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Management Forced Its Hand With Rick Porcello, Red Sox Nation Pays

By on July 3, 2015 at 1:03am
porcello.zimbio Rick Porcello puts John Farrell in a tough spot every time he takes the mound. (Photo Credit: http:/www.zimbio.com)

Rick Porcello does not belong on the mound of any major league ballpark. No one in their right mind would put a pitcher in their starting rotation that owns a 6.08 ERA. A 6.00 + ERA, this is insane. Right? The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. Unfortunately, John Farrell does not have a choice, thanks to management’s decision to bring Porcello to Boston.

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amir johnson

The Boston Celtics signed Amir Johnson to a 2-year, $24 million deal on Wednesday.

Last season he spent his sixth season with the Toronto Raptors, in which he averaged 9.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. He helped the Raptors earn the Atlantic division championship last season and the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. He was originally drafted out of high school by the Detroit Pistons in 2005.

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Over the last few days, many have wondered just what GM Don Sweeney has been trying to do. After sending Dougie Hamilton to Calgary and Milan Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings, then acquiring lifelong goon Zac Rinaldo from the Philadelphia Flyers for a 3rd round pick, Sweeney’s job at the helm so far looked shaky at best.

Then on Wednesday, the first day of the offseason that NHL teams were allowed to sign free agents, Sweeney regained the confidence of Bruins fans and people around the hockey world by making a trade and signing a key free agent. The Bruins also gave forward Ryan Spooner a 2-year-contract extension.

In the early afternoon it was announced that the Bruins received young forward Jimmy Hayes from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Reilly Smith and Marc Savard’s contract. Continue reading Bruins Trade for Jimmy Hayes, Sign Matt Belesky »

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(Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

The Blue Jays gave the city of Toronto something to celebrate for Canada Day this afternoon by giving the Red Sox an 11-2 shellacking at the Rodgers Centre. The Jays jumped out to an early lead, blistering Rick Porcello for 5 runs on 5 hits, all in the first inning. Edwin Encarnacion put the Jays on the board with a 3-run homer, followed by a blast from Justin Smoak to make it 5-0. The butchering continued in the second inning when Jose Bautista homered to left-center field to make it 7-0 Blue Jays. Porcello was tagged for 7 earned runs on 7 hits, and allowed 3 home runs in just 2.0 innings before getting the hook. On the bright side he didn’t walk anybody, but that was likely because his pitches caught so much of the plate that Blue Jays batters couldn’t have held up if they had the take sign.

Porcello has now fallen to 4-9 on the year with a 6.08 ERA, which is the worst in the American League. The right-hander has lost his last seven starts and just can’t seem to get back on track. Continue reading Should Rick Porcello be Sent Down? »

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Not a true ace, but still a very quality member of the rotation

As the trade deadline approaches the rumors have begun to swirl rapidly. The most recent whispers have circled around pitcher Clay Buchholz. This season has been a roller coaster for the eight-year veteran; while he has shown flashes of brilliance, he has also pitched very poorly on many occasions. In a year when the Red Sox front office expected Buchholz would assume his role as ace of the staff, many have been underwhelmed by his overall body of work. But sentiments toward Buchholz should not amount only to disappointment. This year he is probably the best starting pitcher in the Red Sox rotatoin and his statistics support that claim. Although his record is a mere 5-6, Clay has posted a 3.68 ERA with 91 strikeouts over 93 total innings pitched. These are respectable statistics that do not deserve excessive scrutiny because it is what we need to learn to expect from Clay.

This leads us to the pivotal question: should the Red Sox put Clay Buchholz on the trade block for the upcoming deadline? My initial reaction is no, absolutely not. Although Buchholz may not have become the true ace we were hoping, he is still a very good Major League pitcher. Continue reading Red Sox Front Office Should Not Look to Trade Clay Buchholz »

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Bruins acquired Zac Rinaldo for a third round pick

With his recent hiring as the ninth General Manager of the Boston Bruins, Don Sweeney has made one thing clear; he is not afraid to pull the trigger to make deals.

The past four days have included a great deal of moves for the Bruins. With Dougie Hamilton and Milan Lucic gone, Don Sweeney continued his sculpting of the Bruins roster by trading a 2017 third round draft pick to the Philadelphia Flyers for forward Zac Rinaldo. This move can be seen as puzzling due to the fact that Rinaldo only scored 1 goal last season as well as 5 assists. In four years in the NHL, Rinaldo has scored a meager 8 goals. Don’t expect him to light up the lamp this year. Continue reading Trader Donny? Looking at Bruins GM Don Sweeney’s Recent Trades »

More common four-letter words may come to mind for the 2015 Red Sox, but Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts are starting to bring another one to mind: hope. (AP)

The 2015 Season for the Boston Red Sox has been defined by the latest tirade of four-letter words inspired by Rick Porcello’s latest pitching performance, Pablo Sandoval’s ninth inning fielding percentage, or any other seminal moment of disappointment. There are a lot to choose from.

But lately, strangely, I’ve been finding myself coming back to one four-letter word worse than any curse, more gut wrenching than the most creative string of expletives.

Hope. Continue reading The Newest Four-Letter Word for the Red Sox: Hope »

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