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Boston Red Sox Hitter Hanley Ramirez Unaware Of Struggles Against Lefties



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.


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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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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