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Connelly Top 10 – Red Sox Keep Being Average

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Connelly Top 10 – Red Sox Keep Being Average

1.Red Sox

* Red Sox are 16-5 when Betts has multiple hits in a game / 20-6 when Bogaerts does

* Sunday game time 2:50 – wow fast.

* I was wrong about Kimbrel (accept when not a save situation)

* Congratulations to Dave Dombrowski – Doug Fister has gone three days without presenting a damaged arm

* 12-11 in June

 

2. Ready for the NBA?

* Larry Bird’s age at first NBA game – 23 years – 10 months

* Jayson Tatum’s age at first NBA game – 19 years – 7 months.

 

3. Around the MLB

* Update on Kershaw – 93-0 when the Dodgers score him 4 runs

* Two first place teams in American Central Twins and Indians combined: 31-45 at home / 47-24 on the road

* Not in July yet and three players already have over 100 strikeouts – Joey Gallo, Khris Davis, Keon Broxton (don’t even know who this is)

 

4. Yankees are 16-6 when Aaron Judge hits a home run – how has his major league production matched his days in the minor leagues?

* Majors – 30 HR in 340 at bats………1 every 11.33 at bats

* Minors – 56 HR in 1,297 at bats…….1 every 23.16 at bats

 

5. Twenty hitters are on pace to hit 40 home runs – how many have hit 40 over the last ten years:

2016 – 8

2015 – 9

2014 – 1

2013 -2

2012 – 6

2011 – 2

2010 – 2

2009 – 5

2008 – 2

2007 – 5

 

6. Soft throwing lefty Jason Vargas of the Royals is 11-3 – how about some other soft throwing lefties:

·Mike Flanagan

·Jimmy Key

·Tommy John

·Jim Kaat

·Jamie Moyer

*** Spahn, Whitey Ford before my time

 

7. Amazing Stat – Denny McLain ups and downs:

1968 and 1969 – 55-15

1971……………10-22

 

8. Old School – I hope not a sign of things to come – the day after Jayson Tatum was born (3/3/98) – the Celtics were 1-12 from three-point land against Utah:

·Antoine Walker………0-4

·Kenny Anderson……..0-3

·Bruce Bowen…………0-3

·Walter McCarty………0-1

·Dana Barros…………..1-1

 

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Amazon Stock History:

Today…………..$1,003.74

12/31/16…………$765,15

12/31/15…………$502.13

12/31/14…………$310.35

12/31/13…………$398.79

12/31/12…………$250.87

12/31/11…………$173.00

 

10. Randomocity

* Who would pay for ESPN insider?

* MBTA budget for 2017 is $2,000,000,000

* Smallest Fenway crowd of the year – 32,072 against Yankees in April

* You think Vida Blue wakes up everyday and says – I could have been the second greatest lefty ever?

* Haven’t given you an update in a while but with the half way mark for the year Friday – Chicago murders so far this year 316

Michael has written for the Boston Herald and other sites in the past and his top ten column is now housed on Trifecta Sports Network. Connelly’s Top Ten releases on Monday’s and Friday’s.

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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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