1. Red Sox:

* I guess playing first base is draining – Ortiz out with head cold (you warrior you)

* Only 73 games left

* I was wrong on quick Sunday game 3:36 in heat – hmmm $6 waters

* Only two Red Sox are on pace to play in 150 of 162 games -Betts and Bogaerts

* No Red Sox is on pace to score 100 runs / or knock in 90 / or win 15 games / or throw 200 innings / or strike out 200 Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Red Sox Won’t Lose the Next Three Days »

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1. Red Sox

* Update on instant replay challenges – Sox wrong 55% of time

* David Ortiz says that it’s too taxing to both hit AND field – he should go down to a coal mine some day and watch some 60 year old guy walk out after a double shift so he can feed his family and see what real people do.

* The first two Red Sox – Yankee games will exceed seven hours combined but the third one will be under three hours because it’s get away day for All Star break – Bahamas here they come.

* Paw Sox have lost eleven in a row with that loaded lineup and staff?

* Considering Panda and Hanley are making over $40mm and didn’t make the All Star game – shouldn’t they be contrite?
Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Tedious Yankee Series, Dino Second, Popsicle »

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Mike Napoli

1. Red Sox:

* Red Sox are 8-7 against first place teams

* Red Sox last two years at home – 53-68

* Harmon Killebrew must have rolled in his grave watching Hanley hook a one handed home run into the Monster Seats – hmmm.

* Red Sox are now 60-1 odds to win the World Series (wouldn’t that be an interesting bet)

* Carols Correa is looking like a young A-Rod (see below)

* Victorino played back to back games, leaving him just 2,630 games short of Cal Ripken’s streak

* I’m gonna say that sleep deprivation was not the cause of Napoli’s bad season last year

* This weekend’s absurd game times: 4:01 / 3:02 / 4:23

* We’ve said this before – when you’re making as much as Porcello and playing as bad – why not set up a foundation in which for every non quality start – that night’s pay goes to a local charity

* Holt, Pedroia, Betts and Bogaerts are hitting a combined .296 / Ortiz, Napoli and Craig are hitting .204 Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: USA Women, Red Sox Bore Astros into Submission »

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1. Red Sox:

* Hope the Elias Sports Bureau comes up with stats for pitchers who walk seven and record a win – like Miley / Miley got the win and only threw 55% strikes

* The papers were doing a count down for catcher Ryan Hanigan like he was Roy Campanella – the guy is hitting .211 and thrown out 23% of the runners (Leon has thrown out over 50%)

* Top three hitters Thursday night were 11-18 for the Sox

* Can the bottom of the Red Sox lineup be any worse athletes: Hanigan, Hanley, Panda, Ortiz, Napoli

2. Around baseball:

* Stephen Drew is hitting .171 over his last 501 at bats for which he has been paid $15mm

* A’s shortstop Marcus Semien is on a pace for 51 errors this year Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: 1812 Overture Rendition of the Top Ten »

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(Internet meme. Not sure of original origin)

1. Red Sox – Bill James Predictions:

* Shane Victorino…Prediction – 129 games / Actual pace – 43

* Mookie Betts…….Prediction – 40 stolen bases / Actual pace – 25 stolen bases

* Pablo Sandoval…..Prediction – 18 HR / 82 RBI / Actual pace – 15 HR / 55 RBI

* Ortiz…………………Prediction  – 32 HR / 102 RBI / Actual pace – 25 HR / 74 RBI

* Napoli………………Prediction –  23 HR / 72 RBI / Actual pace – 21 HR / 61 RBI

2. In the same week – the Bruins and Celtics struck out at the draft:

* Bruins – Dougie Hamilton trade – USA Today – “No one believes they got enough for Hamilton” Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Down Draft »

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1. Red Sox:

* Napoli two hits – trade him

* Buchholz good start Wednesday night – trade him

* Jackie Bradley, who was robbed of the Gold Glove last year, two hits and threw another run out at the plate – give him right field and 200 at bats

* Think about a line up next year with Betts, Holt, Vazquez, Bradley, Bogaerts make a combined $3mm and then Pedroia, Sandoval, Ortiz and Hanley making $70mm.

* When you have to send Rusney Castillo and Joe Kelly down to Pawtucket in the same week – someone should lose their job

* The Red Sox are on pace to win 70 games – that means over the last four years – three of those years are the worst in the last FIFTY years. (70-92 – 2015 / 71-91 – 2014 / 69-93 – 2012) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Hank Finkel – Celtics Nation Turns Its Lonely Eyes To You »

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1. Red Sox:

* A Father’s Day gift to desperate Sox fans – 12 extra base hits

* Wade Miley a Dice K like performance over six shutout innings

* How come I feel when Hanley makes a catch they should stop the game and give him the ball

* Why is De Aza getting at bats over Jackie Bradley Jr?

* Does Uehara really need work in a 13-0 game?

* Hitting over .300 in June – Betts, Holt, Pedroia, Sandoval, Bogaerts, Hanley

* Sox are on pace to win less than 70

* Red Sox failed challenges (46% in 2014 – 63% in 2015)

* I’m not a big Ortiz guy but that umpire should be sanctioned for looking for a fight after he missed two pitches in Ortiz’s at bat (Ortiz is paid to stay in games – also he pushed Farrell) – umpire Drekman calls balls out of the strike zone strikes 16.67% of time Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Sox Celebrate Solstice Day »

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