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Chris Sale Has a Stellar Performance But the Red Sox Fail to Score

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Chris Sale Has a Stellar Performance But the Boston Red Sox Fail to Score

On [Friday] Ace Starter Chris Sale pitched for the Bo Sox.  He had a heck of a start, allowing just 2 Runs on 7 Hits, against the Oakland A’s.  He was dialed into the strike zone and had another 10 K performance.  It was a record 8 consecutive +10 Strikeout games.  Last night he became the only Pitcher to ever do it twice.  Pedro Martinez tops that list at 10 consecutive games but he also came into a game in relief during that stretch.  Sale went 7 Innings and left the game at a [2-2] tie.

The Red Sox had trouble driving in Runs against the Athletics.  They seem to always struggle to give Sale the needed Run support.  Last night was no different.  Some missed opportunities came in the middle part of the game, when the Red Sox had the bases loaded.  Hanley Ramirez was at the plate.  He hit a liner down the 3rd Base line.  The Athletics Third Baseman made a remarkable play to get Hanley out, and end the inning.  Then there was a play in the 9th with the game tied at [2-2] where they had a man on 1st and 3rd.  Unfortunately Dustin Pedroia grounded out, ending the inning.  It was disappointing.  I mean there were so many close plays for the Red Sox on offense.  All they needed was one more Run to win the game.

In the bottom of the 9th Craig Kimbrel came into the game.  Now this is a guy who has been on fire all year long.  He has 268 Saves in 6 years, which is the best in the League.  You knew that he would pitch lights out, and he did of course.  Yet the game was still tied at [2-2].  There was one amazing play in that inning.  Jackie Bradley Jr. robbed a Homer to center field.  I mean seriously, he timed it perfectly to jump above the wall, reach out and catch it.  It was incredible.  But a play like that wasn’t going to give them the lead.  It only postponed the inevitable.

Extra Innings came and the Sox were up at bat.  In the 10th Inning they could only manage a Single against Oakland pitching.  All they needed was one Run and to shut out the side.  But that didn’t happen.  On the next half inning Mark Canha hit a walk off Home Run against Heath Hembree to end the game [3-2].  There was no way JBJ could rob this one, as it was an absolute bomb.  The disappointing loss comes after a steller performance by Sale, who pitched his heart out,

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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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