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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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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1.Red Sox:

* Sorry – not gonna stay up for the classic Red Sox vs. Yankees Sunday four-hour special

* As Mookie gets off to one of the great starts in Red Sox history – isn’t it time to give him a new number – 50 doesn’t work

* Xander hitting .162 in July so far – still has chance for batting title

* Sandy Leon’s is 27-59 so far for .458 average / Ted Williams was 20 for his first 59 when he hit .406

* Ortiz has 57 extra base hits to 44 strikeouts

2. Brady:

I’m gonna say that the Tom Brady suspension is the worst loss in Boston sports history – worse than: Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: OJ, Poland Speech and Noxzema »

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The New England Patriots are loaded headed into the season.  They have had the best offseason of any team in the AFC if not in the league.  However with as good as they are their are a few teams that could challenge them in the AFC.

3. Houston Texans

The Texans have had a sneaky good offseason.  They signed two key free agents in Brock Osweiler, and Lamar Miller, they still have JJ Watt who we all know can be very dominant.  Deandre Hopkins is coming off of a breakout season and he should only get better with the signing of Brock Osweiler.  I have never taken the Texans serious, but if there is a team that could surprise people it’s them.

2. Indianapolis Colts

At 8-8 last season The Colts totally underperformed, but this team still has super bowl potential.  With The Colts it’s really just a question if they can stay healthy or not.  However, with Andrew Luck this team has a chance to make some noise in the AFC, until they play The Pats.

1.Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers are clearly the second best team in the AFC, again they need to stay healthy.  With Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and Le’veon Bell, this offense will be very difficult to run with.  Luckily, The Pats have a pretty good offense themselves.  The Pats play at Pittsburgh this season, should be one of the best games of the year.

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