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Boston Red Sox; JBJ in clutch, Offense unstoppable and Sale dominating

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Boston Red Sox; JBJ in clutch, Offense unstoppable and Sale dominating

Being in 1st place? Not a big deal. Winning games and showing competitiveness? Now that’s a big deal. It’s a big deal because it shows how important it is that each teammate wants to win, and that’s exactly what the Boston Red Sox wanted to do in Friday night’s defeat over the LA Angels.

The Sox showed just how important that game was. First off, they came out strong on offense. Second, the team showed their defense. Last but not least, Red Sox starter, Chris Sale was on the mound Friday night, showing his opponents no signs of defeat or tiredness.

On offense, the Red Sox came together as a team and were able to put up a total of five runs in just the first inning. Benintendi singled to left field, allowing Mookie Betts to score, making it a 1-0 lead. Then, Mitch Moreland singled and Benintendi score from second, on a wild throw earlier, allowing him to advance from first to second, making it 2-0.

After that, Moreland scored on Hanley Ramirez’s single but was able to advance to second, on another wild throw, making it 3-0 at this point. Later, Xander Bogaerts singled and Ramirez scored as they advance the score to 4-0. Finally, making the score 5-0, Bradley Jr. doubled to right, which allowed Bogaerts scored, giving Chris Sale and the Red Sox some room to work with for the game and helping themselves to start the game strong.

On defense, CF, Jackie Bradley Jr. showed how important it was for him to be starting the game in the outfield. He made an incredible wall climbing catch robbing Escobar of extra bases. Los Angles 3rd basemen, Yunel Escobar hit the ball deep to right-center field, hoping for a double or triple but, Bradley Jr. had other plans. By showing off his speed he was able to catch up to the ball and record an out for his team.

Pitcher, Chris Sale pitched six solid innings grabbing just nine strikeouts, on two walks. He gave up only four hit but did not allow anyone to score. All three factors were the reasons why the Red Sox proved they wanted to win that night game against the Angles, and they sure did.

PawSox pitcher Kyle Martin was called up to Boston on Wednesday and made his MLB debut as a reliever on Thursday night. As well as pitching on Friday night. During his debut, Martin pitched a solid 1.0 inning and giving up just one walk on one strikeout. Not too shabby in your debut start as a reliever. However, on Friday night, Martin pitched 1.1 innings allowing one run to score on two hits and a walk. Of

Of course that one run was a solo shot which was crushed by LA’s catcher, Martin Maldonado. Even though it was just one run, the Red Sox were still ahead 6-1 and Martin still pitched a solid inning. Coming up to Boston from Triple-A Pawtucket, he showed his team, his fans, his family and most importantly, himself how important it was for him to be at Anaheim Stadium on Friday night. But let’s face the facts, the atmosphere between the majors and the minors is completely different. Some people come up and show their strength, like former Red Sox outfield Daniel Nava and current outfielder Andrew Benintendi, and have a great season. Let’s look at Benintendi, the Boston Red Sox brought him up in September 2016 and had a great season, until he got injured. But before he was

Let’s look at Benintendi, the Boston Red Sox brought him up in September 2016 and had a great season, until he got injured. But before he was at Boston, he was playing for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs where the Boston Red Sox made sure they kept an eye on him, when their decisions came later in September on call-ups. Whereas, Martin came up from Triple-A Pawtucket. Now, without a doubt, Double-A and Triple-A are very different from each other. But the bottom line is the atmosphere between majors and minors can impact a player either in positive or negative ways. Unfortunately, it affected PawSox pitcher, Brian Johnson a few years ago. He was brought up in 2014, to make his MLB debut start. However, during the

He was brought up in 2014, to make his MLB debut start. However, during the game he struggled throwing the ball his way and was hurting, physically and emotionally. He was having a hard time adjusting to the change in atmosphere. He even lost his first game during his MLB debut. After the game ended, reports interviewed Johnson, asking him how he was felt to be in Boston, the adjustments he’s had and all that other information other journalists are curious about. His response was that he would rather be down in Pawtucket facing his anxiety and other problems than to spend his time in Boston having a hard time finding himself. However, in just two games, reliever Kyle Martin showed that the atmosphere hasn’t bothered him one bit. Despite the home run he allowed, he showed what an excellent pitcher he just was.

Another reliever, Matt Barnes had an excellent night as well. He gave up just one run on one walk and one strikeout. However, during the 9th inning, Barnes was showing signs of him struggling, after he just got one out. He was struggling because he made many mistakes. His first was when he walked Martin Maldonado, then he allowed Maldonado to advance on a passed ball and lastly, he allowed left fielder, Ben Revere to reach first and allow Maldonado to score. With just one out, the score changes to 6-2, and still the Red Sox were ahead, but Barnes wasn’t focused. He needed to refocus. He was definitely shaken up by his mistakes, but Farrell stuck with him. After calling time and having a mound visit, Barnes was refocused and ready to close out this game. He struck out pinch-hitter Luis Valbuena and Yunel Escobar grounded out to Mitch Moreland, leaving Revere on base unable to score. Farrell was right and kept him in the game as the Red Sox walk away with a W.

Despite the hiccups, the Boston Red Sox were faced with, they were still able to walk away with their heads held up high as they defeated the Los Angeles Angels, 6-2 at Anaheim Stadium Friday night.

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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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