1. Red Sox:

* That’s as exciting as it gets – gotta be longest ball Pedroia has hit

* I know that they won but insane that Leon didn’t pinch hit for Hannigan – they have a 227-point differential in average

* Bogaerts has as good as balance as anyone I’ve seen other than Manny

* The Bogaerts, Bradley, Betts trio is the best young group since Fisk, Evans, Lynn, Rice

* Buchholz last appearance as a Red Sox? Three shutout innings and the win

* That win is up there with the Mother’s Day comeback and the Mugsy Allenson walk off bunt

* I love the energy I saw – Bogaerts leading the charge – even Hanley into it Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Deja Vu in Anaheim, Germans Blowing up Jersey, Patriot Fanatics »

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1. Red Sox:

*I like the crowd camera shots from NESN

* I heard Pedro say the other day that David Price needs a season to get acclimated. So we already bought in that the back end of the contract would be money thrown away – now for $31mm you need a season to get adjusted

* 65% of the remaining games on the road (41 of 63)

* No Excuse – Red Sox have nine of the top 109 paid players in the sport including – Sandoval, Buchholz, Rusney Castillo

* As I’m fast forwarding through the three and half hour games and I see no one has left Fenway – I wonder – don’t these people work

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(Ft. Myers, FL, 03/13/15) Boston Red Sox's Yoan Moncada participates during a minor league baseball workout at JetBlue Park in Ft. Myers, Florida on Friday, March 13, 2015. Staff photo by Christopher Evans

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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1. Red Sox:

  •  Brad Ziegler so far – 6 innings / 0 runs / 1 hit / 6 K – 0 BB
  • Not a great weekend for Brock Holt – 2-11 with 4 K and was a butcher in the outfield
  • Ton of during-game commercial spots on NESN right now – I’m watching Porcello F bomb the home plate umpire but Dave O’Brien has to do an Irving Fuel promo
  • Red Sox bullpen hurt this year – Kimbrel, Tazawa, Carson Smith, Uehara, Kelly
  • David Price and Pablo Sandoval have 11 combined at bats with 0 hits and 8 strikeouts ($52mm a year)

2. Second basemen:

The height of the best second baseman to play the game (other than Ryne Sandberg) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: David OverPriced, Sunday Bird, Complete Games (Or Not) »

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1. Red Sox:

* What’s going on with the birds behind home plate on the ground

* I think if Travis Shaw gets hot at all you throw him in a package for someone

* NESN should add a segment to their pregame show – called the Panda weigh in

* Does Pedroia get moved in the offseason? Holt, Moncada make it crowded there

* Red Sox record when Holt gets more than one at bat 23-9 (without 31-30)

2. Righties vs Lefties:

So far in major leagues – surprisingly – righty pitchers are more effective than lefties: Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Holt Magic, Brady is Awesome, Exorcist Wicked Scary »

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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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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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