The Who, What, Where, When, Why, And How Of Patents

Patent law in plain English. But not in that order.

Venice Canal

Why File Patents?

Patent laws exist. Just like tax laws exist. Smart companies take advantage of patent laws. Just like smart individuals take advantage of tax laws by itemizing their deductions on their tax returns rather than filing the short form 1040EZ and paying more taxes than they have to.

That said, patent laws do not have to exist in an ethical vacuum.

All modern patent laws derive from the epically awesome 1474 Venetian Patent Statute, which states, in part:

WE HAVE among us men of great genius, apt to invent and discover ingenious devices; and in view of the grandeur and virtue of our City, more such men come to us from divers parts. Now if provision were made for the works and devices discovered by such persons, so that others who may see them could not build them and take the inventor’s honor away, more men would then apply their genius, would discover, and would build devices of great utility and benefit to our Commonwealth.

The goals of the original patent statute of Venice were noble and worthy: to entice men (and women) of great genius to come to Venice to enrich the lives of its citizens. Fast forward to 1789, when the US Constitution was written and the so-called “patent clause” (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8) was enacted without controversy and WITHOUT DISCUSSION:

The Congress shall have Power To … promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.

Patent laws (such as these) based on the right ideas and ideals should, rightly, be noncontroversial. Where we get into trouble, as a society, is when the letter of the law departs from the spirit of the law. Such is the case with modern day patent trolls, who would have done nothing to enrich Venice and should have no place in 21st century US patent law.

So it is easy, I argue, for a patent lawyer to be ethical and idealistic: simply represent those clients who follow the spirit of the law. Some doubt that it is possible to identify such clients. To those doubters I say: (1) ask yourself why you went to law school in the first place and (2) ask your mother for her opinion.

With that historical preamble, I acknowledge that there are many valid reasons for getting a patent, including:

  • employee motivation/retention
  • defense (and quid-pro-quo licensing)
  • impressing clients (with shiny “patent pending” technology)
  • impressing inventors (actual and potential)
  • impressing your board of directors
  • scaring off competitors

Habit #2 of the “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” (book by Stephen R. Covey) is “begin with the end in mind.” So before you dive into the patent waters, know what your business goals are.

Where To File Patents

A US patent gives the patent owner the right to exclude others from making, using, and selling the patented thing in the US. Other countries confer similar rights on patent owners. In general, you should patent your product where your customers are.

If you are a US-only entity, then consider a US-only patent strategy. An advantage of pursuing a US-only patent strategy is that you can file a nonpublication request (with the initial US patent filing) and avoid having the patent application published 18 months after filing, which is the default. This way, if the patent application does not mature into an issued patent, then you can abandon the patent application and keep the patent application a trade secret. In other words, the secret sauce will only be revealed if/when a patent issues.

For most US startups, filing patents outside of the US is a waste of money. It generally costs four times as much to get patent protection in all of Europe as it does in the US. That said, there are two times when filing non-US (i.e. “foreign”) patent applications makes sense:

  1. First, if you have significant non-US business. What’s significant? I think 20%.
  2. Second, if you have a likely acquirer (or investor) located outside of the US.

As an aside, I don’t like the term “foreign” as it depends on one’s perspective.

Who Is The Inventor? Who Files The Patent?

First, who is the inventor? Steve Jobs may not have engineered the innards of Apple’s original iPod, but the product whose patent (correctly) bears his name was, by all accounts, his idea. As do many other of Steve Job’s inventions. Because that’s who the inventor is: the one who CAME UP WITH (i.e. conceived) the idea. NOT the one who built it (i.e. reduced the idea to practice). That said, products have many features, and if a particular feature was your idea, then you are the inventor of the embodiment of the product that includes that feature. Inventorship, therefore, is determined on a claim-by-claim basis and must be carefully reviewed for accuracy before a patent issues.

Second, who is listed first? The first-named inventor is the one whose name goes on the patent. The others get to be in the “et al.” category, which is somewhat less rewarding. So you should list the names of the inventors carefully on the patent application. (Perhaps this should be the first issue.)

Finally, although inventors are individuals, most law firms represent companies, and most companies require their employee/inventors to assign their patent rights to the company as a consideration of employment.

What Can Be Patented? What Should Be Patented?

A related question is “whether” to file a patent application. So I’ll address that question first. If you have a product that cannot be reverse engineered by virtue of its having been launched (where “launch” is defined as sold, offered for sale, publicly used, or published), then you should consider keeping your product a trade secret rather than pursuing patents. Trade secrets last as long as they remain secret. Patents last only 20 years from when you file them.

But if you do have a product/service that can be reverse engineered, then patents may be a good fit.

The legal requirements for getting a patent focus on legalese and are numerous and confusing. (In short, your product must be new, useful, nonobvious, and sufficiently disclosed.)

The plain English requirements for getting a patent, on the other hand, are two and product-based:

  1. If you have a “product” (which I’ll define more in a moment), that you believe to be better/faster/stronger than the competition, using features/benefits that YOU define (think marketing/sales sell sheet), then you have satisfied the first requirement (which is, essentially, the novelty requirement of patent law). Most startups can easily do this. It’s why you quit your day job and joined a startup.
  2. If your product has one feature/benefit that is unique to you (think “secret sauce”), then you have satisfied the second requirement (which is, essentially, the nonobviousness requirement in patent law). Not all startups can do this. Just because you have a winning product in the marketplace doesn’t mean you can win at the Patent Office. This issue occupies 95% of the time of patent practitioners (i.e. patent attorneys and patent agents). Recent US Supreme Court case law has made it extremely easy for the USPTO to reject patent applications as being “obvious” (in law) even though they are not “obvious” (in fact).

To keep things simple, I define “product” to include both “product” and “service.” And your “product” is anything you do sell, anything you could sell, anything you do license, anything you could license, anything you use internally, and any improvement to any product (think point release for software); whether or not you charge money for the product. Google Search is free for users, it is a product. The Twitter API is a product. Version 2.0 of your software is a product. So is version 2.1 And so on.

So if your startup is struggling to craft its patent strategy, know this: your product strategy IS your patent strategy. Before (and more on “when” below) you are getting ready to launch any product, you should consider filing a patent. Put a box around it, think how you’d position it in the marketplace, then you’re ready to patent it. Believe it or not, marketing/sales materials are as helpful (if not more helpful) than technical documents for writing patents. So the two most important people on your patent team are you CTO and CMO, not necessarily in that order.

When To File Patents

The ideal time to file a patent application is the day you can describe how to make and use your invention, and the ideal time to start the patent application process is two months before the day you can describe how to make and use your invention. A practical way to think about timing is to start the patent process two months before your scheduled product launch.

In 2013, under the guise of “patent reform,” US patent law changed from a first-to-invent system (i.e. the best patent system in the world) to a first-inventor-to-file system (i.e. like the European patent system). Under the old system, US patent applicants had a one year “grace period” between launch and when they could file for US patent applications. Under the new system, this grace period has been gutted, and, due to sloppy drafting, ambiguities in the new law have caused pragmatic patent practitioners to conclude that the US is the functional equivalent of an “absolute novelty” state (like Europe). In other words, you should treat the old grace period as if it no longer exists.

Under the old law, if you launched a product, then you could not get a patent in Europe, but you could, within one year of launch, still file in the US.

Under the new law, the only safe way to protect both US and no-US patent rights is to file patents BEFORE launching the product.

In addition, if you have filed a US provisional patent application, and you want to keep the benefit of the provisional’s filing date, then you have to file US (and non-US) patent applications within one year of the provisional’s filing date. (But most non-US patents are a waste of money, as discussed above.)

How To File Patents

You should budget one month for a patent search and a second month for writing and filing the patent application.

Why do a patent search? Because the whole trick to writing patents is navigating around the minefield of prior art. As the patent applicant, YOU get to define the product, YOU get to choose which features/benefits to emphasize. So you should do a patent search for the same reason the bear went over the mountain: to see what you can see. You will not be able to see everything, since a patent search cannot find everything (such as provisional patent applications). But it’s wiser to do a patent search than it is to try to navigate a minefield of prior art blindfolded.

Large companies (and the patent bar review firms that cater to their lawyers) will tell you not to do a patent search because (1) anything you discover needs to be disclosed to the USPTO and (2) if you find a patent and a later found to have infringed that patent, then you may be on the hook for triple damages.

These things are both true. But if you do the math (e.g. an expected value calculation or two), then you’ll discover that they are largely irrelevant for startups.

For small startups, the economics are quite different. First, you are hanging your hat on one or two core pieces of intellectual property, so it behooves you to figure out what the patent landscape looks likes. Second, you are not (yet) deep-pocketed, so you are not (yet) a target for patent litigation.

Do a patent search. Don’t skimp on it. It will inform you about whether, and, if so, how to file a patent application. Here are some possible recommendations for how to proceed after a patent search:

  1. Proceed with neither the product nor the patent, because someone else has the patent and the product.
  2. Proceed with the product but not the patent, because the technology is covered by an expired patent.
  3. Proceed slowly with the patent, because the technology area is crowded. It will take years and tens of thousands of dollars to get a patent. In this case, starting with a provisional patent application might make sense, to give you one extra year of “patent pending” status.
  4. Proceed quickly with the patent, because this is breakthrough technology. This is rare but exciting.

If you decide to proceed with a provisional patent application, then don’t skimp on that either. It is the foundation upon which your future IP house will be built. Filing a napkin provisional is like building your house on sand. Garbage in, garbage out (to mix my metaphors).

After completing the patent search phase, Clocktower (my firm) recommends, in about 40% of the cases, not to proceed with a patent application. We feel it is better to spend a small amount of money on a patent search rather than skip a search and waste much more money on a patent application that never should have been filed in the first place.

There are good and bad patent lawyers at big and small law firms. Clocktower likes to think that ours are good patent lawyers at a small law firm. The Clocktower method is simple: you teach us enough about the technology to write the patent, we teach you enough about the law to make the right business decision at the right time. At Clocktower, we give you the advice that we’d want to hear if it were our company.

That said, we’re not the right patent law firm for everyone. But we’re a good choice for many.

But not for patent trolls.

Erik J. Heels is a trademark and patent lawyer, Boston Red Sox fan, MIT engineer, and musician. He blogs about technology, law, baseball, and rock ‘n’ roll at This article was conceived on 2013-12-18 and reduced to practice on 2014-03-12 to coincide with a presentation by Erik at the Koa Labs Start-Up Club in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA.

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Drawing That Explains ErikJHeels Blog

Technology, Law, Baseball, Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Why do I write about more than one thing? Because I think single-subject blogs are, for the most part, boring.

Do you like musicians who play only one note? Artists who use only one color? OK then.

So I drew the above drawing to explain this blog. I’m pretty sure that:

  • technology + law = patents
  • law + baseball = umps
  • baseball + music = organs
  • music + technology = MP3s

But I’ve not yet figured out the following:

  • A = music + technology + law
  • B = technology + law + baseball
  • C = law + baseball + music
  • D = baseball + music + technology

Let me know if you figure it out.

I do know this. As soon as I stopped caring what the “experts” said and started writing about whatever was on my mind, my blog started producing results. Your mileage may vary.

Erik J. Heels is a trademark and patent lawyer, Boston Red Sox fan, MIT engineer, and musician. He blogs about technology, law, baseball, and rock ‘n’ roll at

The Perfect Treehouse (Part 2)

Build one with your kids.

In the summer of 2003 and 2004, the perfect treehouse took shape in a four-stem maple in the back yard of a house in Acton, MA.

The Perfect Treehouse (Part 1)

The treehouse was built by @ErikJHeels and his kids. This is a video tour of the treehouse.

Part 1 – Red House, Red Cat House, Red Treehouse

Part 2 – Apple Tree Ladder, Foundation

Part 3 – Opening The Entrance Hatch

Part 4 – Opening The Back Hatch, First Counterweighted Hatch

Part 5 – Second Counterweighted Hatch, N-Hatches, Double-D Hatches, Emergency Escape Hatch

Part 6 – Trunks, Branches, Holes, Roof, Loft

Part 7 – Sleeping Arrangements For Five, Second Floor Carpeted Loft

Part 8 – View From The Treehouse, My Brother Mark

Part 9 – Chicken-Head Hatch, Safe Way For Kids To Descend

Part 10 – Alternate Way For Adults To Descend

Drawing That Explains Copyright Law

Copyright rights, unregulated uses, and fair use.

On 10/19/05, the daughter of one of my MIT friends shadowed me for a day at work as part of a school project. One of the good things about spending time with children is that it forces you to explain things in simple terms. That day, I drew lots of drawings. So here is another installment Erik explaining things with drawings.

In this drawing, I attempt to explain the wonderful world of copyright law. As an aside, I think that all intellectual property (i.e. patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret) lawyers like writing about copyright. Because we’re all familiar with stuff that copyright protects – books, movies, CDs, DVDs, radio, TV, and the like. Even if, like me, they don’t practice copyright law.

What most people don’t appreciate is that there are three types of uses of copyrighted stuff. And not all of those rights are protected by (and hence can be legally controlled by) the copyright owner. Have you ever seen a copyright notice that says “It is illegal to make a copy of this copyrighted document”? Well, that’s not true, because it excludes fair use. I’ve often thought that the Copyright Act should be amended to say that all copyright rights are forfeit if an incorrect copyright notice is placed on a work. But that will never happen. On to my drawing.

On the right side of the drawing are the uses that are unregulated, one that are not covered by copyright rights. So you don’t need permission from the copyright owner to:

  • read a book
  • see a movie
  • watch the Red Sox at Fenway Park
  • borrow a book from a library

In the middle of the drawing are uses that are covered by copyright but uses that have been declared to be “fair use” by the law. So you can use copyrighted works without permission (to some extent) for:

  • commentary
  • parody
  • limited educational use

On the left side of the drawing are the uses that are exclusive to the copyright owners. These include the rights to:

  • copy the work
  • distribute the work
  • make derivative works from the work (such making a moving from a book)

My drawing could be better. And my explanation could be better. But again, I drew this for a child, so it’s a good place to start. The main point is that there are three classes of uses: unregulated, fair use, and protected. And you have to think carefully about which type of use is which. Many copyright owners fail to do this, unfortunately.

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Nine Principles Of Baseball And Life

Philosophy of Baseball: How to Play the Game of Life.

After my oldest son’s baseball game last night, I asked him, “What is the one thing that you can control in baseball?” He replied, “Your actions.” That’s the correct answer. It applies not only to baseball but to life. As I told my son:

“You can’t and won’t always be the fastest, biggest, or smartest in everything that you do. But you can give your best effort. You can choose how to act, and how to react. Responsibility is the ability to choose your own response (response + ability). I don’t care if the team loses. I don’t care if you make an error on every defensive play and strike out every time at the plate. I do care that you play the game correctly. Because in this league, you are learning not just about baseball but about life. You represent yourself, your team, and your town when you play. To paraphrase Albert Einstein, success in life is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.”

I then did what any lover of baseball and the law would do. I contacted the author of an inspirational article about baseball and life and asked for permission to reprint it on my blog. The author, Raymond Angelo Belliotti, graciously granted my request. His 2001 article entitled “Nine Principles of Baseball and Life” is reprinted in its entirety below. In 2006, the article later morphed into a book called “Philosophy of Baseball: How to Play the Game of Life.”

Nine Principles of Baseball and Life

by Raymond Angelo Belliotti

Baseball is about parents taking their children to local fields and teaching them the sport. Baseball is about the bonding of parents and children in the context of 150 years of history and the excitement of the infinite possibilities of summer. Baseball is about preseason practices, with everyone playing a variety of positions, no one keeping score, everyone energized, yelling, and engaged. Baseball is passing down an American legacy, reinforcing family love, teaching values and a way of life, sharing joy and triumph, sorrow and defeat. Baseball can illustrate and enhance the meaning in our lives. Baseball is only a distant cousin to organized games, all star tournaments, or names appearing in the local sports pages.

My Sicilian parents taught me values about life that are applicable to playing baseball. My father made it clear: if I acted inappropriately on a baseball field, no umpire, no coach, no league official would have to intervene. He would run onto the field himself and physically drag me off. He was not in attendance to be embarrassed by a son who had not learned proper values. The most important rule: approach any task with great enthusiasm, a positive attitude, and with appreciation for the opportunity to participate. My 9 principles of baseball are more fundamentally 9 principles of living a rewarding life.


Do not blame teammates, umpires, coaches, fans, or the position of the moon for your performance. Take responsibility for what happens on the field. Stand up, make no excuses, refuse the excuses that others might offer you. Excuses get in the way of learning because mistakes are denied. Be accountable. Remember you are not expected to be a perfect performer. No one is. Baseball is not an easy game to play.


Always hustle, run out every ground ball and pop up, encourage your teammates, especially after an error, bad pitch, or a strike out, carry yourself with pride and dignity. Do not in frustration throw equipment. Do not ridicule another team or an opposing player’s name, physical appearance, skill. Do not taunt. Do not distract an opposing player with low-level antics. Be positive with teammates. Never ridicule or criticize your teammates. They need your encouragement the most immediately after they have made a mistake. Show your teammates, your opponents, the entire world the values you hold dear by how you play.


Never Yield. Never Yield. Regardless of what the scoreboard says, you are never defeated unless you give up, unless you go belly up. No opponent can make you do this. Giving up is something you do. Regardless of what the scoreboard says, no opponent can extinguish the flame in your heart or crush the intensity of your will without your consent. Never surrender.


Ignore those things outside your control: the judgments of umpires, the conduct and ability of other teams, the weather, your amount of playing time, the final score (this is a tough one). Do not show frustration or disappointment. Do not allow your opponents to gain joy from your inability to cope with self-pity. Do not throw equipment or whine in anger or slump your shoulders. Such behavior impresses no one. Maintain your poise. Learn, prepare, and focus on the next event. We cannot change the past. Instead, we should focus on the next action with determination, joy, and resolve.


Your effort, your attitude, your commitment, and your approach to the game are under your control. Be enthusiastic, play with great effort, conduct yourself appropriately, meet this opportunity with great joy. Listen to your coaches. Be alert, play smartly, know the signs. You are always accountable. How you react to situations and circumstances reveals the person you are and the person you might become.


Focus on the current pitch. If you are a pitcher, what are you throwing now and where? If you are a fielder, what are you going to do if the ball is hit to you? If you are a base-runner, what are you going to do on a fly ball, line drive, ground ball, to the right side, to the left side? If you are a batter, what are you trying to accomplish on this pitch? If you are on the bench, how are you helping your team be successful?


The results of your performance are not fully under your control. The other team may be very good, or very bad. The bounces may go your way, or not. But your behavior and approach are under your control. At the end of the game, you, perhaps only, know whether you gave 100%, whether you did all you could to help your team. Those players who did are winners, those players who did not are losers, regardless of what the scoreboard says. Winners take care of the things within their control, enjoy their participation, and are justifiable proud of their effort. Losers make excuses, lose their poise readily, wallow in self-pity, and surrender at the slightest sign of adversity.


Players who are coachable are always trying to learn more about being successful ballplayers and people. They listen and apply what their coaches and teachers suggest. Are you coachable? If you are, you are a winner. If you are not, you are a loser, regardless of what the scoreboard says.


Be enthusiastic, positive, give 100%, understand that relentless effort in the pursuit of excellence is its own reward. The joyous warrior exemplifies the slogan “No Retreat & No Surrender.” Win with humility, lose with dignity.

Copyright Raymond Angelo Belliotti 2001. All rights reserved. Reprinted by Erik J. Heels in 2007 with the permission of the author. Raymond Angelo Belliotti is the Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the State University of New York/Fredonia. He can be reached at

17 Seconds #18

Trademark tips that should fit snugly on the screen of your favorite device (cough, iPhone, cough).

17 Seconds

What should you do if a competitor has filed a trademark very similar to yours? You basically have several bad options:

Option 1 – Do nothing. Hope they forget to file something (such as a Statement of Use) with the USPTO, go away, and/or go out of business. Issues: free, but outcome uncertain.

Option 2 – Convince them to file an Express Abandonment of their trademark application ( and re-brand. Issues: less expensive, but hard to convince them to do so.

Option 3 – If their trademark has not yet been examined, then file a Letter of Protest with the USPTO ( If their trademark has been published, then file a Request for Extension of Time to File an Opposition ( Issues: Letters of Protest can sometimes derail a bad trademark application, but Opposition proceedings have all of the issues of Cancellation proceedings (see below).

Option 4 – If the 30-day publication period has passed, then wait until they get a registered trademark and then file a Petition to Cancel. Issues: moderately expensive and takes a long time (probably $30K and 30 months), but outcome pretty certain (you win).

Option 5 – Litigate. Send them a C&D letter, be prepared to litigate in your market or theirs (if they file a Declaratory Judgment action). Issues: most expensive, most time consuming, but outcome pretty certain (you win).

Option 6 – Blog about the situation and let the matter play out in the court of public opinion. But be careful what you say so that you don’t find yourself on the receiving end of a defamation lawsuit! Issues: fun but risky.

Come to think of it, “Fun But Risky” would make a pretty good band name. You’re welcome.

2015 Red Sox Season Brain Dump

Before Dave Dombrowski starts doing his thing, I figured I should do my thing and give my $0.02 on the 2015 (and 2016) Red Sox season.

The Starting Rotation

My favorite stat from the 2004 Red Sox season is that no starting pitcher missed a start due to injury. I don’t think that has happened since.

At the start of the 2015 season, I had a theory that the Red Sox were going to struggle because they lacked a true ace. The reason having a true number one starter is important – especially in the postseason – is that your ace is going against their ace. You never heard Roger Clemens or Pedro Martinez complain about “run support,” which is one of the most bogus and misplaced concepts in baseball. Yes, you have to score runs for your team to win, but there are intangibles to an ace that are difficult to measure. Maybe the Red Sox hitters were more relaxed and confident with Pedro on the mound. All I know is that no matter the opposing team or opposing pitcher, when Pedro was starting, more often than not, you could pencil in a “W” on the schedule.

Also, the “win” stat for pitchers in baseball is among the silliest of all baseball stats. A starting pitcher has to go 5+ innings and leave the game with a lead to get credit for a win. For relievers, the rule is even more silly. Basically, the reliever who pitches the best – presumably in the opinion of the official scorer – gets the win.

For a starting pitcher, the stat that I think matters is whether or not your team wins the games you started. Yes, you can “pitch well” and the team can still lose, or you an “pitch poorly” and the team can still win. But isn’t winning the bottom line? You don’t get extra credit for losing close games. In the 1975 World Series, the Red Sox outperformed the Reds in nearly every statistical category except the one the matters: wins. Based on the games-your-team-won-that-you-started theory, here is how I rank the 2015 Red Sox starting rotation:

1. Wade Miley. Miley was the only Sox pitcher to make all 32 of his starts, and the Red Sox won 15 of those. About the only bad thing that you can say about Miley is that he once yelled at his (ineffective, but that’s another story) manager in the dugout in front of TV cameras. So what? The dude took the ball every 5 days and never complained. Every other pitcher on the staff would have a worse record but for Miley eating up innings. His average slot of 2.8 is about right: he’s a #3 guy.

2. Rick Porcello. Porcello made 28 starts, and the Red Sox won 13 of those. He started the year streaky and ended it pitching inconsistently. Fortunately, the Sox are paying him a ton of money, so there’s that. His average slot of 2.4 is too high: he’s also a #3 guy.

3. Joe Kelly. Kelly made 25 starts, and the Red Sox won 13 of those. Kelly’s season can best be described as baffling. He started off inconsistently while throwing a million miles per hour. Then he lost a bunch, got demoted, then returned to the majors and put together a string of eight straight wins. His average slot was 5.1, but I think that’s infinitely too high: he should be your 8th-inning guy.

4. Eduardo Rodriguez. Rodriguez made 21 starts, and the Red Sox won 13 of those. When Erod is not tipping his pitches or pitching during the daytime, he’s fun to watch. His average slot was also 2.4: he can be a #2 guy.

5. Clay Buchholz. Buchholz made 18 starts, and the Red Sox won 8 of those. Long before Buchholz got injured, he was delivering losses for the team while inexplicably holding the “ace” title. Buchholz is not an ace and never will be. His average slot was 1.0, but he’s your #5 guy.

6. Henry Owens. Owens made 11 starts, and the Red Sox won 5 of those. It’s probably too small of a sample size (from this point on in this list), but Owens pitched well against good pitchers and good teams. His average slot was 3.5, and he’s probably a #4 or a #5 guy.

7. Justin Masterson. Masterson made 9 starts, and the Red Sox won 4 of those. I didn’t take too many notes on his games and noted that he pitched well after a long DL stint. But I guess the Masterson experiment is over. His average slot was 3.4.

8. Steven Wright. Wright made 9 starts, and the Red Sox won 3 of those. Yet Wright is generally praised for his pitching, which really makes little sense given the team results. His average slot was 3.3, but he should be in the bullpen.

9. Rich Hill. Hill made 4 starts, and the Red Sox won 3 of those. Hill is clearly the feel-good story of the season, coming back to the majors from independent ball and pitching lights out. But can he keep it up? Probably not.

10. Craig Breslow. Breslow made 2 starts, and the Red Sox won 1 of those. It was cool to see a lifelong reliever get a couple of starts. Breslow is a nice guy and raises the team IQ, but that’s probably not enough to see him back in a Red Sox uniform in 2016.

11. Matt Barnes. Barnes made 2 starts, and the Red Sox won neither. Both times, he did not look like a starting pitcher. Work in progress. Probably should be in the bullpen.

12. Brian Johnson. Johnson made 1 start, and the Red Sox lost. I didn’t see the game and have no opinion. Maybe pencil him in as your ace in 2016, since that job is still open.

Rank Game Slot Round Date Record Red Sox Pitcher Opponent W L Notes
1 4 4 1 04/10/15 1-0 Wade Miley New York Yankees 1 0 none
1 9 4 2 04/15/15 1-1 Wade Miley Washington Nationals 0 1 none
1 14 4 3 04/21/15 2-1 Wade Miley Tampa Bay Rays 1 0 none
1 19 4 4 04/26/15 2-2 Wade Miley Baltimore Orioles 0 1 none
1 24 4 5 05/02/15 2-3 Wade Miley New York Yankees 0 1 2015-05-02 – Blake Swihart (C) get first ML hit.
1 29 4 6 05/08/15 2-4 Wade Miley Toronto Blue Jays 0 1 2015-05-08 – David Ortiz (DH) serves 1-game suspension.
1 34 4 7 05/13/15 3-4 Wade Miley Oakland Athletics 1 0 none
1 39 4 8 05/19/15 4-4 Wade Miley Texas Rangers 1 0 none
1 44 4 9 05/24/15 5-4 Wade Miley LA Angels 1 0 none
1 50 5 10 05/30/15 5-5 Wade Miley Texas Rangers 0 1 2015-05-30 – Red Sox made 3 errors and multiple other plays that could have been errors.
1 56 5 11 06/05/15 6-5 Wade Miley Oakland Athletics 1 0 2015-06-05 – Fan injured by broken bat.
1 61 4 12 06/11/15 6-6 Wade Miley Baltimore Orioles 0 1 2015-06-11 – Sox score 5 but still lose 6-5, Miley and Farrell get in shouting match in dugout. Urg.
1 66 4 13 06/16/15 7-6 Wade Miley Atlanta Braves 1 0 2015-06-16 – Brock Holt hits for the cycle! Sox win 9-4 and crank out 18 hits.
1 71 4 14 06/21/15 8-6 Wade Miley Kansas City Royals 1 0 2015-06-21 – Miley is your ace, 13-2 Father’s Day thumping.
1 76 4 15 06/27/15 8-7 Wade Miley Tampa Bay Rays 0 1 2015-06-27 – A forgettable loss. Sox have alternated wins and losses for the last 8 games.
1 81 4 16 07/02/15 9-7 Wade Miley Toronto Blue Jays 1 0 2015-07-02 – 12-6 victory, 3rd winning round in a row through the rotation.
1 85 3 17 07/07/15 10-7 Wade Miley Miami Marlins 1 0 2015-07-07 – Rebecca attends game, Sox win!
1 89 3 18 07/12/15 10-8 Wade Miley New York Yankees 0 1 2015-07-12 – Red Sox sputter into All-Star break with 8-6 loss.
1 90 1 19 07/17/15 10-9 Wade Miley LA Angels 0 1 2015-07-17 – Erik (and Don Orsillo) on vacation, Red Sox lose.
1 96 1 20 07/23/15 10-10 Wade Miley Houston Astros 0 1 2015-07-23 – Erik (and Don Orsillo) on vacation, Red Sox lose.
1 101 1 21 07/28/15 10-11 Wade Miley Chicago White Sox 0 1 2015-07-28 – Pedro #45 retired. Mookie caches a ball that is ruled a fumble (rule needs to change) AND gets injured. AND Sox lose.
1 106 1 22 08/02/15 10-12 Wade Miley Tampa Bay Rays 0 1 2015-08-02 – Bullpen blows lead late, Sox lose. Porcello put on DL (biceps).
1 111 1 23 08/08/15 10-13 Wade Miley Detroit Tigers 0 1 2015-08-08 – Offense does it job but pitching can’t hold multiple leads, Sox lose 7-6.
1 116 1 24 08/15/15 11-13 Wade Miley Seattle Mariners 1 0 2015-08-15 – In historic series, Red Sox crush Mariner 22-10, JBJ hits 2 homers and gets 7 RBIs.
1 121 1 25 08/20/15 12-13 Wade Miley Kansas City Royals 1 0 2015-08-21 – Wade Miley dealing with the porn-stash, Sox win against the future World Series champs.
1 126 1 26 08/25/15 12-14 Wade Miley Chicago White Sox 0 1 2015-08-25 – Don Orsillo fired as NESN play-by-play announcer. #WTF Also, Hanley moving to 1B, and the Red Sox lose.
1 130 1 27 08/30/15 12-15 Wade Miley New York Mets 0 1 2015-08-30 – Sox lose back-and-forth game 5-4.
1 135 1 28 09/05/15 13-15 Wade Miley Philadelphia Phillies 1 0 2014-09-05 – Sox feast on lowly Phillies, Papi hits 496, Miley pitches complete game.
1 140 1 29 09/11/15 13-16 Wade Miley Tampa Bay Rays 0 1 2015-09-11 – Back-and-forth game sees Red Sox bullpen implode, Sox lose 8-4.
1 147 2 30 09/19/15 14-16 Wade Miley Toronto Blue Jays 1 0 2015-09-19 – JBJ his 2-run bomb in bottom of the 9th, Sox score 5 in the inning, hold on to win 7-6, the first time in 66 games that they have won after trailing in the 9th.
1 152 2 31 09/24/15 14-17 Wade Miley Tampa Bay Rays 0 1 2015-09-24 – Miley good the first two times through the lineup, Rays figured him out the third time. Hazen promoted to GM.
1 158 2 32 09/30/15 15-17 Wade Miley New York Yankees 1 0 2015-09-30 – Mookie hits two homers, Sox win 9-5 in 11 innings, extend winning streak to 6 games.
1   2.8     15-17 Wade Miley       32 starts
2 2 2 1 04/08/15 0-1 Rick Porcello Philadelphia Phillies 0 1 none
2 7 2 2 04/13/15 1-1 Rick Porcello Washington Nationals 1 0 2015-04-13 – Mookie Betts (CF) homers, steals 2 bases, robs HR.
2 12 2 3 04/19/15 1-2 Rick Porcello Baltimore Orioles 0 1 none
2 17 2 4 04/24/15 2-2 Rick Porcello Baltimore Orioles 1 0 none
2 22 2 5 04/29/15 3-2 Rick Porcello Toronto Blue Jays 1 0 2014-04-29 – Hanley Ramirez (LF) hits 10th HR.
2 27 2 6 05/05/15 4-2 Rick Porcello Tampa Bay Rays 1 0 2015-05-05 – Mookie Betts (CF) homers twice.
2 32 2 7 05/11/15 5-2 Rick Porcello Oakland Athletics 1 0 2015-05-12 – First time Red Sox 1-2 starters have won consecutive games.
2 37 2 8 05/16/15 6-2 Rick Porcello Seattle Mariners 1 0 none
2 42 2 9 05/22/15 6-3 Rick Porcello LA Angels 0 1 2015-05-23 – Red Sox crushed 12-5.
2 47 2 10 05/27/15 6-4 Rick Porcello Minnesota Twins 0 1 none
2 54 3 11 06/03/15 6-5 Rick Porcello Minnesota Twins 0 1 2015-06-03 – Split the double-header. One step forward, one step back.
2 60 3 12 06/10/15 6-6 Rick Porcello Baltimore Orioles 0 1 2015-06-10 – Answer: Because Porcello keeps on losing.
2 65 3 13 06/15/15 13-15 Rick Porcello Atlanta Braves 0 1 2015-06-15 – Gordon Edes writes funny non-negative review of 4-2 loss.
2 70 3 14 06/20/15 6-7 Rick Porcello Kansas City Royals 0 1 2015-06-20 – Porcello keeps losing.
2 75 3 15 06/26/15 7-7 Rick Porcello Tampa Bay Rays 1 0 2015-06-26 – Porcello give up 3 runs through 6 innings (and multiple leads), gets a ND, but the team wins.
2 80 3 16 07/01/15 7-8 Rick Porcello Toronto Blue Jays 0 1 2015-07-01 – Porcello gets shelled, Sox lose 11-2.
2 86 4 17 07/08/15 8-8 Rick Porcello Miami Marlins 1 0 2015-07-08 – Joe Lesses attends game, Sox win, first 4-game winning streak of the season!
2 91 2 19 07/18/15 8-9 Rick Porcello LA Angels 0 1 2015-07-18 – Erik (and Don Orsillo) on vacation, Red Sox lose.
2 97 2 20 07/24/15 9-9 Rick Porcello Detroit Tigers 1 0 2015-07-24 – Erik (and Don Orsillo) on vacation, Red Sox walk-off win in 11.
2 102 2 21 07/29/15 9-10 Rick Porcello Chicago White Sox 0 1 2015-07-29 – Fat Man Pablo gets thrown out at the plate (with the Sox down 6-0) and then leaves the game due to dehydration.
2 127 2 26 08/26/15 10-10 Rick Porcello Chicago White Sox 1 0 2015-08-26 – Travis Shaw un-ties a 0-0 pitching duel with a 2-run homer. Porcello, fresh off the DL, pitches his best game of the season.
2 132 3 27 09/01/15 10-11 Rick Porcello New York Yankees 0 1 2013-09-01 – Porcello strikes out 13 but Sox lose 3-1.
2 137 3 28 09/07/15 11-11 Rick Porcello Toronto Blue Jays 1 0 2015-09-07 – A hot Labor Day day game sees JBJ get 4 hits as sox crush Jays 11-4.
2 141 2 29 09/12/15 12-11 Rick Porcello Tampa Bay Rays 1 0 2015-09-12 – Big Papi hits #499 and #500, Sox roll 10-4.
2 146 1 30 09/18/15 12-12 Rick Porcello Toronto Blue Jays 0 1 2015-09-18 – Porcello not sharp, Sox lose 6-1. One of the few games I completely missed (MCats).
2 151 1 31 09/23/15 12-13 Rick Porcello Tampa Bay Rays 0 1 2015-09-23 – In a near clone of yesterday’s game, Sox offense mostly silent, pitching mostly just OK, Sox lose 6-2.
2 157 1 32 09/29/15 13-13 Rick Porcello New York Yankees 1 0 2015-09-29 – Porcello gives up 4 in the 1st, settles down to get the win, the first time the Sox have won 5 in a row all season.
2 162 6 33 10/04/15 13-14 Rick Porcello Cleveland Indians 0 1 2015-10-04 – Don Orsillo says, “Orsillo, rounding third and heading home.”
2   2.4     13-15 Rick Porcello       28 starts
3 5 5 1 04/11/15 1-0 Joe Kelly New York Yankees 1 0 2015-04-11 – Red Sox defeat Yankees in 19 innings.
3 10 5 2 04/17/15 2-0 Joe Kelly Baltimore Orioles 1 0 none
3 15 5 3 04/22/15 2-1 Joe Kelly Tampa Bay Rays 0 1 none
3 20 5 4 04/27/15 3-1 Joe Kelly Toronto Blue Jays 1 0 none
3 25 5 5 05/03/15 3-2 Joe Kelly New York Yankees 0 1 none
3 30 5 6 05/09/15 3-3 Joe Kelly Toronto Blue Jays 0 1 none
3 35 5 7 05/14/15 4-3 Joe Kelly Seattle Mariners 1 0 2015-05-14 – Justin Masterson (P) placed on DL.
3 40 5 8 05/20/15 4-4 Joe Kelly Texas Rangers 0 1 none
3 45 5 9 05/25/15 4-5 Joe Kelly Minnesota Twins 0 1 none
3 51 6 10 05/31/15 4-6 Joe Kelly Texas Rangers 0 1 none
3 57 6 11 06/06/15 5-6 Joe Kelly Oakland Athletics 1 0 none
3 62 5 12 06/12/15 5-7 Joe Kelly Toronto Blue Jays 0 1 2015-06-12 – The latest worst loss of the season. Sox blow an 8-1 lead, give up a 9-run inning, lose 13-10.
3 67 5 13 06/17/15 5-8 Joe Kelly Atlanta Braves 0 1 2015-06-17 – Red Sox resume normal lineup, resume losing.
3 72 5 14 06/23/15 5-9 Joe Kelly Baltimore Orioles 0 1 2015-06-23 – Erik and Mark celebrate Mark’s 51st birthday! Joe Kelly gives up 6, lasts 3+ innings, Sox lose 6-4.
3 95 6 20 07/22/15 5-10 Joe Kelly Houston Astros 0 1 2015-07-22 – Erik (and Don Orsillo) on vacation, Red Sox lose.
3 100 5 20 07/27/15 5-11 Joe Kelly Chicago White Sox 0 1 2015-07-28 – Kelly gives up back-to-back triples to start the game, Sox lose slugfest 10-8.
3 105 5 21 08/01/15 6-11 Joe Kelly Tampa Bay Rays 1 0 2015-08-01 – Shaw homers twice, Sox win slugfest 11-7.
3 110 5 22 08/07/15 7-11 Joe Kelly Detroit Tigers 1 0 2015-08-07 – Tiger fight with themselves in dugout, Papi homers, Koji hurts hand, Sox win. On 8/10, Uehara ends up on DL with broken wrist.
3 115 5 23 08/14/15 8-11 Joe Kelly Seattle Mariners 1 0 2015-08-14 – In response to the news that John Farrell has cancer, the Red Sox crush the Mariners 15-1.
3 120 5 24 08/19/15 9-11 Joe Kelly Cleveland Indians 1 0 2015-08-20 – Sox win 6-4 behind a pair of back-to-back home runs. Plus they won the rotation.
3 125 5 25 08/24/15 10-11 Joe Kelly Chicago White Sox 1 0 2015-08-24 – Rusney carried the team with 5 RBIs and 3 hits, Sox win 5-4.
3 129 4 26 08/29/15 11-11 Joe Kelly New York Mets 1 0 2015-08-29 – Sox get just enough offense to beat Mets ace deGrom. Erod rested as Sox do one round with a 4-man rotation.
3 134 5 27 09/04/15 12-11 Joe Kelly Philadelphia Phillies 1 0 2015-09-04 – Joe Kelley (although not the Cy Young) becomes the first MLB pitcher to win 7 straight this season.
3 139 5 28 09/09/15 13-11 Joe Kelly Toronto Blue Jays 1 0 2015-09-09 – Kelly get’s 8th straight win, Papi hits #498, Sox roll 10-4.
3 144 5 29 09/15/15 13-12 Joe Kelly Baltimore Orioles 0 1 2015-09-15 – Kelley’s win streak ends at 8 as he leaves with a shoulder injury in the 3rd. Sox lose 6-5 in 13. Tazawa shut down for rest of season.
3   5.1     13-12 Joe Kelly       25 starts
4 48 3 10 05/28/15 1-0 Eduardo Rodriguez Texas Rangers 1 0 2015-05-28 – First ML start for Eduardo Rodriguez (P).
4 53 2 11 06/03/15 2-0 Eduardo Rodriguez Minnesota Twins 1 0 2015-06-03 – Makeup of 6/1 rainout. The emergence of E-Rod!
4 59 2 12 06/09/15 2-1 Eduardo Rodriguez Baltimore Orioles 0 1 2015-06-09 – Question: Why did the Red Sox demote their winningest pitcher to the #3 slot? Sox lose 1-0 on a stupid wild pitch.
4 64 2 13 06/14/15 2-2 Eduardo Rodriguez Toronto Blue Jays 0 1 2015-06-14 – Erod is mortal, suck train continues, 13-5 loss.
4 69 2 14 06/19/15 3-2 Eduardo Rodriguez Kansas City Royals 1 0 2015-06-19 – Good bounce-back start for Erod.
4 74 2 15 06/25/15 3-3 Eduardo Rodriguez Baltimore Orioles 0 1 2015-06-25 – Big 6-run inning sinks Erod, Kelly sent to minors.
4 79 2 16 06/30/15 4-3 Eduardo Rodriguez Toronto Blue Jays 1 0 2015-06-30 – Erod stops tipping his pitches, goes 6, gets W.
4 84 2 17 07/05/15 5-3 Eduardo Rodriguez Houston Astros 1 0 2015-07-05 – Ramirez hits one-handed game-winning homer.
4 88 2 18 07/11/15 6-3 Eduardo Rodriguez New York Yankees 1 0 2015-07-11 – Erod pitches 6.2 strong, Ramirez 2-run homer, Sox win 5-3.
4 92 3 19 07/20/15 6-4 Eduardo Rodriguez LA Angels 0 1 2015-07-20 – Erik (and Don Orsillo) on vacation, Red Sox lose.
4 99 4 20 07/26/15 7-4 Eduardo Rodriguez Detroit Tigers 1 0 2015-07-27 – Pedro to HOF. Big Papi hits career-high 7 RBIs, Sox win 11-1.
4 104 4 21 07/31/15 8-4 Eduardo Rodriguez Tampa Bay Rays 1 0 2015-07-31 – Napoli homers late, Sox win.
4 109 4 22 08/06/15 8-5 Eduardo Rodriguez New York Yankees 0 1 2015-08-06 – A well played game on both sides, but the Red Sox come up a bit short, lose 2-1.
4 114 4 23 08/12/15 8-6 Eduardo Rodriguez Miami Marlins 0 1 2015-08-12 – Big Papi hits HR numbers 490 and 491, but Sox give up 10 in the 6th, lose 14-6.
4 119 4 24 08/18/15 9-6 Eduardo Rodriguez Cleveland Indians 1 0 2015-08-18 – Erik and Rebecca attend Red Sox game, who win 9-1 behind Erod. During the game, Red Sox hire Dave Dombrowski as president of baseball operations. Ben Cherington declines to continue as GM, thus ending his tenure in Boston.
4 124 4 25 08/23/15 9-7 Eduardo Rodriguez Kansas City Royals 0 1 2015-08-23 – Erod (who pitches way better at night) pitches poorly during day game. In sloppy rainy game, Sox commit 3 errors, give up 2-run lead in the 9th, lose to Royals 8-6.
4 131 2 27 08/31/15 10-7 Eduardo Rodriguez New York Yankees 1 0 2015-08-31 – Mary at Clocktower’s game. Papi hits HR 495, Sox win 4-3.
4 136 2 28 09/06/15 11-7 Eduardo Rodriguez Philadelphia Phillies 1 0 2015-09-06 – Erod usually does not pitch well during day games. But he did today.
4 143 4 29 09/14/15 11-8 Eduardo Rodriguez Baltimore Orioles 0 1 2015-09-14 – Erod pitches well but Sox offense can’t score, Sox lose 2-0. Also, stadium nearly empty.
4 149 4 30 09/21/15 12-8 Eduardo Rodriguez Tampa Bay Rays 1 0 2015-09-21 – Xander hit a grand slam, Sox climb out of last place, beat Rays 8-7.
4 156 6 31 09/28/15 13-8 Eduardo Rodriguez New York Yankees 1 0 2015-09-28 – Erod pitches well in his final game of the season, Deven Marrero hits his first ML home run, Sox win 5-1.
4   3.0     13-8 Eduardo Rodriguez       21 starts
5 1 1 1 04/06/15 1-0 Clay Buchholz Philadelphia Phillies 1 0 2015-04-06 – Clay Buchholz (P) wins on opening day.
5 6 1 2 04/12/15 1-1 Clay Buchholz New York Yankees 0 1 none
5 11 1 3 04/18/15 1-2 Clay Buchholz Baltimore Orioles 0 1 none
5 16 1 4 04/23/15 1-3 Clay Buchholz Tampa Bay Rays 0 1 none
5 21 1 5 04/28/15 1-4 Clay Buchholz Toronto Blue Jays 0 1 none
5 26 1 6 05/04/15 1-5 Clay Buchholz Tampa Bay Rays 0 1 2015-05-04 – Hanley Ramirez (LF) injures left shoulder.
5 31 1 7 05/10/15 2-5 Clay Buchholz Toronto Blue Jays 1 0 2015-05-11 – Clay Buchholz (P) wins on Mother’s Day, his first win since opening day.
5 36 1 8 05/15/15 2-6 Clay Buchholz Seattle Mariners 0 1 none
5 41 1 9 05/21/15 2-7 Clay Buchholz Texas Rangers 0 1 none
5 46 1 10 05/26/15 2-8 Clay Buchholz Minnesota Twins 0 1 2015-05-26 – Rain delay.
5 52 1 11 06/02/15 3-8 Clay Buchholz Minnesota Twins 1 0 2015-06-02 – John Henry (owner) speaks about being disappointed, Sox win first 1-0 game of the year.
5 58 1 12 06/07/15 4-8 Clay Buchholz Oakland Athletics 1 0 2015-06-07 – Sox score 7 in the 8th, sweep the As. Best win of the year.
5 63 1 13 06/13/15 4-9 Clay Buchholz Toronto Blue Jays 0 1 2015-06-13 – Papi ties it 4-4 with a HR in the 6th, Toronto wins it with a HR in the 11th.
5 68 1 14 06/18/15 5-9 Clay Buchholz Atlanta Braves 1 0 2015-06-18 – Clay also had a good 10-pitch at-bat.
5 73 1 15 06/24/15 6-9 Clay Buchholz Baltimore Orioles 1 0 2015-06-25 – Sox win but Ramirez (hand) and Pedroia (hamstring) injured.
5 78 1 16 06/29/15 7-9 Clay Buchholz Toronto Blue Jays 1 0 2015-06-29 – Binary streak ends at 9, Clay solid through 8.
5 83 1 17 07/04/15 8-9 Clay Buchholz Houston Astros 1 0 2014-07-04 – Clay pitches a complete-game gem on July 4th, first complete game of the year for the Red Sox, who win 6-1.
5 87 1 18 07/10/15 8-10 Clay Buchholz New York Yankees 0 1 2015-07-10 – Red Sox lose game (4-1), momentum, Clay Buchholz (elbow tightness), and the season.
5   1.0     8-10 Clay Buchholz       18 starts
6 107 2 22 08/04/15 0-1 Henry Owens New York Yankees 0 1 2015-08-04 – Owens makes MLB debut. Pitches well enough to win but bullpen give it up again. Sox crushed 13-3. MLB writers now resorting to “clever” headlines (such as “Beleaguered Boston bullpen battered”
6 112 2 23 08/09/15 1-1 Henry Owens Detroit Tigers 1 0 2015-08-09 – JBJ makes nice over-the-shoulder catch, gets 5 RBIs, Sox win. Owens gets first career W.
6 117 2 24 08/16/15 1-2 Henry Owens Seattle Mariners 0 1 2015-08-16 – Sox erase 7-0 deficit, then lose 10-8 in 12 innings.
6 122 2 25 08/21/15 2-2 Henry Owens Kansas City Royals 1 0 2015-08-22 – Owens out-duels Ace Cueto as Sox cruise 7-2 for 4th straight win, tying a season high.
6 128 3 26 08/28/15 3-2 Henry Owens New York Mets 1 0 2015-08-28 – Catcher Swihart hits inside-the-park homer in 10th, Sox hold on for 6-4 win.
6 133 4 27 09/02/15 3-3 Henry Owens New York Yankees 0 1 2015-09-02 – Sox pitchers throw a series of straight balls, which Yankee hitters deposit into stands for home runs. Sox lose 13-8.
6 138 4 28 09/08/15 3-4 Henry Owens Toronto Blue Jays 0 1 2015-09-08 – Owens not quite good enough, bullpen not quite good enough, Sox fall in extras.
6 145 6 29 09/16/15 4-4 Henry Owens Baltimore Orioles 1 0 2015-09-16 – Owens sharp, Sox cruise 10-1.
6 150 5 30 09/22/15 4-5 Henry Owens Tampa Bay Rays 0 1 2015-09-22 – Owens strong through 7, gives up home run in 8th to seal the loss.
6 155 5 31 09/27/15 5-5 Henry Owens Baltimore Orioles 1 0 2015-09-27 – Owens pitches like an ace, Sox cruise for third shutout in a row for final Fenway game of season.
6 160 4 32 10/02/15 5-6 Henry Owens Cleveland Indians 0 1 2015-10-02 – Owens struggles, Papi homers, as Sox stumble to finish line.
6   3.5     5-6 Henry Owens       11 starts
7 3 3 1 04/09/15 1-0 Justin Masterson Philadelphia Phillies 1 0 none
7 8 3 2 04/14/15 2-0 Justin Masterson Washington Nationals 1 0 none
7 13 3 3 04/20/15 3-0 Justin Masterson Baltimore Orioles 1 0 none
7 18 3 4 04/25/15 3-1 Justin Masterson Baltimore Orioles 0 1 2015-04-25 – Shane Victorino (RF) placed on DL.
7 23 3 5 05/01/15 3-2 Justin Masterson New York Yankees 0 1 2015-05-01 – Ryan Hanigan (C) breaks right hand.
7 28 3 6 05/06/15 3-3 Justin Masterson Tampa Bay Rays 0 1 2015-05-07 – Red Sox fire pitching coach Juan Nieves.
7 33 3 7 05/12/15 3-4 Justin Masterson Oakland Athletics 0 1 2015-05-13 – Shane Victorino (RF) returns from DL.
7 77 5 15 06/28/15 4-4 Justin Masterson Tampa Bay Rays 1 0 2015-06-29 – Masterson solid in return to rotation.
7 82 5 16 07/03/15 4-5 Justin Masterson Houston Astros 0 1 2015-07-03 – Sloppy baseball, rollercoaster game, 12-8 loss.
7   3.4     4-5 Justin Masterson       9 starts
8 38 3 8 05/17/15 0-1 Steven Wright Seattle Mariners 0 1 2015-05-17 – Steven Wright gets the start.
8 43 3 9 05/23/15 1-1 Steven Wright LA Angels 1 0 2015-04-24 – Steven Wright gets his first ML win.
8 49 4 10 05/29/15 1-2 Steven Wright Texas Rangers 0 1 none
8 55 4 11 06/04/15 1-3 Steven Wright Minnesota Twins 0 1 2015-06-04 – Red Sox blow 4-0 lead.
8 93 4 19 07/20/15 1-4 Steven Wright LA Angels 0 1 2015-07-20 – Erik (and Don Orsillo) on vacation, Red Sox lose.
8 98 3 20 07/25/15 1-5 Steven Wright Detroit Tigers 0 1 2015-07-25 – Erik (and Don Orsillo) on vacation, Red Sox lose.
8 103 3 21 07/30/15 2-5 Steven Wright Chicago White Sox 1 0 2015-07-30 – Wright mixes is some fastballs with the knuckleball, Sox finally get win #45, 2 days after retiring #45.
8 108 3 22 08/05/15 3-5 Steven Wright New York Yankees 1 0 2015-08-05 – Steven Wright pitches 9 innings, strikes out 8, both career highs. Red Sox win 2-1.
8 113 3 23 08/11/15 3-6 Steven Wright Miami Marlins 0 1 2015-08-11 – Sox lose to last place team in extra innings.
8   3.3     3-6 Steven Wright       9 starts
9 142 3 29 09/13/15 1-0 Rich Hill Tampa Bay Rays 1 0 2015-09-13 – Rich Hill starts first game since 2009, strikes out 10, pitches 7+, Sox in 2-1 in 13.
9 148 3 30 09/20/15 2-0 Rich Hill Toronto Blue Jays 1 0 2015-09-20 – Rich Hill strikes out 10 again, Sox win again.
9 153 3 31 09/25/15 3-0 Rich Hill Baltimore Orioles 1 0 2015-09-25 – Rich Hill dazzles, double slide by Pedroia and Xander, catch of the year by Mookie. Sox win 7-0.
9 159 3 32 10/01/15 3-1 Rich Hill New York Yankees 0 1 2015-10-01 – Stupid Yankees clinch stupid wild card playoff spot and win stupid 10,000th game at stupid Yankee Stadium. At least it was raining.
9   3.0     3-1 Rich Hill       4 starts
10 154 4 31 09/26/15 1-0 Craig Breslow Baltimore Orioles 1 0 2015-09-26 – Craig Breslow get’s first career start in 500+ appearances, goes a careen long 4 innings, give up zero runs, Sox cruise 8-0.
10 161 5 32 10/03/15 1-1 Craig Breslow Cleveland Indians 0 1 2015-10-03 – Breslow pitches 5.1 innings of 2-run ball in his second career start, but get zero offense. Sox lose 2-0.
10   4.5     1-1 Craig Breslow       2 starts
11 118 3 24 08/17/15 0-1 Matt Barnes Cleveland Indians 0 1 2015-08-17 – Matt Barnes gets first start, good first time through lineup, not so much second time. Sox lose 8-2.
11 123 3 25 08/22/15 0-2 Matt Barnes Kansas City Royals 0 1 2015-08-22 – Matt Barnes is still not a starter, Sox lose 6-3.
11   3.0     0-2 Matt Barnes       2 starts
12 94 5 19 07/21/15 0-1 Brian Johnson Houston Astros 0 1 2015-07-21 – Erik (and Don Orsillo) on vacation, Red Sox lose.
12   5.0     0-1 Brian Johnson       1 start

The 40-Man Roster

On 08/22/15, before the trading deadline, I opined on my Facebook account about the Red Sox 40-man roster. At that point, here’s who I thought the Sox should keep or trade:

KEEP Jonathan Aro
KEEP Matt Barnes
KEEP* Ryan Cook
KEEP Edwin Escobar
KEEP Heath Hembree
KEEP Brian Johnson
KEEP Tommy Layne
KEEP* Jean Machi
KEEP Wade Miley
KEEP Henry Owens
KEEP Noe Ramirez
KEEP Eduardo Rodriguez
KEEP Robbie Ross Jr.
KEEP Junichi Tazawa
KEEP Anthony Varvaro
KEEP Steven Wright

TRADE* Craig Breslow
TRADE Clay Buchholz
TRADE Joe Kelly
TRADE* Alexi Ogando
TRADE Rick Porcello
TRADE Koji Uehara
TRADE Brandon Workman

KEEP Ryan Hanigan
KEEP Blake Swihart
KEEP Christian Vazquez

KEEP Xander Bogaerts
KEEP Garin Cecchini
KEEP Sean Coyle
KEEP Deven Marrero
KEEP Josh Rutledge
KEEP Travis Shaw

TRADE Brock Holt
TRADE Dustin Pedroia
TRADE Pablo Sandoval

KEEP Mookie Betts
KEEP Bryce Brentz
KEEP Rusney Castillo

TRADE Jackie Bradley Jr.
TRADE* Alejandro De Aza
TRADE Hanley Ramirez

KEEP David Ortiz

Would I change my opinion on any of the above now that the season is over? I think not. Perhaps most shocking is the idea of trading both Dustin Pedroia and Jackie Bradley Jr. I believe Pedroia is declining and should be traded while his value is still high. As for JBJ, I love his defense, but he’s older than the other kids, hits inconsistently, and is also in a “sell high” mode, I believe.

*Since 08/22/15, there have been several changes to the 40-man roster, including:

  • On 08/31/15 (trading deadline), Alejandro De Aza was traded to the San Francisco Giants with cash considerations for minor league pitcher Luis Ysla.
  • On 11/06/15, Ryan Cook was claimed off of waivers by the Chicago Cubs.
  • On 11/06/16, Jean Machi became a free agent.
  • On 11/06/15, Craig Breslow became a free agent.
  • On 11/06/15, Rich Hill became a free agent (not on the 40-man roster as of 08/22/15).
  • On 11/06/15, Alexi Ogando became a free agent.

The Future

The 2015 season, overall, was a fun one. The kids finished the 2015 season strong. We learned not only that the kids can play but also that Torey Lovullo can manage. I think that cancer-survivor John Farrell should be given three things in 2016: a warm welcome back to Fenway, a very short leash, and an ace.

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