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Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots 3rd Game, Trades, 9/11 Fallout

By on August 28, 2015 at 6:50am

1. Red Sox:

* How bummed is John Farrell to see the change in Red Sox spirit? Sunday Globe headline : Lovullo bringing renewed energy to team

* Hanley under .250

* Panda, Hanley and Bogaerts strike outs to walks: 64-230

* Tony Massarrotti was presenting the idea that Jackie Bradley has visited the pharmacist

* Who to play at first Shaw or Hanley – since All Star game – Shaw 7 HR/ 16 RBI / .333 // Hanley 0 HR / 7 RBI / .183

* Dustin Pedroia is on pace to play 96 games this year following 75 in 2014 / 135 in 2013

* Wade Miley is on pace to lead Red Sox pitchers with 13 wins

 2. Patriots exhibition record during Super Bowl championship years:

* 2014 – 2-2 Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots 3rd Game, Trades, 9/11 Fallout »

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I believe in miracles: Rick Porcello goes seven shutout innings off the DL to beat Chris Sale and the White Sox. (Getty Images)

Did anyone in Boston see Rick Porcello walk across the Charles River recently? Because if Wednesday’s start against the Chicago White Sox was any indication, something mildly miraculous is going on with the embattled righthander.

Going up against Chris Sale and his now MLB-leading 229 strikeouts, Porcello went pitch for pitch with the White Sox ace for seven shutout innings in his return from the 15-day disabled list. When Sale turned it over to the White Sox bullpen in the eighth, Travis Shaw went deep to break a scoreless tie (who said to move Hanley Ramirez to first anyway?) to give Porcello his first win since May 16.

Continue reading Miracles Do Happen! Porcello, Tazawa Outduel Sale, White Sox in Red Sox Shutout »

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In a stunning move, NESN has fired longtime Red Sox play by play announcer Don Orsillo. Orsillo will stay on for the remainder of the season and will be replaced in 2016 by Dave O’Brien. Orsillo, who has been with NESN since 2001, has become a fixture in New England and has been there to call some of the greatest moments in Red Sox history such as Manny Ramirez’s 500th home run and the the 2004 World Series Ring ceremony held on opening day of 2005.

Despite the Red Sox being bottom-feeders over the past two seasons, Orsillo has been a mainstay and one of the most enjoyable parts of NESN broadcasts. Orsillo has also been brilliant when faced with challenges, namely the revolving door he has had in the booth over the past several years. Color commentator Jerry Remy has been with Orsillo nearly all of this season, but has missed significant time over the last few seasons due to illness and to personal issues. Despite this, Orsillo was always at the top of his game, making his work with 26 different partners while Remy was out dealing with his son’s arrest look effortless.

When asked about Orsillo’s departure, Remy was visibly dejected. “I love him,” Remy said.

Orsillo will be missed from Spring through Fall on TVs across New England. His professionalism and broadcasting talent have brought the game to life for fans and his ability to switch from comedy to announcing skill will be sorely missed. In what might be the greatest testament of all to Orsillo’s time in Boston, no one that has come in to contact with him could have a negative word to say. Orsillo was, and remains, the class of broadcasting. His replacement, Dave O’Brien, has been calling Red Sox games for WEEI and will be able to handle the work. But even though  O’Brien is a qualified broadcaster, this move is a sad one for Red Sox Nation.


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Clay Buchholz (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

If it seems like Clay Buchholz has gone mostly unnoticed since the All-Star break, it’s because he has. The Red Sox’ subpar record and recent youth movement have combined to make Buchholz and his future an afterthought in recent weeks, but that is not likely to continue much longer. Of course it helps that he hasn’t taken the mound since July 10th, and seems to be in no rush to return to it. There is something to be said for a pitcher being cautious with an injury to his pitching elbow, but if we go on recent quotes from Buchholz regarding his health, it seems like he could be doing more to get close to pitching than he currently is. All this really does is continue a trend of Buchholz taking an injury way too far, and continue to prove that he is unreliable in every sense of the word.

Plenty has been made of Buchholz’s health record (or lack thereof), including the popular sentiment that the Red Sox should have traded him earlier in this season while he still had value. That ship has sailed, so we’re not going to dwell on it here. However, we can look at the fact that Buchholz has only topped 170 innings pitched in roughly one third of his “full” Major League seasons. As an outside observer, it is impossible to say for certain that Buchholz could have pitched more than he has in those seasons, but that lack of durability has to be caused, at least in part, by an inability to pitch through discomfort. Many, many players are on the record stating that a Major League season is a grind, so a ballplayer needs to be able to deal with the nicks and bumps that come with that grind. No player is likely going to be at 100% through the course of an entire season, but some are able to persevere better than others.

Continue reading Clay Buchholz Has a Hazy Future with Red Sox »

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Reggie Wayne running in a touchdown

The Patriots signed long-time Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne to a 1-year, $3M contract this week. Wayne, a 14-year veteran, was not resigned by the Colts and was sought after by the Patriots and the Green Bay Packers as injuries at the wide receiver position have plagued both teams heading into the season. The soon-to-be-37-year-old pass catcher will add depth at the position with Julian Edelman suffering from a lower leg injury, Brandon LaFell still unable to get on the field, and Aaron Dobson, Brian Tyms and Brandon Gibson all dealing with injuries of their own.

Last season, Wayne recorded 64 catches for 779 yards and 2 touchdowns. He played the last 12 games of the season with partially torn triceps, leading to a decrease in production. The injury, coupled with the emergence of T.Y. Hilton, played a roll in Wayne leaving Indy and landing in New England. Continue reading Reggie Wayne Signs $3 Million Contract with Patriots »

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Red Sox:

* Tazawa the worst bid at a save Evah! 1 inning 6 hits four runs – miss a bat one time

* When was the last time you saw an MLB game with four sacrifice bunts

* How did that many Kansas City fans get that many tickets in one section

* Hanley has more errors than assists (4-3)

* Why is Hanley getting at bats – since All Star game: Castillo .342 / Bradley .284 / Betts .266 / Hanley .194 (never mind defense)

* Travis Shaw hole in swing – hard inside half / Bradley’s hole – spin and down

* Insane that

* Two Ole plays by Sandoval leads to huge runs Sunday

* Can’t believe third base coach Brian Butterfield sent a butter ball like Hanigan from first on a double with no outs! Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Sox, Pats and Nudity at Strega »

Hanley Ramirez

Coming into the 2015 baseball season, the Boston Red Sox were expected to have a potent offense, especially with the new additions of Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. Mike Napoli, who underwent offseason surgery to repair a sleep apnea problem, tore the cover off the ball in spring training by batting .400 with a team high six homers and 11 RBIs.

Unfortunately, inconsistent play from Ramirez and Sandoval, as well as a steep decline from Napoli that seemingly came out of nowhere, combined with a less than stellar starting rotation has the Boston Red Sox in the cellar of the AL East for the third time in four seasons. To make matters worse, the Red Sox payroll was $150,655,500, the highest in franchise history. Continue reading What Could Have Been: The 2015 Red Sox »

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