1. Red Sox stuff:

* Red Sox by month – April 14-10 / May 16-10 / June 9-14

* Steven Wright has to win two of next three to make the All Star game

* John Farrell is 22nd in Red Sox manager history in win percentage

* Would you trade Jackie Bradley and Blake Swihart for Andrew McCutchen

* Grady Little has the highest win % for a Red Sox manager over the last 65 years Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten – Local Sports in a Slump – Teams, Former Players, Draft, Suspensions, You name it! »

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1. Celtics Draft:

* A disaster – the picks from New Jersey turn out to be the most overblow coup in local sports history (next to Rusney Castillo of course)

* NBA Draftnet.com had the Celtics #3 #16 #23 ranked respectively 9 / 29 / 16

* They at best have added three wins to their team for next year – without Durant (and why would he come here) they are at best five years away from making the finals

2. Red Sox stuff:

* Chicago coaches should be fired for allowing the league’s leading hitter to beat you with Deven Marrero on deck and 13 career hits Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Draft Disaster, Best Record Doesn’t Work, Red Sox Better be Careful with Gatorade »

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1. Red Sox:

* Red Sox announcers have to call out Jackie Bradley for dogging it out of the batter’s box on his triple

* Rusney Castillo and Panda have a combined 14 at bats at $29mm

* Possible All Stars, Steven Wright, Jackie Bradley, Mookie Betts and Bogaerts make a combined $2.3mm

* Average by month – June .278 / May .305 / April .281

2. Red Sox stuff:

* George Scott and Mike Greenwell had 38 triples Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Sox Comps / Lacrosse Rich / Cam Shows Jumbo Joe »

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Roenis Elias’ Time to Shine

June 17, 2016 at 1:13pm in MLB, Now!, Red Sox

The end of the Red Sox four-man rotation offers Roenis Elias an opportunity.

Instead of Clay Buchholz returning from his relegation to the bullpen, John Farrell announced on Wednesday that Roenis Elias will greet the Mariners, his former team, for the opener of a three game series tonight at Fenway Park. Farrell attributed his choice of Elias, at least in part, to the potent left-handed sluggers in the Mariners lineup, most notably Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager.

Elias, 27, was acquired last off season in the trade that sent Wade Miley and Jonathan Aro to the Mariners in exchange for Elias and Carson Smith. At the time the deal looked like a steal for the Red Sox, but with Elias in Pawtucket and Smith having undergone Tommy John, Miley sounds pretty good as an inning eater in the back of the rotation. Instead it is time for Elias to step up.

Elias successfully made the harrowing voyage from Cuba to the U.S. in 2010, and in the following year began his career playing in rookie league for the Seattle Mariners before working his way up the minor league ranks to Double-A by the end of 2013. The next year Elias made the big league roster out of spring training as the Mariners fourth starter. That season he pitched to the tune of a 3.85 ERA in twenty nine starts before the Mariners shut him down in mid-September with an elbow strain. In 2015, Elias bounced between Seattle and their Triple-A affiliate, Tacoma, posting a 4.14 ERA in twenty two appearances for the big league team.

In a recent interview Dave Dombrowski noted that out of spring training they wanted Elias to find one consistent release point for his curveball. Instead of employing a breaking ball from three or four different arms spots, the Red Sox asked him to find the best one and throw it on a consistent basis in an attempt to refine his command.

This season on the east coast is a change for scenery for Elias,and he has pitched well for Pawtucket. In ten games, nine starts, he has a 3.54 ERA and 8.85 K/9, and in his last five starts he has been particularly sharp. He has focused on finding a consistent breaking ball this season with the PawSox and will need to use this pitch effectively tonight if he wants to keep the potent Mariners offense off balance.

Roenis Elias is presented with a great chance to prove himself tonight at Fenway and, given the state of the Red Sox rotation right now, can earn himself another start if he pitches well. The Red Sox pitching staff is club’s biggest weakness right now, and an emergence from this Cuban south paw would help the team immensely as Dombrowski tries to patch together a reliable rotation before the August 1st trade deadline.

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1. Red Sox:

* 8-11 last 19

* Red Sox rotation with Steven Wright backed out – 5.21 ERA

2. Patriots kickers who led the league in scoring:

* Gostkowski = 2008 / 2012 / 2013 / 2014 / 2015

* Vinatieri – 2004

* Franklin – 1986

* Smith – 1979 / 1980

* Cappelletti – 1961 / 1963 / 1964 / 1965 / 1966 Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten – Sox Fading, Pats Kicking, Price Leads in one Category »

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1. Red Sox:

* Bogaerts average by month – .290 / .395 / .400

* Season 38% over – on pace for 94 wins

* 12-12 over the last 24 games

2. MLB Draft:

* Red Sox 4th round pick from Arizona Bobby Dalbec is a stud – threw 129 pitches to beat Mississippi State Friday and then hit a towering home run on Saturday Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Miami Punks, MLB Draft and Buttermaker! »

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1. Red Sox –  Post hitting streaks:

* Jackie Bradley  6-33 = .182

* X.  Bogaerts 5-17 = .294

2. Active Players that are Top Ten at their position – all time:

Football: Tom Brady, Darrell Revis, Vinatieri, Adrian Peterson, Gronk Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Red Sox Get Steal at 13, BC Baseball and No One Is Shutting Down Roads in Chicago »

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