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Boston Red Sox Are Tied For 1st in the American League East

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Boston Red Sox Are Tied For 1st in the American League East With Their Division Rival, The New York Yankees As The Midpoint Of The Season Nears

Its been a long year and the Boston Red Sox have had their ups and downs.

The mid point of the Season is almost here and the All Star Game is just a few weeks away.

The Red Sox have battled through some injuries.  Some notables are David Price, Brock Holt, Pablo Sandoval, and now Hanley Ramirez just to name a few.  There was also that flu out break in the beginning of the Season, right after Spring Training.  This Red Sox team has been through a lot, but they are a resilient bunch.  They have won some games to get themselves to the top of the Division.  Yet there is so much more for them to improve upon.

The Red Sox are currently 42-34 , while their rival the New York Yankees are 41-33.  The Sox have had a roller coaster of wins and losses.  They will need to play better to compete with the Yankees.  They need to find some consistency.  We’ve seen this team during blowouts and they have the bats to hit.  We’ve seen them win close games and their closer Craig Kimbrel is having one heck of a year.  But listen, they haven’t been hitting as well as they should.

It always seems like the top of the batting order gets on base but the bottom half can’t drive them in.  They also need to improve on hitting when their Starting Ace Chris Sale is on the mound.  He has had an incredible year for them with 10 Wins and 3 Losses.  He is a strikeout machine with the most by any Pitcher this year, at 155 Ks.  And his ERA is one of the lowest at 2.77.  They need to score more for their Bullpen.

Lets face it the team has been struggling to stay consistent all year.  They have had some real opportunities to beat weak opposing teams.  They had opportunities against the Angels, Kansas City, and Philadelphia.  These are the teams that they should have swept.  It was disappointing to see them lose those games.  I feel like the team is ‘Bipolar’ or something.  They have great hitting one day and then the next day they struggle.  They have great pitching one day and then the next day they struggle.  It feels to me, like a real grind.  Especially since I’ve been covering them all year.  The team needs to find their groove.  Listen they are a good baseball team but if you can’t sweep KC or Philly then you need to really sit down your players and tell them ‘Hey we need to hit the ball better and not let our pitching staff down’.

The second half of the Season begins after the All Star break yet the Red Sox have a long way to go if they want to stay ahead of the Yankees.  Listen they have the Pitching, they have the Hitting, they just have to put the two together for each game.  The grind shouldn’t be so up and down.  They know that they can do it, now just find a rhythm and make some winning streaks happen.  I know that 3rd Base has been an issue; they have been rotating guys in and out of it.  And I know fielding hasn’t been as stellar as years past.  But they definitely can work through these hiccups and play great baseball.

Last night’s game against the Twins was the perfect example.  They made sure to get in scoring position for Chris Sale, and knew that he would pitch a great game.  Then Kimbrel came in to close it out in the 9th and finished the game with a Save.  That is how they need to do it if they want to keep winning games for the next half of the Season.

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Bottom Line: Boston Red Sox Need Stanton

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Boston Red Sox Team President Dave Dombrowski isn’t a great talent evaluator. Throughout his entire career, he has built his success by acquiring proven big league talent. Betting on that changing anytime soon is foolish, so why not make another move for proven talent?

Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins has long been rumored to be on the trade block and Boston is just one of his potential destinations. Reports have stated thought that Stanton would prefer a trade to a team like the Dodgers despite “advisers” pushing for Boston.

The Stanton vs Judge potential is enough to get any baseball fans heart racing. But should Boston present Miami a god offer? Some have balked at the potential of trading any more prospects but let me tell you a very well known secret, Boston’s farm system has been pillaged. Jay Groome and Michael Chavis are considered the best two prospects remaining under Dombrowski.

So any thought of depleting the farm system anymore should be tossed out the window as there isn’t much left there, to begin with. On top of that, the current makeup of the team and the organization is winning now, a strategy that is far from working given the current talent in the lineup. Last season the Red Sox lacked true pop in their lineup after the retirement of David Ortiz. Many at the time sold it as the 2015 Royals who nickeled and dimed their way to a world series title. But when it came down to it the 2017 Boston Red Sox lacked balls.

Boston needs a power bat in the heart of their order. Not just for the home runs from that player, but for the protection they would offer the other hitters in the lineup. If you were a pitcher facing the Red Sox last season almost every hitter in the lineup could be pitched too. The only exception might be Hanley Ramirez, but the BIG HR simply was set up to fail to have to step in for Ortiz with no protection around him.

Stanton would instantly bring in pop, lineup protection, and the much needed “it” factor that will help drive fans to the team. Without this type of move, it is hard to see how next season will be any different.

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Minimum Expectations for the 2018 Red Sox

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Last year, it was Chris Sale; in 2016, the exorbitantly expensive David Price was all the hype. Both of these roundly heralded saviors produced the same underwhelming results. Another short-winded trip to the playoffs; another bummer of a year.

The Red Sox simply cannot afford a third consecutive first-round exit, in the 2018 postseason. And it seems that Dave Dombrowski knows this. In an attempt to prevent car-flipping anarchy in the streets, he fired the overseer of all this recent failure (his direct subordinate) – John Farrell.

Now the Sox will be heading into next season with a newfangled remedy. No, it’s not a hundred-million dollar player. This time around, management has received the upgrade. It’s the newly hired manager, Alex Cora, who will be charged with the burden of resurrecting one of the most venerated franchises in professional sports.

On Monday, Cora was formally introduced to Boston as the new manager (or scapegoat).

Good luck, buddy! You’re gonna need it.  

Should Boston fans really expect an appreciable change to be affected by just one man? After all, this is exactly what we’ve done, to no avail, for the past few years. And if Cora really represents the end-all-be-all solution, what is a realistic accomplishment for him, and his club, in the first season of his tenure?

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Like Looking in the Mirror

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After watching the Houston Astros win the 2017 World Series, Red Sox fans deserve to be upset.

Go ahead and sink into your bed of indignance, for a couple of days, and don’t let anyone stop you, Red Sox Nation. You’re safe there.  

The asseveration has lingered on the tip of Boston’s tongue, ever since the ALDS – “That could have been us!” And it’s true, it could have been the Sox hoisting that trophy, on Wednesday night.

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