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Red Sox Talk: Kendrick Experiment Might Have Come To A Close

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Boston Red Sox Talk: Kyle Kendrick Experiment Might Have Come To A Close On Friday Night

Starter Kyle Kendrick pitched for the Pawtucket Red Sox on Friday night in a start that felt like his job was on the line.

His outing couldn’t have started any worse with the righty giving up two earned runs in the first inning on four loud base hits. Even Kendrick’s outs were loud with the exception of a pop-up to Pablo Sandoval in foul territory over at third.

Kendrick ran into some more problems in the third inning. He gave up one run and 2 base hits in the third. He was able to settle down a bit after the troublesome first and worked around base hits every inning he was on the mound.

The fourth run allowed by Kendrick on the night came in the fifth inning with the bases loaded jam. He got the needed ground ball with one out but the infield turned the play too slow only getting one out instead of the inning ending double-play.

Kendrick’s final line on Friday was 5 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K’s and threw 99 pitches, 63 for strikes. Not a good start, but acceptable given his struggles in his last two outings.

In his previous outing, he gave up 5 earned runs in 2 innings resulting in a 7-day-dl stint, and in the outing before that, he gave up 10 earned runs.

All in all, Friday’s outing wasn’t a killer to his PawSox career. But the overall performance this season will be what could get him cut.

Kendrick was signed by Boston this past offseason with the idea of starting pitching depth. Kendrick has pitched the majority of the season down in AAA-Pawtucket but he has had his opportunity at the Major League Level.

The 32-year-old right-hander pitched in 2 starts for the big league club going 8.1 innings with a 12.96 ERA over the two starts. His ineffectiveness in those outings has kept him down in Pawtucket. On June 22nd the Boston Red Sox outrighted Kendrick off their 40-man roster and keeping him for the long-term in Pawtucket with no takers on the waiver wire.

Kendrick’s failure to impress at the major league level has translated to his time with the PawSox.

For Pawtucket, the journeyman has struggled against minor league batters. He has a 7.43 ERA in AAA in 66.2 innings pitched.

On Friday it seems like the Kendrick experiment could have come to its conclusion. With Brian Johnson coming back from injury one can all but assume that it is time to cut the veteran loose. Of course, Pawtucket and Boston could opt to keep Kendrick around, but the roster spot he possesses is one that should be used on an up-and-coming pitcher.

If Friday’s start is indeed his last in the Red Sox organization there should be an update in the coming days.

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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