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Boston Red Sox Defeat Royals To Capture 1st Place



Boston Red Sox Defeat Royals To Capture 1st Place In The American League East Behind Sales Excellent Start

On Tuesday the Boston Red Sox played the Kansas City Royals in game 2 of the three game set in Kansas City. Chris Sale was on the mound for Boston and when it was all said and done, the Red Sox won 8-3.

Sale went 8 and 1.3 innings allowing 3 runs on 4 hits while striking out 10 Royals batters. Two of the three runs Sale allowed came in the 9th inning where he was then pulled for Fernando Abad who recorded the last two outs of the game. With the win Sale’s record moves to 9-3, but he was not happy about his performance on Tuesday night.

“It sucks, man. I wanted to get that one. I don’t like telling the manager I can go out there and get it for him and not get it done. I wasn’t able to get the bullpen a full day off.”

” I don’t want to tell John I can go do something and it don’t get done. That goes for anything. I’ll never settle. When you start settling you get complacent and when you get complacent you suck. It’s not my style.

” I was a little pissed off. You get over it, obviously, because we’re still winning the game. Once the last out is recorded, we’re all smiles”

Offensively though, Sale had all the support he needed. The Boston Red Sox offense had 13 hits in the game with Chris Young, Xander Bogearts, Sandy Leon, and Deven Marrero all recording multi-hit games. 6 Red Sox batters recorded RBIs in the affair, including the recently called up Sam Travis and Deven Marrero.

Travis and Marrero were called up from Pawtucket earlier in the day and their journey to get to Kansas City was an interesting one to say the least.

Both of them woke up early and traveled to Logan together to try and get a flight out. But weather cancellations paired with trying to get a direct flight meant the players had to sit around the airport waiting for the Red Sox to find a way out.

“Me and Sammy just grinded it out. Played some cards. Had Starbucks like three times,” Marrero said.

Vice president of major league and minor league operations Raquel Ferreira was the one trying to get them out, and she arranged for a private plane out of Hanscom Field in Bedford. The two players were able to rush over there and get on the private plane to make it to the clubhouse in Kansas City just 2 1/2 hours before first pitch.

“To see those guys walk off an airplane here at [4:30] in the afternoon, right in the lineup and contribute as they did, it was a much-needed lift,” manager John Farrell said.

The series finale takes place Wednesday afternoon at 2:15 p.m with Drew Pomeranz taking on Ian Kennedy.

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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Bottom Line: Boston Red Sox Need Stanton



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



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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