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Boston Red Sox Starter David Price Flexes In Win Over Baltimore

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Boston Red Sox Starter David Price Flexes In Win Over Baltimore Orioles

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price struggled in his two rehab starts for the AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox. But after the second rehab start in Pawtucket, Price claimed he was back. Now after his second start at the major league level since returning from injury you can start to see what he meant by that comment in Pawtucket.

On Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles Price went seven innings and only gave up 3 hits and 1 earned run which came from a Manny Machado homerun in the 7th inning. Prices control issues in his rehab starts were also gone with the lefty only allowing one walk and struck out 7 Orioles batters in his outing.

Price pitched well enough to earn the win for Boston with the Red Sox defeating Baltimore 5-2. What we saw from Price went beyond the box score though, his velocity on his fastball topped out at 96.7 mph according to PitchFX and his average fastball velocity was sitting at 94.3 mph. The velocity is exactly what you would hope to see from Price, if that top speed gets to 97 and the avg gets to about 95 he will be right in his sweetspot.

What he was able to do against a talented  Baltimore lineup is impressive given it only being his second start of the season in the majors. While I still have doubts about the longterm health of his elbow, for now though, I think Price can be the key to success this season for Boston if the rest of the rotation can stay healthy around him.

“He was outstanding,” said manager John Farrell. “I thought tonight much more consistent location to all his pitches compared to just five days ago over in Chicago. He was able to throw his cutter to both sides of the plate, he threw some really good fastballs in to some big power righthanded hitters to keep them from extending out over the plate, but he was in complete control.

“He got into a great rhythm and every time we scored or the times that we are scoring he’s going out there and putting up zeros and maintaining momentum. A big night for David and a boost for us.”

Even with Price being a boost for Boston against Baltimore, all signs point to him being even better in the near future if his elbow holds up.

“I feel like it’s going to continue to get better,” said Price, who strained his left flexor mass muscle on the last day of February. “You get six to seven starts in spring training before you have start one. That’s my fourth outing with an umpire. Fourth outing with guys on base and stuff of that nature. I expect to get a lot better than this.”

 

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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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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