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Connelly’s Top Ten – John Wasdin has Possessed Rick Porcello

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Connelly’s Top Ten – John Wasdin has Possessed Rick Porcello

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* Rick Porcello – I was seeing a lot of fastballs 88 mph to 90 mph

* Don’t see this often – Pedroia (23 BB to 21 K) / Betts (32 BB to 26 K)

* How come Vazquez has played in less games than Leon: Vazquez hitting .316 to Leon’s .225

* Sam Travis and Chris Sale have as many hits in June as Panda 4 to 4

* Jackie Bradley hitting .321 in June – trade him

* Hanley .188 in June

* Rick Porcello 67th in ERA in baseball – that’s not really good

* Approaching the Half way mark in two weeks and Porcello and Price have combined for $50mm in salary and 4 wins

2. Celtics – Love the trade

* You have enough guards – Isaiah, Bradley, Smart, Rozier

* Maybe stockpiling first round picks that can be packaged for an impact player

* Fultz played on a college team that didn’t win ten games

3. Patriots – Five weeks to Bill Belichick swinging his whistle around – can’t wait

4. Little man power – under 5’10”

Pesky – 5’9” – first three years – 620 hits / 87 K’s
Altuve – 5’5” – last three years – 641 hits / 190 K’s

5. He wouldn’t play for Bill – Sam Bam Cunningham fumbled twelve times in 1975

6. College World Series average game times (Omaha World Herald):

1969 – 2:10

1982 – 2:46

1995 – 2:50

2002 – 3:25

2009 – 3:40

2015 – 3:20

7. Amazing Stats – At age 15 – Bobby Orr had 29 goals for the Oshawa Generals

8. Old School – Yaz led the league in scoring runs more than Wade Boggs (3 to 2):

1967 – 112

1970 – 125

1974 – 93

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – In honor of Flounder passing this week – some Animal House stuff:

* People say the Oscar voters are racists – how about anti-comedy-ites – greatest comedy of the last fifty years and not one nomination

* Best acting careers after Animal House – Tom Hulse (Larry Kroger) won Oscar for Amadeus

* Per Wikipedia – Chevy Chase turned down role of Otter / Bill Murray turned down Boon / Dan Ackroyd turned down D Day / Brian Doyle Murray turned down Hoover / Jack Webb turned down Dean Wormer

* Donald Sutherland turned down a percentage of the gross for a set pay of $25,000 costing him $14,000,000

10. Randomocity

* How long before Congress dusts off the Sherman Anti-Trust act as Amazon takes over the world

* What a comeback Michael Milken has made from White Crime to turning baseball uniforms blue

* Kool and the Gang – are JV to Temptations, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Spinners, O’Jays and Four Tops

* Is it in MLB’s best interest to have Red Sox – Astros for the Saturday game of the week and the Sunday game of the week

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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