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Connelly’s Top Ten: Celtics Soft, Bruins Can’t hit Net, The Vulture




Connelly’s Top Ten: Celtics Soft, Bruins Can’t hit Net, The Vulture1. Bruins Back in the Tournament:

* Heard an amazing stat on Felger and Mazz – Pastrnak has taken 20 shots but only two on net

* Marchand one goal in last 24 playoff games

* Can’t believe how many times Bruins players have crashed in to each other in this series

* You could have Ottawa, Montreal, Edmonton and Toronto in the next round

2. Celtics Playoffs

* This Celtics team might be one of the most heartless playoff teams in Boston in a long time

* Amir Johnson reminds me of the robot Hymie on Get Smart – have a pulse one time

* I’m not kidding when I say this – the entire team and front office should have donated their pay for Game 2 to the local Boy’s Club

* Celtics being dominated on the board falls on Danny Ainge for not repairing a glaring weakness three years ago when Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgov embarrassed Tyler Zeller with 27 offensive rebounds in four games

* Celtics shooting three pointers – regular season and playoffs: 2015 regular season .327 / post season .256 / 2016 regular season .335 / post season .275 / 2017 regular season .359 / 2017 post season .338

3. Red Sox

* Can John Farrell do anything right – he hooks unhittable Chris Sale for Mr. Texaco man – who is already overused and Kimble Bob Stanley’s a win (see below)

* Don’t look now but Hanley is hitting .224 without Ortiz to protect him

* Sandy Leon is hitting .225 so far this year – how did he finish last year (June .467 / July .355 / August .306 / September .216)

* Three of Sandoval’s twelve hits are home runs

* Jose Bautista at bats per home runs last three years: 13.6 / 19.2 / 51.0

4. Ortiz last April versus Moreland this April

* Ortiz had 16 extra base hits in April last year / Moreland has 12 already

5. Sad or Tragic Boston sports stories:

* Aaron Hernandez

* Darryl Stingley

* Travis Roy

* Harry Agganis

* Tony C

* Len Bias

* Reggie Lewis

* Boston Marathon bombing

* Norman Leveille

6. Could Tommy John injuries be correlated with the presence of radar guns?

7. Amazing StatMookie Betts struck out for the first time in 129 at bats. In August and September of 2004, Mark Bellhorn struck out 61 times in 150 at bats

8. Old SchoolBill Sharman named to more First Team All-NBA selections than Bill Russell 4-3

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Best ABA names (when you read them name think about that red, white and blue ball spinning on their finger):

Skeeter Swift

Cinninnatus Powell

Red Robbins

Fatty Taylor

Moses Malone

Willie Wise

Goose Ligon

Trooper Washington

Zelmo Beaty

Goo Kennedy

Chico Vaughn

10. Randomocity

* Watch how fast Aaron Hernandez’s family claims CTE

*A Georgia fireman caught a baby from the second floor of a burning building – do they practice that?

* What a terrible stretch of gray skies over the last month – other than Easter

* Deer Hunter better than Apocalypse Now, Natural better than Bull Durham, Snow White over Cinderella

* How can anyone drink Heineken?

* Don’t forget I predicted rabbits would become like the Canada Geese – saturation

* Joseph’s baby aspirin were like candy

* In 1978 – Bob Stanley came in to relieve starters who left with the lead – Stanley then would forfeit the lead and then be the recipient of a Red Sox comeback – leading to a nickname the Vulture for wins he stole – he finished that year with a record of 15-2


Heaps Out, But Who’s to Blame in New England?



New England Revolution

Heaps Out, But Who’s to Blame in New England?

Hope springs eternal one week into the post-Jay Heaps era for the New England Revolution after a surprise 2-1 victory over table-toppers Toronto FC on Saturday. But despite taking three points from their first match since the skipper’s dismissal last week, the Revs will likely need to win out and receive a good bit of help to avoid missing the MLS Playoffs for a second consecutive year.

Who’s to blame for the slide into mediocrity since their 2014 MLS Cup appearance? Heaps was the first on the chopping block, yet many have questioned Revolution General Manager Mike Burns as well. Voices around the league from prominent agents, to national soccer writers, to the Twitter artist formerly known as @FakeJayHeaps have pointed to the GM’s culpability.

Burns stepped into his role as GM at the same time as Jay Heaps was brought before the 2012 season. In the build to 2014, he played a role in earning the Revolution a reputation for drafting well, utilizing homegrown players and making clever low risk-high reward acquisitions. Is any of that true in 2017? Has it been true since 2014?

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State of Trifecta Network



State of Trifecta Network

The last two months have been a whirlwind. There are no words that can truly describe what has happened to us as a website.

We went from a site that was getting an average of 2-3k viewers a week to getting that in a single day on average since the start of June. Since the start of June, we have been a credentialed member of the media to several of the teams in the area and look to increase that in the Fall.

Ultimately everything we create is meant to be read/consumed by our readers, you.  Often it is tough to get a vibe on what is or isn’t working in terms of content. That is why we would greatly appreciate if you guys give your thoughts in the comment section of this post to help us curate better content.

One thing we are looking forward to in the Fall is more reader/writer interactions. We will start doing Q and A’s related to all the Boston sports teams as well as a live Fantasy Football podcast where we will take your lineup questions.

The launch of the Fantasy podcast has yet to be decided, but expect it ahead of week 1 of the NFL season with a draft podcast. We will also be launching a Fantasy Football league to run alongside it if interested in joining fill out the contact form below with your information.

Trifecta Network is a growing platform, we will always be free and made for our readers. We appreciate your readership and want to build the best product we can to ensure the best Boston sports experience in the city.

You may have noticed more video content on the site, it is an area we are looking to improve, but not focus solely on. Many sports sites are going away from traditional writing, a move that I believe is a mistake.

If you ever have any thoughts or comments please feel free to reach out to us.

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Boston Red Sox: Realistic Trade Deadline Possibilities



Fenway Park

Third Base for the Red Sox has been a void for the last few months, and these names could help them fill it.

As we normally do, every Trade Deadline year after year the Red Sox always throw their hat in the race for the biggest name on the market. This season, Jose Quintana has been the biggest name that was moved and to no surprise the Red Sox checked in on him at some point in the season. With names like Sonny Gray, Todd Frazier, and David Robertson all potentially on the move, I assess the realistic opportunities for the Red Sox to cash in and find their missing puzzle piece at third base. These are some players that you may not of heard of that are likely on the radar for the Red Sox this season:

Jed Lowrie playing infield for the Oakland Athletics.

Jed Lowrie, Oakland Athletics

It shouldn’t be a surprise, but the former Red Sox infielder may find his way back into Boston. With Oakland exploding their team quicker than anyone in the bay area can fathom, most of the Athletics players become a target for trade opportunities (as we saw with Doolittle and Madson). In Boston, Jed Lowrie makes sense.

Lowrie is probably the most obtainable of this list. The switch hitter is hitting a respectable .272 with 10 homers and 33 RBI in 83 games. He’s on pace to have one of his better seasons since 2014, but this is only due to injuries. Lowrie is notoriously injury prone, and his low cost can provide a valuable third/short/second option without moving an important player. He was a platoon player while in Boston before ultimately losing his job completely to Jose Iglesias, then Bogaerts, then Will Middlebrooks so platooning is nothing new to him. With Oakland owing him $6 million next year, you would expect the Red Sox to take part of the contract and give up a fringe prospect for him and to Dave Dombroski, this is pocket change. Prepare for the return of Jed Lowrie in Boston.

Josh Harrison at bat against the Miami Marlins.

Josh Harrison, Pittsburgh Pirates

While this is more of a stretch than a reality, I still want to talk about it in case it happens (making me look smart). Harrison has been a sort of Brock Holt style player for the Pirates since breaking into the league in 2011. A career .282 hitter, he doesn’t wow you with flashy power and high RBI totals. Instead he provides a reliable bat that in the lower half of the lineup.

Despite being a very reliable part of the Pirates lineup, and a potentially good fit for Boston, he is under contract through 2020. If the Red Sox plan on moving Devers like they did with Moncada, they better haul in a bigger return than 30 year old Josh Harrison. But if Dombrowksi pulls the trigger and decides to go with Harrison expect him to move to a different position if he sticks around. He might even end up at pitcher. Who knows.

Eduardo Nunez taking batting practice before the 2016 All Star game. He represented the Minnesota Twins for the American League.

Eduardo Nunez, San Francisco Giants

The former Yankee (and All Star, believe it or not!) is yet another player that provides flexibility when it comes to filling holes, but once again – all we are focusing on is third base. Red Sox Nation may be hesitant to see another former Giant taking reigns over third base but I promise you that Nunez is nothing like that dude that the Sox just DFA’d. In 67 games this year Nunez is just a tick under .300, batting .297 with 4 homers and 25 RBI. He’s also got 17 steals, so the tangible of stealing bases makes him more of an attractive pick up.

Nunez is also signed through this season – potentially making him an even better suit for Boston with prospects waiting. His numbers aren’t flashy, but they’re maybe the most respectable of this list considering he has spent some time on the disabled list. With the Giants in free fall, and more than likely selling the house in two weeks, I would put my money on Eduardo Nunez as one of the first to go.

With the deadline two weeks away, I think these three guys could end up in Fenway Park playing third base really soon. While the main point of focus is finding another reliable arm in the bullpen, it is necessary to find a major league ready third baseman who can provide a tangible that Marrero and Lin can’t at this early in their careers – and that is to hit with consistency. Check back in on July 31st and see the madness unfold.

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