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Boston Red Sox Call Up Hector Velazquez To Pitch On Thursday

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Boston Red Sox Call Up Hector Velazquez To Pitch On Thursday In Oakland

The Boston Red Sox have called up starting pitcher Hector Velazquez to pitch this Thursday against the Oakland Athletics.

Velazquez is 28-years-old and was signed by Boston this past spring after pitching for seven years professionally in Mexico. After an impressive Spring he was delegated to Triple-A Pawtucket, but with injuries in Boston he has been called up to make is major league debut.

To clear up space on the 40-man roster the Red Sox will likely place Steven Wright on the 60-day disabled list as Wright underwent season-ending surgery last week.

For Pawtucket this season Velasquez has shown excellence with a 1.55 ERA, 20 strikeouts, five walks, in 29 innings this season. One thing that has impressed the Red Sox coaching staff has been Velasquez’s ability to command the ball.

“That’s what it’s all about,” Farrell said. “It’s not about sheer velocity. It’s about pitching ahead in the count. I like the fact that late in camp he started to come up with a little more of an off-speed curveball to help spread the strike zone top to bottom. This is a guy who has a lot of experience, albeit not at the major league level, but still there’s a lot of savvy and strike throwing ability here.”

In Mexico last season Velazquez somehow managed to pitch an insane 246 innings, for that reason he has been kept under 100 pitches in Triple-A, even with a no-hitter going he was pulled before his pitch count elevated over 100. Despite this Farrell noted there will be no set pitch count on Thursday.

The reason why Velazquez is getting the start is simple, with Wright going down with a season ending injury Boston needed to use a guy from Pawtucket. But in spot starts Brian Johnson and Kyle Kendrick were disappointing for Boston, so now it is Velazquez’s turn to get a shot.

Also with Velazquez being a right-handed pitcher it gives the Boston Red Sox the ability to have a different look on the mound given their lefty depth.

“While Brian Johnson has thrown the ball well (in Triple A) as well,” said Farrell, “just felt like with the number of left-handers in our rotation currently, another right-hander would give us another different look.”

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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