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Red Sox Starting Pitcher Roenis Elias Struggles In Rehab Outing With The Paw Sox



Red Sox Starting Pitcher Roenis Elias Struggles In Rehab Outing With The Paw Sox

Roenis Elias started his 2nd rehab game for the Paw Sox on the season Tuesday night against the Syracuse Chiefs. In his 1st appearance with the Paw Sox on July 27th at Toledo Mud Hens, he went 3 1/3 innings, giving up 5 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk, and 2 strikeouts on 60 pitches (38 strikes). That induced one home run.

On Tuesday, Elias struggled in 5 innings of work tonight. In 5 innings of work, he gave up 8 hits, 7 runs, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts on 80 pitches (51 strikes). Of those 7 runs that Elias gave up, 6 of them came via the home run. Those home runs were curtsy of Neftali Soto, who hit two off of Elias, and one from Zach Collier.

Elias had his fast ball sitting at 92-93 mph for the entire night. At times, he was able to reach 94 mph. He did have trouble locating at times which caused a lot of loud contact.

Elias Tonight

Elias struggled tonight and it started in the 2nd inning. After a 1-2-3 first inning, Elias gave up a run in the 2nd inning. After a lead off single by Clint Robinson, Michael Almanzar hit a 2 out single to drive him in. Then in the 3rd inning the Chiefs scored 2 more runs. That was thanks to a 2 run home run by Neftali Soto to right field into the away teams bullpen. That gave the Syracuse Chiefs a 3-0 lead.

In the 4th inning, the Chiefs blew it open. After giving up singles to Pedro Severino and Emmanuel Burriss, Zach Collier hit a 3 run home run deep over the Chiefs bullpen to give the Chiefs a 6-0 lead.

The final run given up by Elias on the night was on the first pitch of the 5th inning. Neftali Soto hit a solo home run over the left field berm. That was the second home run of the night for Soto. After Elias came out of the game, Soto hit another home run off of Edgar Olmos. That was his 3rd home run of the night. He did have a chance to hit 4 home runs on the night, but he flew out deep to center fielder Tzu-Wei Lin to end the 8th.

Analyzing Elias Tonight

Roenis Elias had his fastball working at 92-93 tonight with reaching 94 at times. He did struggle with his command which led to loud hit balls. Of the 3 home runs that he gave up, they were all on fastballs right down the middle. Anytime you are throwing 92-93 right down the middle to middle to professional hitters, you will get hit hard.

Roenis Elias has been seen as a possible spot starter for the Boston Red Sox. But as of right now, he doesn’t seem to be right mechanically. Tonight you could see that he was around the middle of the plate, which led to loud outs. This shows that Roenis Elias will need to start showing that he could work on the corners before they even think about pitching him in Boston.

Right now, Elias would be relatively low on the possible spot starters for the Red Sox. Off the bat, you have to assume that Brian Johnson and Hector Velasquez would be ahead of Elias on the depth chart. Or Jalen Beeks who has been impressive with the Paw Sox so far this season. Once Elias is done with his rehab stint, you have to assume that he will be optioned to stay in AAA Pawtucket.

Evan is a attending Bryant University and joined the Trifecta Network as an Editor in February of 2016 and is a guest on Down to the WIRE Sports Talk.

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Red Sox Managerial Decision Seemingly Made Up



Did anyone think that the Boston Red Sox would take their time when hiring their new field manager? According to one report the team is moving rather quickly

According to one report, the team is moving rather quickly to the point where their minds are already made up.

“There is a 99.9 percent chance of [Cora] being named Red Sox leader,” a source told Puerto Rico’s El Nuevo Dia. “They want him for the job. That post is for him. Alex is very beloved there. And he would love to run Boston. They want to make the fast decision.”

Cora is currently serving as the bench coach for the Houston Astros, a team that is battling it out with the New York Yankees for the chance to go to the World Series. Boston isn’t the only suitor for the former player however. Cora is set to meet with the New York Mets on Tuesday and is also expected to be of interest to other teams like the Philadelphia Phillies.

But the interest between Boston and Cora is mutual and a report from Puerto Rico confirms that. Cora played for the Red Sox during his career and was part of the 2007 Wolrd Series team. At the time he was considered an excellent leader on the team that had all the intangible qualities of one daying being an excellent coach. Since his playing days, he has served as an ESPN Analyst, GM of Puerto Rico national team, coach in Puerto Rico’s baseball league, and now a bench coach for Houston.

If the Red Sox are able to bring in Cora it would be seen as if they had been grooming him for years and that he is their guy. With other suitors in tow, it looks like an offer from the Boston Red Sox to Cora is going to come rather quickly. And quite frankly, this is the best decision for the team.

Acquiring Cora is far superior to a long time mediocre manager like Ron Gardenhire or a failed first coach stinter like Brad Ausmus. Cora is both young and has some prior experience to bring to the table. The one real question with him is if he will be too buddy-buddy with the players, a very real possibility.

Red Sox fans seem to be rather torn on this topic, many seem to like the idea of an old manager like Gardenhire, while others favor Cora who was a fan favorite as a player. In reality the true intentions or favorite of the Red Sox is unknown, but for the moment, Cora looks like the lock.

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Red Sox Manager Contestants Stepping Right Up



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On Wednesday the Boston Red Sox fired field manager John Farrell. With the departure of Farrell, the Red Sox must now conduct a full and wide search for their next manager. There are dozens of potential candidates for the job. The one choice that will have to be made is to either to go young or go old.

Fortunately for us, Dave Dombrowski gave a general outline of what he will be looking for in the next manager. In his post-firing presser, he mentioned that the candidate is unlikely to come from within.

That comment seemingly rules out a candidate like Chili Davis or Gary Ddisarcina.

In terms of experience, Dombrowski said “I think managerial experience helps. I don’t think it’s a 100% necessity.”. He also mentioned the importance of being in the dugout as experience. The last time Dombrowski hired a field manager he was in charge of the Detroit Tigers. The coach he hired at the time was Brad Asmus. So maybe that means he will go on the younger side.

If he goes young in terms of experience here is the list of potential candidates:

  • Brad Asmus: Asmus was let go by Detriot after having a rather shaky first tenure as a manager. He was hired by Dombrowski and has plenty of connections to New England. He will land somewhere this offseason.
  • Alex Cora: Direct connections to Boston and knows how the media is here. Well respected by players and has coached in Puerto Rico and is the bench coach for AJ Hinch’s Houston Astros.
  • Jason Varitek: Obvious connections here. But he has no actual experience as a coach in the dugout. He has helped with player development and scouting as a special assistant to the gm in Boston. But chances are he isn’t in the conversation.
  • Hensley Meulens: Speaks Spanish, English (and other languages), has extensive coaching experience and serves as the hitting coach for the Giants. Has coached the Netherlands in the WBC. There has been a rumor that Major League Baseball is encouraging the Red Sox to hire a coach of minority status. Meulens fits that bill.

In terms of an older/experiences option, there are a few. There is an opportunity here for Dombrowksi. That opportunity is to convince the well respected Jim Leyland to come out of retirement. Leyland though doesn’t seem interested in coaching again and decline to come to Boston a long time ago.

Below are few options for an experienced field manager:

  • Leyland
  • Torey Luvullo: Had a 93 win first season at the helm of Arizona. Could be convinced to leave to come back to Boston.
  • Joe Girardi: Could be on his way out of New York. Is a noted good in-game manager.
  • Ron Gardenhire: Former Twins manager and currently a bench coach for the Diamondbacks. This kind of smells to me though.

What way will Dombrowski go with is anyone’s guess. This process can take awhile with the team needing to lock down a list and start the interview process. According to Dombrowski he always has a list of people for every position he might have to hire for. So, in theory, this could happen fairly quickly.

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Red Sox Fire John Farrell



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On Wednesday morning the Boston Red Sox have announced that they have parted ways with field manager John Farrell.

Farrell has been the manager since 2013 and during his tenure, he led the team to 3 AL East division titles and a World Series Victory. The other two seasons happened to be two straight last-place finishes.

Farrell has been constantly criticized for his below average in game management, but being able to win 93 games when your team had turmoil and underperformances all season was impressive. While personally, I am not a supporter of him. I feel as if he often fails to get the credit he deserves.

But when it comes down to it, he is not the future at the helm for the Boston Red Sox.

According to the team, the process to find the next field manager will start immediately with Dave Dombrowski addressing the situation shortly.

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