Brendan O'Toole discuss a potential teardown. Who would go, who should go? Should anyone go? Where will they go? Actually, we don't talk about where they'll go but you could! We had enough on our plates going through the roster. Jon Lester will be a free agent. Will they re-sign him? Maybe! Maybe not! We discuss his situation as the team approaches the deadline. Same with John Lackey. And Jonny Gomes, and AJ Pierzynski. Actually, we barely discuss AJP because really, what is there to say except, trade him yesterday. We also discuss the interesting case of Koji Uehara. Should he be dealt? What should they do? We have the answers (or not) right here at the 106th OTM Podcast!

Episode 105: The 2014 Red Sox Draft with Chris Hatfield of SoxProspects.com
June 18, 2014 09:47 PM PDT
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The draft came and went with hardly much of an acknowledgement here at the OTM Podcast. There was too much else going on. Bad baseball, losing streaks, good baseball, winning streaks, and then throw the draft on top of that and it was all too much to handle in an hour. But now we've finally caught up, many thanks to Chris Hatfield of Sox Prospects. Chris joins Matt Kory and Brendan O'Toole to break down the Red Sox' draft. We run down some of the top players picked and look at some of the guys further down the list to see what they might be. Then we turn our attention (quickly) to the 2013 draft, where Chris provides an update on some of the guys drafted. It's a fun and knowledge-producing 105 OTM Podcast!

Episode 104: Chad Finn and the Sinking Red Sox
June 11, 2014 11:56 PM PDT
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Another day, another dispiriting loss. But at least we have each other, right? And the OTM Podcast can even one-up that, as the OTM Podcast has Chad Finn of the Boston Globe and Boston.com. Chad and co-hosts Brendan O'Toole and Matt Kory discuss the Red Sox rough start to the season, whether the team should look to re-sign Jon Lester, the problems with the offense, the specter of Giancarlo Stanton, potential improvements to the team (this year), and a final word is dropped on the draft. It's an informative and fun Over The Monster Podcast!

Episode 103: Outfield HEEEEEEEEEEEEEELP!!
June 04, 2014 11:15 AM PDT
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The Red Sox need some help in the outfield and the guys at OTM Podcast are ready to help! No, not by playing the outfield, but by making suggestions. Yay suggestions! And this episode they're joined by someone in a better position to make suggestions: Joon Lee of Over The Monster and WEEI.com where he covers the Red Sox "in the room" as they say. Joon joins Matt and Brendan to break down the Red Sox outfield situation (as if it needed any more breaking). The following topics are discussed:

Daniel Nava
(not) Giancarlo Stanton
Jonny Gomes
Trades
Mookie Betts

and maybe more!

Then we get into the whole David Price/throwing at people/suspension thing. Much swearing ensues.

Also, Brock Holt!

It's a rousing, fun, and God-forbid informative Over The Monster podcast!

Episode 102: The Buch 'n Drew Show
Explicit
May 20, 2014 10:02 PM PDT
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So we recorded a whole podcast in which we talked about Clay Buchholz's struggles and the prospects for his improvement and the problems the Red Sox have had with the left side of the infield. We concluded the podcast by saying the Red Sox had made a commitment to their youth, to Xander Bogaerts at shortstop and Will Middlebrooks at third base specifically, and that wasn't going to change after a month and a week. Obviously. Then we saved the podcast and it changed. The Red Sox signed Stephen Drew a few hours later and we were forced to re-record the second half of the podcast. Which we did. Because we're good like that. So that's what this is. A podcast where we get in depth on Clay Buchholz's struggles and the Red Sox re-signing of Stephen Drew. Happy Red Soxing!

Episode 101: A Rough Start, But All Is Not Lost
April 15, 2014 10:17 AM PDT
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The Red Sox have had a bit of a rough go at the start of the 2014 season. There have been injuries to key players, and injuries to players where the team's depth was weakest. Brendan O'Toole and Matt Kory discuss those injuries, where the team has under-performed, and what might be in store for the season. Prominently discussed are the team's worst hitters, but team defense is also a topic of discussion. It's an informative, and after last week's episode, a back-to-normal episode of the Over The Monster Podcast!

Episode 100!
April 09, 2014 11:23 PM PDT
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You didn't think we'd make it this far. Well we didn't think so either. But here we are. We're two co-hosts, one disaster season, one storybook season, one Bobby Valentine whatever you want to call it, a billion David Ortiz moments, a few used catboxes, and 100 episodes into the Over The Monster Podcast. In that spirit, it was time to reach back into the past. So former co-host Marc Normandin joined Matt Kory and Brendan O'Toole to welcome back the original OTM Podcast guest, Sam Miller. Sam was working at the Orange County Register when we spoke to him two years and change ago, but now he's one of the lead writers for Baseball Prospectus, and editor of the 2014 BP Annual. In keeping with the hodge-podge that is the OTM Podcast, not to mention Sam's areas of expertise, we skipped around the league a bit. We did cover some Red Sox questions, but we also talked about the podcast itself as well as some current happenings around the league. It was a fun time. Hopefully you enjoy it too. Thanks for listening.

Episode 99 - Actual Baseball!
April 03, 2014 09:13 PM PDT
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The realm of the theoretical has been abandoned! We can now discuss what has happened in reality! When I say reality I don't mean in Crimea or Wall Street, I'm talking about on an actual baseball diamond! Hallelujah! The Red Sox are playing again! Oh, I beg your pardon, the World Champion Red Sox are playing again! Yay! In this, the 99th Over The Monster Podcast, Brendan and Matt discuss, what else, the Red Sox! But first we talk about instant replay and the new rules and the way they've been implemented over the first few games. Then we move on to yakking about the actual Red Sox pitching staff, and how good they've looked through two (now three) games. All of this is interspersed with then-live-now-dated in-game commentary! Yes, it's a wonderful 99th Over The Monster Podcast!

Episode 98: Ortiz, Lester, and Kittens Don't Play Soccer
March 25, 2014 02:14 PM PDT
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It's extension time! David Ortiz is our first contestant and let's see what we have for him... behind Door Number One it's... a $16 million one year extension with a triggerable team option! Hooray! That's not all though, because as this is a podcast, we get to talk about it! From all angles! And to talk about it, we have more than just the typical two person discussion, we have a three person discussion as Marc Normandin joins Brendan O'Toole and Matt Kory! After delving deeply into the merits of the Ortiz deal, we move on to Jon Lester's potential extension. We talk about Lester as a player, his value to the organization going forward, what it might cost to keep him, and what the benefits and drawbacks of doing so would be. It's an enlightening and enjoyable 98th OTM Podcast!

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