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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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Boston Red Sox Pitcher Carson Smith Had Something Extra In His Rehab Appearence



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Boston Red Sox Pitcher Carson Smith Had Something Extra In His Rehab Appearence With PawSox

Carson Smith made his 6th rehab appearance at AAA Pawtucket on Wednesday nights as the Paw Sox went on to win 5-3 over the Buffalo Bisons. During his appearance tonight, he looked like he had a little extra on his fastball as it topped out at 92 mph.

This is Smiths’ first appearance with only one day of rest since he underwent tommy john surgery last year. During his rehab stint, the Boston Red Sox were having him make a rehab appearance every third day.

In his last appearance on Monday night, he went 1 inning, while striking out 2 on 14 pitches (8 strikes). His fastball topped out at 91 mph.

Smith Tonight

Carson Smith seemed to have something a little extra on his fastball tonight as it topped out at 92 mph. In 2015 when Smith a dominate reliever for the Seattle Mariners, his fastball averaged 93.5 mph according to fangraphs.

His final pitching line tonight over his one inning was 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks, and 1 strikeout on 10 pitches (7 strikes). Six of his pitches were fastball, four were sliders. The one hit he gave up was a lead off double to Rowdy Tellez on an 88 mph fastball. It was the 2nd pitch of the AB. Tellez was then picked off 2nd base by Paw Sox catcher Jake Romanski.

The first out he recorded himself of the inning was a strikeout of Danny Jansen. It came on an 84 mph slider. The final out of the inning came on a ground out to shortstop by Jason Lebleijian.

Smith Going Forward

For Carson Smith to realistically be an option out of the Red Sox bullpen come September, he is going to need to be able to pitch on consecutive nights. Having Smith pitch tonight on only 1 day of rest shows that the team is trying to get him ready to pitch at the major league level.

With the struggles of Matt Barnes, who is now on the disabled list, having Smith as an option out of the Boston Red Sox bullpen is huge. The Red Sox need another option out of the bullpen on any given night going into September and October. Having Smith pitch on one day of rest compared to two, is a start for him on his way to being a part of the Boston Red Sox bullpen.

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Boston Red Sox Have Acquired Speedster Rajai Davis



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Boston Red Sox Have Acquired Speedster Rajai Davis From Oakland

The Boston Red Sox have acquired Oakland Athletics outfielder Rajai Davis.

Evan Drellich of CSNNE was the first with the news with Drellich crediting the A’s extra inning affair with Baltimore Orioles being the reason for the hold-up.

Minor League Outfielder In Exchange For Davis

In exchange for Davis, the Boston Red Sox will send minor league outfielder Rafael Rincones back to Oakland according to the official release by the team.

Rincones is a 19-year-old prospect that has been playing for the Red Sox affiliate in the Dominican Summer League. He has a .264 career batting average with 2 home runs and 39 RBIs. Rincones was undrafted and signed by the Red Sox as an international free agent in August of 2015.

Rumblings Started Early In The Afternoon With A Pawtucket Red Sox Infielder Being DFA’d

In the afternoon on Wednesday, the first rumblings of a waiver trade were made after a report by Nick Carfardo of the Boston Globe. In order to acquire Davis, Boston first had to clear a roster spot.

To add Rajai Davis to the 40 man roster, the Red Sox designated Steve Selsky for assignment. Selsky played in 8 games for the Red Sox this season, where he had 1 hit in 9 at-bats. Since being sent to AAA Pawtucket on April 28th, Selsky has struggled. In 79 games, Selsky hit .215 with 11 home runs, and 39 RBI’s.

Seslky left McCoy Stadium shortly after it was announced he was the DFA. He did not leave the park with any of his belongings and is expected to rejoin the PawSox tomorrow.

What Davis Brings To The Table For The Boston Red Sox

In terms of Davis, he provides outfield depth with the injury to Jackie Bradley Jr., and he provides some much-needed speed to the Boston Red Sox.

Davis is 36-years-old and the Norwich, Connecticut native should sound very familiar to Boston Red Sox fans. Davis has 10 years of American League experience including three seasons with AL East rival Toronto. What he brings to Boston is speed.

Davis has stolen 30+ bases in a season a total of 7 times in his career and he is on pace to do it once more this year. For the Oakland Athletics this season he has stolen 26 bases. As a whole, he is .233 on the season in 300 at-bats. Production at the plate isn’t why the Red Sox acquired him though.

Davis instantly becomes the best base stealer on the team. His 26 stolen bads are 8 higher than the highest on the Red Sox. Mookie Betts has 18, Andrew Benintendi 15, and Xander Bogaerts 11. Every other player on the team is sub-10. Come October, the need for speed on the bases and the ability to insert a legit pinch runner is immense.

Think Quienten Berry (2013) and Dave Roberts (2004). That is what Davis is expected to bring to the table.

In terms of placement, he can play center field till the return of Jackie Bradley Jr. Davis in 2017 has played 79 games in center for Oakland with a .987 fielding percentage in 572 innings logged.

What To Expect Going Forward

One would assume that Boston will use Davis in the field with Bradley being placed on the 10-day-dl with a sprained left thumb. Davis can also play left or right field until Bradley returns, Davis will likely serve as the fourth outfielder.

Once Bradley returns, Davis will likely be used almost exclusively as a pinch runner late in games. A role that will be crucial to October baseball success.

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Pawtucket Red Sox To Host Kyrie Irving Night



Pawtucket Red Sox To Host Kyrie Irving Night At McCoy Stadium

The biggest headline in sports today is the trade of Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics. For the Pawtucket Red Sox, they saw this move as an opportunity.

On Thursday night at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket Rhode Island, the AAA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox will be hosting a Kyrie Irving night.

Here are some the highlights of the night at McCoy.

  • Any fan wearing the color green or Celtics apparel will receive free general admission to the 7:05 game.
  • There will be a grand price revolving around Irving’s new number 11
  • PawSox store to have Celtics themed apparel.
  • Pregame dunk tank with Cleveland Cavaliers fan in tank wearing LeBron James jersey
  • Double the admission price for any fans by the name of LeBron, Draymond, Steph, Lonzo, or Kevin Love/Durant.

For the full info from the team check out the tweet by Mike Monaco below.

Kudos to the PawSox for capitalizing on a golden opportunity.

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