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Boston Red Sox Offense Has Been Declared Missing, Have You Seen It?



Boston Red Sox Offense Has Been Declared Missing, Have You Seen It?

Boston Red Sox stud pitcher and today’s “Pedro MartinezChris Sale was traded from the White Sox to Boston and he likely hoped to see more run support under the Red Sox. But so far Sale has gotten what many would call the cold shoulder treatment by the Boston Red Sox offense as their entire lineup has gone missing.

Sale pitched 8 full innings in a 3-0 loss to the New York Yankees striking out 10 batters making it the first time since Jon Lester to strike out 10+ in the four consecutive starts with at least  7 innings pitched. Sale has looked masterful so far this season for Boston posting a 1.19 ERA in five outings, despite his godlike stat line the ace has a 1-2 record with the Red Sox offense continuing to pound sand for their star pitcher.

How bad have they been with Sale on the mound? Well while Sale has been on the mound for Boston he has had a total of two runs supporting him in a five-game stretch where he has gone at least 7 innings in each start. Yup in 37 and 2/3 innings pitched he has seen just two runs during his outings. Of course, the Red Sox scored more runs than that in his five starts, but other than two all came after he was out of the game.

So how bad is this David Ortizless offense? Well take a look at their AL rankings below, I will understand if you have to puke during it.

AL Rankings:

Runs 13th

Home Runs 15th (Dead Last)

RBI’s 8th

BB 11th

SLG 10th

OPS 8th

There are some positives:

Hits 3rd

AVG 1st

SO 3rd

As you can tell by their rankings they fail when it comes to hitting the long ball and especially in terms of driving in their baserunners. The Red Sox have been very successful this season in getting hits and possessing a high average as a team, their issue has been growing a set and driving in their baserunners. They rank 24th in the majors in runs and 21st for slugging percentage, their core hitters are failing to drive in key runs and in turn, have disappointed their pitching staff.

The RBI leader for Boston is Mookie Betts with 11, that is good for 37th in the majors off the leader Daniel Murphy by 14 runs. Boston’s home run hitter is Pablo Sandoval whose 3 home runs is not bad, but the Panda is the only member of the team that has more than 2 dingers, as a team in 20 games they have only hit 11 home runs. Thankfully for Boston, they have a pitching staff that led by Sale is in top ten team statistics for every major pitching category. The scary thing is the rotation will be even better as time goes on, but the question is whether or not the Red Sox can turn around their offense.

With it being late April a 3.5 game gap between the Sox and the 1st place Orioles is not a big obstacle. But at 11-9 and their offense stalling out something is going to have to change or what’s the point? Sandy Leon is not a good hitter, and a good chunk of the rest of the Red Sox hitting staff is overrated, almost to the extent of every pitching prospect that has failed in the organization.

With talented players such as Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, and Xander Bogaerts in the everyday lineup production will come, the question has always been the same with the 2017 Red Sox, and that is can their offense overcome the retirement of David Ortiz. Right now the answer to that question is no. Hate to be the bearer of bad news Boston, but no point in sugarcoating what is going on right now.

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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