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Boston Red Sox Third Base Issues Continues To Kill Team

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Boston Red Sox Third Base Issues Continues To Kill Team

The Boston Red Sox once again showed why their third base position has been an absolute mess. They suffered a  5-4 loss to the Rays on Friday night with their third base position disappointing once again. With Pablo Sandoval on the disabled list and Brock Holt still fighting vertigo, the Red Sox turned to Josh Rutledge at third base.

Rutledge mad a  throwing error that led to two unearned runs in the fourth and was late on other throws as well. He then grounded out with the tying run on third to end the eighth.

“Tough position to play,” Rutledge said. “That’s it. I mean, it’s not like we’re not trying.”

The Red Sox entered Spring Training with no real competition for Sandoval at third base and at this point blaming Rutledge is unfair given the fact that he should be a primary bench player that maybe plays in 2-3 games a week giving rest to starters.

The bench is bottom of the barrel for the majors, in fact their bench resembles a minor league team for the most part.  Rutledge has been thrust into the starting third base starting role, the other options at third are Chase D’Arnaud and Deven Marrero who happen to be big offensive liabilities.

The Red Sox made the decision to trade Travis Shaw for Tyler Thornburg this past offseason, and that trade continues to bite them in the ass.

Rutledge’s error was their league-leading 13th at the position.  Sandoval only started taking grounders on Friday and his timetable is nowhere near a return at the moment. Holt on the other hand is rehabbing in Triple-A Pawtucket but with vertigo you can never truly solidify a return date.

“It’s been a tough position for us, make no mistake about it,” manager John Farrell said of third. “I think we’ve had five different players there. We’ve made far too many errors there as a group. Tonight I thought there were some long transfers on Rut’s part that led to some tardy throws, a throw that falls short to Mitch [Moreland] at first base, so we’ve tried a number of people. Opportunity is there, opportunity is there for someone to step up and grab the job. So while we’re in position where we come into the season thinking we might be in a platoon situation, we haven’t had the combination there all year to try to take advantage of the splits offensively, but defensively, that’s got to improve.”

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The Red Sox had another option at third in Marco Hernandez, who had been hitting .286 with a .661 OPS. But after leaving a May 3rd game with a left shoulder injury there is no a real chance that he undergoes season ending surgery.

“He’s still feeling some symptoms here. It’s likely this may have to require some additional work to rectify and that would mean some procedure,” Farrell said of Hernandez, whose injury doesn’t involve the rotator cuff. “He’s going to get re-examined. There’s likely another MRI scheduled here in the coming days to comparer against the one done previous, but he has a history of this. Nothing to the extent it was the other day against Baltimore. Things are moving in that direction. Without anything scheduled or defined, that’s kind of the way things are looking right now.”

With Boston having the worst OPS of every team in baseball with .587 OPS at the third base position, Hernandez going down was the last thing they needed. While at best he is a utility player, he was showing production at a position where the Red Sox have struggled.

For now Rutledge will continue to be the primary guy at third until a determination is made on Holt, and a return of Pablo Sandoval. But even with a Holt return he isn’t anything more than the occasional utility player, more permanent than Rutledge but he had a down year last season with a .255 avg and so far this season in 15 at-bats posted a .133/.316/.133 slash line. Even if Holt is able to return early next week you still have the issue of vertigo returning so the team will have to take it easy on the veteran utility player.

Sandoval on the other hand is farther from a return and when healthy this season in 61-at-bats had an abysmal slash line of .213/.269/.377 and hasn’t had a productive season since 2014 season.

Options for Dave Dombrowki at third are running out as his decision to trade Shaw looks worse and worse every day.

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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