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Boston Red Sox Pitcher Brian Johnson Pitches Complete Game Shutout

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Boston Red Sox Pitcher Brian Johnson In A Spot Start Pitches A Complete Game Shutout In A 6-2 Win Over The Texas Rangers

The Boston Red Sox have had a lot of issues finding pitchers who can throw a spot start and have legitimate success. But on Saturday when they called upon Brain Johnson, he was able to pitch extraordinarily well and give Boston the outing it so desperately wanted from a spot starter.

Johnson tossed a complete game shutout, and allowed only five hits, while not walking a batter and striking out eight. He needed 109 pitches to throw nine innings which was remarkable for Johnson. Boston Red Sox Manager John Farrell was very pleased with the outing by Johnson and was astounded by Johnson’s ability to get through innings with a limited number of pitches.

“I think so many innings, you write down how many pitches per inning, he had 13 for three consecutive, I don’t think he threw more than 17 pitches in any one inning,” manager John Farrell said. “But, again, getting ahead in the count, first-pitch strikes were so key for him and really had good finish to his fastball through the zone. Take away the velocity, just look at the action, some of the swings they were taking, he had a good depth to his breaking ball to keep them off-stride. He led the breaking ball, he finished a couple of left-handers with sliders. You can’t say enough about the way he pitched. He was outstanding.”

It is important to note that Johnson is not overpowering by any stretch of the imagination with the left-hander only topping out in the high-80’s with his fastball, but his strengths are through his ability to hit his spots.

In the 6-2 win over the Texas Rangers, Johnson was aided by spectacular defensive efforts. One was by Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts who robbed Nelson Cruz of a home run in the fourth inning and then Jackie Bradley Jr. made a great catch up against the wall in center to take an extra base hit away from Robinson Cano in the sixth. Bradley Jr. also made a diving catch in the ninth.

This was the second major league start of the season for Johnson, and his second win. In seven starts with the PawSox, he is 2-0 with a 2.82 ERA. Johnson took a leave of absence last season to battle with anxiety, but he has overcome this ordeal and is always excited to come up to Boston and perform for the big league club.

“You always want to come up here and do well, and now that there’s obviously some stuff I’ve gone through in my career, but it’s an awesome feeling,” Johnson said.

Johnson likely won’t be sticking with the Red Sox beyond the one start with David Price returning on Monday, but if another injury occurs or if Drew Pomeranz struggles, Johnson has put himself in the conversation to be relied on as a serviceable major league starter.

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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