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Boston Red Sox Lose Series Opener Against Tampa Bay Rays

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Boston Red Sox Lose Series Opener Against Tampa Bay Rays On Thursday Night With Offense Sputtering

The Boston Red Sox have lost two straight games with a 4-1 loss on Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Rays.

It was Chris Sale day for the Red Sox, but the ace made two crucial mistakes. Both were home runs by Tampa, one a solo shot by Peter Bourjas, and the other a two-run shot by Logan Morrison to make it a 4-1 ballgame. Sale still was almost untouchable for much of the night.

The left-handed ace tossed 7 innings and struck out 12 Rays batters. But he also gave up 7 hits and 4 earned runs. It is the most hits he has given up since June 10th against the Detroit Tigers and the most runs he has allowed since the five he allowed on May 30th against the Chicago White Sox.

Behind Sale, on Thursday the Boston Red Sox only used Blaine Boyer who pitched 1 inning allowing 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 1 batter.

Slow Night On Offense Again, Betts Cold As Ice

Offensively it was another slow night for the Boston Red Sox. They pieced together 5 hits on the night with the lone run of the game came on a Deven Marrero sacrifice fly in the top of the third inning. Dustin Pedroia was the only Boston player to record a multi-hit game with Pedroia netting two hits on the night.

The Red Sox offense has scored three runs in their last two games after scoring 47 runs in the first five games of their road trip.

Mookie Betts continues to be ice cold, in his last 3 games he is hitless in 14 at-bats. So far in the month of July, he is 5-for-26 with four of his hits coming in the Toronto Blue Jays game on July 2nd where he went 4-for-5 with two home runs. Bett’s season average is down to .274.

Xander Leaves Game With Injury, X-Rays Negative For X-Man

Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts was hit in the right hand by a pitch in the first inning against the Rays and left the game. X-rays were negative.

Tzu-Wei Lin moved to short and Devan Marrero took over at third.

This injury came just hours after Major League Baseball announced that Bogaerts had finished second in the Final Vote for the All-Star game to Kansas City Royals third basemen Mike Moustakas.

What Is Next Heading Into The All-Star Game

The Red Sox have three games left in Tampa Bay. Drew Pomeranz will pitch on Friday at 7:10 p.m. against Jake Odorizzi.

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

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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

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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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