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Boston Red Sox Roster Predictions For The 2017 MLB Season

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Infielders/DH

For the infield I only considered players who will likely play the majority of the season in the majors, can’t put every guy who could get 25 at bats in their.

Xander Bogaerts SS:

Sir Xander Bogaerts will have to be one of the players to step up in Ortiz’s absence. He still has a ton of untapped potential and has yet to put it all together, this year feels like he could breakout, but for some reason he doesn’t, remember he is still only 24 years old.

Predictions: .310 AVG with 23 home runs and 93 RBI’s

Dustin Pedroia 2B:

The longest tenured member of the Boston Red Sox will be the leader on and off the field. Him batting out of the lead-off helped spark the Red Sox offense and his gold glove caliber defense only makes the gritty veteran the most important player on the entire team. Without Ortiz this is Pedey’s team.

Predictions: .291 AVG with 13 home runs and 70 RBI’s 

Mitch Moreland 1B:

Moreland is taking over the primary first base duties from Hanley Ramirez, will he succeed? I think he will do just fine, not as good as Mike Napoli would have though.

Predictions: .245 AVG with 18 home runs and 60 RBI’s 

Pablo Sandoval 3B:

The Panda lost a considerable amount of wait and looks like a real baseball player, he will bounce back and look like the Sandoval from the SF Giants.

Predictions: .275 AVG with 15 home runs and 72 RBI’s

Brock Holt Utility:

The utility player that plays every day will play less in 2017, and his stats will improve due to that. Holt isn’t an everyday player, and Farrell will learn from past mistakes and utilize Holt properly this season.

Predictions: .276 AVG and will play every position on the field except catcher and pitcher

Hanley Ramirez DH/1B:

Ramirez will be delegated to the DH role with the retirement of David Ortiz, a role that HR will thrive in. Oh wait did you see what I did there? Hanley’s nickname this season will be HR for all of the home runs he will hit into the Mass Pike.

Predictions: .295 AVG with 35 home runs and 120 RBI’s 

David Ortiz DH:

Just for laughs, put if Pedro Martinez is right you could see Ortiz playing in the second half of the season.

Predictions: .270 AVG with 13 home runs and 40 RBI’s 

Josh Rutledge Utility:

Brock Holt 2.0 will likely make the team over Marco Hernandez to start the season due to contract terms. That is the only reason why Josh is here instead of Marco.

Predictions: .260 and will play 3B, SS, and 2B

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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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