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Red Sox Win Behind Pomeranz’s Strong Outing 



Boston Red Sox Win Behind Pomeranz’s Strong Outing As Game Had A Different Feel

Wednesday night’s Boston Red Sox game went 2 hours and 47 minutes. The shortest game played by Boston post All-Star break. While the game was short, its content was chock full of backbone. Winning 5-1 over the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park was just the icing on the cake.

“Tonight, the fact that it was under three hours, it almost felt like halftime.” said manager John Farrell post game.

Boston saw Drew Pomeranz go deep into the ballgame. The starter tosses 6.2 innings giving up just 1 run on 3 base hits. It was one of those outings where Pomeranz gives up a ton of walks (5) and still manages to pitch extremely well. The 28-year-old starter threw a season high 116 pitches and moves to a 10-4 record.

“It’s always a personal goal of mine to stay in the game longer,” Pomeranz said. “I’ve been pitching well, but I’ve been going six innings. I’d like to get a little further, a little deeper into the game.

“Having that goal [as a] mindset, it helps everyone out,’’ he added. “In situations like this, it helps our bullpen out. It helps save them over the long run.”

Behind Pomeranz, Heath Hembree went 1.1 innings and the recently called up Ben Taylor went 1 inning of relief. In terms of pitching, Boston has been on fire, from the bullpen to the rotation.

In the lineup, the Red Sox were without Hanley Ramirez and Xander Bogaerts.

Despite their absences, the offense was able to plate 5 runs on 7 base hits. 3 of the 5 Boston runs came courtesy of second basemen, Dustin Pedroia. Pedroia singled on a line drive scoring Deven Marrero and Mookie Betts in the bottom of the second. Pedey’s third RBI of the night came in the bottom of the 4th with an infield single to second base scoring Betts.

“He’s come up big,” manager John Farrell said. “Another couple RBIs tonight. And the fact that he’s there with runners in scoring position has been key. Whether it’s been after the break or throughout the course of the season, he’s done an outstanding job. He’s a money player. That’s been on display, it was again here tonight. He’s been the right man in the right spot.”

Boston’s two other runs came via shortstop Deven Marrero. Marrero singled in the bottom of the second scoring Jackie Bradley Jr, and Brock Holt. Despite only two Red Sox batters recording RBIs, the difference between Tuesday and Wednesday is night and day.

On Tuesday, Boston batters went 2-for-12, on Wednesday, 4-for-6. Red Sox hitters have struggled driving in runners in scoring position. In 2017 they rank 16th in the Majors for runners left in scoring position with 3.36 RISP on average every game. Wednesday’s game was a different feel, it was one of a first place team. Something the Red Sox hope can continue.

The win gives the Boston Sox a three game lead over second-place Tampa Bay Rays who took a 7-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics.

Boston will now finish up their series with the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday at 1:35 p.m. on getaway day. The Red Sox scheduled starter is Doug Fister who will face off with Toronto’s Francisco Liriano.

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



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



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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