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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BAE

This time of year is usually slow for most sports cities, however Boston is not like everyone else.  The Celtics, Red Sox, and The Patriots all have had a pretty busy week.

The Red Sox

With the all-star break behind us it’s time for The Sox to focus on the second half of the season.  The Red Sox started on the road against their arch rival Yankees who are having a terrible year.  Stephen Wright got the ball in game 1 of the series and was well rested since he wasn’t allowed to pitch in the all-star game, (Which is another story in itself).  The Yankees couldn’t touch Wright until the 6th inning, but with Boston bats hitting 3 Homeruns it was to much for The Yankees to handle.  Game 2 of the series was all about Eduardo Rodriguez, he went 7 innings while only giving up 1 earned run.  Oh, and Sandy Leon hit a 3 run homerun, what a find he has been for this team.  It is important The Sox get all the wins they can now, the end of their season is a gauntlet with more than half of their games on the road.

The Celtics

Trade rumors have been all the talk in Boston.  Blake Griffin? Russell Westbrook? Jahlil Okafor?  Nobody really knows if The Celtics will make a deal, and who it will be for.  As a Celtic fan you have to be excited, there’s hope around this team right now.  If The Celtics are to land one of these players I think they’ll be seeing Cleveland in The Eastern Conference Finals.

The Patriots

Jimmy Garoppolo is the starting quarterback for The Patriots for the first four games of the season.  There has been mixed feelings around if Brady made the right decision or not.  However, taking the suspension now is the smart play, I’d rather have Brady missing the first four then the last four.  This suspension will also be good for this teams future, either the league sees that Garoppolo can be a starter in this league and we trade him.  Garoppolo plays really well and Belichick keeps him around to one day take over for Brady. Or worst case scenario, Garoppolo plays terrible and The Pats start off the season with a losing record.  All and all I think The Pats will be just fine, and that a pissed off Brady coming back is bad for the NFL.

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Petco Park in San Diego.

All Star Weekend was memorable for more than just the 61 home runs that Giancarlo Stanton belted during the Home Run Derby.

This game held special meaning for David Ortiz, the AL DH. In his final season, and final all star game, Ortiz was the starter for the AL at DH. While Ortiz was certainly the man of the hour, it was his Red Sox counterparts that actually outperformed Papi in San Diego.

Ortiz went 0 for 1, with a walk, and was pulled shortly thereafter. Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts, and JBJ all had at least one hit, contributing to the 4-2 victory over the NL.

Xander smacked a double down the left field line, Betts singled and scored, and Jackie Bradley sent two singles through the infield.

Eric Hosmer was the game’s MVP, who homered and drove in two runs.

The Red Sox are back in action tonight, taking on the Yankees in the Bronx. Eduardo Rodriguez is starting for the Red Sox.

The Red Sox are doing well so far in July. It has been no secret that pitching has been holding this team back. As previously spoken about on SOB, Dave Dombrowski traded Anderson Espinoza, the number one pitching prospect for the Red Sox to San Diego for Drew Pomeranz, who is likely to be the number two or three starter for Boston moving forward.

The Red Sox also managed to sign their first round draft pick, Jason Groome, to a $3.65 million contract, pending a physical.

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Drew Pomeranz

Dave Dombrowski is wheeling and dealing again.  Last night, the Red Sox GM, traded Anderson Espinoza, their top pitching prospect, to the San Diego Padres for All-star lefty Drew Pomeranz.  Dombrowski is clearly in a win-now attitude and is doing whatever he can to make this team better come October.  Many people are upset at Dombrowski because they believe that he gave up too much for Pomeranz.  Although it was only one player, Anderson Espinoza, is what many fans and scouts believe to be their best pitching prospect they’ve had in years.  He is only 18 years old but he was dominant pitching for the both the Dominican Summer League Red Sox and the rookie level Gulf Coast League Red Sox.  He has struggled a little in Low A Greenville and maybe Dombrowski didn’t see as much as other people did and decided this was the right time to pull the trigger.

People are also concerned about Drew Pomeranz.  Pomeranz is a 27 year-old journey man who has been traded multiple times, been sent to the bullpen, and been sent to Triple AAA.   He was the number 5th pick in the 2010 draft but before this year he was never able to find his groove.  In the 2016 season, Pomeranz is having a career year.  He is 8-7 with a 2.47 ERA, which ranked 3rd in the National League.  He’s never pitched over 100 innings, which is a concern, but this year feels different.

I understand why some Sox fans would be frustrated by this move, but I feel like Dombrowski did the right thing.  The Sox want to win this year and in order to do that they need good starting pitching. If Price, Wright, Porcello, and Pomeranz keep on pitching like they have all year than this team will be good enough to win a World Series.  The Pitching market is weak this year and in order to get something you have to give up something.  The Sox did that without giving up either Moncada or Benintendi.  They also have Pomeranz locked up until 2018 so it’s not like they gave up too much for a rental.  I’m sure Ortiz is feeling good about this deal because this is his last year and the ultimate goal for him is to go out as a four-time World Series Champion.

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