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Red Sox Win Behind Chris Sale’s 200th Strikeout



Boston Red Sox Win Behind Chris Sale‘s 200th Strikeout

On Friday night in Los Angeles, the Boston Red Sox defeated the Angels 6-2.

Red Sox Ace, Chris Sale, was on the mound for Boston. Sale tossed 6 innings giving up 4 base hits while walking 2 and striking out 9 batters. 6 innings for Sale without giving up any runs is relatively a short outing. Sale had a high pitch count due to extended at-bats. When he exited the game his pitch count was at 112 pitches, 72 of them for strikes.

During Sale’s outing, he struck out his 200th batter of the season. His 200th k came on the last batter he faced on the night.

Sale On Historic Run That Rivals A Hall Of Famer

Sale’s season may feel eerily familiar to Red Sox fans, and that is because it is nearly identical to one Pedro Martinez had in 1999.

Sale 141.1 IP- 2.48 ERA- 0.89 WHIP 26 BB- 200 K

Pedro 141.1 IP- 2.48 ERA- 1.02 WHIP 25 BB- 194 K

Another way Pedro and Sale are similar is that they are the only pitchers in Red Sox history to reach 200k’s in 20 starts or fewer. Sale in 2017, and Martinez in 2000.

Don’t ask Sale about his season though.

“I’m not here to talk about that crap, man. We’ve got a long way to go.”

Defensively, Sale had some support from Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr.

“I literally looked at Brock and I was like, what’s wrong with that guy? It seems like he makes a great catch and it’s like, alright, that’s the best one. Then he makes another catch and it’s like. OK, that’s the best one. It seems like he’s always raising the bar. It’s fun to watch. He loves doing that too. Not only to be on the TV but he likes doing that for us and for our team. That’s fun. That’s a double, probably a triple. That’s the first battter of the game. So you’re talking about the difference of pitching out of the stretch or having one out. That’s huge. That’s a big-time play by a big-time player.

Behind Sale, the Boston Red Sox used Kyle Martin and  Matt Barnes.

Martin gave up the first Angel run of the night by allowing a solo home run to Martin Maldonado in the seventh inning. In the bottom of the ninth with Barnes entering his second inning of work, Ben Revere singled to center field to drive in Anaheims second run of the night.

Martin went 1.1 innings giving up 1 earned runs on 2 hits and 1 walked batter. Barnes went 1.2 innings giving up 1 earned run on 1 hit and a walk while striking out one batter.

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Boston’s offense came out hot scoring 5 of their 6 runs in the first inning.

Andrew Benintendi started things off with a grounder to left field for a single driving in Mookie Betts with Benintendi moving to second on the throw home. Mitch Moreland continued things by singling out to right field scoring Benintendi.

Then with Xander Bogaerts at the plate, Angels starter Ricky Nolasco threw a wild pitching scoring Moreland and moving Hanley Ramirez to second base. Bogaerts proceeded to single on the line to right field driving in Hanley.

Boston’s offensive assault halted after Jackie Bradley Jr. doubled to right field scoring Bogaerts.

John Farrell‘s offense sixth and final run of the night came in the top of the 4th inning with Betts singling to left field scoring Bradley Jr.

One thing that has really stood out in the last couple of games has been Boston’s ability to hit better with RISP. On Friday, Red Sox hitters went 4-for-7 with RISP.

What’s Next

With the win, the Boston Red Sox move to 55-43 on the season and hold onto 1st place in the AL East with a 4 game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays.

On Saturday the Red Sox will face the Angels for game 2 of the series with David Price (5-2, 3.39) on the mound taking on JC Ramirez (8-8, 4.54)

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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Red Sox Rumor: Jackie Bradley Jr. Being Shopped For Trade



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With the Boston Red Sox looking to acquire a power bat this offseason to keep up with the Yankees they are reportedly shopping a core member of their current team.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today the player Boston is shopping is center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. One potential destination for Bradley is the Chicago Cubs. Chicago has been connected to Boston with slugger Kyle Schwarber potentially being available.

Schwarber has mashing power but has had issues at the plate having a .211 average last season that caused the Cubs to send the home run hitter back to the minors last June.

Bradley who hit 26 home runs two seasons ago fell back to 17 home runs this past season with a .245 batting average. His fielding ability though makes up for any shortcomings he has at the plate and his contract status could be very appealing in the trade market. Bradley Jr. has three years of arbitration remaining on his contract.

If Boston moves on from Bradley the likely scenario of outfield positioning would be moving Andrew Benintendi over to center field keeping Mookie Betts out in right field.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Stanton in Pinstripes Edition



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The snow is now cascading down upon us with indifferent wrath. Today, Boston saw the first real Winter Storm of the impending season. And while you were outside futilely efforting to resist nature, with your shovels and snowblowers, the World of Baseball fractured entirely.

If you haven’t heard by now, you live under the most obscure rock in existence. The New York Yankees have purportedly acquired Giancarlo Stanton from Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins. 

Stanton is currently going through the formality of physicals and medical checkups – as if there’s going to be anything physically wrong with this inhuman behemoth.

The Winter Meetings commence tomorrow. It is expected that the trade will be officially announced soon after.

Reports suggest that the Yankees have agreed to eat $265 million of Stanton’s contract, while sending Starlin Castro to Miami along with a couple of low-level pitching prospects.

This was our White Whale, Boston – this one got away and we still ended up dying in the end.

Dave Dombrowski looks like an absolute fool for having let this chiseled new-school Bambino slip through his hands. He immolated the entire pitching crop, down on the farm. So it’s inconceivable that Dombrowski didn’t offer the kitchen sink, in his pursuit of Stanton.

Conversely, underneath the surface, Giancarlo’s mind might have been irrevocably made up, before talks even started. He’s a city-slicker. Miami nightlife translates better to Big Apple nightlife than it does to the half-revelry of the Boston Commonwealth.

The Yankees obtain Giancarlo Stanton, presupposing the implications for the Red Sox and fans alike. It’s with a heavy heart that I unfortunately welcome you to a familiar and antique era of Red Sox Baseball. It’s the late 90’s all over again…

But, you know what? Let’s try to make light of this nonplussing news! Yeah, we don’t need Giancarlo Stanton and those Damn Yankees still won’t win the World Series! It’s time for another installment of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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Boston Red Sox Do Not Need To Get A Big Bat



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Many have stated their wishes that the Boston Red Sox will go out and get a big-time bat for the heart of their order. A bat that they seemingly need to help protect the likes of Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez in the lineup. One of the bigger names connected to the team is Giancarlo Stanton, but reports show that idea as a longshot with Stanton not looking at Boston as a possibility.

Another name, Jose Abreu, is also reportedly out of the running with Ken Rosenthal reporting that the White Sox will not trade their slugger before the start of the season. With the potential list shortening with JD Martinez and Eric Hosmer leading the running, maybe Boston should sit still this offseason.

That is sort of a controversial take, but the notion of Hosmer or Martinez doesn’t get the juices flowing, and ultimately will cost the Red Sox more then they are worth.

So what is the answer, Boston still needs a first basemen for next season. A position that could be filled with Sam Travis and Hanley Ramirez given the idea that Dustin Pedroia will find some time at the DH spot next season with Eduardo Nunez getting some quality time at second base. Another possibility is Rafael Devers not panning out at third base and needing to move to first base or DH at times.

Also in the cards is prospect Michael Chavis who should find himself in AAA Pawtucket at some point next season and maybe in Boston at third base or first. Then comes the possibility of Blake Swihart or my favorite, Bryce Brentz. Both were getting trained at first base with Pawtucket last season and could see reps at first base if Dave Dombrowski opts to not sign a big-time bat.

Of course, these solutions are not as flashy and will not present an immediate threat for Boston in the heart of their order. But betting on the current roster to bounce back at the plate and see an emergence of another young player might be a route to take.

Worse case scenario they get the same amount of production and end up right around 90 wins like they were this past season. But the upside of keeping the financial flexibility going forward while trying out prospects might be the best thing for Boston to do instead of overreacting to fan pressure.

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