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Boston Red Sox And The Postseason

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Boston Red Sox And The Postseason That Is Unlikely To Happen At Current Rate They Are Going

What exactly is success in sports?

Is it winning championships?

Having fun?

Or is it something else?

Since the Patriots 2002 Super Bowl, Boston has been blessed with an abundance of league championships. A luxury that many cities around the country have yet to experience. Every major sports team has won a championship.

Patriots: 2002, 2004, 2005, 2015, 2017

Boston Red Sox: 2004, 2007, 2013

Boston Bruins: 2011

Boston Celtics: 2008

Boston Red Sox Championship Unlikely In 2017

Now, I am not here to tell you that this era of success is coming to an end. Because as well all know, good things come to an end. But this is about something different.

We have a baseball team in town that had an 84-year drought. The Boston Red Sox played 84 seasons without winning a league championship. An amount that almost seems unfathomable right now. But according to my elders and the internet, it happened.

Many of you likely remember those times well. While the chances of this happening again to the Red Sox are small, it has a better chance of happening than this years team winning the World Series.

Now things can change, players can improve, moves can happen, but at the moment I am out on this year Boston Red Sox team. They are a talented squad with a good core of young talent. But they lack what it takes for October baseball.

This has been a running theme for me, questioning their mental toughness and ability to win when it counts. But the revealings of the David Price airplane incident have confirmed my suspicions.

You have a ballclub that lacks the toughness needed to win games in October. One that cheers for the ambush of a Hall of Famer who made a fair comment about a player. Issues like that and a serious lack of consistency at the plate will be the downfall of this years team.

The pieces are there, but the puzzle has yet to be put together. With two full months of baseball to go, there is still time for a revival, a rebirth if you will. But at the moment, it seems unlikely that this team can do that. Or if management even knows how to do it.

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Offensive Woes Continue Deep Into July

The Boston Red Sox have a 3.34 earned run average in the last 17 games but have lost 11 times because the offense is averaging 3.1 runs in that stretch.

The current team’s lineup is built for quality at-bats and not the long ball. But the issue for the team has been actually putting together quality at-bats.

“We’re not built around the home run; we recognize that,” Farrell said. “We know this has to be quality at-bats up and down the lineup. That has shown itself to be the case in some innings but in others it’s not.”

Boston happens to be one of the few teams in Major League Baseball who isn’t hitting home runs. Home runs in baseball are on a historic pace. But the Red Sox seem to have missed the home run announcement.

Last season, the Boston Red Sox finished ninth in the majors in home runs, first in runs, and first in OPS. This season they’re 27th in homers, 11th in runs, and 19th in OPS. If you think they are a doubles ball club like last year, you are wrong. Boston ranks 11th this season compared to their major league leading double number last season. This and the lack of power makes them the 23rd ranked team for extra base hits this season. They have also hit into 96 double plays, which ranks second in the majors.

They have also hit into 96 double plays, which ranks second in the majors. Not a great category to be near the top off.

For a ballclub that can’t hit the long ball, they sure seem to be ineffective at doing everything else as well. The one saving grace for the 2017 Boston Red Sox has been their pitching. Thier 3.72 ERA entering Tuesday is the 2nd best in the American league with both their starters and relievers being one of the tops in the Majors. Without their elite pitching staff, this team would be lucky to be in 4th in the AL East.

As it sits right now the Boston Red Sox are a first place team. But the gap between them and 2nd place has shrunken. The call-up of Rafael Devers is a desperation move. A necessary one though for Dave Dombrowski and company. But for the moment, Boston’s chances of a title are looking slim to none.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Red Sox Rumor: Jackie Bradley Jr. Being Shopped For Trade

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With the Boston Red Sox looking to acquire a power bat this offseason to keep up with the Yankees they are reportedly shopping a core member of their current team.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today the player Boston is shopping is center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. One potential destination for Bradley is the Chicago Cubs. Chicago has been connected to Boston with slugger Kyle Schwarber potentially being available.

Schwarber has mashing power but has had issues at the plate having a .211 average last season that caused the Cubs to send the home run hitter back to the minors last June.

Bradley who hit 26 home runs two seasons ago fell back to 17 home runs this past season with a .245 batting average. His fielding ability though makes up for any shortcomings he has at the plate and his contract status could be very appealing in the trade market. Bradley Jr. has three years of arbitration remaining on his contract.

If Boston moves on from Bradley the likely scenario of outfield positioning would be moving Andrew Benintendi over to center field keeping Mookie Betts out in right field.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Stanton in Pinstripes Edition

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The snow is now cascading down upon us with indifferent wrath. Today, Boston saw the first real Winter Storm of the impending season. And while you were outside futilely efforting to resist nature, with your shovels and snowblowers, the World of Baseball fractured entirely.

If you haven’t heard by now, you live under the most obscure rock in existence. The New York Yankees have purportedly acquired Giancarlo Stanton from Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins. 

Stanton is currently going through the formality of physicals and medical checkups – as if there’s going to be anything physically wrong with this inhuman behemoth.

The Winter Meetings commence tomorrow. It is expected that the trade will be officially announced soon after.

Reports suggest that the Yankees have agreed to eat $265 million of Stanton’s contract, while sending Starlin Castro to Miami along with a couple of low-level pitching prospects.

This was our White Whale, Boston – this one got away and we still ended up dying in the end.

Dave Dombrowski looks like an absolute fool for having let this chiseled new-school Bambino slip through his hands. He immolated the entire pitching crop, down on the farm. So it’s inconceivable that Dombrowski didn’t offer the kitchen sink, in his pursuit of Stanton.

Conversely, underneath the surface, Giancarlo’s mind might have been irrevocably made up, before talks even started. He’s a city-slicker. Miami nightlife translates better to Big Apple nightlife than it does to the half-revelry of the Boston Commonwealth.

The Yankees obtain Giancarlo Stanton, presupposing the implications for the Red Sox and fans alike. It’s with a heavy heart that I unfortunately welcome you to a familiar and antique era of Red Sox Baseball. It’s the late 90’s all over again…

But, you know what? Let’s try to make light of this nonplussing news! Yeah, we don’t need Giancarlo Stanton and those Damn Yankees still won’t win the World Series! It’s time for another installment of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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Boston Red Sox Do Not Need To Get A Big Bat

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Many have stated their wishes that the Boston Red Sox will go out and get a big-time bat for the heart of their order. A bat that they seemingly need to help protect the likes of Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez in the lineup. One of the bigger names connected to the team is Giancarlo Stanton, but reports show that idea as a longshot with Stanton not looking at Boston as a possibility.

Another name, Jose Abreu, is also reportedly out of the running with Ken Rosenthal reporting that the White Sox will not trade their slugger before the start of the season. With the potential list shortening with JD Martinez and Eric Hosmer leading the running, maybe Boston should sit still this offseason.

That is sort of a controversial take, but the notion of Hosmer or Martinez doesn’t get the juices flowing, and ultimately will cost the Red Sox more then they are worth.

So what is the answer, Boston still needs a first basemen for next season. A position that could be filled with Sam Travis and Hanley Ramirez given the idea that Dustin Pedroia will find some time at the DH spot next season with Eduardo Nunez getting some quality time at second base. Another possibility is Rafael Devers not panning out at third base and needing to move to first base or DH at times.

Also in the cards is prospect Michael Chavis who should find himself in AAA Pawtucket at some point next season and maybe in Boston at third base or first. Then comes the possibility of Blake Swihart or my favorite, Bryce Brentz. Both were getting trained at first base with Pawtucket last season and could see reps at first base if Dave Dombrowski opts to not sign a big-time bat.

Of course, these solutions are not as flashy and will not present an immediate threat for Boston in the heart of their order. But betting on the current roster to bounce back at the plate and see an emergence of another young player might be a route to take.

Worse case scenario they get the same amount of production and end up right around 90 wins like they were this past season. But the upside of keeping the financial flexibility going forward while trying out prospects might be the best thing for Boston to do instead of overreacting to fan pressure.

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