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Red Sox Getting The Very Best From Pomeranz



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 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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