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Red Sox Closer Kimbrel Continues to Closeout Close Games

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Red Sox Closer Kimbrel Continues to Closeout Close Games

It was a summery night [Tuesday] at Busch Stadium.  The St. Louis Cardinals were playing well.  They kept the game against the Red Sox close with 3 lead changes.  The bats were luke warm but in the end it all came down to pitching.  Red Sox Starter Eduardo Rodriguez was pitching.  He had a good night on the mound, striking out 5 as he pitched into the 6th.  He gave up only 3 Runs, an RBI Double, a Fly Ball, and a Sac Fly.  All of which happened in the bottom of the 3rd Inning.  He had the Red Sox bats to help him out, for the win, though.  He also had Ace Closer Craig Kimbrel to close the game out for him.

In the 1st, right out of the gate Mookie Betts went deep.  It was his 7th Home Run of the Season and it tied the Sox record of most Home Runs by a lead off batter at 10, tying Jacoby Ellsbury.  Jackie Bradly Jr. went yard with a solo pop in the 2nd Inning making it [2-0].  St. Louis took the lead in the 3rd making it a [3-2] ballgame.  In the 5th Betts tied it with an infield grounder [3-3].  Dustin Pedroia then hit a line drive RBI Single, giving the Sox the lead at [4-3].  They would keep that lead and tac on a few more Runs in the 8th making it [6-3].

Robby Scott pitched well and Heath Hembree pitched well as they made it to the 9th Inning.  Craig Kimbrel came in and went to work.  He got the first two batters to Fly Out.  He was throwing heat as the Radar Gun read 99 MPH.  He struck out the 3rd batter that he faced with high heat.  This guy just pitches at an incredible velocity.  He had the game won and recorded his 12th Save of the year.  He was just dialed into the Strike Zone as he has been all Season long.  His streak of 22 punch outs continues.  E-Rod got the win as the Red Sox pitching was top notch [6-3].

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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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