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Boston Red Sox Getting The Very Best From Drew Pomeranz

Behind Drew Pomeranz, the Boston Red Sox were able to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night 5-1. Pomeranz went 6.2 innings giving up 1 earned run on 3 hits and 5 walks on a season high 116 pitches.

Pomeranz’s start to his Red Sox career wasn’t perfect, but lately, the 28-year-old starter has been electric. In his last seven starts, Pomeranz has a 2.13 ERA in his last seven starts (10 ER, 42 1/3 IP). It isn’t just the fact that he is pitching better, Pomeranz who struggled to get past 5 innings of work earlier in the year, has now gone 6+ in each of his last 4 starts.

“It’s always a personal goal of mine to stay in the game longer,” Pomeranz said. “I’ve been pitching well, but I’ve been going six innings. I’d like to get a little further, a little deeper into the game.

“Having that goal [as a] mindset, it helps everyone out,’’ he added. “In situations like this, it helps our bullpen out. It helps save them over the long run.”

When Pomeranz has been on the mound, the Boston Red Sox tend to win games. In fact, in his eleven last starts, Boston has won nine of them, truly giving John Farrell and his a team a chance to win.

“Drew has been outstanding. He’s on a pretty substantial run here of quality starts, giving ourselves a chance to win,’’ Farrell said. “We’ve responded well when he’s been on the mound. So he once again stabilized the game tonight.”

On the season, Pomeranz is 10-4 with a 3.51 ERA in 19 games started. A big difference from the 4.78 ERA he possessed in 14 starts last year for Boston. The reason he believes he dropped off for Boston after the trade from San Diego was the lack of growth from him as a pitcher.

“There’s so many reports these days that I feel like you can get away with it for a first half or a year maybe,” Pomeranz said. “But they’re going to catch on sooner or later.” said Pomeranz prior to the All-Star break.

One of the reasons for this difference?

Fellow Boston starter, David Price.

David Price is so good because he can do everything. And yeah, I was having success, but I can’t do that,” said Pomeranz, recalling his mindset last season. “I should probably figure out a way to do that if I want to go to the next level.”

One noticeable difference for him this season has been his ability to move his fastball and curveball around the plate more while hitting his spots with the changeup and two-seamer.

“Being able to move everything — all pitches to all sides of the plate — it just makes things a lot easier for you,” he said. “They can’t cancel things out.”

Drew Pomeranz’s success over the past two months has worked wonders to help the Boston Red Sox. Going forward, the starter will continue to be pivotal to Boston’s success.

Pomeranz’s upside has always been great, he was an All-Star last season for the Padres. This upside is something Boston envisions being elite.

“The impressive thing about Drew is that he’s been able to successfully deal with some of the best lineups in baseball,” assistant pitching coach Brian Bannister said. “I honestly believe that on any given day, regardless of how deep into the game he goes, he can handle any lineup in baseball. He’s got that elite upside.”

Wednesday is the first game that everything has come full circle. For the Padres in 2016, Pomeranz had 7 starts of 3 hits or fewer with at least 6 innings pitched. For Boston, the first time he did that was Wednesday against Toronto.

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 Managerial Decision Seemingly Made Up

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Did anyone think that the Boston Red Sox would take their time when hiring their new field manager? According to one report the team is moving rather quickly

According to one report, the team is moving rather quickly to the point where their minds are already made up.

“There is a 99.9 percent chance of [Cora] being named Red Sox leader,” a source told Puerto Rico’s El Nuevo Dia. “They want him for the job. That post is for him. Alex is very beloved there. And he would love to run Boston. They want to make the fast decision.”

Cora is currently serving as the bench coach for the Houston Astros, a team that is battling it out with the New York Yankees for the chance to go to the World Series. Boston isn’t the only suitor for the former player however. Cora is set to meet with the New York Mets on Tuesday and is also expected to be of interest to other teams like the Philadelphia Phillies.

But the interest between Boston and Cora is mutual and a report from Puerto Rico confirms that. Cora played for the Red Sox during his career and was part of the 2007 Wolrd Series team. At the time he was considered an excellent leader on the team that had all the intangible qualities of one daying being an excellent coach. Since his playing days, he has served as an ESPN Analyst, GM of Puerto Rico national team, coach in Puerto Rico’s baseball league, and now a bench coach for Houston.

If the Red Sox are able to bring in Cora it would be seen as if they had been grooming him for years and that he is their guy. With other suitors in tow, it looks like an offer from the Boston Red Sox to Cora is going to come rather quickly. And quite frankly, this is the best decision for the team.

Acquiring Cora is far superior to a long time mediocre manager like Ron Gardenhire or a failed first coach stinter like Brad Ausmus. Cora is both young and has some prior experience to bring to the table. The one real question with him is if he will be too buddy-buddy with the players, a very real possibility.

Red Sox fans seem to be rather torn on this topic, many seem to like the idea of an old manager like Gardenhire, while others favor Cora who was a fan favorite as a player. In reality the true intentions or favorite of the Red Sox is unknown, but for the moment, Cora looks like the lock.

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Red Sox Manager Contestants Stepping Right Up

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On Wednesday the Boston Red Sox fired field manager John Farrell. With the departure of Farrell, the Red Sox must now conduct a full and wide search for their next manager. There are dozens of potential candidates for the job. The one choice that will have to be made is to either to go young or go old.

Fortunately for us, Dave Dombrowski gave a general outline of what he will be looking for in the next manager. In his post-firing presser, he mentioned that the candidate is unlikely to come from within.

That comment seemingly rules out a candidate like Chili Davis or Gary Ddisarcina.

In terms of experience, Dombrowski said “I think managerial experience helps. I don’t think it’s a 100% necessity.”. He also mentioned the importance of being in the dugout as experience. The last time Dombrowski hired a field manager he was in charge of the Detroit Tigers. The coach he hired at the time was Brad Asmus. So maybe that means he will go on the younger side.

If he goes young in terms of experience here is the list of potential candidates:

  • Brad Asmus: Asmus was let go by Detriot after having a rather shaky first tenure as a manager. He was hired by Dombrowski and has plenty of connections to New England. He will land somewhere this offseason.
  • Alex Cora: Direct connections to Boston and knows how the media is here. Well respected by players and has coached in Puerto Rico and is the bench coach for AJ Hinch’s Houston Astros.
  • Jason Varitek: Obvious connections here. But he has no actual experience as a coach in the dugout. He has helped with player development and scouting as a special assistant to the gm in Boston. But chances are he isn’t in the conversation.
  • Hensley Meulens: Speaks Spanish, English (and other languages), has extensive coaching experience and serves as the hitting coach for the Giants. Has coached the Netherlands in the WBC. There has been a rumor that Major League Baseball is encouraging the Red Sox to hire a coach of minority status. Meulens fits that bill.

In terms of an older/experiences option, there are a few. There is an opportunity here for Dombrowksi. That opportunity is to convince the well respected Jim Leyland to come out of retirement. Leyland though doesn’t seem interested in coaching again and decline to come to Boston a long time ago.

Below are few options for an experienced field manager:

  • Leyland
  • Torey Luvullo: Had a 93 win first season at the helm of Arizona. Could be convinced to leave to come back to Boston.
  • Joe Girardi: Could be on his way out of New York. Is a noted good in-game manager.
  • Ron Gardenhire: Former Twins manager and currently a bench coach for the Diamondbacks. This kind of smells to me though.

What way will Dombrowski go with is anyone’s guess. This process can take awhile with the team needing to lock down a list and start the interview process. According to Dombrowski he always has a list of people for every position he might have to hire for. So, in theory, this could happen fairly quickly.

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Red Sox Fire John Farrell

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John Farrell

On Wednesday morning the Boston Red Sox have announced that they have parted ways with field manager John Farrell.

Farrell has been the manager since 2013 and during his tenure, he led the team to 3 AL East division titles and a World Series Victory. The other two seasons happened to be two straight last-place finishes.

Farrell has been constantly criticized for his below average in game management, but being able to win 93 games when your team had turmoil and underperformances all season was impressive. While personally, I am not a supporter of him. I feel as if he often fails to get the credit he deserves.

But when it comes down to it, he is not the future at the helm for the Boston Red Sox.

According to the team, the process to find the next field manager will start immediately with Dave Dombrowski addressing the situation shortly.

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