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Brian Johnson Pitched Well For Paw Sox Saturday Night

On July 29, the Red Sox placed Brian Johnson on the disabled list with left shoulder inflammation. Since Brian Johnson was activated from the disabled list on August 5th, the Pawtucket Red Sox haven’t overextended Johnson, especially on his pitch count. The highest pitch count he has had since then was 76 pitches in his start on August 10th against Columbus.

On Saturday night, it would be Brian Johnsons’ 5th start since he was activated off the disabled list.

Johnson pitched really well against the Iron Pigs, despite his troubles in the first few innings. He did give up a first inning home run, to Cameron Perkins, but that was all he would allow.

Brian Johnson Pitching line Since August 5th:

  • August 5th at Scranton: 5 innings, giving up 4 hits, 1 run, 1 walks, and struck out 1 on 60 pitches (39 strikes).
  • August 10th against Columbus: 4 innings, giving up 3 hits, 1 run, 4 walks, and struck out 6 on 76 pitches (41 strikes).
  • August 16th at Louisville: 1 inning, giving up no runs, no hits, and no strikeouts on 12 pitches (8 strikes). He was taken out of the start early because he was hit with a come backer off his leg to end the 1st inning.
  • August 21st against Buffalo: 4 innings, giving up 6 hits, 2 runs (both solo home runs) and struck out 5 on 71 pitches (50 strikes).

Brian Johnson Tonight:

Brian Johnson pitched really well tonight. In 7 innings of work, he gave up 2 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk and struck out 3 on 88 pitches (61 strikes). Those two runs came on a first inning home run to Cameron Perkins. It was on a pitch down the middle of the plate. That was the problem for Johnson in the first few inning. Johnson was leaving a few pitches in the middle of the plate which caused a lot of loud outs off Johnson in the first few innings.

However, there was only one base runner for the Iron Pigs past the 1st inning. That came in the 5th inning when Angelo Mora hit a comebacker to Johnson. Johnson was able to get a glove on it but it bounced away from him and when Johnson tried to get him out at 1st, he threw it away as he ended up at 2nd base.

Tonight showed us that they were trusting Johnson to do more. Brian Johnson is has the chance to be a spot starter for the Red Sox this September. If they want him to be stretched out enough so he can pitch effectively for the Red Sox, this was a step forward. Tonight allows him to be able to get stretched out a little longer so he is able to make starts for the Red Sox this September.

Evan is a attending Bryant University and joined the Trifecta Network as an Editor in February of 2016 and is a guest on Down to the WIRE Sports Talk.

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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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