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If It Was Playoff Time, Would It be Pomeranz Or Price Who Starts Game 2



Boston Red Sox Talk: If It Was Playoff Time, Would It be Pomeranz Or Price Who Starts Game 2

If the postseason started today, what would the Boston Red Sox starting rotation look like? It is tough to say at the moment, it is unclear if Drew Pomeranz can continue his dominance, or if David Price will return from his injury. Putting those variables aside, let us imagine that Pomeranz’s success continues, and Price comes back at full health with a similar performance to what he is used to in Boston.

Game 1 for John Farrell should be easy, Chris Sale. Sale is a Cy Young favorite and will be in the AL MVP discussion when this season concludes. Sale has a 2.57 ERA in 161.2 innings pitched prior to Sunday’s start. His dominance this season rivals the level of Pedro Martinez back in 1999. Sale game 1 is a no brainer.

Game 2 is where the controversy starts. Unlike last season it will not be Rick Porcello. The reigning Cy Young winner has had his fair share of problems this season and despite a resurgence as of late, he will likely see himself in a game 4 starting role come playoff time. For game 2 is will likely come down to Pomeranz or Price.

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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price pauses after giving up a solo home run to Minnesota Twins’ Kurt Suzuki in the second inning of a spring training baseball game in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

As of right now, even if Price was healthy, I would have to start Drew Pomeranz game 1. If the money of Price is the deciding factor than we have a bigger issue. But Pomeranz has been money, in fact he has been so good that he has pitched himself into Cy Young contention. According to ESPN, Pomeranz is the 4th rated favorite to win the Al Cy Young this season. The left-handed starter has a 3.39 ERA this season in 127.1 innings pitched. Of course we are not sure what he will do in the final month and a half. He could very well fall apart, but at the moment that doesn’t seem likely.

With Pomeranz going game 2, David Price should be a game 3 starter. Price has been solid in limited time this season for the Boston Red Sox. He has a 3.82 ERA in only 66 innings pitched. If he can get healthy for the playoffs, he would be an elite game 3 starter. The emergence of Pomeranz has created a potential three headed monster for the Red Sox. And just behind them happens to be a resurgent Rick Porcello who happened to win the Cy Young in the previous season.

Porcello has a 4.63 ERA this season for Boston, but he posted a 3.06 ERA in 5 starts in July. He has had a rocky first start in August, but his second was solid with 6 innings of work allowing 4 base hits and 2 earned runs. With Porcello in the four hole, that rounds out a playoff starting rotation for the Red Sox.

This foursome of course leaves out the ever so consistent Eduardo Rodriguez. E-Rod has a 3.80 ERA this season in 87.2 innings pitched. Rodriguez was elite in the first two months of the season, but after an injury, he was out until July 17th. He had a rocky three starts in July with a 6.75 ERA in that month. But he has shown has elite form as of late with a 1.50 ERA in two starts in August. If he continues this level of play and looks like the E-Rod of April and May, you could see him bump Porcello right out of the rotation come playoff time.

A lot can change, Price could fail to come back, Pomeranz could fall off, injuries happen. But at the moment here is what my starting rotation would look like if the playoffs started today.

  1. Chris Sale
  2. Drew Pomeranz
  3. David Price
  4. Rick Porcello

Rodriguez is going to make this tough for Farrell. But as of right now, I still have to go with Porcello.

This all spun off of a conversation I was listening to on WEEI on Sunday afternoon. They were debating between Price or Pomeranz. It might have been way too early to lay this out. But with playoff baseball a month and half away, it is always good to get the conversation started.

Leave your way too early postseason starting rotations in the comment section below!

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Bottom Line: Boston Red Sox Need Stanton



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



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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