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Boston Red Sox Roster Predictions For The 2017 MLB Season

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Relief Pitchers

Craig Kimbrel RHP:

The closer for Boston is still one of the best in the game despite posting a career high 3.40 ERA in 2016, this year though the flamethrowing pitcher will bounce back and be the go-to closer you need in Boston.

Predictions: 40 saves and a 2.75 ERA

Joe Kelly RHP:

Another hard throwing option for Farrell to use, this one was a starter until last season. Kelly will be dynamite out of the pen this season and will be one of the go-to late inning pitchers for Boston.

Predictions: 41 appearances with a 3.40 ERA

Robbie Ross Jr. LHP:

The Jared Carrabis dubbed “Lawnmower” will be a solid option for the games where the starter fails to go past the 5th inning. If he isn’t the third or fourth best option out of the pen then the Red Sox should be fine.

Predictions: 46 appearances with a 3.75 ERA

Carson Smith RHP:

Smith underwent tommy john surgery last season and has yet to be of use for Boston when they traded Wade Miley for him prior to last season. If his recovery goes according to plan he should be a late inning option in the second half of the season

Predictions: 20 appearances with a 3.25 ERA

Tyler Thornburg RHP:

The Sox traded Travis Shaw for Thornburg this past offseason, he will in theory serve in the setup role with the departure of Junichi Tazawa/Koji Uehara/ and Brad Ziegler.

Predictions: 47 appearances with a 3.90 ERA

Robby Scott LHP:

Scott is in a battle for the last bullpen roster spot with Abad and Omas, Scott can pitch in a variety of roles and should see plenty of action for Boston this season.

Predictions: 30 appearances with a 3.79 ERA 

Fernando Abad LHP:

Abad will struggle again in Boston this season, I think he ends up being waived at some point in favor of Scott. The deal for Abad will go down as one of Dombrowski’s biggest blunder when this is all said and done considering they gave up Pat Light for Abad last season.

Predictions: 22 appearances with a 5.60 ERA 

Matt Barnes RHP:

Barnes was overused early last season with a lack of real options for Farrell to use. Barnes could be a solid 7th inning guy for Boston and like last year he will either look filthy or look awful with a lack of third pitch.

Predictions: 46 appearances with a 3.91 ERA

Heath Hembree RHP:

Hembree is an actual right handed specialist with righties only hitting .200 off him, if used in that role he can have a great season for Boston. Outside of that role lefties his .338 off of him, if Farrell uses him correctly he will be ok, if not watch out Boston.

Predictions: 23 appearances with a 3.30 ERA

Edgar Olmos LHP:

One of the three competing for the lefty specialist role, he has the chance to see solid time in Boston if Scott or Abad fail or get injured.

Predictions: 30 appearances with a 4.40 ERA

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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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Boston Sports Teams Will Play Anti-Racism PSA

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Boston. Home of the American Revolution and a city of people that have always stood up and fought for the rights of the American Citizen. Boston has always been a forerunner and if you recall an article I wrote a few months back, Boston’s major sports teams have always shown the true American Spirit.

This month, all five major Boston sports teams are making a true American stand against Racism.

After two reported racial incidents occurred at Fenway Park in May, All five major sports franchises in Boston are coming together with a public service announcement entitled “Take the Lead” against racism, reports the Boston Globe.

The Patriots, Celtics, Bruins, Red Sox, and Revolution have made a PSA video that features both white and black athletes asking fans to oppose racial behavior at sports venues. The video will first air at Fenway Park Sept 28. All five clubs will then play the PSA at their respective stadiums.

The two incidents that sparked this decision? Adam Jones, an Orioles centerfielder, stated that a fan spat out the n-word towards him and then the very next night a fan got banned for life for using a racial slur to another fan when a Kenyan woman sang the national anthem.

And just last week, a banner was hung on Fenway’s Green Monster that read: “Racism is as American as baseball.” The protesters were ejected but they were not banned.

Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy told the Boston Globe,

“When the incidents in May occurred, one of the first things we recognized was sports teams are high-profile, and we have the opportunity to help lead a high-level discussion around this “We wanted to take the lead in taking a stand against racism.”

People’s behavior’s may or may not change, however, there can never be enough messages that condemn this type of behavior. It’s a message we all need to hear and be mindful of.

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Red Sox And The Walk Off, Why 2017 Is Different

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The Boston Red Sox defeated the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night to the tune of 10-8. The win was a staple of what the 2017 Red Sox have become. A team that never gives up.

Despite a poor start by Doug Fister and being down countless times throughout the game the offense and the team battled back to force the Orioles into another extra-innings affair.

Monday’s game was the 17th time this season Boston has played into extras with the pitching staff tossing 55.2 innings of “free baseball” to go along with it. To put that into perspective through Monday the Red Sox have played 150 games this season. That means roughly 9% of the time their ballgames have gone into extras. And when they go into extras it usually takes awhile with the average game going over by 3.2 innings.

But Boston has been good in these situations. Their pitching staff ranks 1st in ERA, 1st in WHIP, 1st in BAA, 1st in OPBA, 1st in SLGA, and 1st in OPSA (Courtesy of BostonSportsInf on Twitter).

As a team, they are 14-3 in extra-inning games. Their play in these situations has been remarkable with Monday’s win coming off the bat of rookie sensation Andrew Benintendi.

Boston has had their fair share of trouble and uncertainties this season. But their never giving up attitude is a trait that should serve them well heading into October. It isn’t just in extra innings that this pops up though. In 1 run ballgames, this season the Red Sox have a 19-17 record. The only winning record in the AL East besides the Orioles who are in fourth place at the moment. While that number isn’t “elite” it is a different spin for the Red Sox.

In their 2016 division winning campaign, they were dreadful in 1 run games going 20-24. The worst 1 run game record of any playoff team and the second lowest in the division to the last place Rays. Seeing this year’s Red Sox win games late and win them close is a positive sign.

They might not be the high-powered offense of 2016, but in 2017 they have more balls.

Heading into Tuesday’s game with the Baltimore Orioles the Red Sox are 3 games up on the New York Yankees for first place in the AL East. With 12 games to go, it is still a dogfight to the end with no more games against New York who holds the head to head lead if there is a tie. But with Boston’s clutch factor through the roof, confidence levels should be high.

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Boston Red Sox Starter David Price Successful In Relief

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On Sunday, Boston Red Sox Pitcher David Price tossed his first outing in relief. Price who signed for the largest contract in Red Sox history last offseason has been rehabbing from an elbow injury. An elbow injury that has been nagging left-hander since spring training.

In his first appearance out of the bullpen, he tossed two perfect innings. Price was able to hit 96 mph on the radar gun and successfully mixed in his pitches recording a few swing and misses. For Boston, this far exceeded their expectations after 7 weeks off.

“That was even more than personally anticipated,” Farrell told reporters. “From the power to the touch and feel, I’m amazed that someone can pitch — haven’t pitched in a game in seven weeks and come out with that kind of command and throw three, four pitches for strikes. He’s a unique pitcher, and that was really a strong two innings of work today.

Farrell postgame also mentioned that the earliest Price will be used again is the finale of their series with Baltimore that starts on Monday.

Price’s success against the Tampa Bay Rays out of the pen will be very different than an outing against a playoff-bound team. Seeing him locate pitches and throw with some velocity is a positive sign. But he has had his fair share of simulated innings to build up to that point.

Price being used out of the bullpen can add much-needed depth for John Farrell. But Price as a starter is more valuable to the ballclub. But at this point, it looks like the plan will be strictly out of the bullpen for Price. Maybe not the right call, but for the pitcher that will eventually need elbow surgery it is the safer bet.

If you are a Red Sox fan that wants nothing to do with Price and would like him gone. Then you should be rooting for his success to end out this season and throughout next season. If he can pitch well till the end of next season chances are he opts out of his contract. But if he doesn’t, if the elbow acts up again which is likely, then Price will likely be in Boston for the remainder of his contract.

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