// home

Top Story

So That’s Happening: Blue Jays Swap Reyes for Rockies’ Tulowitzki before Trade Deadline

By on July 28, 2015 at 8:59am

Where to even start? I’d been awake for less than an hour when my phone told me that the Toronto Blue Jays had swung a trade for Troy Tulowitzki, sending Jose Reyes and a package of pitching prospects to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for the five-time All-Star shortstop.

Good morning, AL East, indeed! Continue reading So That’s Happening: Blue Jays Swap Reyes for Rockies’ Tulowitzki before Trade Deadline »

Tags: , , , , , ,

(photo credit to http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/ and http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/)

The Boston Red Sox stink. The Chicago White Sox also stink.

Now, that shouldn’t be breaking news to anyone in Beantown or the Windy City. Both teams have wildly underachieved after making big splashes this past offseason to bring in high priced free agents. The Red Sox, of course, brought in Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval to bolster their lineup, and used band-aids and bubble gum to “fix” their starting rotation (I wonder if anyone still wears an “I’m the Ace” t-shirt?). Continue reading Red Sox Trade Shane Victorino, Begin Series That Features 2 Bad Sox »

Tags: , , , , , ,

Hanley Ramirez, Sox defense (Getty Images)

There is no denying that the Red Sox have been generally awful in 2015 and have fallen well short of expectations. The lackluster pitching staff has taken most of the blame, most of which it deserves. However, there is an interesting chicken-or-the-egg scenario that the Red Sox should ask themselves: is the pitching bad because of bad defense being played behind it, or are the defenders getting worse because of how bad the pitchers are? Either scenario shouldn’t be used to explain the failure of a certain area of the team, but it is interesting to consider if the defenders/pitchers could be making each other look worse.

Continue reading Could the Red Sox Use Some Defense? »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

1. Red Sox:

* David Ortiz not running down to first base on Saturday and John Farrell not pulling him is affirmation that this is an unlikeable team that actually doesn’t represent the blue collar spirit of Boston

* Brian Butterfield sending David Ortiz on Cespedes arm with no outs is a fireable offense

* When Kansas City is marching out from their bullpen pitcher after pitcher throwing 97MPH + and the Red Sox march out Noe Ramirez that was throwing 88 with no movement Saturday

* Another bad decision – Ortiz needs only 425 plate appearances to have his contract automatically renewed – he is already at 372 Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Ortiz Not Benched, Unbroken and Frisbees »

Tags: ,

victorino

The Pittsburgh Pirates are reportedly interested in Boston Red Sox first baseman, Mike Napoli and right fielder, Shane Victorino, according to Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporter, Rob Biertempfel.

Napoli will be a free agent at the completion of the 2015 season. He has been a solid defensive presence at first base, but has not been producing at the plate, forcing John Farrell to move Napoli down to 8th in the lineup for Sunday’s game.

Continue reading Trade Rumor: Pirates Interested in Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino »

Tags: , , ,

Gronk

Superstar tight end Rob Gronkowski lands at number three on the list of most important Patriots heading into training camp. Number two on the list will be posting Tuesday, stay tuned…

 

Rob Gronkowski is one of if not the most dynamic weapons in the NFL. No list of important players heading in to camp would be complete without him. Gronkowski finally had a season and postseason in which injuries did not play a major role in 2014, the first time that had happened since 2010. The result was dominance as Gronkowski re-established himself as one of the NFL’s premier weapons. He had 82 catches in the regular season for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns. In the Patriots postseason run, Gronkowski hauled in 16 passes for 204 and three touchdowns, including one in Super Bowl XLIX.

With some potential early season quarterback uncertainty as Tom Brady waits to hear word on his appeal, Gronkowski’s presence in the New England offense will take on a greater importance than usual. If Jimmy Garoppolo is forced to start any games for New England, he will look the way of number 87 often. A great target at tight end can be huge for a young and inexperienced quarterback, and Garoppolo would have the premier player at the position to look to. Even if Brady’s suspension is completely wiped away, Gronkowski will still have a large role in the offense, as always.

Gronkowski is looking to have back to back fully healthy seasons and postseasons for the first time in his career. The one time that almost happened (2010- the AFC Championship game in 2011), Gronkowski was unquestionably the best tight end in the NFL and one of the best red zone targets out there. There is no reason to doubt that if Gronkowski stays healthy, he will be a major factor for New England this season. Regardless of who is throwing him the football to start the season, Gronkowski remains an opponent’s nightmare.

Tags: ,

kluber

The Boston Red Sox are interested in pursing trades for Cleveland Indians starting pitchers, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports report on Friday, July 24th. No specific names have been announced. The other team interested, and in better standing to buy, is the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to MLBTradeRumors.com.

Cleveland’s starting rotation includes reigning Cy Young award winner  Corey Kluber, 25 year old, Danny Salazar and underperforming Trevor Bauer. Bauer has slumped as of late and has an 4.29 ERA. Continue reading Red Sox Show Interest in Cleveland Indians’ Starters »

Tags: , , , ,