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Red Sox Talk: A Late Comeback Was Not To Be

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It was pouring buckets and Dustin Pedroia was at bat.  He was trying his best to get the rain out of his eyes.  He cleaned off his bat from the rain.  He fixed and re-fixed his batting gloves.  He stepped up to bat.  He was fired up from the crowd.  He swung and hit an infield grounder right to the Second Baseman.  Who tossed it to the First Baseman for the out.  He was the last batter of the game.  Where did this all begin?  Well it started out like a nail-biter and it kept getting more intense as the game went on.

It was Game 4 of the ALDS, and the Red Sox were down 2-1 in the best of 5 Series against the Houston Astros.  Rick Porcello started and he gave up a Run in the 1st.  Yup that’s right, the Red Sox were down already.  It was the beginning of a back and forth game.  One that had us all on the edge of our seats.  Xander Bogearts came up to bat and hit a HR right into the Bullpen to tie it [1-1].  Porcello would give up another Run in the top of the 2nd, making it [2-1].

Then the bottom of the 2nd came and it turned into a real wild one.  The rain was pouring and the bases were loaded with no outs.  Dustin Pedroia almost got thrown out because of argument with the Home Plate Umpire.  It was a legitimate argument, the pitch was a borderline Strike.  In fact it really looked like a Ball and it was a tough call.  In my opinion it was a Ball, I mean  come on!  Manager John Farrell came out of the Dugout to calm Pedroia down.  Getting in between the Umpire and Pedroia, Farrell protected his player.  Instead Farrell got thrown out of the game.  The Fenway crowd became livid.  And you could see why as the replay showed the previous play.  The Red Sox would Strike out leaving the bases loaded.

Then the after getting another inning out of Porcello, they brought in Chris Sale in the 4th.  Sale got some Ks and pitched well.  Much better than his last outing.  He was seeking redemption and a Postseason Win.  The Fenway faithful were on his side, and he didn’t disappoint them in the 4th and 5th.

In a strange twist of fate the Astros brought in Ace Pitcher Justin Verlander into the middle of the 5th, with one player on base.  Andrew Benintendi would go on to hit a 2 Run Homer off of him.  It was shocking!  The crowd went crazy.  It was now [3-2] Red Sox.  The excitement was palpable, there was cheering and jeering.  Also an on going “Justin” chant throughout the rest of the game.

It was about that time for the other shoe to drop.  And man did it quiet the crowd.  Sale had a big 7th Inning but in the 8th he gave up a Solo HR to Bregman, which tied the game at [3-3].  Oh no, they were so close from the win, and with Chris Sale on the mound too!  Yep that happened sadly.  The Red Sox would go to Craig Kimbrel to close it out, both the 8th and 9th Innings.  But he couldn’t get the job done.

Astros Outfielder Josh Riddick would hit an RBI Single for the go ahead run, in the 8th [4-3].  Carlos Beltran would also go on to get an RBI from a 2 out Double in the 9th.  The crowd was silenced and I have to say it felt very disheartening.  The score was now [5-3] and the Sox had just one Inning left to make a comeback.  It was almost successful as Rafael Devers hit an inside the park Home Run.  But that would be it for the Sox.  They couldn’t get another hit off of the Astros’ Closer Ken Giles.  The game ended with Pedroia hitting that grounder to 1st Base.

It was a long Season for this Red Sox Team.  They had some real highs and lows.  I feel like every game was a grind.  And they clung to life every game.  But they had their issues, one of them being the Home Run Ball.  They had some great Pitching, but you know that that also became their Achilles Heel.  I feel like that they could have gone farther in the Postseason, I was thinking Game 5 of the ALDS.  Winning was a challenge for them, we saw them fade at the end of the Regular Season. They couldn’t win this one but they gave it their all.  They definitely have a young team and I’m looking forward to what happens next for the Team.

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Red Sox Rumor: Jackie Bradley Jr. Being Shopped For Trade

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With the Boston Red Sox looking to acquire a power bat this offseason to keep up with the Yankees they are reportedly shopping a core member of their current team.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today the player Boston is shopping is center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. One potential destination for Bradley is the Chicago Cubs. Chicago has been connected to Boston with slugger Kyle Schwarber potentially being available.

Schwarber has mashing power but has had issues at the plate having a .211 average last season that caused the Cubs to send the home run hitter back to the minors last June.

Bradley who hit 26 home runs two seasons ago fell back to 17 home runs this past season with a .245 batting average. His fielding ability though makes up for any shortcomings he has at the plate and his contract status could be very appealing in the trade market. Bradley Jr. has three years of arbitration remaining on his contract.

If Boston moves on from Bradley the likely scenario of outfield positioning would be moving Andrew Benintendi over to center field keeping Mookie Betts out in right field.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Stanton in Pinstripes Edition

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The snow is now cascading down upon us with indifferent wrath. Today, Boston saw the first real Winter Storm of the impending season. And while you were outside futilely efforting to resist nature, with your shovels and snowblowers, the World of Baseball fractured entirely.

If you haven’t heard by now, you live under the most obscure rock in existence. The New York Yankees have purportedly acquired Giancarlo Stanton from Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins. 

Stanton is currently going through the formality of physicals and medical checkups – as if there’s going to be anything physically wrong with this inhuman behemoth.

The Winter Meetings commence tomorrow. It is expected that the trade will be officially announced soon after.

Reports suggest that the Yankees have agreed to eat $265 million of Stanton’s contract, while sending Starlin Castro to Miami along with a couple of low-level pitching prospects.

This was our White Whale, Boston – this one got away and we still ended up dying in the end.

Dave Dombrowski looks like an absolute fool for having let this chiseled new-school Bambino slip through his hands. He immolated the entire pitching crop, down on the farm. So it’s inconceivable that Dombrowski didn’t offer the kitchen sink, in his pursuit of Stanton.

Conversely, underneath the surface, Giancarlo’s mind might have been irrevocably made up, before talks even started. He’s a city-slicker. Miami nightlife translates better to Big Apple nightlife than it does to the half-revelry of the Boston Commonwealth.

The Yankees obtain Giancarlo Stanton, presupposing the implications for the Red Sox and fans alike. It’s with a heavy heart that I unfortunately welcome you to a familiar and antique era of Red Sox Baseball. It’s the late 90’s all over again…

But, you know what? Let’s try to make light of this nonplussing news! Yeah, we don’t need Giancarlo Stanton and those Damn Yankees still won’t win the World Series! It’s time for another installment of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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Boston Red Sox Do Not Need To Get A Big Bat

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Many have stated their wishes that the Boston Red Sox will go out and get a big-time bat for the heart of their order. A bat that they seemingly need to help protect the likes of Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez in the lineup. One of the bigger names connected to the team is Giancarlo Stanton, but reports show that idea as a longshot with Stanton not looking at Boston as a possibility.

Another name, Jose Abreu, is also reportedly out of the running with Ken Rosenthal reporting that the White Sox will not trade their slugger before the start of the season. With the potential list shortening with JD Martinez and Eric Hosmer leading the running, maybe Boston should sit still this offseason.

That is sort of a controversial take, but the notion of Hosmer or Martinez doesn’t get the juices flowing, and ultimately will cost the Red Sox more then they are worth.

So what is the answer, Boston still needs a first basemen for next season. A position that could be filled with Sam Travis and Hanley Ramirez given the idea that Dustin Pedroia will find some time at the DH spot next season with Eduardo Nunez getting some quality time at second base. Another possibility is Rafael Devers not panning out at third base and needing to move to first base or DH at times.

Also in the cards is prospect Michael Chavis who should find himself in AAA Pawtucket at some point next season and maybe in Boston at third base or first. Then comes the possibility of Blake Swihart or my favorite, Bryce Brentz. Both were getting trained at first base with Pawtucket last season and could see reps at first base if Dave Dombrowski opts to not sign a big-time bat.

Of course, these solutions are not as flashy and will not present an immediate threat for Boston in the heart of their order. But betting on the current roster to bounce back at the plate and see an emergence of another young player might be a route to take.

Worse case scenario they get the same amount of production and end up right around 90 wins like they were this past season. But the upside of keeping the financial flexibility going forward while trying out prospects might be the best thing for Boston to do instead of overreacting to fan pressure.

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