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Boston Red Sox Hitter Hanley Ramirez Unaware Of Struggles Against Left-handed Pitchers

Boston Red Sox Designated Hitter Hanley Ramirez has had a tough time getting going this season. Whether it is a lingering injuries, mechanical, or just not caring, Hanley is struggling mightily against left-handed pitching.

The 33-year-old is batting .143 against left handed pitching this season compared to .259 against right-handed pitching. Last season his numbers couldn’t be more different. Last season Hanley batted .346 against left handed pitching, an astronomical season number for Hanley.

Throughout his entire career he fluctuates from year-to-year against lefties. In 2012 .275, 2013 .349, 2014 .282, 2015 .230, 2016 .346, and then 2017 with a .143.

As you can gather, he has had up and down seasons against lefties. But overall Ramirez is a .300 hitter in his career against lefties compared to a .291 against right-handed hitters.

His struggles this year have been noted by members of the media and his manager, John Farrell.

“Where he was so good against left-handed pitching last year, that’s been still a work in progress, for a lack of a better way to describe it,” Farrell said on Tuesday. “We’re always looking to put the best combination on the field, but the one thing you can’t do is completely turn away from what Hanley did last year. While I know that is last year, we’re still working to get some increased performance from him. I think he’s still a key member in our lineup. The presence he provides, the impact he’s capable of, and yet we’re still working to get there.”

Despite both his manager acknowledging his struggles, Ramirez had an interesting back-and-forth with a reporter where he claimed to be unaware of his struggles.

Reporter: How do you feel against lefties right now?

HR: Me? What am I hitting against lefties right now? 

Reporter: It’s low.

HR: Is it really? So its not me. I’ve got to get going because I crush lefties. It can’t happen.

[Pause]

For real? How Low?

Reporter: Not good. It’s one-something. 

HR: You’re kidding me. It took you long enough to tell me that. I didn’t know that for real. So OK, after this conversation, let’s see what is going to happen now. I’ll say it. Yeah. Bring it. OK? I didn’t know, I swear. Interesting. Thank you. 

[HR then asks for specific stats]

How many strikeouts?

Reporter: It’s 5-for-35.

HR: Yeah but how many strikeouts. That can be line drives. 

Reporter: Its eight, in 45 plate appearances 

HR: Eight in 45 plate appearances? You think that is bad? Come back to me with that in August. 

Ramirez has been out of the lineup for a couple games now dealing with nagging injuries and trying to get his mechanics in order. For now it looks like he will get a go primarily against right-handed pitchers.

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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Boston Red Sox Have Signed JD Martinez

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Time for a celebration Red Sox fans, the team has reportedly signed a big-time bat.

According to Pedro Gomez of ESPN, the Boston Red Sox have signed free agent DH/OF J.D. Martinez.

Multiple outlets are reporting that the deal is for five years with a player opt-out option after two seasons. The deal is valued at $110 million with it being a front loaded contract prior to the opt out. Full terms will be revealed later.

Martinez has played for three teams in his career starting off in Houston, moving to Detroit, and then being traded to Arizona this past season. The 30-year-old has had his fair share of struggles in major league baseball but was able to figure it all out in 2017 by belting 45 home runs between the Tigers and Diamondbacks with a .303 batting average and 104 RBIs.

Martinez’s role with the Red Sox is unclear at the moment but he can be expected to DH and the corner outfield positions. Having the opt-out in the contract is a huge incentive for Martinez who will likely be playing like it is a contract year given the front-loaded nature of the deal.

Boston has landed their guy, the question is will it be enough for them to contend with the New York Yankees?

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Boston Red Sox Are Close To Signing JD Martinez

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Red Sox fans everywhere can start to rejoice as the big move the team desperately needed is getting closer to completion.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Boston Red Sox and free agent J.D. Martinez are closing in on a deal.

Other reports have also confirmed that a deal is imminent but that Dave Dombrowski and the team have yet to acknowledge or confirm anything is done or nearing completion. It does appear however that talks between Martinez and the Red Sox are at an all-time high and their seems to be high confidence that both sides will come to terms on a deal in the near future.

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John Henry, Red Sox Owner: ‘We really don’t need to be popular. We need to win.’

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Ever wonder why Boston Red Sox fans or Liverpool fans have shown a hatred towards John Henry? Well if you did look no further than his idiotic and out of touch comments that he made on Monday during his yearly media availability.

Red Sox owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner were asked if they were concerned about the level of popularity of the current team compared to past years.

Wener, one of the producers of Roseanne went first.

“I don’t quite see it the way some of the fans see it. I respect their point of view but I think we’ve got a fun team and if it’s healthy I think were going to be — we’ll bring the fans back,” Werner said. “Obviously we’re in a market where there’s a lot of excellence. We’ve got four championship teams and they’re all playing extremely well. So hopefully now it’s the beginning of spring training and we can have some focus on the Red Sox.”

Henry provided a follow-up that was a bit odd for an owner that makes money off of people liking his teams.

“We really don’t need to be popular,” he said. “We need to win.”

For a team so image conscious the statement is bizarre. But hey, maybe Henry is checked out and will sell the team.

There are plenty of other things to do in the summer than watch Red Sox baseball, maybe fans should take Henry’s lead and turn off the team if they fail to win.

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