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Eduardo Rodriguez Feels Really Good After Rehab Outing

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Boston Red Sox Starter Eduardo Rodriguez Feels Really Good After Rehab Outing With The Pawtucket Red Sox

Boston Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez took a giant leap forward in his third and final rehab start.

He pitched 6.1 innings giving up 1 earned run on 6 base hits with seven strikeouts.

After the game E-Rod described just how good he felt.

Really good, all my pitches, feels really good, with the slider, with the changeup, with the fastball, feels really good.

To start off the game Rodriguez threw 9 straight fastballs to set the tone against the Buffalo Bisons.

As a starter, you just need to start with fastball first and then go to the offspeed. Just trying to get him out, not thinking about knowing 9 straight pitches.

On how it important it was to go deep today after only tossing only 4 innings in his last rehab start in Rochester.

Really good, that is a part of what I need to get on. Go deep in the games and get pitches, and it was really good to get out for the seventh.

After his outing, Eduardo Rodriguez was wearing a brace.

I am wearing a brace, but it feels really good.

When asked if he felt anything out there that caused him to wear the brace post game he denied any type of discomfort in his knee.

No no, it is a brace just to be really careful with it. But the rest is feeling normal

E-Rod in his last rehab start gave up 5 walks, this time around 0 and he explained just how he that.

The command, throw more strikes with the fastball. That is what helped me open the window to throw my offspeed. If you throw the fastball you will be ready to throw the rest of the pitches.

When he fell behind batters a few times, E-Rod made a couple of adjustments to get outs after falling behind batters.

Just throw strikes, if you are down 3-0, 2-0, 1-0, you just have to try and be better and get back in the count and try and get the guys out.

E-Rod plans on taking what he has accomplished in this potentially final rehab start back to the Major Leagues with him.

 The 1st two starts was really hard for me because of a lot of balls and things like that and couldn’t get deep in the game. The pitching counts were a little bit high. But today I was able to get into the seventh and now I am ready to go.

When asked about his confidence after his final rehab appearance.

After this game I feel like I am ready to go. With all my pitches, with my knee,  even my body, everything is ready to go.

After the All-Star break E-Rod is expected to be integrated back into the Boston Red Sox rotation.

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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