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The Red Sox Are the Hottest Team in Baseball

By on September 20, 2016 at 12:19am
Rich Gagnon/Getty Images Hanley Ramirez has come up BIG for Boston this past month.

September has been an incredible month for the Red Sox. In just this month only, David Ortiz passed Mickey Mantle on the all time home run list, Rick Porcello reached 20 wins (21st win Monday), Hanley Ramirez was named AL Co-Player of the week on Monday, and Boston now sits in a comfortable four game lead in the AL East.

If you haven’t been watching the Red Sox play this month then you’ve been missing out on some great games. They have been playing superb baseball as the post season is right around the corner. The Sox just came off a four game series sweep on the New York Yankees. A series in which Hanley Ramirez homered four times. The series was started off with a monster three run walk off home run from Hanley himself. He now has 28 homers and 106 rbis on the season. Not only is Hanley hitting timely home runs but he has been DESTROYING these home runs. I was at Fenway a week ago when the Sox had a 12-2 win over the Orioles and he hit one of the farthest home runs I’ve ever seen hit over the green monster. I’m not kidding, it never came down it just kept going up. I seriously think that ball got lost in Mars’ orbit.

On a side note, after ace Rick Porcello picked up his 21st win Monday night over Baltimore, it seems like he may have locked himself in on the AL Cy Young Award. He now is 21-4 on the season and the only competition behind him is J.A. Happ of Toronto who holds a record of 19-4. But Porcello holds a better, ERA, WHIP, and strike out count than Happ. Boston has 12 games left to play in the season so Porcello should probably get a couple more chances to add some wins to his already stellar record.

All that being said, the Red Sox are HOT right now and it couldn’t come at a better time in the season. The Sox don’t show any sign of slowing down and are hopeful to play strong into the playoffs. October baseball is almost among us and I’m very optimistic for great things coming to the city of Boston in the near future.

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Joe Flacco is a fringe option this week, but should you start him?

 

Week 2 is underway after an actually high-scoring affair on Thursday night. This week is your chance to not fall to 0-2 if you heed my advice below.

Start ‘Em

Joe Flacco (vs. Cleveland): If Carson Wentz can play well against the Browns, then Flacco should be able to score multiple touchdowns and be a top-10 QB this week. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 2, 2016 »

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1.Patriots vs Dolphins

  • Suh is looking to hurt someone
  • Would you do this trade – Jimmy G (at his highest value right now) to Cleveland for a first and second round pick and sign Hoyer or Matt Hasselback with the goal of going 1-2 until Brady is back
  • Why not just leave Gronk out until the halfway point
  • Patriot predictions – 17-13 Pats which includes a defensive or special teams TD / over under beers drank before game in parking lot 4,621,364 / Kraft sightings – 4 / Logan Ryan interception /
  • By the way I heard from a bunch of you – there were two Kraft sightings in Arizona – the streak lives

2. Red Sox –

  • Wow – that should do it – that’s a dagger – Hanley crushed that 99 mph ball
  • The eighth inning ended at 10:18 and the ninth inning ended at 11:03 – 45 minutes
  • Someone named Robbie Scott gave the Red Sox three shutout innings

Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Hanley Wow! / Look Out for Suh / Spitting on National Anthem now a Fad! »

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Hanley’s Walk Off Moonshot

September 16, 2016 at 12:14am in Featured, Red Sox
Rob Perez/FOX Sports

Thursday night’s match up against the New York Yankees was an important game for the Red Sox to win. Coming into Thursday only one game ahead of Baltimore, the Red Sox had some pressure on them. What started off as a slow night turned into one to remember. Heading into the bottom of the ninth at Fenway, the Sox were trailing the Yankees five to one.

Note to self: NEVER LEAVE A SPORTING EVENT EARLY.

The Sox rallied in the ninth as David Ortiz drove a line drive up the middle to put run number two on the board. Next  up, Mookie Betts drives another run in to make it a two run deficit. Then Hanley Ramirez steps to the plate. Dellin Betances throws a handful of breaking balls to Hanley. When the count showed 3-1, Betances reared back and threw a fastball right down the middle. Ramirez connected with the pitch and hit an absolute moonshot three run home run over the center field wall. Hanley knew it was gone right off the bat, as some may say he “pimped it” as he walked down the line and held his bat high in the air.

Hanley gracefully trotted around the bases and then was mauled by his teammates at home plate. The home run was Hanley’s 25th of the year and it also jumped his rbi count to 100. This win was so important with the AL East standings being so close between the Sox, Orioles, and Blue Jays. Boston now sits in first place and two games ahead of Baltimore. Every game in September is an important win as the Sox are nearing the end of the regular season. Boston has three games remaining in their series with the Yankees.

Not only was tonight a night to remember for Hanley, but also for David Ortiz. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Ortiz hit a line drive home run to center field. It was his 34st homer of the season and also the 537th of his career, passing Mickey Mantle on the all time home run list. David now sits at 17th all time. It’s really going to be something when he leaves the game.

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1. Patriots:

MISC

  • One of the big regular season wins in Belichick era
  • Conceivably the Patriots were missing five of their top six offensive players – No Brady, Gronk, Lewis, Solder, Vollmer / on the road / against the NFC favorite / And a couple of calls went against them – and still win
  • Handed them two TD’s with fumbles and still won
  • This coming from a white guy, but the black fist by Bennett and McCourty doesn’t that mean black power, which speaks to them supporting fractions within America instead of working on bringing people together
  • Fifth straight season Gronk won’t play 16 games
  • I think if you can only sign two of next year’s three free agents you let Hightower go because he’s injury prone and sign Butler and Collins
  • Two big fumbles – wait to Pats haters (Felger) starts talking about the air pressure
  • Brady should sue
  • Didn’t like Edelman knocking down chain gang member and Blount spiking the ball into ref and no apologies or help up
  • Another huge underdog and they win
  • Great catch by Fitzgerald in end zone
  • Brilliant timeouts by Arizona with four minutes left / bad use of timeouts by Belichick
  • I was off on both predictions – Pats win and Jimmy G over 85 qb rating
  • One week closer to Gronk, Brady, Lewis, Ninkovich

Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Jimmy G in the house, Team Overcomes Fumbles, 9/11 »

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Dan Hamilton/USA Today

With Friday night’s 13-3 blowout win against the Blue Jays, Boston’s ace Rick Porcello picks up his 20th win of the season, the first starting pitcher to do so this year.

Porcello has probably been the quietest winning pitcher in all of baseball. After Friday night’s game Rick holds a 20-3 record. Not only is Rick the best pitcher in baseball right now but the Sox are now in first place and two games ahead of Toronto in the AL East.

The Sox have been playing very well lately as they have won seven of their last ten games. It looks like Boston is establishing themselves as a dominant team in this league as their hitting and pitching has really come around as the season is nearing an end. But much of that success is due to the tremendous season Porcello has had so far. He has a great chance to take the AL Cy Young Award this year.

I don’t want to get my hopes up, but with the post season right around the corner, I cannot wait for what October has in store for Sox Nation.

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1. Red Sox – Pedroia:

  • 27 for his last 51 (.529) over last 12 games – insane
  • 10 multi hit games out of 12
  • 43 for his last 94 (.457) over his last 22 games – insane

2. Patriots

  • Predict score of 24-13, Arizona (Chandler Jones is huge in September – as long as he keeps his clothes on at the local police station)
  • Jimmy G QB rating under 85%
  • Krafts find a way on to TV screen
  • They go 2-2 during suspension / 4-4 over first eight games / end up strong 11-5 losing home field advantage in AFC Conference Championship
  • DJ Foster is a difference maker until Lewis gets back
  • Patriots could have the most radical offense ever putting tight ends out wide and wide receivers in the slot – who could cover Bennett, Gronk Harbor and Derby at the same time
  • Hogan has more catches this year than Amendola

3. Standing around the NFL:

  • The Seattle team not standing for the National Anthem will be a low point in sports history – what if you are a Seahawk and want to stand – are you a racist for standing for the National Anthem – Francis Scott Key a lonely nation turns its eyes to you
  • Typical Pete Carroll with no control – if he takes a knee I would have him banned for life
  • Someone give John Tortorella the President’s medal of Freedom

4. Picks this weekend:

College Football: Pick of the week – Army giving 9 to Rice / I sort of like – just a little U Mass getting 17 against Boston College

NFL – Like Jets getting 2.5 from Cincy

5. Bringing talents to………Joe Montana:

Kansas City…….61% completion / 29 TD to 16 INT

San Fran…………64% completion / 244 TD to 123 INT

Notre Dame…….52% completion / 25 TD to 25 INT

6. Mt Rushmore of Patriots Kickers:

Vinatieri, Gostkowski, Bahr, Franklin

7. Amazing Stats:

Boston College and U Mass play each other this weekend:

  • U Mass over their last eight games 2-6 – which is better than
  • Boston College over their last eight games 0-8 (and not a whisper of a new coach last offseason)

8. Old School:

Last opening game Brady didn’t start was 2001. Quotes from the Globe prior to that game:

  • Bledsoe, who was elected offensive cocaptain by his teammates Tuesday, said he felt no added pressure to produce after signing the largest contract in NFL history this offseason, a 10-year, $103- million deal
  • But it wasn’t the numbers that convinced Belichick Brady was better- suited to step up in the event of an injury to Bledsoe. It was Brady’s ability to direct the offense, which he did well even last year as a rookie.
  • “I don’t think there was any question in anybody’s mind that Tom had clearly taken over the leadership of that entire group [of last year’s rookies] – offense, defense, everybody that was involved,” said Belichick. “I think he was well-respected.
  • “Tom has a lot of natural leadership. [It] was something that all those players saw and looked up to, and it was easy to see that it was a natural thing for him and he was very comfortable doing it.”

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Greatest women voices:

  • Barbara Streisand
  • Julie Andrews
  • Maria Callas
  • Linda Ronstadt
  • Sinead O’Connor
  • Whitney Houston
  • Donna Summers
  • Patsy Cline

10. Randomocity:

  • Isn’t American League Manager of the year down to Francona and Girardi?
  • If Hillary was being fed answers through her earpiece during the event the other night – that is the worst cheating on a test ever
  • Brady getting suspended is one of the worst New England losses ever
  • Chitty, Chitty Bang Bang is no Sound of Music
  • Do you know the Patriots have no 4th round pick (stolen), 5th round pick, 6th round pick or 7th round pick this year?

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