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Yoan Moncada and the Red Sox

By on July 26, 2016 at 2:48pm

Today, ESPN’s David Schoenfield released a list of each MLB team’s most untouchable player at the trade deadline. When it came to the Red Sox, some might have said Mookie Betts or Xander Bogaerts, but Schoenfield listed Yoan Moncada as the Sox’s most untradeable player. Moncada would command a king’s ransom at the deadline, and he is certainly a player that the Sox will be hoping to use next season. When the Cuban signed for $31.5 million, few were expecting him to rise as quickly as he did to Double-A ball, but the 21 year old has shown he is already worth the huge amount of cash.

Moncada is listed as the number 5 prospect in Major League Baseball, and his scouting report draws comparisons to Robinson Cano (with more speed). Paired with Andrew Benintendi, the number 21 overall prospect, the future in Boston is bright.

So, where does that leave the Red Sox next year? Some players and their positions are set in stone, such as Bogaerts at shortstop and JBJ in center. The areas of need, if one is to nitpick, would be left field, third base, and first base.

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As the baseball season is at the halfway point we start examining players for baseball’s most prestigious award, the Most Valuable Player. Two Red Sox players are considered to be serious contenders in this year’s insanely competitive AL MVP race. Those two players are Xander Bogaerts and David Ortiz. However there are many other great players to consider when talking about the MVP race.

Potential AL MVP Candidates

  • Josh Donaldson
  • Jose Altuve
  • Robinson Cano
  • Mike Trout
  • Manny Machado

Many people put Josh Donaldson at the top of the list right now. Donaldson was the AL MVP last season and is once again having himself a fantastic season. But I personally wouldn’t put him at the top of the list right now. If I had to choose a player right now to be at the top of the AL MVP race I would choose Astros 2B Jose Altuve. Altuve currently leads to MLB with 135 hits and a .358 AVG. Right behind Altuve I would put Ortiz. Ortiz leads the MLB with 34 doubles, a SLG of .665, and an OPS of 1.083.

The only problem with Ortiz is that he’s a DH. Many people use that against him because there are no defensive stats to credit him with. But with the performance David is having at the plate this year makes him a serious contender for the MVP award in his final season.

Do not forget about Xander Bogaerts. He is being viewed as a genuine player to win the award. He is arguably one of the best hitting shortstops in the entire MLB. As of Saturday Xander has 125 hits (3rd in the MLB behind Jose Altuve and Mookie Betts), 23 doubles, 11 home runs, 61 RBIs, .324 AVG, .381 OBP, .469 SLG, and a .850 OPS. Xander is also a very good defensive player with a .973 fielding percentage and only 9 errors in 813 innings.

The AL MVP race is going to be a very competitive one this year because there are so may players that could take the crown. But it is only half way through the season so nobody knows who’s going to stay on track or drop off the candidate list. All I’m saying is to not count the Sox sluggers out of the race, especially Ortiz. Even though he’s a DH, he’s putting up one of the best seasons of his career and has some of the best numbers in the game right now.

Can you imagine a 40 year old in his last season winning an MVP award? We can only hope…

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Hopefully, the 12 days that Drew Pomeranz had off is what hurt him yesterday.  Pitching in San Diego is very different than pitching in Boston.  The fans are actually into the game.  There’s more pressure in Boston, and well really the game actually matters.  Oh, and last night he pitched against arguably the best team in baseball in The San Francisco Giants.  Personally, I think the Sox should have waited till tonight to give Pomeranz his first start, pitching against The Twins is much different than pitching against San Francisco.  Pitching him tonight would have eased him more into Boston, and pitching in Fenway Park.

If Pomeranz is going to succeed in Boston, he’s going to have to develop another pitch.  The one thing I noticed last night is mostly all of Pomeranz pitches come into right handed batters, which with the wall in left field is a recipe for disaster.  A changeup could be Pomeranz best friend if he learns how to throw one, a pitcher with his skills should be able to develop one.  The one thing that Red Sox fans should be concerned about is the last batter Pomeranz faced last night.  It was a bunt play, and Pomeranz didn’t get off the mound too quick, honestly it looked like he was just trying to get off the field at that point.

All and all I think Pomeranz will be fine in Boston, if he’s not he will see how brutal Boston can be if you can’t perform.

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A few Red Sox thoughts

July 21, 2016 at 1:08pm in Boston, Red Sox

Hanley Rhttps://www.google.com/search?q=red+sox+logo&biw=1280&bih=913&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiugO2zhIXOAhXFFiwKHZLdBOwQ_AUICCgB#imgrc=-Mti-F6p5LUhLM%3Aamirez- Ramirez is a confusing player. Last night he had his best game of his Red Sox career, bashing three home runs and making a few outstanding defensive plays. We all know he has the talent to be a great offensive player like he was last night but sometimes it doesn’t show. He has been a great surprise at first place though. At the end of the season he possibly could be a gold glove candidate. If someone told me that at the start of the season, I would have laughed in their face. I’ll take his not consistent offense if he keeps on playing excellent defense.

Drew Pomeranz- Pomeranz had a rough outing in his first start as a Boston Red Sox. He started off pretty well but then completely fell apart in the fourth inning. He gave up 5 runs in the fourth without recording an out and eventually was pulled out by John Farrell. Even though he struggled in his first start, I still believe he can be a good addition for this team. Let’s wait for a few more starts before we start criticizing the trade.

John Farrell- Even with the Sox being 14 games over .500, I still think Farrell hasn’t been a good manager this year. Some of his decisions this season, especially his pitching decisions, really confuse me. On Tuesday he brought in Koji Uehara in to a 4-0 Red Sox lead in the ninth. Uehara is now the closer, due to a couple other injuries, and it seemed unnecessary to bring him in. Unfortunately, Uehara ended up straining his pectoral muscle and getting placed on the 15-day DL. I also think that Farrell should have left Pomeranz in the game last night. I know he was struggling in the fourth inning but he was also a little bit unlucky. The two base hits that he gave up were weak ground balls.

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Sox Take Two From SF Giants

July 21, 2016 at 12:27pm in Featured, Red Sox, Top Story
Pomeranz breezed through three scoreless innings, but capsized in the fourth. Photo: AP, Charles Krupa

Over the past two nights, the Red Sox defeated the San Francisco Giants twice, they moved into sole possession of first place in the AL East, and they provided us with an extremely entertaining eighteen innings of baseball.

June is firmly in the rearview mirror for the suddenly wicked hot Boston Red Sox, and for at least 24 hours, doubts and criticisms have been silenced.

On Tuesday night, the Red Sox needed only a one-run home run from Brock Holt to take the victory, but they graciously accepted a three run shot from Big Papi to provide all the run support that Rick Porcello would need. Porcello looked strong, earned his tenth straight win at home, and the Sox shut out the team with the best record in the majors. It was a feel good win, reminiscent of Octobers past, and indicative of Octobers future.

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Ortiz hits a 3R HR. Photo: Jim Davis (Boston Globe)

Here’s a storyline that never seems to get old: once again, David Ortiz, with his bat, carried his Boston Red Sox to another victory. Against former teammate Jake Peavy, Ortiz crushed a 451 foot three-run home run to put the game out of reach for the San Francisco Giants, en route to a 4-0 victory.

The blast was number 526 for David, who was recently placed at number 78 on ESPN’s list of greatest baseball players of all time.

Consider last night just another day in the office in this man’s fabled baseball career. He owns this city, just as Tom Brady owns the NFL. So, does Dave Dombrowski have a case to bring back Big Papi for 2017? A few months ago, the answer would undoubtedly have been no, but with the second half of the season well underway, there has been some indecisiveness. Nothing definitive has been said regarding one more year for the 40 year old, but there is an air of hope for the Fenway faithful.

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Hey David ! FIGURE IT OUT.

July 18, 2016 at 6:57pm in Featured, MLB, Red Sox, Top Story
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With a chance to sweep the Yankees and pull to within one game of the Baltimore Orioles for first place in the East, the Red Sox had their $200 million dollar man on the mound last night. Coming out of the break, Sox fans (including myself) were hopeful that David Price had figured out the source of his struggles throughout the first half of the year. Unfortunately, it was much of the same for Price and the Sox last night in the Bronx.

Like so many times this season, the big lefty looked sharp in the opening frames. His velocity was excellent, painting the black with a fastball touching 96 mph early and often. That, combined with his ability to mix in his breaking ball saw Price making quick work of the Yankees 19th ranked lineup through the first three innings. But, much like it has SO many times this season, one big inning ultimately did in the Red Sox “ace”.

So often this year, Price’s nemesis has been the long ball. While he didn’t allow a yabo last night, (a small miracle) he did surrender five hits in the fourth inning that resulted in three Yankee runs. Combine that with an excellent performance from Tanaka and the great Yankee bullpen, and that was all she wrote for the Sox and their six game winning streak.

Watching a pitcher with Price’s track record and ability struggle so mightily this season has been nothing short of perplexing. Mowing down lineups for years with the Rays, Jays, and Tigers, no one could have envisioned him sitting on an ERA of 4.36 twenty starts into his Red Sox career. Here’s hoping he can right the ship before the Sox and their playoff hopes disappear in the heat of the summer.

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