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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.

  1. Trade for a reliever.

  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

  1. Red Sox are 50-39 and sit in first place in the AL East. Boston is 3.5 games ahead of the Yankees.
  2. Boston has the 2nd highest average in the American League with a .268 AVG behind the Houston Astros.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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 Red Sox Have Signed JD Martinez

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Time for a celebration Red Sox fans, the team has reportedly signed a big-time bat.

According to Pedro Gomez of ESPN, the Boston Red Sox have signed free agent DH/OF J.D. Martinez.

Multiple outlets are reporting that the deal is for five years with a player opt-out option after two seasons. The deal is valued at $110 million with it being a front loaded contract prior to the opt out. Full terms will be revealed later.

Martinez has played for three teams in his career starting off in Houston, moving to Detroit, and then being traded to Arizona this past season. The 30-year-old has had his fair share of struggles in major league baseball but was able to figure it all out in 2017 by belting 45 home runs between the Tigers and Diamondbacks with a .303 batting average and 104 RBIs.

Martinez’s role with the Red Sox is unclear at the moment but he can be expected to DH and the corner outfield positions. Having the opt-out in the contract is a huge incentive for Martinez who will likely be playing like it is a contract year given the front-loaded nature of the deal.

Boston has landed their guy, the question is will it be enough for them to contend with the New York Yankees?

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Boston Red Sox Are Close To Signing JD Martinez

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Red Sox fans everywhere can start to rejoice as the big move the team desperately needed is getting closer to completion.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Boston Red Sox and free agent J.D. Martinez are closing in on a deal.

Other reports have also confirmed that a deal is imminent but that Dave Dombrowski and the team have yet to acknowledge or confirm anything is done or nearing completion. It does appear however that talks between Martinez and the Red Sox are at an all-time high and their seems to be high confidence that both sides will come to terms on a deal in the near future.

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John Henry, Red Sox Owner: ‘We really don’t need to be popular. We need to win.’

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Ever wonder why Boston Red Sox fans or Liverpool fans have shown a hatred towards John Henry? Well if you did look no further than his idiotic and out of touch comments that he made on Monday during his yearly media availability.

Red Sox owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner were asked if they were concerned about the level of popularity of the current team compared to past years.

Wener, one of the producers of Roseanne went first.

“I don’t quite see it the way some of the fans see it. I respect their point of view but I think we’ve got a fun team and if it’s healthy I think were going to be — we’ll bring the fans back,” Werner said. “Obviously we’re in a market where there’s a lot of excellence. We’ve got four championship teams and they’re all playing extremely well. So hopefully now it’s the beginning of spring training and we can have some focus on the Red Sox.”

Henry provided a follow-up that was a bit odd for an owner that makes money off of people liking his teams.

“We really don’t need to be popular,” he said. “We need to win.”

For a team so image conscious the statement is bizarre. But hey, maybe Henry is checked out and will sell the team.

There are plenty of other things to do in the summer than watch Red Sox baseball, maybe fans should take Henry’s lead and turn off the team if they fail to win.

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