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Boston Red Sox Pitching Shows Up Against Twins

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Boston Red Sox Pitching Shows Up Against Minnesota Twins

The Boston Red Sox defeated the Minnesota Twins 4-1 on Monday night at Fenway Park.

Boston sent ace Chris Sale to the mound and the lefty turned in another solid line. Sale pitched 6.1 innings of work against the Twins and struck out 9 batters and allowed just 4 hits and 1 run.

Behind Sale, the Boston Red Sox bullpen was flawless.

John Farrell used Heath Hembree, Matt Barnes, and Craig Kimbrel the closer. Barnes has faced some criticism of late with poor performances. But the Red Sox coaching staff noticed a mechanical issue that Barnes resolved on Monday.

Barnes worked the 8th inning for the Red Sox ands struck out the side swinging and had 5 swing and misses.

José Berríos was on the mound for the Twins and heading into Monday’s start the 23-year-old starter had a 2.67 ERA in 54 innings pitched this season. But Boston was able to hit Berríos hard right out of the gate. The Red Sox were able to tap the starter for two early runs in the first inning and then tacked on tow more in the seventh inning.

Mitch Moreland continues to be a hot bat for the Boston Red Sox with the first basemen launching a solo home-run in the first inning for his 12th homer of the year.

Given Moreland’s physical ailments of later Farrell appreciates what the veteran has been able to do with his “strong message to the rest of this team”.

Red Sox third-base prospect Tzu-Wei Lin started at third base for Boston on Monday. The 23-year-old went 1-3 recording his first major league hit. Lin was called up this past weekend directly from AA-Portland. One reason for his call-up was to fill in for Deven Marrero who has struggled to lay down bunts. Unfortunately though Lin made a few bunt attempts against the Twins and failed. It is unclear how long Lin will be up in Boston.

With the win, the Boston Red Sox record moves to 42-34.

Next up for the Boston Red Sox is a Tuesday game with Drew Pomeranz (6-4 4.07 ERA on the mound taking on Hector Santiago (4-6 5.26 ERA) with a 7:10 start time.

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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