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Boston Red Sox Reliever Joe Kelly Slowed Down Pitches To Increase Control

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Boston Red Sox Reliever Joe Kelly Slowed Down Pitches Against The St.Louis Cardinals To Increase His Control And Throw Strikes Against His Former Team

Boston Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly was part of a miraculous bullpen effort on Wednesday night to help Boston achieve a victory over the St.Louis Cardinals.  Kelly was very unlike himself though against St.Louis, instead of the overpowering speed we are used to seeing, we were seeing a more controlled Kelly who had good movement on his two-seamer and a more accurate approach to hitters.

Per BrooksBaseball.net, the hardest pitch he threw on Thursday was 94 mph. That is far below of his 102 MPH he has hit this season.

Kelly was fortunately not injured, but instead this was a purposeful attempt to gain better control and run his two seamer a bit more against his former team.

Pitching in the eighth inning right after the Red Sox scored two runs in the top half of the inning to tie the score at 4-4, Kelly threw 10 pitches, six of them breaking balls. He threw seven strikes in all. Aledmys Diaz grounded out to third, Magneuris Sierra struck out looking on a fastball and Kolten Wong singled.

“Coming up in this organization is, the hitters that I ended up facing . . .  I’ve seen ’em in spring training, I’ve seen ’em throughout their whole careers,” said Kelly, who chatted with old friends during batting practice both days. “These are hitters that are very patient. If you start trying to blow it out and throw it as hard as you can and start throwing balls, these guys will take pitches.

“It’s one of those things where I mentally went into the game knowing that if I paint, you know, with a little bit of movement, they’re going to be taking pitches. If I throw strikes with my breaking ball — Wong got that hit. It wasn’t hit hard. But, before that, I got two strikes on him. Swing and miss with the breaking ball.

“I know Diaz too. Early in spring training, I threw fricken 99 down and away and he ripped a line drive over the first baseman’s head. So it was one of those things where I was conscious. Coming back, I didn’t want to go out there and overthrow [in a] tie game and put guys on base for free. So just try to get out there and throw strikes with a little bit of movement.”

This is an interesting development in Kelly’s career as he is seemingly continuing to grow and progress into a nice relief option for the Boston Red Sox. If all goes well Kelly will continue to develop into a top reliever for Boston.

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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Pawtucket Red Sox Lose 6-2 To Bisons Despite Good Start By Elias

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Pawtucket Red Sox Lose 6-2 To Bisons Despite Good Start By Elias

The Pawtucket Red Sox dropped game 2 of their 4 game series with the Buffalo Bisons on Tuesday night 6-2 at McCoy Stadium. There were 6,502 fans at McCoy Stadium tonight.

Roenis Elias Pitched much better then what his pitching line showed. He gave up 4 runs in 7 innings, but it should have only been 2 run. Elias was also pretty close to doing something that Craig Kimbrel and Rick Porcello have done this season.

The Paw Sox saw all of their offense from a two run home run from Matt Dominguez in the 4th inning. It was a home run that barley got out of the park.

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Batting Cleanup, Devers’s Underutilization Mounting

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Red Sox Talk: Batting Cleanup, Devers’s Underutilization Mounting

Here is a not so hot-take Red Sox fans: Rafael Devers is currently the team’s best player! Conversely, he’s not even close to performing to his full potential. The reason for this is the 20-year-old third baseman hasn’t been allowed to. He’s a flourishing power-hitter who hardly finds himself in consequential power-hitting situations. And why is that? It’s simply because John Farrell is incompetent when it comes to the assembly of a batting order.

It appears that before every game, Farrell aimlessly tosses darts at the names of players while he’s blindfolded. This assertion would be more believable if his mishandling of the lineup wasn’t laden with such faulty science.

If It Ain’t Broke

Rafael Devers has been irrefutably our best hitter since he was called up in late-July. Going into Monday’s game: He was handily bolstering a .350 BA with 8 HR’s and has a .700 slugging percentage. These are definitively the stats of a pure-slugger. Where do rare talents like Devers belong in the order? Well according to John Farrell, they appropriately belong in the 6th spot. Yeah, the old 6 hole! That’s where your best hitter can produce at full capacity.

Of the 8 HR’s that the Baby-Face Bambino has hit, 6 of them were solo shots. From that we can deduce that only a ¼ of his dingers were multi-run home runs. This low percentage of RBI’s is clearly a symptom of his poor placement in the order. After all, Devers can’t knock em’ home if there’s no ducks on the pond, when he’s at the plate

6.4 is Rafael Devers’ average spot in the lineup, in the 21 games, he’s played in. That is an insult to an overperforming prospect who needs his tenuous confidence to be stimulated, not doubted. Superficially, one would presume tenure dictates that Devers must “earn his stripes” on this team. Nothing like a little rookie hazing!

Firstly, that’s an obsolete approach to professional sports. Secondly, that’s not Farrell’s reason for governing the growth of this young superstar. No, John Farrell is circumscribed by textbook baseball-science and he is incapable of thinking outside of these margins.

A Certain Science

Almost always, Farrell tries to “counter” the handedness of the opposing starter. For example, Lefty on the mound means he’ll run out a right-handed saturated lineup, and vice versa. This is an overly educated (if there is such a thing) and misguided system of prioritizing that favors handedness over ability.

I swear John Farrell would pinch hit for Giancarlo Stanton in the bottom of the 9th if he was facing a right-handed pitcher.

Rafael Devers should at least be rewarded for his hot start with a chance to bat cleanup. This has to happen before his honeymoon high is extinguished by an inevitable slump. In such a scenario: Nunez could lead things off, followed by Mookie and then a red-hot Benintendi. Devers needs to be granted the opportunity to fail before we assume he will fail. This would be a valuable learning experience, one that would be conducive to growth.

Fans of any sport will tell you that there’s an intangible magic to the game, and to it’s greatest players. That’s why we love sports. What Boston has in John Farrell is a manager who isn’t sensitive nor privy to that “magic”. He has to start reading the barometer of his team and the games in which they play. Believe it or not, some things just can’t be learned in books, John.

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Pawtucket Red Sox Play Buffalo In Game 2 Of Their Series Tonight

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Pawtucket Red Sox Play Buffalo In Game 2 Of Their Series Tonight

The Pawtucket Red Sox (61-67) will play host to the Buffalo Bisons (58-70) tonight at McCoy Stadium. The pitching match up for tonights’ game is Joe Biagini (0-1, 3.48 ERA) for the Buffalo Bisons. He will be up against Roenis Elias (1-3, 7.27 ERA) for the Pawtucket Red Sox.

In the first game of the four game series, the Buffalo Bisons beat the Pawtucket Red Sox 6-3 in front of 5,997 fans. The Pawtucket Red Sox were leading 3-2 heading into the 9th inning, with Edgar Olmos on the mound, Gregorio Petit hit a game tying home run just into the Paw Sox bullpen. Later in the inning, Christian Lopes hit a go-ahead 3 run home run to give the Bisons a 6-3 lead.

All 3 runs from the Christian Lopes home run were unearned. That was due to a ball that Jantzen Witte threw into the dirt that Blake Swihart couldn’t pick out of the dirt. Swihart was charged with an error on the play that continued the inning. Other then that, Swihart looked like he could do well at 1st base if he is able to get reps at first base.

Tonights Starting Pitchers

Tonights starting pitcher for the Buffalo Bisons, Joe Biagini pitched well last time out on August 17th. In that game, he shut out the Indianapolis Indians through 4 innings, giving up 2 hits, walking 3, and struck out 4 on 73 pitches (45 strikes). Biagini was pitching for Bisons major league team the Toronto Blue Jays. This season for the Blue Jays, he was 3-8 with a 5.11 ERA in 86 1/3 innings.

Tonights starting pitcher for the Paw Sox, Roenis Elias, was knocked around in his start on August 17th at Louisville. In that start, he went 5 2/3, giving up 7 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts on 96 pitches (54 strikes).

Tonights Lineups

Buffalo Bisons:

2B Christian Lopes

SS Gregorio Petit

RF Teoscar Hernandez

1B Rowdy Tellez

C Danny Jansen

3B Jason Leblebijian

DH Mike Ohlman

LF Jon Berti

CF Roemon Fields

SP Joe Biagini

Pawtucket Red Sox:

CF Tzu-Wei Lin

2B Heiker Meneses

1B Sam Travis

RF Bryce Brentz

3B Matt Dominguez

LF Ryan Court

C Blake Swihart

SS Deven Marrero

DH Dan Butler

SP Roenis Elias

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