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Connelly’s Top Ten: Koufax Vs. Gibson / Post 20 K / Legos

By on July 28, 2014 at 5:28am
David Ortiz, Yaz (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

1. Cliff Notes:

* Good that Red Sox are struggling so they aren’t fooled into being buyers this week
* Is Brady facing Revis every day like a lefty hitter facing a drop down lefty batting practice pitcher – could it create bad habits?
* I bet Lucic uses cruise control a lot on his car
* Celtics won’t win 38 games this year with the current roster

2. Ortiz vs. Yaz debate:

* OBP .379 to .379
* Batting Average .285 to .285
* Ortiz – 55 pounds heavier
* Ortiz was born just six weeks after Yaz flew out to center field to end the 1975 World Series
* Yaz intentionally walked 190 times to Ortiz 172
* Yaz 3 batting titles / MVP / 7 Gold Gloves Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Koufax Vs. Gibson / Post 20 K / Legos »

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Matt Kemp is the wrong target for the Red Sox (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

According to a club source, the Boston Red Sox would consider a trade centered around sending Jon Lester to Los Angeles in exchange for Dodgers’ outfielder Matt Kemp. Outside of your fantasy baseball league, such a trade would seem unlikely, but given the two teams negotiating and the state of each franchise, the deal would actually be extremely fair.

Don’t get me wrong, I hate this trade for both sides. Given the news that Lester will not agree to an extension with the team he is traded to, the Dodgers would be losing one of the best offensive talents in the game at a time when runs have come at a premium, and would only gain Lester for the next few months as they seek a World Series championship. There’s no guarantee that Lester sticks around beyond October.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox would be absorbing a contract that owes Kemp $107 million from 2015-2019 (unless the Dodgers are willing to eat a big portion of the deal). Continue reading Red Sox – Dodgers Trade Rumor: Jon Lester for Matt Kemp? »

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Red Sox ace Jon Lester throws for the American League All-Star Game from Target Field in Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Caught ya!

Well it didn’t take long for the Red Sox to get rid of A.J Pierzynski before someone picked him up. Reports are saying he signed with the St. Louis Cardinals. St. Louis is already plagued with problems behind the plate, as they lost Yadier Molina earlier this month to surgery after a thumb injury. St. Louis was already splitting time between Tony Cruz and George Kottaras, which makes this move somewhat unorthodox as Pierzynski is older, was referred to as being a poor influence in the clubhouse by many in Boston and so far has experienced one of his worst seasons of his career.

Pitching Woes

Also rumored to possibly be on the move is Jon Lester. Continue reading Red Sox Trade Rumors: AJ Pierzynski to Cardinals, Jon Lester to… »

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Jake Peavy in his last start at Fenway Park with the Red Sox, on July 6 against the Baltimore Orioles. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

On Saturday the Boston Red Sox agreed to a trade with the San Francisco Giants that will send right-handed veteran pitcher Jake Peavy back to the west coast. Boston receives right-handed minor league reliever Heath Hembree and left-handed minor league starter Rafael Escobar in the deal. Continue reading Red Sox trade Jake Peavy to the Giants »

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1. Red Sox

* Do you let De La Rosa give up 7 runs and stay out there?
* The Red Sox keep showing this is not their year
* In six games Vazquez – allowed only two stolen bases / one caught stealing
* Price has no hitter on his mind

2. Patriots

* Don’t you keep Gronk in bubble rap until playoffs
* Patriots still fourth in Super Bowl odds behind Denver, Seattle, San Fran
* 8/7 opening nigh exhibition Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Weekend Here Again »

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Rob Gronkowski has been cleared to play. (Steve Milne, USA Today)

While addressing the media Wednesday morning, Bill Belichick announced that Rob Gronkowski will not begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list, and that he has been cleared to play.

The announcement comes as a bit of a shock, as Gronkowski had surgery to repair his right ACL on January 9th.

The Patriot’s tight end said last week that he plans to play the whole season. And while today is a step in that direction, staying healthy remains the ultimate obstacle. Continue reading Rob Gronkowski Cleared to Play for Patriots »

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Rookie center Bryan Stork will compete for the starting job in training camp.

Compared to years past, 2013 was a rocky season for the Patriot’s offensive line. Tom Brady was sacked a near career-high 40 times last season. While part of that can be attributed to Brady’s lack of faith in some of his young receivers, but there’s no doubt that the offensive line must step up in 2014.

The unit did pave the way for another potent ground-attack, and received heavy praise for its role in the emergence of LeGarrette Blount late in the season.

Health could play a huge role in the unit’s improvement this season. Sebastian Vollmer’s campaign ended pre-maturely a year ago, and Nate Solder missed time which even forced Logan Mankins to start a game at tackle. A season with no major injuries should be all the team needs to lower Brady’s sack totals, and maintain success on the ground, without Blount. Continue reading 2014 Patriots Offensive Line Preview: Solder, Mankins, Stork, Cannon, Vollmer »

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