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Brian Johnson Pitches a Complete Game as the Red Sox Win 6 Straight

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Brian Johnson Pitches a Complete Game as the Red Sox Win 6 Straight

It was a sunny [Saturday] at Fenway.  Rookie Brian Johnson took the mound for the Red Sox.  It was only his 2nd Major League start and his 1st start at Fenway.  And boy did he have a great game.  He faced off against a Seattle Mariners team that has been shaky all year.  Johnson left them shaking in their cleats all game.

Johnson pitched like an Ace Starter.  He was really dialed into the strike zone.  Out of the 109 Pitches that he pitched 89 of them were Strikes.  I mean that’s all he pitched were strikes.  He went right after the batters and his location was incredible.  He had about five 1, 2, 3 Innings.  And pitched a complete game shutout.  It was the first complete game of the year by any Red Sox Pitcher.  It was remarkable to watch.  At the end of the night he had 8 Strikeouts, gave up just 5 Hits and had no Walks.  After the 5th Inning you just knew that you were watching something special.  There was no blemish on his score card.

The Red Sox bats were hot again as they made the most out of the shutout.  In the 1st Inning they quickly grabbed the lead scoring 3 times making it [3-0].  Then in the 6th Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a 2 Run dinger to make it [5-0].  In the 8th Moreland hit an RBI Single to seal it [6-0].  That would be the final score of the game.

Brian Johnson’s toughest inning came in the 5th with two runners on base.  But he easily got 3 Batters to Fly Out to shut down the comeback.  The best part about Johnson’s night was that the Sox didn’t have to go to their bullpen.  The Rookie took care of business and gave the tired bullpen the night off.  In all at the end of the game, it felt like Johnson pitched a no hitter.  That feeling really persisted in the 9th Inning.  Especially with JBJ’s amazing catch in the top of the 9th.  This win keeps the Red Sox Win streak alive at 6 straight.  The Red Sox are now only 2 games back of 1st in the division behind the Yankees.

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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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