Boston Red Sox 5 Things To Watch Share Tweet Published 4 months ago on July 13, 2017 By Tanner Rebelo Boston Red Sox Talk: 5 Things To Watch For In The Coming Weeks The Boston Red Sox kick off the second half at home on Friday against the New York Yankees. Below are 5 things to watch for in the next couple of weeks. Also towards the bottom is 5 key stats and rankings from the first half. Trade for a reliever. With Tyler Thornburg ruled out for the year, Carson Smith‘s status unclear, and unproven late inning relievers outside of Craig Kimbrel, the Red Sox should be in on a late inning reliever. Think Phillies all-star reliever Pat Neshek. The outcome of the Red Sox vs New York Yankee weekend series to kick off the second half. New York got cold in the last month or so heading into the break with Boston getting hot. The outcome of this series could set the tone for the second half of the season. Rick Porcello’s second half The reigning Cy Young winners first half was well below expectations. But with an uptick ahead of the all-star break, there is reason to believe Rick Porcello is turning his season around. Hanley Ramirez Contributing Hanley Ramirez had a rough go to start the year with his only hits seemingly being home runs. In the previous couple of weeks, Ramirez showed signs of turning it around. Offense Showing Consistency The Red Sox had a week or so in the first half where the offense was firing on all cylinders. But at the end of the road trip heading into the break, they once again sputtered out. The start of the second half and the weeks following it could be the offense’s chance to open up the floodgates. Five Key Stats And Notes Heading Into The Second Half Red Sox are 50-39 and sit in first place in the AL East. Boston is 3.5 games ahead of the Yankees. Boston has the 2nd highest average in the American League with a .268 AVG behind the Houston Astros. On the flip side, the Red Sox rank dead last in the AL in home runs with only 92 home runs at the break. Many have compared this to the 2015 World Series Champion Royals, but even that team ranked 6th in the AL. Boston has the 2nd lowest ERA in the AL with a 3.82 behind Cleveland. 3rd for starter ERA with 4.21 and 2nd for relievers with 3.08 ERA. Mookie Betts leads the AL in doubles with 29 doubles, Betts is the only Red Sox hitter that leads the AL in any category. For pitchers the only leader in Chris Sale who leads AL in Whip with a.90 and strikeouts with 178 K’s. Related Topics:Boston Red Soxfeatured Up Next Red Sox Release Jhonny Peralta Don't Miss Jay Groome’s Father Arrested Tanner Rebelo 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. Continue Reading Advertisement You may like Bottom Line: Boston Red Sox Need Stanton Minimum Expectations for the 2018 Red Sox Red Sox Name Alex Cora As The New Manager Red Sox Managerial Decision Seemingly Made Up The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Red Sox Manager Contestants Stepping Right Up Boston Red Sox Bottom Line: Boston Red Sox Need Stanton Published 6 days ago on November 16, 2017 By Tanner Rebelo 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. My source tells me that while Giancarlo Stanton's preference is the LA Dodgers. His advisers are pushing for the #RedSox. Saying it would be huge for marketing/off field opportunities and it would be big for baseball. Stanton vs Judge in the AL East 19 times a season. pic.twitter.com/tpaPmQoeZE — Joe Kayata (@NBC10_Joe) November 15, 2017 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. Continue Reading Boston Red Sox Minimum Expectations for the 2018 Red Sox Published 2 weeks ago on November 7, 2017 By Jackson Kelley 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? Continue Reading Boston Red Sox Like Looking in the Mirror Published 3 weeks ago on November 2, 2017 By Jackson Kelley 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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