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Red Sox Starter Rick Porcello Just Trying To Find Positives

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Red Sox Starter Rick Porcello Trying To Find Positives In His Outing

Rick Porcello had a relatively good outing for the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday. If it weren’t for a two-run home run in the sixth inning the reigning Cy Young winner would have had a solid stat line.

But unfortunately for Porcello, his stat line read, 6 innings of work with 4 runs allowed, not considered a quality outing by any stretch of the imagination.

“Six innings, four runs,” Porcello said. “It’s not like they’re beating the cover off the ball. It’s just a couple of things here and there that I’ve got to clean up. I mean, I’m not making excuses for myself. I definitely hold myself accountable for the loss tonight. But in the grand scheme of things I’ve got to keep building off of what I’m doing and what we’re doing. At the end of the day, our team’s in a good spot and I’m going to keep fighting to come back and help this ballclub win games every fifth day.”

Porcello did say after the game that he suffered a cut on his right index finger during the game, but he refused to blame that on his performance.

“I threw a pitch and my index finger, my nail on my index finger kind of sliced my thumb a little bit. It was bleeding and just, we covered it up and got something to seal it up and it was fine,” he said.

Despite his season not going as planned, Porcello is doing everything in his power to help his ballclub win games.

“I’m thinking of what I can do to help our team win,” he said. “And that’s, first and foremost is having quick innings, keeping runs off the board, simple stuff that everybody knows about. I mean there’s a lot that goes into it but this isn’t about me. This is about our ballclub. I’m not going to harp on my struggles or what’s going on there. I’ve got a start in five days, I’m going to go out there and do the best I can to give us a chance to win and that’s it. And keep moving forward and stop thinking about [expletive] from the past.”

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

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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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