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Boston Red Sox Prospect Brian Johnson Gets Hit Around But Pitches Well Enough For The Win Over the Rail Riders

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Boston Red Sox Prospect Brian Johnson Gets Hit Around But Pitches Well Enough For The Win Over the Rail Riders 

Brian Johnson had the type of night on the mound that you love to see from a minor league prospect. He threw a lot of strikes and pitched to contact. On the night he went 7 innings, giving up 10 hits, 3 earned runs, 2 walks, and 3 K’s, on 104 pitches (79 strikes).

For a minor league prospect, this is the type of outing you love to see if you’re an organization. At the big league level, the last thing you want to see is a pitcher go out there, and throw balls. You have seen pitchers like Henry Owens struggle at the big league level because he can’t throw strikes.

There was a lot of hard contact off of Johnson tonight, especially in the earlier innings but that is expected when you throw so many strikes. He was pitching to contact, and getting a lot of balls in play. In the 1st 2 innings he gave up 5 hits, all hard hit balls. There were also several fly outs that would have been gone in the middle of the summer. That includes a long fly out to the left field wall hit by Kyle Higashioka to end the top of the 1st inning. During the summer months, it would have been a home run.

In the 5th inning however, Johnson did give up what looked like was a home run to Kyle Higashioka. The ball was a line shot out to left field. It appeared that it hit the ledge above the wall. But as it turns out, it hit the top of the wall and bounced back into play. Clint Frazier was on 1st base at the time and was held at 3rd. It would have been a 2 run home run if it went out.

This would have been a very different outing in the summer months for Johnson. He would have been knocked out early in this game. But after the rocky start, he settled in and got the win for the Pawtucket Red Sox. The final Score was 4-3 Paw Sox over the SWB Rail Riders.

Brock Holt and Steve Selsky both hit 2 run home runs tonight. Here is the footage of those two home runs in the win for the Paw Sox as they improve their record to 15-13.

Evan is a attending Bryant University and joined the Trifecta Network as an Editor in February of 2016 and is a guest on Down to the WIRE Sports Talk.

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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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