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Boston Red Sox Report: Hector Velazquez Has Trouble in His First MLB Start

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Boston Red Sox Report: Hector Velazquez Has Trouble in His First MLB Start As He Failed In Loss To The Oakland Athletics

Hector Velazquez took the start for the Boston Red Sox on [Thursday].  It was his first Major League start.  And boy did he get knocked around.  It wasn’t that he pitched that poorly but he wasn’t fooling anyone with his pitches.  He got a few Ks, which helped but the Oakland Athletics knew what he was going to pitch next.

In the 1st Velazquez was in for a rude awakening, as Jed Lowrie went yard on a fastball.  Welcome to the Majors Hector.  The 2 Run Home Run tied the game at [2-2].  Then Khris Davis came up and on the next fastball he went bridge.  It was an absolute bomb to center field.  The solo Home Run made it [3-2] and that was just the 1st Inning.  He would later give up some Runs in the 4th.

Red Sox Management kept him in there as they had a long game on [Wednesday] that went into extra innings.  An RBI Double broke the tied ballgame with Oakland leading [4-3].  Then Chad Pinder launched one deep in the 4th.  He went yard with a 2 Run Home Run making it [6-3].  Velazquez clearly wasn’t ready for the start.  I mean seriously it was a bit painful to watch.  Bottom line he should have been taken out of the game earlier.  He gave up 8 Hits in 5 Innings, Striking out 3 and walking 1.

Robbie Ross came into the 6th in relief but gave up 2 Runs [8-3].  Red Sox hitting couldn’t recover from that deficit and they ended up losing in a final [8-3].  It was a loss that was inevitable with a Rookie on the mound.  The Sox look to spring back with Ace Pitcher Chris Sale on the mound tonight.

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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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